West, who announced on Saturday that he had “COVID pneumonia,” said that both he and his wife, Angela West, received monoclonal antibodies. His wife, who is vaccinated, has been discharged from the hospital but West, who is unvaccinated, has not yet been. He described symptoms including low oxygen saturation levels.
West went on to say that he will “vehemently crush anyone forcing vaccine mandates” in Texas. However, the gubernatorial hopeful was widely mocked for opposing pharmaceutical companies profiting off vaccine mandates when they would be also making money — with a larger profit margin — off of monoclonal antibodies.
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“Don’t enrich Big Pharma by giving them a little money for cheap vaccines — enrich them by giving them a ton of money for expensive monoclonal antibodies.”
Brilliant as ever, sir.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 10, 2021
I guess it was Little Pharma who made the monoclonal antibodies he took https://t.co/pZrd9qqzkg
— Jill Twiss (@jilltwiss) October 10, 2021
The “enriching the pockets of Big Pharma” argument here is particularly bizarre. For a dose of vaccine, the government pays Pfizer $20. For a dose of monoclonal antibodies, the government pays Regeneron $2,100. https://t.co/yPNtQrPaUT
— Andrew Egger (@EggerDC) October 10, 2021
The monoclonal antibody treatment is developed and sold by big pharma and costs $2000 a pop. The vaccine is free. https://t.co/lmOypMwreJ
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 10, 2021
Monoclonal antibody infusion therapy is also made by “Big Pharma.” Regeneron did $5.139 billion in revenue last quarter.
This is a tweet made by someone trying (in vain) to rationalize his anti-vaccine stance. https://t.co/JBrvfx5FBp
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) October 10, 2021