DeSantis Mocks COVID “Hysteria” And Blames Biden

The Daily Beast reports:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) blamed the Biden administration for COVID-19 woes in his state while accusing other state leaders of allowing “hysteria” to reign as they encourage mitigation measures against the virus that he claimed had little basis in sound science.

“In terms of Florida, you look what’s going on in other states, they’re letting hysteria drive them to doing really damaging things. We thought that people had learned,” DeSantis said during his first news conference in weeks on Monday after record-setting COVID-19 numbers spread across the state last month.

DeSantis, who has routinely promoted monoclonal antibodies since former President Donald Trump credited the treatment for his recovery, said his administration was worried about dwindling supplies, even as several of the approved treatments appear to be less effective in fighting off Omicron.

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports:

DeSantis called on the federal government to let states to directly purchase monoclonal antibody treatments at a news conference in Fort Lauderdale. DeSantis said while it may not be as effective against omicron compared to its use against the delta variant, Florida still wanted to have the treatment available for those in need.

As far as home tests for COVID-19, DeSantis said it was up to the federal government. He said the state would have purchased home tests to distribute, but the federal government has “total control,” so the state was waiting for what happens next.