As the DeSantis administration rails against the FDA decision to limit use of monoclonal antibody treatments made by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, worth noting both companies say they agree with the feds that these drugs aren’t effective against omicron.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 25, 2022
Regeneron left, Lilly right: https://t.co/3QWxqDC4zC pic.twitter.com/3vDj4ojWjm
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
No Pill's Gonna Cure My Ill
Even if I can't quite put my finger on why Governor DeSantis became convinced that Regeneron was going to be a major part of his herd immunity strategy, it's clear that there never was a "magic pill" that would get us through the pandemic. For one thing, new variants might not respond well to previously developed treatments, but also, natural immunity from prior infection appears to wane.
The facts don't matter to DeSantis (any more than facts care about his feelings or political ambitions), so he will moan that the FDA is the villain for telling him what he does not want to hear. But the FDA (and the companies that make the treatments in question) are only following the science.
As with blaming Fauci, for, well, everything, there is a temptation to put a human face on the pandemic to give people someone to lash out at. It's the pharmaceutical industry's fault (although why this is a "them" problem regarding vaccines and not antiviral medications, I'm not certain), it's the big bad nanny state's fault for wanting mandates that impose on "freedoms". Part of that is just political posturing, but I do think there is also a psychological desire for the there to be a face to punch when COVID-19, invisible to the naked eye, has no face, or a body to imprison for the high volume of deaths, when COVID-19 hasn't got an ass to toss in the clink.
There was never going to be an easy solution, but what DeSantis is showing is a public performance to mask incompetent public policy. But I do not think he is a good enough actor to really do that.
UPDATE: Apparently, DeSantis' surgeon general will be facing tough questions over his competency, which sounds about right.
UPDATE: More Republican performance over drugs that don't work.
192 Republicans vote against $28 million for baby formula shortage pic.twitter.com/7hZv4DUe8p — Acyn (@Acyn) May 19, 2022 In a word: no. ...