Fla. Gov. DeSantis announces opening of COVID antibody treatment centers

In this undated image from video provided by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, vials are inspected at the company's facilities in New York state, for efforts on an experimental coronavirus antibody drug. Antibodies are proteins the body makes when an infection occurs; they attach to a virus and help the immune system eliminate it. (Regeneron via AP)

In this undated image from video provided by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, vials are inspected at the company's facilities in New York state, for efforts on an experimental coronavirus antibody drug. Antibodies are proteins the body makes when an infection occurs; they attach to a virus and help the immune system eliminate it. (Regeneron via AP)

In this undated image from video provided by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, vials are inspected at the company’s facilities in New York state, for efforts on an experimental coronavirus antibody drug. Antibodies are proteins the body makes when an infection occurs; they attach to a virus and help the immune system eliminate it. (Regeneron via AP)

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UPDATED 7:06 AM PT – Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) unveiled his latest plan to combat COVID-19, which includes opening antibody treatment sites. In the announcement Monday, the Republican said the site at Camping World Stadium in Orlando will be able to treat 320 patients a day, free of charge. DeSantis said he wants to use every tool at his dispense to protect the people of Florida.

“We’ve spoken to different systems and asked them: of your admitted patients for COVID, what percentage of them had received a monoclonal antibody prior to being admitted?” he explained. “And they say, well over 90 percent of their current admissions did not get the monoclonal antibody treatment, so that is a tool in the toolbox that really needs to be used.”

The Orlando center will also be open seven days a week with the goal of reducing hospitalizations in the state.

“We’ve really, I think, identified over the last couple weeks one thing that just wasn’t known enough in terms of, you know, what do you do when when you get a positive test of COVID-19,” DeSantis stated. “And basically, early treatment with these monoclonal antibodies, Regeneron and others, have proven to radically reduce the chance that somebody ends up being hospitalized.”

The Florida governor said there are plans to open up other COVID antibody centers, so people have an easier time finding treatment. The Republican then credited President Donald Trump by explaining that he’s the reason treatments are free for Floridians.

“The Regeneron, just so everyone knows, is free,” DeSantis explained. “The Trump administration basically just bought all of the monoclonal antibodies once they were being developed. So, it does not cost the state of Florida anything to get here, it does not cost the patients any money to receive it.”

Aside from Camping World Stadium, there’s an additional antibody site open in Jacksonville for COVID positive patients to seek treatment.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event with President Donald Trump on the environment at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends an event at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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