FLORIDA — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that his administration secured 15,000 doses of Regeneron, out of the 30,000 requested from the federal government, for Floridians. 

What You Need To Know

  • Florida to obtain 15,000 Regeneron doses, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

  • The state requested 30,000 doses from the federal government, he says

  • The governor has touted the antibody therapy treatment for COVID

  • Doses will be deployed as soon as they are received, DeSantis says

DeSantis continues to tout the effectiveness of the antibody therapy treatment on COVID-positive patients and says he will continue to push back against the Biden administration's hold on the supply of monoclonals for the state of Florida. In a release, the governor's office said the Florida Division of Emergency Management sent a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services "offering logistical support to receive the additional doses as quickly as possible, including picking them up and driving them to Florida."

"Before the Biden Administration seized control of the monoclonal supply after Florida pioneered its widespread use and demonstrated its efficacy, approximately 30,000 doses per week were being administered to Floridians, saving countless lives," the statement said. "We will rapidly deploy the 15,000 doses that we have now secured, but the Biden Administration is still obstructing the state of Florida's ability to manage our own supply of monoclonal antibodies and I will continue to seek additional doses for Floridians."

Earlier this week, DeSantis announced plans to open more monoclonal treatment sites across the state as omicron continues to spread. 

DeSantis said the state will get treatment sites open immediately once the state receives treatments from the federal government. 

The governor also announced yesterday in West Palm Beach a plan to provide 1 million at-home COVID tests to seniors in Florida. The tests will be sent to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.