Texas Republican Allen West Goes On Anti-Vaccine Rant While Hospitalized With COVID-19

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Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate and conspiracy theorist Allen West has spent the previous couple of days occurring a tirade towards the COVID-19 vaccine ― all whereas being hospitalized with the coronavirus.

The unvaccinated former congressman tweeted on Sunday that he and his spouse had obtained monoclonal antibody therapies at an emergency room in Dallas a day earlier. He stated “the results were immediate,” though well being care suppliers saved him on the hospital as a result of issues over his COVID-19 pneumonia and low blood oxygen ranges. His spouse, who’s vaccinated, was allowed to be discharged from the hospital and go dwelling.

But regardless of benefiting from an intensive and certain costly medical intervention by skilled professionals ― one he could not have wanted had he chosen to get vaccinated ― the right-wing figure went on Twitter to attack vaccines, that are based mostly on years of analysis and confirmed to reduce the chance and severity of a COVID-19 an infection.

“I can attest that, after this experience, I am even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates,” West tweeted. “Instead of enriching the pockets of Big Pharma and corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, we should be advocating the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy.”

In reality, pharmaceutical giants like Regeneron and GlaxoSmithKline manufacture monoclonal antibody injections. The therapy can be costly, whereas the federal government has made the vaccine free to the general public to extend its accessibility.

On Monday, West continued his tirade from his hospital mattress by accusing the federal authorities of “manipulative deception” and “running propaganda commercials” of households saying they want their unvaccinated family members who died of COVID-19 would have agreed to get the shot.

He also endorsed unproven, typically harmful strategies of “treating” COVID-19 ― corresponding to through the use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin and the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Despite West’s claims, neither drug has been confirmed to deal with the virus.

West announced on Saturday that he and his spouse had examined optimistic for COVID-19 and that he would seemingly be admitted to the hospital after his chest X-rays detected COVID-19 pneumonia. Before getting hospitalized, West acknowledged that he was taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin ― the very medicine he falsely claimed would assist him fight a critical an infection.

West was a congressman in Florida earlier than changing into chair of the Texas Republican Party, a title he gave up a month earlier than asserting in July that he can be difficult Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott is operating for a 3rd time period and has been endorsed by Donald Trump.

West, a tea occasion favourite, rose within the GOP ranks by changing into a lightning rod for controversy, at one level accusing Democrats of getting as many as 80 communists of their House caucus whereas he was a congressman. In Texas, he started attacking Republicans as effectively, calling the GOP speaker of the state House a “traitor” for working throughout the aisle.

West also led a protest outside Abbott’s mansion over COVID-19 restrictions in October 2020, criticizing the governor’s government orders that included a statewide masks mandate and lockdowns. Those restrictions are now not in place ― the truth is, Abbott signed an executive order on Monday that prohibits all COVID-19 vaccine mandates within the state.