(ReliableNews.org) – New York City has consistently had some of the strictest COVID-19 mandates in the nation throughout the pandemic. Yet, it’s still struggling to get a handle on the crisis. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is now begging the federal government for help.
During a news conference on December 19, de Blasio spoke directly to President Joe Biden’s administration. He said the city needs “help now” and asked for not just vaccines, but also access to more monoclonal antibody treatments. It’s a treatment that has been shown to help prevent the most serious illness in many patients if it’s administered early enough.
The mayor wants Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to produce more antibody treatments, at-home test kits, and the Pfizer COVID-19 treatment pill once it’s authorized.
Mayor de Blasio asks President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act, says, rightly, that NYC needs more at-home tests, more monoclonal antibody treatments, and fast-tracking of Pfizer’s antiviral pill, Paxlovid.
— Mara Gay (@MaraGay) December 19, 2021
The antibody treatment the mayor wants to be made available has been widely used in other places, including Florida. In fact, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently criticized other leaders around the country for talking about lockdowns while failing to check if the monoclonal antibody treatment is available, especially now that the Omicron variant is rapidly spreading.
The White House has not responded to de Blasio’s public plea. Mayor-elect Eric Adams will take over the NYC government on January 1. Perhaps he will put more effective measures in place to keep people safe.
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