Allen West, a brand who is running for the Republican nomination to run for governor of Texas, has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. The former Florida Republican congressman is unvaccinated and has vehemently opposed vaccination warrants. West’s wife, who is vaccinated, also tested positive and was hospitalized briefly but was later released after receiving treatment with monoclonal antibodies. West tested positive for the virus just days after attending a Crowded fundraiser in Seabrook, Texas.
While in hospital, West sent out a series of tweets in which he criticized vaccination warrants while also promoting unapproved treatments for the coronavirus. “Our bodies are our last sanctuary of freedom and liberty”, he wrote. In un tweet, the 60-year-old Westerner said he took the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the antiparasitic ivermectin, neither of which have been approved to treat COVID-19. West has also received monoclonal antibody treatments and said he stayed in the hospital in part because doctors were concerned about his oxygen saturation levels, but he is otherwise feeling well. “No complaints. I’m just relaxing, ”West told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview.
Despite his hospitalization, West wrote on Twitter that he is now “even more dedicated to the fight against vaccination warrants” in part because they end up “enriching the pockets of Big Pharma.” But, as the Washington Post points out, monoclonal antibodies are actually much more expensive than vaccines. Monoclonal antibodies cost around $ 2,100 per dose while the more expensive COVID-19 vaccines cost around $ 20 per injection. He also criticized “propaganda ads” which include testimonials from people who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 saying they wish they had been vaccinated. “This level of manipulative deception must end”, he wrote.
West, a former president of the Texas Republican Party, announced in July that he would challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is running for a third term. Abbott, who is vaccinated, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August. “Cecilia and I send our best wishes to Allen and Angela”, Abbott tweeted on Saturday. “You are in our prayers. Recover quickly. “