Allen West, a Tea Party brand now running for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, said on Saturday he received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with Covid-19 pneumonia.
He also said his wife, Angela West, had also tested positive and received antibodies.
According to his Twitter account, Allen West has not been vaccinated against the virus. His wife has.
West “has publicly stated that he supports individual choice and that is reflected in his own family,” a tweet said.
Antibodies are used to treat people in the early stages of a coronavirus infection.
West too noted he was “already taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin”. The first drug is an antimalarial, the second an antiparasitic used in humans and animals. Both are popular among anti-vaccination campaigners but have no proven utility against Covid-19. Experts warn of the possible side effects of their use.
“My chest x-rays show Covid pneumonia,” West wrote, “no big deal. I will probably be admitted to the hospital. There is a concern about my oxygen saturation levels, which are at 89 and they should be at 95. ”
On Thursday, West said he attended a Mission Generation annual “Full House” gala and fundraiser in Seabrook, Texas. On Saturday, he tweeted that he was “suspending events in person until he received a clear indication.”
Former Florida congressman West announced in July that he would challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbot, who is running for a third term and has been endorsed by Donald Trump – and has also seen a fight with Covid.
West’s announcement came a month after he resigned as chairman of the Texas Republican Party.
West won a US House seat in Florida in 2010 and became a Tea Party favorite and political lightning rod, at one point accusing Democrats of having as many as 80 Communists in their House caucus. . He was not re-elected in 2012.
He then moved to Texas and largely stayed out of the limelight until he ran for president of the state GOP last year.
West began to criticize Republicans as much as Democrats, calling the Republican President of Texas House a “traitor” for working across the aisle, then leading a protest outside Abbott’s mansion against the restrictions. on coronaviruses.
In October 2020, West participated in a protest outside Abbot’s home, criticizing the Republican governor’s executive orders – including a statewide mask mandate and lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictions are no longer in place.