Greg Abbott now begs for federal help with COVID testing and treatment after opposing vaccine mandates. In a statement on Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he had requested federal assistance for testing locations.
Vaccine requirements have been a source of contention for Abbott. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has requested federal assistance in setting up testing sites for the COVID-19 vaccine which he has rejected in the past.
“Resources for federally-supported testing facilities and medical professionals as well as increased government allocations of monoclonal antibodies, ” Abbott stated in a news statement. In the battle against this virus, Abbott says “detecting COVID-19 and preventing COVID-related hospitalizations are crucial.”
As a result of the high number of positive test results and associated hospitalizations in Bexar County and the surrounding areas, Abbott said he sought funding for additional testing facilities in those areas. There have been at least 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas so far.
According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the counties with the highest numbers are Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant. On Thursday, there were 10,892 new cases in Texas, a 26.5 percent positive test rate, and over 5,500 COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The monoclonal antibody therapy sotrovimab, which has been proven to be effective against the Omicron variant, ran out last week, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
An Abbott tweet from Dec. 27 accused President Biden of failing to fulfill his promise to help states with their COVID-19 response and of stockpiling anti-body therapeutic medications preventing states from autonomous access to that medical therapy.
Texas is requesting the federal government to step up in this battle and provide the resources required to help safeguard Texans despite the Biden administration’s cutting supply of monoclonal antibody therapies and testing kits when they are most needed.
Abbott signed an executive order in October that prohibits any Texas agency, including private firms from requiring COVID-19 vaccines. Just a few days before, President Biden had announced his intention to mandate COVID-19 immunization or weekly testing for private sector employers with more than 100 workers.
“Federal government overreach once again, as the Biden Administration is now pressuring numerous private organizations to impose COVID-19 vaccination mandates, disrupting Texas’s workforce and threatening the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 tragedy,” Abbott remarked at the time.
On Friday, a federal court in Texas ordered to suspend Biden’s requirement that Head Start organizations get funds if they wear masks and receive vaccines, according to KVUE. “Texas just defeated Biden again,” Abbott declared after the decision was announced.
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