Former Rep. Allen West announces he has COVID-19

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, file photo, Texas gubernatorial hopeful Allen West speaks at the Cameron County Conservatives anniversary celebration, in Harlingen, Texas. West, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, said Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, that he has received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)By AFRO Staff

Allen West, Republican candidate for governor of Texas and former Representative of Florida’s 22nd District, announced that he has COVID via Facebook.

Mr. West announced that he has pneumonia as a consequence of his COVID-19 infection. He remains hospitalized at the time of this writing.

Mr. West and his wife are both infected with COVID. Mr. West was not vaccinated, his wife, Angela West, a doctor, was vaccinated. Dr. West has been sent home, Mr. West remains under observation.

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Defiant and undeterred despite demonstrable lack of judgement, Mr. West is now campaigning from his hospital bed.

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

Mr. West is almost certainly not repeating what his doctor has told him.

“Given the COVID-19 vaccination provides strong protection against severe disease and need for hospitalization, monoclonal antibody therapy is an option for high-risk patients with COVID-19 who are either not previously fully vaccinated, who are severely immunocompromised or those who remain at high-risk for hospitalization or death, despite vaccination,” University of Utah wrote October 8 in its newsfeed. “Treatment is not effective for people who are already hospitalized or severely ill with COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies should not be considered a replacement for vaccination.”

“As Governor of Texas, I will vehemently crush anyone forcing vaccine mandates in the Lone Star State,” Mr. West continued from the hospital. “There are far better protocols that individual citizens can utilize and decide for themselves.”

“While we have this treatment and it does help keep high-risk people out of the hospital, it doesn’t bring hospitalization rates down to zero,” Dr. Emily R.M. Sydnor Spivak, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told University of Utah, “Some people will still be hospitalized for COVID-19. The most effective thing you can do is get vaccinated and to wear a mask.”

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