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West says COVID-19 hospitalization made him 'more dedicated' to fight against vaccine mandates

The Hill
The Hill
 2021-10-11
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Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West (R), who is currently recovering from COVID-19, said his hospitalization with the virus has made him “more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates.”

West, who announced Saturday night that he has coronavirus-related pneumonia, advocated for monoclonal antibody infusion therapy as a way to combat COVID-19 instead of vaccines.

“I can attest that, after this experience, I am even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates. Instead of enriching the pockets of Big Pharma and corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, we should be advocating the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy,” Allen said on Twitter from the hospital Sunday morning.

Allen and his wife, Angela West, underwent monoclonal antibody infusion therapy at a Dallas emergency room on Saturday, the candidate revealed in a tweet. He said he now has natural immunity and double the antibodies.

West, a former GOP U.S. House member representing Florida and the ex-chair of the Texas Republican Party, is running to unseat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), whom West has criticized for his handling of the pandemic and his stance on immigration at Texas's border with Mexico.

State Sen. Don Huffines (R) is also running in the Republican primary for governor.

West wrote on Twitter that if he is elected governor he will “crush” any individuals who attempt to implement vaccine mandates.

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

“Our bodies are our last sanctuary of liberty and freedom, I will defend that for everyone, even the progressive socialist jackasses who must be saved from themselves,” he added.

Angela West, who is vaccinated, was released from the hospital to return home, according to a tweet from Allen West. The candidate, who has not yet received the shot, is still at Medical City in Plano, Texas.

West said his oxygen saturation levels are now between 94 and 96, after previously dropping to 85. He said his blood pressure is at 120 over 74 and his recent temperature was 98.7.

West has suspended in-person campaign events until he is cleared to return to the trail.

Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 in a breakthrough case in August. At the time of his announcement, he said he was experiencing no symptoms.

More than 72 percent of Texans aged 12 and older are at least partially inoculated against COVID-19, according to the state’s vaccine tracker.

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Ross Bagley
10-11

Does Alan West know that the monoclonal antibodies infused into his bloodstream were made by the same pharma companies that make the shots? But cost 100-1000x more than the vaccines and are only available to to after you're at serious risk of long covid (aka long term organ and brain damage)?Which Big Pharma donors contributed to his campaign funds?

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Cheryl White
10-11

If "our bodies are our last sanctuary of liberty and freedom" why has his state of Texas taken that liberty away from women with unwanted pregnancies? Maybe those freedoms are only for the men?

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Shelly Burns
10-11

Prayers for a speedy recovery Mr. West. Your defense of our constituional rights are deeply appreciated most needed. You shouldn't have to defend what is already ours according to the Constitution of the U.S. God be with you in your efforts, and thank you again for fighting the good fight.

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