Abbott has actively thwarted efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic by banning mask and vaccine mandates.
Yet once he was infected, he was given Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment despite being fully vaccinated and having no symptoms.
Gupta, a pulmonologist, tweeted:
COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in Texas in recent weeks, from around 1,000 daily cases reported in early July to over 20,000 cases reported on Monday.
Despite those rising numbers, just 45 percent of the state is fully vaccinated, well below the U.S. average of 51 percent.
NBC News reported on Tuesday that Abbott has told friends he has received a third dose of the vaccine.
Abbott’s positive test results came less than 24 hours after he attended a crowded event and posted images online showing him at the largely mask-free gathering.
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