Current candidate for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Texas, Allen West, announced over the weekend that he had been hospitalized with COVID-19, but emphasized to supporters that he was “doing great,” receiving treatment, and holding firm in his opposition to vaccine mandates, according to CBS News.
During an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, West declared that he had “no complaints” and that he was “just relaxing” while awaiting the outcome of a chest X-ray taken that same morning, as Politico noted.
The outlet added that the former Florida congressman and his wife had both received positive COVID-19 diagnoses following a fundraiser held in Seabrook, Texas earlier in the week, and that while Angela West had been vaccinated, Allen West had not.
West noted that physicians expressed concern about his lowered oxygen saturation level on Saturday and that both he and his wife had been given monoclonal antibody treatments and that he had also taken Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, as CBS News further reported.
Contrary to the multitude of media stories highlighting the regret supposedly felt by COVID-19 patients who had declined vaccination prior to falling ill, West declared that his hospitalization and subsequent experiences have made him more committed opposing forced jabs.
“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,” West said in a Sunday tweet.
West’s confidence in the treatment he received as Medical City Hospital in Plano was apparently well-placed, as Fox News reported that he was released from the facility on Monday, a fact the gubernatorial hopeful confirmed himself in a video message recorded from his home.
Crediting his continued recovery and short-term hospital stay to the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment and Budesonide nebulizers, West took the opportunity to declare, “There are so many other protocols out there that we should be recommending to people. This should not be about forcing people to take a certain shot.”
Thanking well-wishers and those who prayed for him and his wife during their illness, West pledged that after a period of further recuperation as well as a negative COVID-19 test, he would return to the campaign trail and continue his challenge of current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.