Harrison Smith, a reporter for the InfoWars network, posted a viral video documenting him being denied the use of the FDA-approved monoclonal antibody treatment known to help fight the adverse effects of a Covid infection because he is white. Texas has strict guidelines based on race and pre-existing conditions that determine whether you are eligible to receive the life-saving monoclonal treatment.
Denied medical service because of my race. pic.twitter.com/FgtO3oiSPG
— Harrison Hill Smith (@Harrison_of_TX) November 13, 2021
The nurse was captured on video explaining to Harrison Smith that he did not meet the criteria to receive the Covid treatment because he needs to be either 65 years or older, has a pre-existing medical condition, or be Hispanic or black.
Smith asked the nurse, “so I won’t be able to qualify? What if I smoke? or Vape?” The nurse indicates that Smith would still not qualify.
“Okay, but if I were black and Hispanic, I’d be able to qualify?” Smith questioned.
“Yep,” the nurse said frankly.
At this point, Smith begins to laugh at the obvious insanity. “Okay. So, I’m being denied medical service because of my race,” said Smith.
Under Smith’s thread, a Twitter user and radio host, Dave Reily (@realDaveReily), uploaded a separate video/audio recording of him calling the Texas Infusion Hotline. The operator from the hotline confirms that Texas determines who can get antibodies based on their race, age, and medical condition.
— Dave Reilly (@realDaveReilly) November 13, 2021
“There [are] eligibility criteria that we go by, and African American and Hispanic are high-risk ethnicity groups, so that would be a qualifier, but that doesn’t mean we don’t give it to white people,” the operator said. “We are prioritizing more vulnerable populations – so people who have an underlying medical condition, people with a BMI of 25 or higher, people who are 65 years of age or up, or high-risk ethnicity groups can get it.”
“So if you are a healthy, in-shape, caucasian and you show up, you are not going to get an infusion?” Reily asked the operator to clarify.
“Based on the criteria that we go by right now, that is correct,” admits the Texas Infusion Hotline operator admits.
The information packet passed out to pregnant patients at MacArthur Medical Center in North Texas confirms that part of the requirement to be approved for monoclonal antibodies is to be in a “High-risk Ethnicity Groups (Latin X or Black).”
According to the Texas Health and Human Services memo on the eligibility requirements to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment, the patient’s race is not in the document; however, age, chronic medical conditions, and severe obesity are included on the list.
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