A Republican from Texas does not seem to be suffering from the deadly disease anymore, a medical examination found.
Gov. Greg Abbott tested negative to COVID-19 on Aug. 21. The result came four days after being diagnosed with the breakthrough infection.
“I am now testing negative for COVID,” he said on Twitter.
Abbott applauded the COVID-19 vaccines for helping him rapidly recover from the virus.
“I am told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination I received,” he said. “I will continue to quarantine as recommended by doctors, and I will keep working on issues affecting Texas.”
Medical examinations of first lady Cecilia Abbott also found no sign of infection.
I am now testing negative for Covid.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 21, 2021
I am told that my infection was brief & mild because of the vaccination I received.
I will continue to quarantine as recommended by doctors.
And, I will keep working on issues affecting Texas.
God bless you all.
And God bless Texas. pic.twitter.com/VOqpUCONKS
The governor became infected during the Lone Star’s Delta wave. New cases and hospitalizations have reached levels comparable to last winter’s outbreak. The state is also nearing its previous pandemic high.
The governor revealed he was administered Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized the therapy under emergency use powers. The treatment is touted to work best during early stages of the virus.
The Republican vowed to do everything in his power to make antibody therapy available to Texans. The state has already established nine antibody infusion sites in a bid to save hospital space for the most serious cases and avoid hospitalizations.
Regeneron antibodies can be administered to children as young as 12 years-old. Patients are advised to seek treatment as soon as they receive a positive result. The therapy does not work on those who have already developed severe symptoms.
Abbott believes he was asymptomatic when testing positive for the virus because the vaccine protected him from experiencing more severe symptoms.
The Republican governor may have differences of opinion about President Joe Biden’s harsh public COVID-19 protocols and mandates. However, on the issue of vaccination, he does not oppose the jab and continues to recommend Texans to take them for their own protection.
Several patients have decided against taking the jab due to religious reasons, and uncertainty over blood clotting, heart inflammation, and other adverse side-effects experienced by some people.
New York Times’s data tracker found Texas recorded 87,011 new infections on Aug. 21. The state recorded 51 percent of its population is fully vaccinated, while 60 percent has already received at least one dose.