Retired Lt. Allen West, a former congressman from Florida, is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City on December 12, 2016. Pool photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/UPI | License Photo
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Unvaccinated Allen West, a candidate for Texas governor and a former member of the U.S. House representing South Florida, was being treated for COVID-19 at Medical City Plano, he said Sunday, a day after announcing that he had contracted the virus.
The 60-year-old Republican tweeted that he and his wife, Angela West, were admitted Saturday to a Dallas emergency room where they underwent monoclonal antibody infusion therapy.
His wife, who received the vaccine and had also contracted the virus, was released while he was transferred to the Plano medical facility, which is located about 24 miles north of Dallas, over "concerns of COVID-related pneumonia," he said, adding that he is awaiting the results of a chest X-ray.
He continued that the experience has made him "even more dedicated to fighting against vaccine mandates," despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines reduce risks of hospitalization, severe COVID-19 symptoms and death in those who are inoculated against the pandemic.
"Instead or enriching the pockets of Big Pharma and corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, we should be advocating the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy," he said, adding that if elected governor he would "vehemently crush anyone forcing vaccine mandates in the Lone Star State."
The tweet thread Sunday came a day after he posted a statement to Facebook Saturday that a chest X-ray showed he was suffering from COVID-19-related pneumonia that he said was "not serious" but would probably require him to be admitted to a hospital.
According to a later post, the retired Army lieutenant colonel was "experiencing a low-grade fever and light body aches," and that he would be suspending in-person events until he was better "[o]ut of concern for public health."
He said he was taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin -- two drugs that do not have a proven track record of success in treating Covid-19.
"I want to thank all of you for your prayers. Angela and I just completed the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy and are in the observation period," West wrote.
On Thursday, West spoke to a "packed house" at the Mission Generation Annual Gala Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.
Before moving to Texas, West served one term as a member of the U.S. House from 2011-13. He was defeated in the general election by Lois Frankel.
On July 4, West announced his bid for governor and stepped down as chairman of the Texas Republican Party.
Greg Abbott is seeking a third term for governor was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for coronavirus in August.