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Allen West hospitalized after announcing he and his wife have COVID-19

Allen West, the former head of the GOP in Texas who is now a candidate for governor, has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

West first announced on Twitter Saturday that he and his wife tested positive and have received monoclonal antibody infusions.

West said on Saturday that he expected to be admitted to the hospital as a precaution after x-rays showed he has COVID pneumonia.

His campaign also announced that he is taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin — neither of which have proven effective in treating the disease, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA has warned the public not to take ivermectin, a livestock dewormer, to treat COVID-19.

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West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former Florida Congressman, stated that he believes in personal choice for vaccinations. His wife is vaccinated. He is not.

Early in the pandemic, West was critical of public health policies such as mask mandates, including early actions that Governor Greg Abbott took to prevent the spread of the disease. West stepped down as GOP chair this summer to challenge Abbott.

Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for the coronavirus in August. He tweeted Sunday, "Cecilia and I are sending well wishes to Allen and Angela. You are in our prayers. Get well soon."

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Jerry Clayton can be reached at jerry@tpr.org or on Twitter at @jerryclayton.