At a hospital with COVID, conservative Texan running for governor condemns vaccine mandates

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Allen West, a conservative and Republican gubernatorial candidate of Texas, was receiving care for COVID-19 in a hospital on Sunday, he said on Twitter, noting that his experience with the disease had strengthened his opposition to vaccine mandates.

West, 60, served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party for less than a year before resigning in June. He has opposed vaccine mandates and is not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to his Twitter page.

A former Florida congressman for a term, he is now campaigning to oust Republican Governor Greg Abbott in 2022.

“I can attest that after this experience, I am even more dedicated to fighting vaccine mandates,” West said Sunday, in a series of tweets he sent while receiving care at a hospital in Plano, Texas.

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West said he was receiving monoclonal antibody treatment and his condition was improving, although there were still “COVID-related pneumonia concerns.”

His wife Angela, who was hospitalized with the virus at the same time as him on Saturday but was vaccinated, was released to return home, West said.

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