Abbott has actively thwarted efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic by banning mask and vaccine mandates.
Yet once he was infected, he was given Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment, despite being fully vaccinated and having no symptoms.
Gupta, a pulmonologist, tweeted:
Quickly getting access to monoclonal antibody therapy when you’re the fully vaccinated, asymptomatic Governor of Texas shows just how anxious and scared @GregAbbott_TX actually is of a virus that he constantly downplays.
Hope Texans take note.
— Dr. Vin Gupta (@VinGuptaMD) August 17, 2021
COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in Texas in recent weeks, from around 1,000 daily cases reported in early July to over 20,000 cases reported on Monday.
Despite those rising numbers, just 45% of the state is fully vaccinated, well below the U.S. average of 51%.
NBC News reported on Tuesday that Abbott has told friends he has received a third dose of the vaccine.
Abbott’s positive test results came less than 24 hours after he attended a crowded GOP event and posted images online showing him at the largely mask-free gathering.
Another standing room only event in Collin County tonight.
Thank y’all for the enthusiastic reception.
Let's keep this energy up and send a message that Texas values are NOT up for grabs in 2022. pic.twitter.com/wlPZyrHpx3
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 17, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.