Florida’s Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo, has faced criticism from the medical community for his stance on Covid-19 vaccine safety. Ladapo and others at a roundtable have been accused of selectively highlighting data to show problems with the new vaccine boosters. Medical experts have pointed out that there are credible studies showing that healthy people under 65 can still die from Covid-19. The CDC and FDA have approved new vaccine boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, but Ladapo argues that there are alleged risks associated with these boosters and wants doctors to inform patients about them. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been critical of mask and vaccine mandates, has aligned himself with Ladapo’s views. DeSantis has previously opposed providing vaccines for young children and has pushed for legislation banning school mask mandates and protecting unvaccinated employees. Ladapo, a well-known vaccine skeptic, has warned against the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in the past and has been accused of altering a state study to suggest that these vaccines pose a health risk to young men. Following the roundtable, DeSantis expressed his opposition to the boosters, stating that Florida will not let its residents be used as “guinea pigs.” FDA officials have assured the public that the boosters have met rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 90,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Florida, with over 7.7 million testing positive.
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