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If anyone disagrees with the FDA or the CDC, those agencies will punish those who speak out and do their best to discredit them. Both of these agencies already condemned Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Governor DeSantis, and they are having to take their licks again, but given the increased pushback that the federal government is getting, Florida is even more adamant about its condemnations of the feds. This was the reaction, in spite of the even-handed comments of SG Ladapo:
‘With the amount of immunity that’s in the community — with virtually every walking human being having some degree of immunity, and with the questions we have about safety and about effectiveness, especially about safety, my judgment is that it’s not a good decision for young people and for people who are not at high risk at this point in the pandemic,’ he said.
Two medical doctors have challenged Ladapo about his credibility:
Previous guidance by Ladapo about Covid-19 vaccine safety has been widely rejected by the medical community. Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University, said Wednesday it appeared that Ladapo and the others at the roundtable were selectively highlighting data to show problems with the new boosters.
‘In general, they’re cherry-picking data and facts and science,’ Salmon said. “And I think that they’re there, because they don’t want to recommend this vaccine for Florida.’
Is Salmon confused about Dr. Ladapo’s criticism? Does he think that Ladapo is rejecting the new vaccine out of spite? And when people use the “cherry-picking” criticism, you can often be confident that the evidence referenced might actually be accurate.
The other absurd and irrational response to Ladapo came from Jason Salemi, an epidemiology professor at University of South Florida College of Public Health. He claims, for one, that people under 65 are still at risk of death from Covid-19. He neglects to say how high the risk is, because it would damage his credibility. He also said:
‘Equipping ourselves with and implementing mitigation measures can result in considerably less severe illness, less long Covid, and less mortality, all with little impact on our day-to-day lives,’ Salemi wrote in an email. ‘So, there is clearly a need.’
The facts are, unfortunately for Salemi, that we are already experiencing much less severe illness; I suspect he has no data on long Covid, and death rates have dropped significantly since the virus appeared. But when you create your own facts, you can say anything you wish.
Governor DeSantis also continues to be attacked by the CDC and FDA; for one, he refuses to recommend vaccines for children under five. He has also recommended that the Florida legislature prohibit mandatory school mask mandates, and that bars be prohibited from requiring that employees get the vaccine.
Another misleading comment came from Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University:
‘COVID continues to be one of the 10 leading causes of death,’ Schaffner said. ‘We can keep two thoughts in our mind at the same time. Yes, it is true that children are less seriously affected than, for example, senior citizens.’
He continued, ‘However, although they are less affected, it doesn’t mean they’re unaffected. Indeed, they are infected severely enough.’
Schaffner advised parents who are concerned to directly speak to their children’s pediatricians about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Unfortunately for Dr. Schaffner, Covid is not listed as one of the ten leading causes of death, even as a sub-category; it appears this article collected its data from the CDC, which also does not include Covid in that list. Regarding children’s infection with Covid, I wonder what is their being infected “severely enough?” The only wise suggestion he offered (if a parent trusts her pediatrician) is to check with that doctor regarding vaccination for children.
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Given the information put out by credible medical sources against the vaccine, the lack of large-scale Covid testing by Big Pharma, and the unwillingness of public health organizations to challenge the CDC and FDA, the Florida Department of Health pushed back on the federal agencies:
‘The response from the federal government is just another redundant display of the same apathetic talking point of ‘safe and effective,’ a spokesperson said in a statement. ‘Googling their fact sheets would have achieved the same result. While the Feds gaslight the American public, Florida pushes for the truth.’
The statement continued, ‘Three inquiries remain unanswered: 1. Access to raw patient-level data to allow for unbiased research. 2. Adequate attention surrounding the risks detected by numerous researchers around the world. 3. Public transparency from the CDC, FDA, and Big Pharma.’
Until Florida gets some answers, it will continue to fight back.
P.S. Watch the Feds push back even more with DeSantis running for President.Published in