DeSantis Demands Study of COVID Vaccines, Even as New Research Shows Millions of Lives Have Been Saved by Them

With out offering specifics, DeSantis made unfounded insinuations of “wrongdoing” by those that created the vaccines.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) introduced on Tuesday plans to petition the state Supreme Courtroom to determine a grand jury with a purpose to examine “any and all wrongdoing” he believes exists referring to coronavirus vaccines.

DeSantis gave no indication of what kind of specific wrongdoing he believes could have occurred, both by vaccine producers or by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC). DeSantis, together with state Surgeon Basic Joseph Ladapo, did counsel, nevertheless, that the vaccines have been linked to coronary heart issues, together with, as Ladapo said in a statement, the “sudden deaths of people that acquired the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.” These claims mirror others which were made up to now with no basis in truth, research and different fact-checks have discovered.

DeSantis voiced a basic doubt about COVID-19 vaccines and whether or not they may very well be trusted. “In Florida, it’s unlawful to mislead and misrepresent, particularly if you find yourself speaking in regards to the efficacy of a drug,” he said, with out giving any indication of how producers misled the general public on the vaccines.

The Florida governor, who’s seen as a possible Republican candidate for president in 2024, also expressed deep skepticism against the CDC, stating that, “something they put out, you simply assume, at this level, that it’s not well worth the paper it’s printed on.”

Critics lambasted the governor for his proposed grand jury investigation, stating that his goals have been extra political than out of concern for public well being.

“That is simply one other instance of politicizing well being care. I actually don’t perceive the place they’re going with it,” Lisa Gwynn, a former president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said regarding the announcement.

DeSantis has certainly politicized the coronavirus disaster up to now, capitalizing on anti-vaccine sentiments and aversions to precautionary measures that some Florida residents, significantly these with conservative viewpoints, have expressed because the begin of the pandemic. DeSantis, for instance, bought “Don’t Fauci My Florida” shirts and different merchandise on his marketing campaign web site, whilst coronavirus charges surged within the state.

The governor has long-touted a hands-off, “freedom” response to tackling the pandemic, and has bragged about low coronavirus case counts as he reopened the state prior to others — however notably, an audit this previous summer season discovered that Florida officers had vastly undercounted what number of residents have been affected by the virus, with many instances and deaths within the state going unreported.

Florida currently ranks as the 14th worst state in the U.S. by way of how many individuals are presently dying from COVID-19 on a per capita foundation.

Contradicting DeSantis’s narrative, numerous studies have showcased that vaccines for coronavirus aren’t solely protected but additionally efficient. One study, for instance, discovered {that a} 10 % enhance in vaccination ranges resulted in 12 % fewer hospitalizations. And a recently published study from the Commonwealth Fund and Yale School of Public Health estimates that 18.5 million hospitalizations and three.2 million deaths within the U.S. have been prevented due to the vaccines, with these estimates deemed conservative by researchers.

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