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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Florida, the land of idiots

Florida’s quack surgeon general allegedly faked COVID-19 reports; one county has now banned vaccines

Rebekah Sager, Daily Kos Staff

Florida’s Lee County Republican Party took a vote and passed its anti-science resolution titled “Ban the Jab.” The measure bans the sale and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and is now headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.

According to WINK News, Dr. Joe Sansone, a psychotherapist and the man behind the resolution, calls the vaccine a “biological and technological” weapon.

Sansone, who is not an epidemiologist, writes that “government agencies, media and tech companies and other corporations, have committed enormous fraud by claiming COVID injections are safe and effective.”

“The Lee County Republican Party is going to be on the vanguard of this campaign to stop the genocide because we have foreign non-governmental entities that are unleashing biological weapons on the American people,” Sansone said. “If you got this shot, you go home and hug your pregnant wife—she can have a miscarriage through skin contact.” What?

Sansone provides no evidence or studies to prove his inane theories—because, of course, there are none.

Similar to offerings by the state’s Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo, who recommended that men between the ages of 18 and 39 not get the mRNA vaccine for COVID based on a “seriously flawed” study that it increases the risk of cardiac-related death.

“This is the first time that we’ve seen a state government weaponize bad science to spread anti-vaccine disinformation as official policy,” David Gorski, a surgical oncologist, and debunker of anti-vaccine misinformation wrote in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.  He added that the move by Ladapo was “a dangerous new escalation in anti-vaccine propaganda.”

But not only was Ladapo’s anti-vaxxer agenda clear, but according to an anonymous source to Politico, he allegedly falsified the report he used to make his recommendations.

The Florida Department of Health’s inspector general received the information regarding the fake report, claiming that Ladapo committed “scientific fraud” and “manipulated data.”

“The analysis performed in DOH did not find this,” the source wrote, according to Politico. “He manipulated the final draft of the analysis.”

The report was eventually closed last November after the complainant didn’t follow up with questions. And Ladapo has denied the accusations.

In March 2022, Ladapo, a rabid anti-masker, also advised against children getting the COVID-19 jab.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 17.

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Ladapo repeatedly called the pandemic “Covid mania,” saying it has “wreaked havoc on science and its influence on policy.”

“Vaccines are up to the person. There’s nothing special about them compared to any other preventive measure,” he said soon after being named to the position. “The state should be promoting good health, and vaccination isn’t the only path to that. It’s been treated almost like a religion. It’s just senseless. There are lots of good pathways to health.”

The mostly-white Lee County boasts a population of around 780,000 people. There’ve been nearly 240,000 cases of COVID and 2,550 deathsThe New York Times reports.

Florida has lost over 86,000 lives to COVID and clocked over 7.47 million cases.