Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has written a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf, accusing the public health officials of ignoring many risks related to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
“Your ongoing decision to ignore many of the risks associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, alongside your efforts to manipulate the public into thinking they are harmless, have resulted in deep distrust in the American health care system,” Ladapo declared in the May 10 letter.
He asserted that their “collective decisions to deny that natural immunity confers comparable or superior protection to COVID-19 vaccination, push mRNA COVID-19 boosters for the young and healthy, and delay acknowledging the risks of vaccine-induced myocarditis have only sowed doubt between the American people and the public health community.”
The Sunshine State public health official listed a number of requests — among them, he pressed for the officials to “report why randomized clinical trials were not required prior to the approval of mRNA COVID-19 boosters, including the new bivalent booser.” He called for them to “Report the number of adolescents that have died within days of receiving a second dose or booster of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine,” and to “Explain why you have not required Pfizer to report results of its randomized trial in pregnant women … which was completed in July of 2022.” He also made various other requests.
In a March response to an earlier letter from Ladapo, Walensky and Califf had promoted COVID-19 vaccination.
“We stand firmly behind the safety and effectiveness of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which are fully supported by the available scientific data. Staying up to date on vaccination is the best way to reduce the risks of death and serious illness or hospitalization from COVID-19. Misleading people by overstating the risks, or emphasizing the risks without acknowledging the overwhelming benefits, unnecessarily causes vaccine hesitation and puts people at risk of death or serious illness that could have been prevented by timely vaccination,” they wrote.
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