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To the consternation of Florida Democrats and the corporate media, Dr. Joseph Ladapo is unwilling to reveal whether he has received the COVID-19 vaccination.
GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis tapped Ladapo to be Florida’s surgeon general, i.e., the state’s top doctor, which requires approval from the legislature to make it official.
During a long round of questioning in an Ethics and Elections Committee hearing in Tallahassee, Democrat state senators, among other things, wanted to know if he had gotten the jab.
“Ladapo would not disclose if he has been vaccinated, saying that is private medical information. He also said that ‘with the vaccines, as time goes by, the protection from infection declines” but “unfortunately, there’s been little discussion about this,'” the Associated Press reported. “The surgeon general has previously said the vaccines provide high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization and death.”
He also said that “I personally believe that people can make their decisions for themselves with information and I think that in some ways they probably make decisions that they’re more comfortable with if elements like coercion or misrepresentation of data or hiding of data are not part of the process.”
(Video: WPLG Local 10)
Ladapo received both a medical degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, credentials that gatekeeping liberals typically cherish. He immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria with his family at age five.
The physician and Gov. DeSantis are obviously no fans of lockdowns, vaccine mandates, or mask mandates, however, which are deal-breakers for the authoritarian left but are policy positions that have encouraged Americans to relocate to Florida in droves.
Apart from informed consent and medical privacy, the my body, my choice philosophy apparently no longer applies in the COVID era. Nor apparently does the left’s traditional skepticism of corporate America such as entities that include the pharmaceutical industry.
He and the governor have backed monoclonal anti-body treatments and other therapeutics, and Ladapo has also underscored the importance of an active lifestyle and nutrition as components for a healthy immune system.
This drama is playing out even as quite a few blue-state governors are dropping mask mandates.
Florida Surgeon Gen. bucks media narrative on masking kids: ‘We’re going to stay close to the data’ https://t.co/ZLhpcIWzKx pic.twitter.com/1DWuRjZBKY
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 21, 2021
In a party-line vote, Ladapo’s nomination cleared the committee, setting the stage for a confirmation vote in the full state senate next week.
Ladapo is predictably being denounced by the vaccine-or-nothing hawks on social media. But he also enjoys support from many others. Here is just a sample:
Hypocrite virtue signaling FL Dem State Senators @loriberman and @TinaPolsky normally don’t wear masks, but they’ve gotten into costume today at the confirmation hearing of rockstar @FLSurgeonGen Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
There’s literally not one honest Democrat in this nation. pic.twitter.com/K9RfeqRPwM
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 8, 2022
Not sure why it’s anyone’s business if he did or didn’t.
— Aleah Paul (@aleah_paul) February 9, 2022
He looks young and healthy – why would he need the jab?
— Julie Orosz (@julie_orosz) February 10, 2022
His vaccination status is no one’s business but his own. At what point, prior to Covid, did you ever feel the need to ask someone if they were inoculated with MMR, Polio, our any other vaccine. Societal behavior has been altered by politicians continuing to stoke fear
— Gennaro Prudente (@Gennaro215) February 10, 2022
It is nobody’s f**king business who got what vaccine or not. You do you and let other’s manage themselves. I’m vaxxed but I don’t believe in mandates and you don’t need to know my personal health choices. @JosephLadapo
— Lovemaui (@1040joyce) February 9, 2022
Can we ask politicians what prescription drugs they take on a daily basis? Would live to start with #BidenIsALaughingstock and nancy
— Kelly Spano Turtle 🇺🇸 (@WallaceVon1) February 9, 2022
What ever happened to HIPPA? Why is it anyone’s business who is vaccinated or not? If you have the vaccine why do you care if others have it? #MyBodyMyChoice
— Billy Bo Banjo (@BillyBoBanjo) February 10, 2022
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