By Art Moore
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed a new surgeon general and health secretary who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, arguing government must tell the truth to citizens and protect their autonomy.
“We’re done with fear,” said Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-trained professor of medicine who was born in Nigeria
Fear, he said at a news conference Tuesday, has been “a centerpiece of health policy in the United States ever since the beginning of the pandemic, and it’s over here. Expiration date. It’s done.”
He said vaccination has been “treated almost like a religion, and that’s just senseless.”
“There are lots of good pathways to health; vaccination is not the only one,” said Ladapo. “We support measures for good health, vaccination, losing weight, eating more fruits and vegetables.”
Ladapo, a professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, said COVID policies must “respect human rights.”
People do have autonomy over their lives. It’s not OK, it’s not virtuous, and it’s not right to just take away those rights from individuals,” he said.
A reporter on Tuesday asked him whether or not the COVID-19 vaccines should be feared.
Ladapo said the fears are driven by a “climate of mistrust.”
“That was a direct result of scientists, my colleagues, some of them, taking the science and basically misrepresenting it to fit their agendas,” the physician said.
“This idea that people don’t get to make their own decisions on issues of health is wrong, and it’s not something that we’re going to be about.”
DeSantis praised Lapado for his candor.
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