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DeSantis & Ladapo condemn feds’ decision to stop sending COVID-19 antibody treatments which don’t work on omicron

By Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Jan 25, 2022. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo are condemning Monday’s decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to halt the distribution of antibody treatments that have become central to the state’s COVID response. And DeSantis is even teasing at taking

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DeSantis urges healthy, asymptomatic Floridians to forgo COVID-19 testing even as omicron case count skyrockets

By Liz Freeman and Frank Gluck, Naples Daily News, Jan 4, 2022. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Floridians who have not been credibly exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms don’t need to get tested and are overwhelming already overcrowded test sites. DeSantis, joined by Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Agency for Health

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DeSantis downplays COVID-19 vaccines and pushes antibody treatment unproven against omicron

By Gerard Albert III and Chris Persaud, Palm Beach Post, Jan 3, 2022. FORT LAUDERDALE — In his first news conference since the omicron variant surged across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis badmouthed vaccines while pushing for unproven treatments against the mutated pathogen. “With omicron, you know, the vaccinations are not preventing infection,” DeSantis said Monday at Broward Health Medical

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As Florida shatters its record for new coronavirus cases, Democrats ask, ‘Where is Ron DeSantis?’

By Timothy Bella, The Washington Post, Dec 30, 2021. As Florida reported nearly 47,000 new coronavirus cases, again shattering its single-day record since the start of the pandemic, Democrats and critics called on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to do more to address the state’s spike in infections driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant. The state on Wednesday

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Florida Democratic Party condemns DeSantis for inaction as COVID cases surge again

Florida is once again suffering one of the worst COVID outbreaks in the country, with the largest single-day increase of new cases in state history occurring recently. And yet again, as tens of thousands of Floridians fall sick every day, Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans are refusing to back measures that will prevent infections and save lives. Florida Democratic

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Trump touts effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine

By Veronica Stracqualursi and David Wright, CNN, December 23, 2021. Former President Donald Trump pushed back on a questioner’s skepticism about the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine in a new interview, saying that the “vaccine works” and “people aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.” “Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you

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Florida’s COVID-19 cases double in the span of a week

By Amira Sweilem, Florida Today, Dec 18, 2021. COVID-19 cases across Florida more than doubled over the course of a week, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health on Friday. From Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, Florida had 29,568 COVID-19 cases and 134.6 cases per 100,000; the week prior, Florida had 13,530 COVID-19 cases and

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Omicron, or no Omicron, get vaccinated

The following editorial appeared in the December 6th edition of The Daily Sun COVID-19, the Delta variant and now Omicron. Will this ever end? Maybe not. The COVID virus seems determined to mutate into historical longevity and its resiliency is frustrating. Your first reaction might be “what the heck. No need to keep getting vaccinated.

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Decoding the data behind Dr. Ladapo’s Covid policies

By Jeffrey Schweers,  Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK, Dec 3, 2021. When he was first introduced by Gov. Ron DeSantis as his nominee to be the next state Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo promised that the Department of Health would draw a distinction between science and opinion. “People have been taking the science and misrepresenting

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Think a mild case of COVID-19 is no big deal? Think again.

By TRISH ZORNIO, Florida Phoenix, Oct. 18, 2021. More than 44.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of them, over 715,000 have died. But what about the millions who lived? Have they fully recovered? According to new research, perhaps not. We often talk about the symptoms of a

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Governor needs to apologize for COVID deaths

By the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board, Oct 12, 2021 Florida has overtaken New York in the total number of deaths from COVID-19, a testimony to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ failed policies surrounding the pandemic. In May 2020, the conservative journal National Review published a glowing account of Florida’s early response to the pandemic, asking in the

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Florida only state to not submit plan for COVID funds; US Department of Education wants to know why

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran Editor’s note:  Since this article was published, Mr. Corcoran has gotten off his butt and filed the appropriate papers to claim the funds. By Jeffrey Schweers, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida, Oct 5, 2021. The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran Monday asking why

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Biden Is Right: Vaccine Refusal ‘Has Cost All of Us’

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2021. As Americans contemplate the prospect of a second winter trapped in the grip of Covid-19, remember that it didn’t need to be this way. Vaccines were developed in record time, and have proved to be both incredibly safe and stunningly effective. Nearly two-thirds of eligible Americans

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