Red state governors all over the country have seemingly been locked in a competition to see who could fight COVID restrictions the hardest. Mississippi’s Tate Reeves said that his residents aren’t scared of dying because they believe in eternal life. And Kristi Noem in South Dakota has allowed two super spreader motorcycle rallies.
But Ron DeSantis has always stood out as the most relaxed governor when it comes to COVID. And as a result, cases in his state have surged despite a readily available vaccine. And despite the surge, DeSantis has now appointed a new surgeon general who doesn’t much care for the vaccine.
In a recent Wall St. Journal op-ed, Dr. Joseph Ladapo pushed vaccine hesitancy, writing, “It isn’t practical to punish adults who have no symptoms. … Doctors and public health officials used to understand that stopping spread is usually not practical.”
And Ladapo has also signed a declaration which read:
“The most compassionate approach … is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.”
And in regards to vaccine mandates, Ladapo said, “It isn’t practical to punish adults who have no symptoms. … Doctors and public health officials used to understand that stopping spread is usually not practical.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.