TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s 6th Surgeon General, said he wants to make sure his positions are clear as he had to deal with some misinformation during his politically charged confirmation process.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective in reducing the likelihood of serious illness, he said. It was his response to accusations that he did not prioritize the promotion of vaccines during the pandemic.
Ladapo also said Senator Jason WB Pizzo was wrong when he accused him of being a “yes-man to a politician.” Democrats were concerned about his support for Governor Ron DeSantis’ opposition to face mask and vaccine mandates.
“One of the things we’ve lost sight of during this pandemic, and really far in hindsight, is elections, and this has actually been a cornerstone of public health,” Ladapo said.
The Republicans in the Florida Senate approved Ladapo’s nomination on Wednesday, after DeSantis nominated him in September. Ladapo, a former UCLA researcher with Harvard degrees, said he trusts data.
“I did not like it when people said I did not take care of patients with COVID because it is factually incorrect,” Ladapo said.
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