Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s new Surgeon General and Secretary of the Department of Health, spoke out against COVID-19 fears on Tuesday.
“We’re done with fear. It’s been something that’s been, unfortunately, a centerpiece of health policy in the United States ever since the beginning of the pandemic, and it’s over here — expiration date is done,” he said during a Tuesday speech.
“It’s 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. We support measures for good health, vaccination, losing weight, eating more fruits and vegetables,” he added.
“He comes to Florida with really a superb background, bringing superb intellect but also I think will bring great leadership,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in announcing Lapodo and his new role.
Not everyone was happy with his words, or the decision of governor to appoint Ladapo.
“Instead of going with a trusted advocate for science, DeSantis is once again playing games with peoples’ lives by appointing someone who has trafficked anti-vaccine and anti-mask rhetoric,” DNC spokeswoman Adonna Biel said in a statement.
“The American people are ready to return to normalcy and the DeSantis playbook of prolonging the pandemic is dangerous and wreaking havoc on his own state.”
DeSantis and Florida continue to make their own way to fight the coronavirus without shutting down the state, angering the left while serving as a model to other conservative leaders.