Establishment Flips Out Over DeSantis Investigation into mRNA Vaccines
After the Florida Supreme Court accepted Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate mRNA COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in December, “health experts” were quick to denounce the move, arguing that the investigation was counterproductive to public health.
According to The Hill, health experts claim that investigation alone “betrays decades of established procedure designed to ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccines,” claiming that looking into the matter “only serves to stoke further immunization fears.”
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DeSantis’s petition for a grand jury investigation was approved by the Florida Supreme Court in December, laying the groundwork for what his office described as a probe into any “wrongdoing committed against Floridians related to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
DeSantis has long expressed distrust over the vaccine’s ability to prevent transmission and has condemned the moralization of individuals’ response to the pandemic, partially on that basis. His concern about transmissibility prevention seems correct, as Pfizer recently admitted their lack of data on the front. In the petition, DeSantis theorized the unified mismanagement by such a variety of institutions was likely due to a common incentive: financial gain.
“It is impossible to imagine that so many influential individuals came to this view on their own. Rather, it is likely that individuals and companies with an incentive to do so created these perceptions for financial gain,”
DeSantis’s bulldog attitude on vaccines and refusal to let the federal handling of COVID-19 fade away has drawn the ire of multiple influential individuals in the health industry.
Brian Castrucci, president and CEO of public health group the de Beaumont Foundation, accused DeSantis of malintent and is “focused on creating fear around vaccines” rather than protecting the lives of Floridians and the interests of Floridians. Incredibly, Castrucci claimed that the barely three-year-old vaccines utilizing mRNA technology for public health for the first time were tested more than any other in history.
“These vaccines have been tested and scrutinized more than any other vaccine, and they continue to save lives. Vaccine safety is not a partisan issue and attempting to make it one puts lives at risk,”
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, piled on. He told The Hill that he thought the investigation was a waste of money, asserting, “No one has either inappropriately or purposely either overstated or understated the vaccine in any way.” Again, this claim contradicts Pfizer’s statements on the lack of evidence for vaccines preventing transmissibility, a feature that formed the foundation for arguments for vaccine mandates in various arenas.
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But at the same time, Benjamin admitted that many “assumptions” went into the effects of the vaccine before mass public rollout, despite that, in his eyes, it turned out better than expected.
“It’s a brand-new technology. Like any brand-new technology, you make some assumptions about what you think’s going to happen.
Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at Johns Hopkins University, went so far as to argue that simply looking further into the matter posed a risk to public health.
“This is turning a matter of health and science into a political wedge issue, with the likely consequence that many people will be misled into placing themselves and their families at risk of serious illness and death,”
It should be noted that while DeSantis has focused heavily on the risks of COVID-19 vaccination for specific demographics and the government mandates and messaging regarding those risks, he has not claimed that they do not provide benefits or that they don’t broadly save lives.
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