FL Surgeon General Ladapo Calls to Halt Use of ‘Contaminated’ COVID Vaccines

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo is urging healthcare providers to halt the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines after contending in a letter that the shots are “contaminated with foreign DNA.”

In a state bulletin released Wednesday, Ladapo charged that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had failed to test the vaccines for contaminants adequately. The announcement follows months of conflict between Ladapo and federal regulators, who have repeatedly rejected Ladapo’s concerns.

“I am calling for a halt to the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines,” the Florida surgeon general said in a statement published to X.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have always played it fast and loose with COVID-19 vaccine safety, but their failure to test for DNA integration with the human genome — as their own guidelines dictate — when the vaccines are known to be contaminated with foreign DNA is intolerable,”

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Last year, Ladapo repeatedly clashed with the FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), writing multiple letters and casting doubt on the agencies’ safety assessments.

In a May 2023 letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and then-CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, Ladapo wrote,

“Your ongoing decision to ignore many of the risks associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, alongside your efforts to manipulate the public into thinking they are harmless, have resulted in deep distrust in the American health care system.”

In a December 2023 letter published this week by the Florida Department of Health, Ladapo again wrote to the agencies urging them to answer questions surrounding their safety assessments and “the discovery of billions of DNA fragments per dose” of the vaccine.


“In addition to my previous letter, I am writing to you to address the recent discovery of host cell DNA fragments within the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines,”

In a response dated Dec. 14, an FDA spokesman said the agency stands by their assessment of the mRNA vaccine and warned about the “proliferation of misinformation.”

“We would like to make clear that based on a thorough assessment of the entire manufacturing process, FDA is confident in the quality, safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines,” The FDA’s chief vaccine official Peter Marks wrote. He added that agency felt the “ongoing safety surveillance demonstrate that the benefits of their use outweigh their risks.”

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In his statement published this week, Ladapo slammed the FDA’s response,

“The FDA’s response does not provide data or evidence that the DNA integration assessments they recommended themselves have been performed. Instead, they pointed to genotoxicity studies – which are inadequate assessments for DNA integration risk. In addition, they obfuscated the difference between the SV40 promoter/enhancer and SV40 proteins, two elements that are distinct.

The Florida Surgeon General alleged that DNA contamination in the mRNA vaccines poses a “unique and elevated risk to human health,” which could be passed along to offspring of vaccine recipients. Ladapo said that if the risks of DNA integration have not been adequately assessed, the vaccines are “not appropriate for use in human beings.”

“Providers concerned about patient health risks associated with COVID-19 should prioritize patient access to non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. It is my hope that, in regard to COVID-19, the FDA will one day seriously consider its regulatory responsibility to protect human health, including the integrity of the human genome.”

A Florida Department of Health bulletin says, “In the spirit of transparency and scientific integrity, State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo will continue to assess research surrounding these risks and provide updates to Floridians.”

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