DeSantis Slams Biden's 'Anti-Science' Pandemic Policies
Florida Governor slams Biden
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted Democrat Joe Biden for his actions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it is anti-science.
DeSantis was recently priased by a professor of medicine at the University of Stanford, Jayanta Bhattacharya saying he is unlike any politician he has ever met.
“He’s extraordinary,” Bhattacharya said, adding that DeSantis understands the science better than “most epidemiologists.”
DeSantis remarks came as he signed a bill that “ensures that neither the state nor local governments can close business or keep kids out of in-person instruction unless they satisfy demanding and continuous justifications."
Th bill also limits the power of local authorities to implement local emergency orders.
Additionally, it gives DeSantis the power to invalidate any local emergency order in the state.
“I think there have been two very harmful things that have been done recently, in terms of increasing vaccine hesitancy,” DeSantis said.
“The first was how the FDA and CDC handled the Johnson and Johnson [vaccine]. Look, when you’re dealing with these vaccines, you always want to see if there’s an issue."
"You can put out appropriate warnings, particularly if it’s for a certain demographic, but by hastily taking it effectively off the market, I think that that’s caused confidence in, at least that vaccine, to plummet."
"And that was a very high demand vaccine prior to that happening. So, I think that was handled in a way that has increased the hesitancy of people to get the vaccine.”
“And then I think the other thing, quite frankly, is when you have people, particularly in Washington, saying, ‘Yeah, get vaccinated, but then make sure you continue to social distance and wear masks all the time,’ well, the message that that sends to people is that the vaccines don’t work,” DeSantis continued.
“Because if the vaccines worked, that would be your ticket to basically live normally and make decisions for yourself."
"That would be the message that actually would work with people. So, I think that they’ve sent a message to say, ‘You know what? Get vaccinated, but it really isn’t going to do anything for you.'”
“Well, why would someone want to put something in their arm if they don’t think it’s effective?” DeSantis added.
"And the fact of the matter is, that is an anti-science posture, to say that we need all these restrictions even with mass vaccination."
"Because the numbers of the vaccines are better than the clinical trials were, in terms of the effectiveness."
"If you look at CDC, I think they have over 95 million people have now been vaccinated."
"The people that have been re-infected or infected after vaccine, has been way less than one-tenth of 1%."
"These numbers are about as good as you could possibly hope for. So my message is the vaccines protect you, get vaccinated, and then live your life as if you’re protected."
"You don’t have to chafe under restrictions infinitum.”