Gov. Ron DeSantis: The CDC Is ‘Absolutely’ Driven by Politics
Governor says American people losing faith
Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saying the health body is "driven by politics."
The Florida governor said during an interview with Breitbart News that the American people are losing faith in the federal agency.
DeSantis made the remarks not long after he signed a bill to protect girls’ and women’s athletics.
“You saw a lot of examples, but the one that was the most crystal clear to me was when we were getting ready to do vaccine distribution," DeSantis said.
"They have their ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] panel."
"They wrote a report in November, I was probably the only governor who read it,” he said, explaining that the report was “mostly about social justice and inequity and all these left-wing buzz terms.”
“And they actually recommended, initially, that younger essential workers get vaccinated before elderly, and their own analysis said that would lead to significantly more deaths,” he said.
“So that’s ideology going in," he added.
"We rejected the CDC guidelines on that."
"We put seniors first. We said if you’re 65 and over, we’re going to get it to you, and we lowered the age from there,” he said.
“But that is an example of your own analysis is admitting it’s going to have a death toll."
"I mean, man, you gotta be — your goal should be to save lives.”
DeSantis added the CDC has been “very contradictory” and blasted the agency's handling of schools, calling it “absolutely disgraceful.”
“Schools should have been open from the beginning of this past school year."
'Clearly, by the time Biden’s administration comes in, the data was abundantly clear, and instead what they do is they just ignore the data that counteracts the ideology, and so I do think it’s being driven more by narrative and ideology at this point, certainly with schools,” he said.
“Summer camps– they want these kids muzzled outdoors, playing sports in summer camps."
"It’s absolutely insane. I think there’s probably no agency in the federal government over the last 15 months that has seen the estimation by the public decline as significantly as the CDC,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate,” he continued.
The governor said the American people have “tuned the CDC out.”