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We regret to inform you that The New York Times has opinions on Florida’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
An article published Wednesday started out with the following quote: “Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo has come out strongly against mask mandates and lockdowns, only supports vaccination campaigns if the shots are voluntary and will not say whether he himself has been vaccinated.”
Oh, the horror of a doctor not supporting the use of force to get people to take a shot, wear a mask, or shut down their business so other scared people can feel better.
The author of the piece claims that Ladapo is basically a “medical seal of approval” for Governor Ron DeSantis’ wildly popular policies surrounding COVID-19 in his state.
“For a Republican governor whose brash opposition to conventional public health wisdom has helped fuel obvious presidential ambitions, the appointment of Dr. Ladapo signals Mr. DeSantis’s determination to continue powering through a pandemic that has already cost 68,000 lives in Florida — this time, with what the governor can claim is a medical seal of approval,” Patricia Mazzei writes.
A little further down she dropped this gem:
“To scientists appalled by Florida’s hands-off approach to the virus, Dr. Ladapo’s ascent cemented their belief that public health had become entrenched in the nation’s polarized politics.”
Twitter users reacted quickly:
There are vaccination campaigns where the shots aren’t voluntary?
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) February 23, 2022
So a sane person in public health, then. That is, indeed, newsworthy.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) February 23, 2022
So, unlike you hacks, he is science-based. Good!!
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) February 23, 2022
Wow he sounds great
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) February 24, 2022
Im confused is this supposed to insinuate that being against Govt enforced lockdowns and mask mandates somehow makes you less qualified?
— Dave Young (@daveyoung84) February 23, 2022
As a resident of Florida, I find our pandemic approach refreshing (albeit often mischaracterized). Florida has a high vaccination rate among the at-risk and the state has remained open. Importantly, schools are open and unmasked. Dr. Ladapo is a pragmatist and he’s welcome here.
— Alex Eckelberry (@alexeck) February 24, 2022
He sounds amazing!!! Maybe you should think about why you don’t like him. pic.twitter.com/qwaFxNqBk8
— Jane ن 🇺🇲⚾ (@TheLadyJane) February 24, 2022
So he is awesome? Well done @GovRonDeSantis
— Chris McGowne (@cjmcgowne) February 23, 2022
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