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DeSantis appoints new Surgeon General

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 7:27 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida has a new Surgeon General. Governor Ron DeSantis today named Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, Ph.D. to be the states top health officer. The new Surgeon General is calling vaccines just one tool to fight the virus.

Dr. Ladapo is a physician and health policy researcher at UCLA. His MD and Ph.D. are both from Harvard.

“Joe has had a remarkable academic and medical career. He was also a great athlete in college,” said the Governor as a way of introduction.

The doctor says he rejects fear over positive approaches to fighting diseases. He acknowledges some do fear COVID-19 vaccines, and calls them one tool to fight a virus.

“Vaccination is not the only way, so we support measures for good health. That’s vaccination, losing weight. It’s exercising more,” responded Ladapo, when asked by a reporter.

It is also clear he won’t be recommending any lockdowns to the Governor.

“After local downs, overall mortality increased. Lockdowns are bad. Lots of reasons why, that’s just one really good one.”

The Governor continues to attack the Biden Administration over its limiting of antibody shipments to the state of Florida. He says there is no shortage, so there should be no change in supply.

The Governor was quick to point out that hospitalizations are falling quickly.

“The census was down eight percent today, on a Tuesday, which is usually an increase because of the way they do discharges,” said DeSantis.

He reiterated his vow to fight to get the antibody treatments that Florida needs.

“To be so obsessed to kneecap Florida any way you can that you would take away life saving treatments,” said the Governor.

The Governor and Surgeon General today described schools imposing mask mandates as rogues. He also said sending healthy kids home because they might have been exposed in school deprives them of valuable learning time.

Dr. Ladapo will be under contract with the University of Florida. The contract is limited to two years.

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