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CDC vs. Florida

The FDA and the CDC are sparring with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo over Covid vaccines. In February, Dr. Ladapo sent a letter to the federal government telling them that the increase in adverse events was a cause for concern and asking the government to “promote transparency in health care professionals to accurately communicate the risks these vaccines pose.”

The FDA and CDC published a letter in response saying that Dr. Ladapo’s concerns “could be harmful to the American public.”

Dr. Ladapo has been critical of the vaccine rollout for not taking individual health into consideration. His letter pointed out that “in Florida alone, we saw a 1,700% increase in reports after the release of the COVID-I9 vaccine, compared to an increase of 400% in vaccine administration for the same period. The reporting of life- threatening conditions increased 4,400%.”

He has continued to call for more direct research, not just wide sweeping population studies. But the CDC’s response including wide sweeping population studies.

Still, the Associated Press reports that the agencies “debunked” Dr. Ladapo. They rebutted, yes, but debunked? Debunked implies a definitive conclusion and if you read the letter, that conclusion cannot be drawn. They point to population studies, not actual adverse events reports or direct studies of correlation. In fact, they warn that more adverse events should be expected. I would hardly call this debunking. Nice try, AP.

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