White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki put forth the claim that Joseph Ladapo, the Florida Surgeon General, was “peddling conspiracy theories” due to the fact that the medical professional put forth his recommendation that stated that healthy children should refrain from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Psaki was questioned, as part of a press briefing, on if Ladapo’s professional recommendation was a “good policy” overall.
“Absolutely not,” she responded. “Let me just note that we know the science, we know the data and what works and what is the most — what the most effective steps are in protecting people of a range of ages from hospitalization and even death.”
“The FDA and CDC have already weighed in in the safety — on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for those five and older,” she went on. “The recommendations are vetted transparently through a process for — with a purpose so that parents can have confidence, after consulting with their pediatricians or doctors if they would like, about the safety. But we also know through the data that unvaccinated teenagers are three times as likely to be hospitalized if they get COVID than vaccinated teenagers.”
“So, it’s deeply disturbing that there are politicians peddling conspiracy theories out there and casting doubt on vaccinations when it is our best tool against the virus and the best tool to prevent even teenagers from being hospitalized,” exclaimed the press secretary.
Jen Psaki says that @FLSurgeonGen is a politician who is "peddling conspiracy theories." pic.twitter.com/QKgUqAiO1U
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 7, 2022
Almost immediately, a spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Christina Pushaw, clapped back at Psaki.
“She’s seriously so mean and petty,” Pushaw stated in criticism of the press secretary. “Can’t refute Dr. Ladapo’s points? Call him names. Middle school BS.”
Ladapo took his seat as the surgeon general just last year after being appointed by Gov. DeSantis.
She’s seriously so mean and petty. Can’t refute Dr. Ladapo’s points? Call him names. Middle school BS. https://t.co/IkZhazglBR
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 8, 2022
“For information on vaccines, I would trust a Harvard MD/PhD [Joseph A. Ladapo] over Jen Psaki and Montel Williams,” stated Pushaw in a tweet.
For information on vaccines, I would trust a Harvard MD/PhD @FLSurgeonGen over Jen Psaki and Montel Williams
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 7, 2022
Pushaw exclaimed “FLORIDA HAS THE BEST SURGEON GENERAL.” while quote-tweeting Ladapo’s recommendation on Tuesday.
FLORIDA HAS THE BEST SURGEON GENERAL. https://t.co/YDRT0vrtft
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 9, 2022
“As Surgeon General, I cannot recommend that healthy children receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” stated the sugeon general in a tweet. “When their overall risk is low, & there is a higher than anticipated rate of serious adverse events in clinical trials, it is unclear if benefits outweigh the risks [e]specially when the COVID-19 vaccine shows rapid decline in efficacy among children, and many already have natural immunity after two years.”
Especially when the COVID-19 vaccine shows rapid decline in efficacy among children, and many already have natural immunity after two years.
Full release: https://t.co/ylktqwpnNM
— Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD (@FLSurgeonGen) March 8, 2022
As of writing, the recommendation for the surgeon general does not go along with the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that “everyone ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.”
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