Fla. Gov. DeSantis Calls For Grand Jury on COVID Vaccines

On Tuesday, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he would request that the state Supreme Court convene a grand jury to investigate potential wrongdoings related to COVID vaccines.

Fla. Gov. DeSantis Calls For Grand Jury on COVID Vaccines
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Facts

  • On Tuesday, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he would request that the state Supreme Court convene a grand jury to investigate potential wrongdoings related to COVID vaccines.
  • DeSantis, who is seen as a favorite for the 2024 Republican nomination for president, made the announcement after attending a roundtable with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and other physicians and scientists who are concerned about the vaccines, their manufacturers, and the CDC's guidelines related to the jabs.
  • Vaccine studies by the manufacturers have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and government panels have reviewed the data related to the safety and effectiveness of the jabs, but DeSantis said he also wants access to the data.
  • Research from organizations like the National Institute of Health (NIH) has looked into cases where the vaccines might have caused some of the symptoms associated with long COVID, but in general, the CDC has provided data showing "low rates of medical care after vaccination.”
  • In the same announcement, DeSantis unveiled plans to create a state committee to review federal health recommendations, which will be chaired by Ladapo.

Sources: USA Today, Associated Press, Newsweek, and Washington Post.

Narratives

  • Republican narrative, as provided by Breitbart. It’s time to hold manufacturers and public officials accountable for any misleading claims they have made about vaccines, such as Biden's false assertion that they would stop the contraction and transmission of the virus. The public needs to see what the data says about health risks — especially heart problems — related to the jab and not just take the manufacturers' words at face value.
  • Democratic narrative, as provided by Daily Kos. This is nothing more than a political ploy as DeSantis attempts to solidify his road to the 2024 nomination. Plenty of independent, peer-reviewed studies show that not only are severe post-jab health problems extremely rare but that the risk of death is greater for those who are unvaccinated. Nothing a grand jury could learn will change that.

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