On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Ladapo as the state’s new surgeon general.
A Harvard Medical School graduate, Ladapo also has a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard and currently works as a health policy researcher and physician at the University of California-Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, as reported by CBS News.
“The state should be promoting good health, & vaccination isn’t the only path to that. It’s been treated almost like a religion & it’s senseless…” ~Joseph Ladapo, M.D./Ph.D., Harvard University, Florida Surgeon General pic.twitter.com/2HHKJhYSf2
— Jennifer Margulis (@JenniferMarguli) September 23, 2021
Ladapo has received harsh criticism from those on the political left for his opposition to vaccine mandates and insistence that, when it comes to the COVID vaccines themselves, “there is nothing special about them compared to any other preventative measures.”
Ladapo’s assessment appears to be founded, based on the rising number of breakthrough cases, as well as the federal government’s insistence that Americans now take additional booster shots to extend the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Upon his appointment, Ladapo announced he will “completely reject fear as a way of making policies.”
BREAKING: @GovRonDeSantis has appointed Dr. Ladapo as Florida’s new Surgeon General.
Dr. Ladapo has exposed the truth, criticized leaders who implement lockdowns & championed C-19 treatments.
“Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making policies.” pic.twitter.com/8ArpMoGDHE
— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) September 21, 2021
“The state should be promoting good health, and vaccination isn’t the only path to that. It’s been treated almost like a religion and it’s senseless,” he said.
“We support measures for good health — vaccinations, losing weight, exercising, eating more fruits and vegetables, everything.”
Tea Party Patriots Action Honorary Chairman Jenny Beth Martin issued a statement praising the governor’s new appointment.
“I am very pleased that Governor DeSantis has selected Dr. Joseph Ladapo as the next Surgeon General of Florida. I have had the honor and privilege of working with Dr. Ladapo over the past year, and I have seen first-hand that he is a well-researched, well-credentialed medical doctor with strong character and leadership traits,” she said.
“He is well-spoken, thoughtful, and as his Wall Street Journal op-eds have demonstrated, he has a gift for communicating medical information to the public in a factual and persuasive manner. I thank Governor DeSantis for selecting Dr. Ladapo, and I congratulate Dr. Ladapo on this honor.”