Ron DeSantis to Hold Vax Manufacturers Liable for False Claims

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the state wants to hold vaccine makers responsible for false statements.

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this week the state of Florida is looking to hold vaccine companies liable over false advertising claims about the COVID-19 shots.
  • “I am going to be working with @FLSurgeonGen to hold these vaccine manufacturers accountable. They made claims about the mRNA vaccine that wasn’t true, and people were injured as a result,” DeSantis said during a press conference.
  • The governor said that a study revealed an “86 percent increase in cardiac related activity in people ages 18 to 39 from mRNA shots.”
  • “We’re going to be doing some stuff to bring accountability there,” DeSantis continued.

“It doesn’t provide sterilizing immunity, and I think that you just have to be honest with people about that,” DeSantis said.

  • In January 2022, DeSantis said COVID vaccines were not preventing infections and went on to push for more monoclonal antibody treatments. “With omicron, the vaccines are not stopping the spread. That’s clear,” he said at the time. “If you look at who’s being infected, vaccinated, boosted, they’re all being infected.”
  • DeSantis also criticized President Biden, former White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for previous statements about vaccinations protecting people from infection and spreading the virus. “I think it’s much better to just be realistic about what the data is telling us, in terms of the utility for reducing severity versus trying to claim that it’s somehow sterilizing, like a measles vaccine or something like that,” DeSantis said.