Healthcare: Florida’s fight against COVID escalates

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As COVID vaccines for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers begin to roll out, Florida Gov. rum desantis (R) fell out with the White House by not reserving the doses in advance. We will see some of the implications.

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DeSantis escalates his dispute with the White House

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is escalating his dispute with the White House over the COVID-19 response as he positions himself for a possible 2024 presidential campaign.

DeSantis has drawn criticism from infectious disease experts, as well as state and national Democrats, for his decision not to ask the federal government for COVID-19 vaccines for infants and young children in advance.

  • “The state of Florida intentionally missed multiple deadlines to order vaccinations to protect its youngest children,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Ashish Jha told reporters on Friday.

The White House initially made 10 million vaccines for young children available for states to order in advance.

Having a small stockpile of doses on hand meant the injections could start as early as June 20, if states could distribute them quickly enough.

But Florida was the only state that decided not to order.

Without intermediaries: The argument of the state officials was twofold:

  • According to DeSantis, children are not at risk of serious illness. The state is not going to spend resources on something that is not needed.
  • The Health Department said they will not be the Biden administration’s repository for unused vaccines. If a pediatrician’s office or hospital wants the shots, they can order them through the state’s official website.

Looking for fights: DeSantis has spent much of the pandemic attacking the Biden administration’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The Sunshine State governor prides himself on questioning and defying a variety of federal guidelines, repeatedly promoting the “freedom” of a state without policies like mask or vaccine mandates.

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Advisor: Vaccines ‘good choices’ for children under 5

White House COVID-⁠19 response coordinator Ashish Jha announced the recent authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 on Monday, saying it offers parents “two good options.”

  • Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval to Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, the latest group of people in the US to be he was allowed to receive coronavirus vaccinations.
  • On ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​on Monday, Jha told host George Stephanopoulos that both vaccines were “extremely safe” and effective.

Pfizer’s vaccine is given in three doses while Moderna’s is given in two doses.

Should Parents Wait? Stephanopoulos asked Jha if parents of children nearing their 5th birthday should wait until they are older so they can get the stronger dose.

“What I personally think is that you should go ahead and get your child vaccinated if he is right on that cusp. You might want to talk to your pediatrician or family doctor, but we actually have safe and effective vaccines for 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds, so it probably doesn’t matter that much,” Jha said.

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There are still questions about how many parents will actually vaccinate their young children even after authorization.

  • Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday that he anticipates a slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5.
  • “I think it’s going to be a little bit of a slower rollout relative to what we’ve seen in previous rollouts with the other age groups,” Gottlieb said of vaccinating younger Americans during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” .

“Maybe around children’s hospitals, you’ll see some walk-in clinics, but most people will probably get vaccinated at their pediatricians’ offices, and it’s going to take a little longer to get the vaccine to those local settings because it’s harder to vaccinate.” to a very young child,” Gottlieb continued.

Not everyone is eager to vaccinate their children: Gottlieb also cited surveys indicating that about 20 percent of parents with children under 5 planned to have their children vaccinated, but said he anticipated a possibly lower rate.

“As the prevalence declines towards the summer, many parents may choose to take a wait-and-see attitude and reconsider this in the fall. I think the rebound will be quite slow,” she explained.

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State health officials in Missouri and Indiana reported their first probable cases of monkeypox on Saturday.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had reported cases of monkeypox in 20 other states and Washington, DC, as of Friday, though health officials continue to stress the risk to the public remains low.
  • Both states submitted samples to the CDC for confirmatory testing after the states conducted initial testing. Most states have been testing for orthopoxviruses, the family of viruses to which monkeypox belongs.

“This week, one of our excellent nurses suspected that one of our patients might have the monkeypox virus,” said Marvia Jones, director of the Kansas City Health Department.

“We are considering this as a probable case of monkeypox virus until we receive final confirmation from CDC labs. We appreciate the work that our nursing and disease research staff have done to educate themselves about and be vigilant about this rare virus.”

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These cities and states say they won’t enforce abortion bans

After a leaked Supreme Court draft decision indicated that the high court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, which would effectively do away with federal protections against abortion and lead to bans in several states, some state and local officials have said they won’t. prosecute abortion-related cases.

the draft bug published by Politico in May would give individual states authority over access to abortion. According to the abortion rights advocacy group Guttmacher Institute:

  • Thirteen states have so-called trigger laws that would ban or severely restrict abortion almost immediately if Roe v. Wade.
  • Nine other states still have laws or constitutional amendments against the procedure before the 1973 decision.
  • Several states have also moved to restrict access to abortion in anticipation of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter.

Reluctance to abortion: But some state and local officials, even in states that have trigger laws, have said they do not intend to prosecute people over the matter, possibly putting officials at odds with one another.

Follow the link below for a list of state and local officials who say they do not plan to enforce abortion bans.

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  • Report: 2 in 3 Hawaiian adults experienced negative COVID impacts from health to livelihood (Hawaii News Now)
  • First probable case of monkeypox detected in New Jersey, says Department of Health (
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maine drop an inch (Portland Press Herald)


  • ‘It was stolen from me’: Black doctors are being forced to drop out of training programs at much higher rates than white residents (Statistics)
  • ‘Forever chemicals’ linked to high blood pressure in women (washington post)
  • Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 can share their genetic makeup with DNA testing sites to aid the investigation (Chicago Tribune)

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