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By Jenny Goldsberry
Amidst Hurricane Ida raging in the Gulf of Mexico, MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan admitted he would not shelter from it in with unvaccinated Floridians. Hasan invited Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) on his show Sunday to ask him how he makes such “a tough sell.”
“As a public official, I’d imagine one of the biggest challenges when a storm approaches is convincing folks that they are better off evacuating, leaving, going to a shelter even, than riding out a storm,” Hasan said. “And yet, during COVID, with Florida’s vaccination rates where they are, that’s got to be a tough sell. I’m not sure I would want my family in a shelter with an unknown number of unvaccinated people right now.”
“Well no kidding Mehdi,” Crist said. “And the fact of the matter is the hospitals in Florida are overwhelmed. We’re number one in the country in hospitalizations, in cases, and sadly in deaths.”
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pleaded with Floridians to get the vaccine during a press conference last month. “They are reducing mortality,” DeSantis said. “So we’re proud in Florida that we put seniors first on that list because they were the most vulnerable,” the governor said. “We have 85 percent of our seniors that are vaccinated and about 75 percent of folks over the age of 50.”
Meanwhile DeSantis has kept his word that Florida got it right and the lockdown states got it wrong. “We have no mandate,” he said. “We’ve provided information to people and we’ve been very honest about any data that comes out.”
However Crist, who was also Governor for Florida from 2007-2011, says that DeSantis got it wrong, nicknaming him “wRONg DeSantis.” In a tweet, he accused the current governor of ignoring experts and science. Crist also suggested that DeSantis could do more to promote vaccines, as he hasn’t posted on social media about them.
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FL bans puberty blockers, transgender surgery for minors
Breaking Friday, Florida’s Board of Medicine and state Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to ban puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery for minors in the state.
“The chief point of agreement among all of the experts — and I must emphasize this — is that there is a pressing need for additional, high-quality clinical research,” said the board of medicine’s chair, Dr. David A. Diamond, a radiation oncologist.
More than 70 percent of children with gender dysphoria “typically outgrow” it, City Journal reported earlier this year.
National Review reports:
The board of medicine voted 6-3, with five others not present, on Friday to forbid doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and hormones or performing surgeries until a patient is 18. Exceptions will be made for children who are already receiving the treatment.
The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine also voted to ban the use of puberty blockers and sex-reassignment surgery in new patients who are minors but allowed an exception for children enrolled in clinical studies.
Florida is also one of at least nine states that prohibits Medicaid coverage of gender-transition services.
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