Joseph Ladapo requests some COVID-19 vaccines stop; feds decline
Florida's surgeon general asked requested a halt to some Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for Coronavirus. Feds rejected request.

The FDA responded to Ladapo’s request to halt the vaccines by stating there was 'no evidence' to support the concerns.

Florida’s Surgeon General issued a request to halt the administration of some Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for COVID-19. But federal officials have rejected the request.

The Florida Department of Health Wednesday released a letter dated Dec. 6 that Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ladapo sent the letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf and CDC Director Mandy Cohen.

“I am writing to you to address the recent discovery of host cell DNA fragments within the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. This raises concerns regarding the presence of nucleic acid contaminants,” Ladapo stated in his letter.

The Florida Department of Health listed some of the issues with the vaccines and the threat to human DNA including:

— DNA integration could theoretically impact the human genes, which can transform a healthy cell into a cancerous cell.

— DNA integration may result in chromosomal instability.

— The Guidance for Industry discusses biodistribution of DNA vaccines and how such integration could affect unintended parts of the body including blood, heart, brain, liver, kidney, bone marrow, ovaries, testes, lung, draining lymph nodes, spleen, the site of administration and subcutis at injection site.

The FDA on Dec. 14 responded to Ladapo’s request to halt the vaccines by stating there was “no evidence” to support the concerns.

But Ladapo countered the federal position Wednesday.

“The FDA’s response does not provide data or evidence that the DNA integration assessments they recommended,” Ladapo said.

The Florida Surgeon General, frustrated at the rejection by federal agencies, issued an advisory to health professionals in the state who handle COVID-19 vaccines.

“Providers concerned about patient health risks associated with COVID-19 should prioritize patient access to non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. It is my hope that, in regard to COVID-19, the FDA will one day seriously consider its regulatory responsibility to protect human health, including the integrity of the human genome,” Ladapo said.

Drew Dixon

Drew Dixon is a journalist of 40 years who has reported in print and broadcast throughout Florida, starting in Ohio in the 1980s. He is also an adjunct professor of philosophy and ethics at three colleges, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. You can reach him at [email protected].


  • And he’s on the payroll for an expensive UF “professorship”!

    January 3, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    What a nutcase!

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 3, 2024 at 9:42 pm

      Ladapo’s job recommendations primarily consisted of former colleagues washing their hands of him.

  • KathrynA

    January 3, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    So agree–wonder how he ever got his M.D. No wonder we had so many people die in Florida of Covid! I can’t wait to get away from this looney state and somewhere where scientific and history are presented factually!

  • SteveHC

    January 3, 2024 at 9:43 pm

    Having some *genuine* knowledge on the production and bio-pharmacology of vaccines and having read *multiple* exerpts from Ladapo’s letters to the FDA and CDC on this subject, I can honestly say that his line of thinking herein is on the level of the simplistic thinking of high school students not that of advanced medical research scientists – leading to his idiotic claims that are SO far “off the mark” (to put it mildly) that he seems to be a genuine medical “quack” – and a likely DANGEROUS quack at that. The federal government was ABSOLUTELY correct in denying his request to halt distribution of “some” mRNA Covid-19 vaccines. The guy insists on continuing to look for and then act on dangerously moronic medical mis- and dis-information as if it were real. Absolutely horrendous. How he continues to be allowed to have a medical license – let alone be employed in his position with the State of Florida – is beyond human comprehension.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 3, 2024 at 10:13 pm

      It’s a race to the bottom when politics trumps science.

    • My Take

      January 12, 2024 at 3:49 am

      Like Lysenko, Laquacko has a powerful backer and protector.

  • Michael K

    January 4, 2024 at 1:55 am

    Quack. Dangerous idiotic highly paid quack. One of many DeSaster lapdogs.

  • Joe

    January 5, 2024 at 12:39 pm

    Apparently Florida’s top “doctorb” gets his medical and scientific info from Twitter/X and conservative trolls. It would be a joke if the consequences weren’t so deadly serious. You did this embarrassment to yourselves, Florida RepubliQan rubes.

  • Melt

    January 13, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    Giving this man a platform was one of the dumbest things Desantis did during his administration. He cherry-picked the one guy that was willing to spin facts to support the MAGA agenda…it’s all about money with these people. Desantis wanted to keep Florida open in spite, not caring about what the medical experts said, or the people that would die for listening to these authority figures bucking top experts in the country. When a politician or a doctor thinks they know better than everyone else it is a sort of god complex! Dangerous words.

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