Claiming that a “lack of transparency only harms Americans’ faith in science,” Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, M.D., Ph.D., this week called on the nation’s top public health officials to “publicly” explain 12 key issues related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

In a letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, Ladapo said:

“Your ongoing decision to ignore many of the risks associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines alongside your efforts to manipulate the public into thinking they are harmless, have resulted in a deep distrust in the American health care system.

“Beginning with Operation Warp Speed, and possibly to be continued with an additional $5 billion investment in Project NextGen, the federal government has relentlessly forced a premature vaccine into the arms of the American people with little to no concern for the serious adverse ramifications.”

Ladapo said the “data are unequivocal: After the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) reporting increased by 1,700%, including a 4,400% increase in life-threatening conditions.”

Ladapo listed 12 points of data and demanded the health officials “publicly” explain their decision-making process around those data.

Commenting on the letter, blogger Igor Chudov said the surgeon general asks “all the right questions” about COVID-19 vaccines — and exposes the FDA and the CDC as “charlatans” engaging in “medical quackery.”

Chudov summarized Ladapo’s questions:

  • Why were randomized clinical trials not conducted for “Covid boosters” (such trials were necessary to establish that they are safe and effective)
  • Why did the FDA ignore many subclinical myocarditis reports and allow Pfizer to postpone its report on subclinical myocarditis?
  • Why were vaccine side effects intentionally ignored in V-Safe?
  • Why did the FDA allow Pfizer to hide the results of its clinical trial of Covid vaccines in pregnant women, that ended in 2022?
  • Why are the FDA and the CDC hiding negative effectiveness of Covid vaccines?

Wednesday’s letter is the latest in an ongoing exchange between Florida’s surgeon general and the agencies’ top officials that began when Ladapo, in a Feb. 15 letter, expressed concern about the adverse effects of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and asked FDA and CDC officials for greater transparency in publicly acknowledging these effects.

The letter corresponded with a health alert Ladapo issued that same day to the Florida healthcare sector and the public warning that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines caused a “substantial increase” in reports of adverse events in Florida.

The letter and health alert summarized the substantial increase in VAERS reports in Florida after the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including for life-threatening conditions.

On March 10, Califf and Walensky responded to the letter and alert by saying their agencies were monitoring data for potential risks and that Ladapo had focused his letter on “rare” events.

According to Wall Street Journal writer Allysia Finley, Califf and Walenky in their response resorted to “personal attacks” on Ladapo and “ignored the science” he presented.

On Wednesday, Ladapo fired back at Califf and Walensky in a tweet:

In October 2022, Florida became the first state to recommend against mRNA COVID-19 vaccination of children and men up to age 39.

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