CNN was forced to admit that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ refusal to impose strict lockdown measures and mask mandates is “paying off,” with the state recording fewer COVID-19 deaths per capita while the economy is booming.
Unlike states run by Democrat politicians, DeSantis consistently refused to impose harsh pandemic restrictions and has been pilloried for it by the media for the best part of a year.
However, compared to those states, which have recorded higher COVID deaths and face massive economic turmoil, Florida is in such a better position that even CNN has been forced to acknowledge it.
“A year into the pandemic, Florida is booming and Republican Gov. DeSantis is taking credit,” writes CNN’s Jeff Zeleny.
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have not only been devastating for society, they have had a chilling effect on the scientific community. For science to thrive, opposing ideas must be openly and vigorously discussed, supported, or countered based on scientific merit.
Instead, some politicians, journalists, and (alas) scientists have engaged in vicious slander of dissident scientists, spreading damaging conspiracy theories, even with open calls for censorship in place of debate. In many cases, eminent scientific voices have been effectively silenced, often with gutter tactics. People who oppose lockdowns have been accused of having blood on their hands, their university positions threatened, with many of our colleagues choosing to stay quiet rather than face the mob.
We tell the story here of five prominent scientists who have faced the modern-day inquisition.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said today the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine “may be associated with very rare cases of blood clots,” but the vaccine is “safe and effective” and countries should continue to use it.
The EMA launched an investigation into the vaccine after reports of blood clot disorders in healthy vaccine recipients, some of whom died after receiving the shot, prompted more than 20 countries to suspend use of the vaccine.
According to preliminary findings published today by the EMA, the agency determined AstraZeneca’s vaccine was not associated with an overall risk of blood clots in those vaccinated and there was no evidence of a problem related to specific batches of the vaccine or manufacturing sites.
However, the EMA did state that the vaccine “may be associated with very rare cases of blood clots associated with thrombocytopenia […] with or without bleeding, including rare cases of clots in the vessels draining blood from the brain.”
“You’ve been vaccinated and you parade around in 2 masks for show!” Rand Paul scoffs at Fauci
"You've been vaccinated and you parade around in 2 masks for show!" @RandPaul scoffed. "You're defying everything we know about immunity by telling people to wear a mask that have been vaccinated."’t.co/Vri9Qjjh5r
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 18, 2021