dr. Anthony Fauci criticized a fundraising website for Florida Gov Ron DeSantis for offering T-shirts and beverage coolers with posts mocking COVID-19 vaccines and the top infectious disease expert himself amid rising Florida death rates.
During his appearance on Jake Tapper’s CNN show State of the Union on Sunday, the senior director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said there was no place for “politicization” during a public health crisis.
“We have an extraordinary problem that is killing people in the United States, killing us, putting us in the hospital, so that kind of politicization … there’s no place for that when you’re dealing with a public health crisis,” Fauci said.
dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show on Sunday and slammed a site for Gov Ron DeSantis for selling merchandise that includes mocking masks, COVID vaccines, and him personally.
T-shirts and beverage coolers costing $21 and $12 respectively are emblazoned with the words “Don’t Fauci My Florida”
Two days earlier, Florida posted the country’s second-highest seven-day death rate related to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic in January 2020, nearly 44,000 people have succumbed to the virus in the state.
A campaign website for DeSantis offers a range of merchandise that mocks masks, COVID vaccines, and Fauci himself. The scientist has long been a lightning rod for right-wing conservatives who oppose mask and vaccination mandates.
A T-shirt and a matching beverage cooler costing $21 and $12 respectively are emblazoned with the words “Don’t Fauci My Florida.”
When COVID vaccines were first introduced last winter, they were jokingly referred to as “Fauci-Ouchis.”
Another beverage cooler design bears a quote from DeSantis, which reads, “How the hell can I drink a beer with a mask on?”
When asked if he was personally targeted for promoting vaccines and safety measures during the pandemic, Fauci replied: ‘Whoever attacks me is a reflection of the politicization of what should be a pure public health problem, and it’s a real shame.
“They personally attack me for being a visible person, but I’m only articulating proper public health practices that are highly recommended by an organization, and that organization is the CDC.”
Fauci added: ‘We should use all that aid.’
Gov Ron DeSantis, a Republican, was a fierce opponent of Florida mask mandates
This map from the CDC indicates that the rate of COVID transmission in Florida is high
More than 637,500 people have died of COVID in the US since the outbreak of the pandemic
Helen Aguirre Ferre, executive director of Florida’s Republican Party, described the anti-vaccination and anti-masking messages being circulated by the fundraising site as “light-hearted fun.”
Ferre noted that the site offering the items is not DeSantis’ official campaign website, as the first-term government has yet to file the paperwork for his reelection.
“We see it as a great opportunity to have some light-hearted fun and give his supporters a chance to feel even more connected to his message to keep Florida free,” she said in a statement. news week.
Over the weekend, Florida reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 21,189 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths had been added on Friday alone.
Last week, the number of confirmed COVID cases in the state rose by 151,760 and 1,737 patients died.
As of Friday, just over 52 percent of Florida’s eligible population has been fully vaccinated.
The increasing number of deaths from the latest wave of COVID-19 has strained the capacity of morgues and funeral homes in central Florida.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the AdventHealth health system had reached morgue capacity at 10 of its hospitals in five counties: Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia.
The hospital group said it has resorted to using rented, refrigerated coolers to store bodies.
A sign of relief is that the number of hospital admissions has decreased in recent days. The Florida Hospital Association said there was a 4 percent drop last week but warned people not to be wary and get the vaccine.