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CNN “medical analyst” Jonathan Reiner, a COVID zealot known for his extreme takes, has smeared Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo as “disgraceful” for recommending that children not be vaccinated for the coronavirus.
Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday, he was asked about recently released guidance from Ladapo encouraging encouraging parents of children between the ages of 5 and 17 to abstain from getting their kids vaccinated.
In response, Reiner, also known for his rants, began ranting and raving.
“Florida has a disgraceful surgeon general. I think what is incredibly — what has become abundantly clear is that children do get this virus,” he said.
“Most children thankfully will do fine with it, but the CDC says we’ve lost about 1,400 kids to coronavirus, and thousands and thousands of children have been hospitalized. That can almost entirely be prevented by vaccination.”
In the guidance issued Tuesday, Ladapo argued that “the risks of administering COVID-19 vaccination among healthy children may outweigh the benefits.”
He based the assertion on the fact that the COVID vaccine has injured some some children by giving them myocarditis, which is a side effect of the vaccine.
Note how the tweet below by Republican Rep. Thomas Massie hasn’t been flagged as “misinformation” by Twitter. There’s a reason for that.
Children and young adults are the least likely to suffer from COVID-19 and the most likely to experience myocarditis as a result of the vaccine. No one should be forced to take this vaccine. It’s especially wrong to force this vaccine on those who have recovered from the virus. pic.twitter.com/HGE1LXoMKc
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 23, 2021
Continuing his rant, Reiner then sought to dictate Florida’s health policy.
“And even though there’s some data that suggests children between 5 and 11 have had a bit less of a benefit in terms of preventing infection with this vaccine, the vaccine remains very, very effective preventing those children from serious illness. Every child in this country should be vaccinated for coronavirus,” he said.
He concluded by smearing the Florida surgeon general one last time.
“The surgeon general … of Florida has been anti-mask. He’s been anti-vax. He’s been associated with the discredited America’s Frontline Physicians. It’s an embarrassment,” he said.
The group’s actually named America’s Frontline Doctors, and it’s staffed by thousands of trained medical professionals who were driven out of their posts for simply refusing to get vaccinated — even if they had natural immunity.
‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ look to open clinic, hire healthcare workers who’ve had ‘rights stripped away’ https://t.co/jhVsp6kRf6
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) December 23, 2021
After his appearance on CNN, Reiner then took to Twitter to double down on his arguments.
COVID vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death in every age group for which they have been approved. This is not an opinion. It’s a fact. https://t.co/Ryp2SKIXL1
— Jonathan Reiner (@JReinerMD) March 9, 2022
In response, members of the public pounced.
They absolutely should not get the vaccine! Have you had your head up your ass for the last 2 year? You are the disgrace. Worse, you’ve violated the oath that you took and have sold your soul to the devil.
— Wolfblare 98.3 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@ElvisMaybe) March 10, 2022
You are wrong ‘Dr’! I know that myocarditis can kill young men with a heart condition!! Maybe not everytime but is it worth the risk??? Ask a parent that has lost a child because of this!!! Get educated!!
— Margarita Pena (@Margari59181006) March 10, 2022
@CNN @JReinerMD why don’t you report on the 9 pages released last week by pfizer thousands of adverse events after vaccination. Millions injured or https://t.co/SmYh4qUg0c much money did you get to push this injection? Why the sudden death? Athletes collapsing? #endmandatesnow
— Concerned Patriot (@Concern3Patriot) March 10, 2022
Where are you getting your data from? I can’t find it for the US but the studies in Other countries indicate the vaccine had no impact on healthy children under 20. It’s one of the reasons they were back in class maskless much earlier then us
— JohnK (@jkog) March 10, 2022
What’s an embarrassment @jaketapper is how drunk and slurry this guy was. You should be ashamed for even orchestrating a hit job on an extremely successful African American surgeon general with this loser. pic.twitter.com/dFNtY4abXV
— Linkin Tart (@LinkinTart) March 10, 2022
In your **opinion** they are highly effective. The “highly effective” language you use is by definition a statement of belief and opinion. If you cite raw data, that would be “facts” but descriptive adjectives make your assertion an opinion. pic.twitter.com/jJOuU2bsev
— Phil Holloway™ ⚖️✈️ 😁 (@PhilHollowayEsq) March 9, 2022
Note how one critic mentioned certain Pfizer documents. Last week the Food and Drug Administration began releasing thousands of documents from its official review of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.
According to CTV, the documents include “an appendix listing hundreds of reported adverse events from its COVID-19 vaccine, all of which are defined as being of ‘special interest.'”
The Express, a tabloid outlet, has claimed the documents list over 158,000 adverse events. It’s not clear whether this claim is legitimate.
As Surgeon General, I cannot recommend that healthy children receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When their overall risk is low, & there is a higher than anticipated rate of serious adverse events in clinical trials, it is unclear if benefits outweigh the risks…
— Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD (@FLSurgeonGen) March 8, 2022
Some of Reiner’s extreme takes include accusing former President Donald Trump of committing “negligent homicide” and “criminal endangerment” when he held campaign allies during the 2020 presidential election.
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