WH accused of spreading ‘disinformation’ over claim Florida reversed policy on vaxx for young kids

The White House, which has been caught lying about virtually everything, is facing backlash for trying to smear Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The smear began with a McClatchy piece published Friday.

“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now allowing healthcare providers — including pediatricians and children’s hospitals — to order COVID-19 vaccines from a federal program for children between six months and 5 years old, a reversal from earlier this week when providers were prevented from preordering doses, White House officials told McClatchy,” the piece reads.

The claim quickly went viral across the entire Internet thanks to dozens of journalists and activists who refused to double-check their alleged facts:

In a statement to McClatchy, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre doubled down on this narrative.

“We are encouraged that after repeated failures by Governor DeSantis to order COVID-19 vaccines even after every other state had ordered, the State of Florida is now permitting healthcare providers to order COVID-19 vaccines for our youngest children. We believe it is critical to allow parents everywhere to have the choice to get their kids vaccinated and have a conversation with their pediatrician or healthcare provider,” she said.

“Even though Governor DeSantis reversed course and is now ordering vaccines, we will pull every lever to get pediatricians across Florida vaccines as quickly as possible,” Jean-Pierre said. “This is an encouraging first step, and we urge the state to order vaccines for its state and local health departments, so that all Florida parents have the opportunity to get their children vaccinated.”

The premise was that DeSantis had essentially bowed down to the Biden administration. But according to the Florida governor and his top administration officials, this premise was yet another lie from this administration.

According to Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo, healthcare providers in the Sunshine State have “always” been allowed to purchase COVID vaccines for children.

The only difference between Florida and other states, he added, is that Florida hasn’t recommended these vaccines because of a lack of “strong evidence of benefit.”

DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, echoed Ladapo, writing in tweets that Florida’s policy remains the same as before.

“The State of Florida is not placing any orders of covid shots for 0-5 year old babies & kids. … The only thing that’s changed was the federal government (FDA) issued the EUA for the shots today. Obviously, there must be FDA approval or an EUA for the system to process orders from healthcare providers,” she wrote.

“Retract your lies,” she added.

In other words, Florida healthcare providers have always been allowed to purchase vaccines for children but were unable to because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hadn’t approved the vaccine yet.

However, the White House is predictably still not backing down. It never does.

White House COVID coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha claimed “yesterday pediatricians in every state but Florida could order directly from feds” but “[t]oday they can,” as reported by Zac Anderson of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

“Something clearly changed between yesterday and today in the state of Florida,” Jha reportedly said in his own words.

But because the White Houses lies so darn much, few appear to be buying the narrative that Jha and the White House at large is selling.

Look:

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