Ron DeSantis stands by as man falsely says vaccines ‘change your RNA’

Ron DeSantis stands by as man falsely says vaccines ‘change your RNA’
‘The vaccine changes your RNA, それで, 私のために, that’s a problem,’ a public servant said. The Florida governor did not correct him

At a press conference with Florida governor ロン・デサンティス, a city employee falsely said Covid-19 vaccines “change your RNA.”

Governor DeSantis said nothing.

The governor had been speaking in Gainesville, フロリダ on Monday to voice his opposition to vaccine mandates, which he says violate people’s rights. Then he invited up several Gainesville employees, many of whom are suing the city over its requirement that they get the shot.

Darris Friend, a plaintiff in that lawsuit, took the stage.

“The vaccine changes your RNA, それで, 私のために, that’s a problem,” Mr Friend said, incorrectly.

The two mRNA vaccines, produced by Pfizer and Moderna, do not change a recipient’s DNA or RNA. A popular conspiracy theory that they do so has been repeatedly 暴かれた.

As Mr Friend went on, Governor DeSantis did not correct the misinformation. 後で, しかしながら, 広報担当者は言った 独立者 that the governor does not believe this.

“The governor has never said the vaccine changes your RNA, and nobody who has seen his 50+ public appearances promoting vaccination throughout Florida this year would think that is the governor’s position,” said Mr DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw. “The speaker whose remarks included that comment, was at the press conference in his capacity as a member of a lawsuit against the city government’s extreme overreach.”

なので バイデン大統領 enacts new federal ワクチンの義務 over Republican objections, the city of Gainesville has become a microcosm of the political clash over the shots. 8月に, the Gainesville City Commission adopted a new rule that all city employees must get vaccinated for Covid by mid-October, or risk losing their jobs. Two hundred of those employees fought back by suing the city – with Mr DeSantis’ emphatic support.

“We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going to stand for the men and women who are serving us,” the governor said on Monday. “We’re going to protect Florida jobs. We are not going to let people be fired because of the vaccine mandate.”

Mr DeSantis also said he would impose $5,000 罰金 on cities and counties that attempt to enforce vaccine mandates on their workers.

Florida is among the states worst hit by the latest wave of the coronavirus – fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant – with a seven-day average of about 15,600 new cases per day.