Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo announced on Wednesday that his office is advising against further use of Covid-19 shots, citing the lack of existing safety data and concerns over DNA integration.
“Providers concerned about patient health risks associated with COVID-19 should prioritize patient access to non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and treatment,” Ladapo said in a statement. “It is my hope that, in regard to COVID-19, the [Food and Drug Administration] will one day seriously consider its regulatory responsibility to protect human health, including the integrity of the human genome.”
Wednesday’s recommendation came following a back-and-forth between the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) and the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Dec. 6, Ladapo submitted a letter to the federal agencies questioning the “safety assessments and the discovery of billions of DNA fragments per dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.” The Florida surgeon general specifically cited a recent pre-print study that found “billions to hundreds of billions of DNA molecules per dose in these vaccines” and “preliminary evidence of a dose response relationship of the amount of DNA per dose and the frequency of serious adverse events.”
In his letter, Ladapo pressed the FDA and CDC about whether drug manufacturers have evaluated the risks associated with DNA contaminants from the Covid shots and the “DNA integration from the lipid nanoparticle delivery system.” As Ladapo explained, lipid nanoparticles act as an “efficient vehicle for delivery of the mRNA in the COVID-19 vaccines into human cells, and may therefore be an equally efficient vehicle for delivering contaminant DNA into human cells.”
Ladapo also questioned the FDA’s existing safety standards and whether it and the CDC have probed the “risk of DNA integration in reproductive cells with respect to the lipid nanoparticle delivery system.”
According to the Florida Department of Health’s Wednesday press release, the FDA responded to Ladapo on Dec. 14 with a note that purportedly contained “no evidence” any analyses of DNA integration had been undertaken to “address risks” the agency itself had raised in years prior.
“DNA integration poses a unique and elevated risk to human health and to the integrity of the human genome, including the risk that DNA integrated into sperm or egg gametes could be passed onto offspring of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine recipients,” Ladapo said. “If the risks of DNA integration have not been assessed for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, these vaccines are not appropriate for use in human beings.”
Wednesday’s announcement is not the first time Ladapo has raised concerns about the Covid shots’ overall safety and efficacy. In September, the Florida surgeon general recommended against Covid boosters for individuals under the age of 65. His office additionally released an analysis in October 2022 that found “an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.” Citing the analysis, Ladapo officially updated his office’s guidance on the jabs at the time, advising against giving them to 18-39-year-old males.
Florida and Texas have since launched respective investigations into the jabs’ manufacturers for “potential wrongdoing” and employing “highly misleading” marketing to coerce Americans into getting the experimental shots.