COVID-19

Fed health panel rejects booster vaccines for people ages 16 and older; FL expert weighs in

BY: - September 17, 2021

UPDATE from The Washington Post: “Expert advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Friday to recommend that the agency authorize a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people 65 years and older or who are at risk for serious disease. The vote is not binding, and Peter Marks, the FDA official […]

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including Florida’s Ashley Moody, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would […]

COMMENTARY

FL’s COVID craziness keeps getting deeper — how dare the government try to save lives?

BY: - September 17, 2021

“Human kind,” said the poet, “cannot bear too much reality.” Many Republicans seem especially resistant, preferring to dwell in a miasma of Deep State conspiracies and Internet nonsense inspiring them to believe that Hillary Clinton drinks babies’ blood, Trump won the 2020 election, and that ingesting over-the-feed-store-counter tablets for deworming horses is a better way […]

DeSantis stews about feds’ antibody rationing; FL still has largest supply

BY: - September 16, 2021

While Gov. Ron DeSantis is steamed about possible dwindling supplies of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, Florida continues to have a bigger share than any other state or territory. The feds have allocated 27,850 doses for Florida this week, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data released on Monday, when the […]

FL’s COVID death toll has reached the 50,000 mark; only two other states have higher numbers

BY: - September 16, 2021

Florida’s COVID-19 death cases rose to the 50,000 threshold in September, illustrating the breadth of residents who died in a pandemic that continues to ravage older and younger people in the state. Only California and Texas have had higher numbers of deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The […]

FL still missing out on billions for public schools; what’s the holdup?

BY: - September 16, 2021

Florida is now one of only two states in the nation that has not submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education for providing billions in federal dollars to help public schools during the pandemic. Overall, 48 states and Washington D.C. have sent in their plans — which were due on June 7, according […]

Following the Delta surge, FL lawmakers hear about the emerging Mu variant ‘not being responsive to the vaccine’

BY: - September 14, 2021

More COVID-19 mutations are emerging globally including the so-called Mu variant, raising concerns from state lawmakers about whether the strain is resistant to current vaccines used to provide protection against the virus. The World Health Organization has designated the Mu variant as a “variant of interest” and cited that the mutation may potentially reduce vaccine […]

DeSantis, 2 top-elected Cabinet members got their COVID shots but oppose Biden vaccine mandates

BY: and - September 13, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have been vaccinated against COVID-19,  yet duringa morning press conference Monday, three of the four top politicians in Florida railed against President Joe Biden’s push for federal vaccine mandates. “We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going […]

University of Florida

DeSantis touts UF #5 ranking among the nation’s top public universities; ceremony was maskless

BY: - September 13, 2021

The University of Florida ranks No. 5 on the 2022 U.S. News and World Report ranking of public universities and No. 28 when ranked among high-caliber national universities in the United States. The new list places UF with such esteemed public institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles; the UC Berkeley; the University of […]

Biden, DeSantis butt heads but agree on this: Vaccines, antibody therapy save lives

BY: - September 13, 2021

While President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis clash regularly over management of the deadly resurgence of COVID-19, they agree on this: Approved vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapy are the best medical tools for fighting coronavirus and its Delta variant. The Democratic president and the Republican governor who might run against him in 2024 both […]

U.S. Department of Education opens investigation on FL’s mask policies and possible violations of federal law

BY: - September 10, 2021

On the heels of a court decision allowing Florida education officials to continue penalizing school districts with strict mask mandates, the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation to determine if the state’s current mask policies are discriminatory to students with disabilities. The USDE sent a letter Friday notifying Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran […]

Some school districts sticking to their mask policies; others unsure following new court decision

BY: - September 10, 2021

Some schools districts say they’re staying put on their strict mask mandates, while others are considering how to proceed following yet another court decision on mask policies in schools. In a Friday decision, the First District Court of Appeal allowed the DeSantis administration and state education officials to continue enforcing a contentious policy which allows […]