The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (DA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sent a letter to Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo warning that his claims about COVID-19 vaccine risks are harmful to the public.
Ladapo was appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis in 2021. Last yaer, he released guidance recommending against COVID-19 vaccinations for healthy children, and has also has recommended against men ages 18 to 39 getting the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, claiming that an analysis by the Florida Department of Health showed an 84% increase in cardiac-related deaths.
“It is the job of public health officials around the country to protect the lives of the populations they serve, particularly the vulnerable. Fueling vaccine hesitancy undermines this effort,” said the letter signed by FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
In their letter, the FDA and CDC said that cardiovascular experts who studied the concern had concluded that the risk of strokes and heart attacks was lower in people who had been vaccinated, not higher. In addition, more than 13 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given around the world with little evidence of adverse effects.
On Saturday, April 22 2023, join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the fight to cure blood cancers by participating in Big Climb. Challenge yourself to climb the 26 flights of stairs to the top of One Gateway Center in downtown Newark NJ and raise critical funds in support of blood cancer research and patient support.
Big Climb is more than a stair climb it’s an inspiring, fun & motivating experience. At the event, you will hear from survivors and fellow participants to get you pumped to conquer your climb. A local honored hero will send you off on your climb, motivating you to reach the top.
During your climb you will see inspirational stories of survivors and the impact LLS is making in the fight against blood cancers, all while getting cheered on by music & your community. Pause on the 9th floor to honor & remember those lost to blood cancers, continue to climb for a future where patients not only survive but thrive. As you reach the victory flight, completing your climb, you will be celebrated by fellow climbers and honored heroes as you receive your finisher medal.
Registration is $40 until March 22, 2023, and $50 from March 23 until the event day. Your registration fee guarantees you a bib to track your time and a medal to celebrate conquering your climb! Beyond the registration fee, participants are encouraged to fundraise for LLS’s mission as they climb, conquer, cure.