Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis (R) dismissed growing concerns about monkeypox during a press conference Wednesday, saying the media and politicians were fueling unnecessary fear of the disease.
“I’m very tired of politicians, and we’ve seen it with COVID, trying to instill fear in the population,” the Republican governor said. said. “We’ve had people calling us and mothers worried about their children seeing it at school.
“We are not afraid,” he added. “And we’re not going to go out and try to piss people off and act like people can’t live their normal lives because of something.”
DeSantis, who was a vocal critic The Biden administration’s response to COVID-19 has also criticized states that have imposed emergency measures for monkeypox.
“You see some of these states declaring a state of emergency. They intend to abuse these emergency powers to limit your freedom. I guarantee it will happen,” DeSantis said.
New York Govt. Kathy Hochul (D) declared a disaster in her state last weekend due to the outbreak. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, both Democrats, also declared states of emergency on Monday over the virus.
Rep. Charlie Christ (D-Fla.), who is running against DeSantis in the Florida governor’s race, criticized the governor’s comments on Twitter.
“While Governor DeSantis is dismissing the issue of monkeypox, at-risk Floridians still need better information, better research and access to preventive vaccines,” Crist said. wrote.
The governor’s comments are reported as Florida recorded According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 525 cases of monkeypox. As of Wednesday, there are 6,617 confirmed cases across the United States.