Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) made it clear on Tuesday that his state would not go along with a President Joe Biden decision to defer to the World Health Organization on policies regarding future pandemics.
“We in Florida, there is no way we will ever support this W.H.O. thing. That’s not going to happen. No way,” DeSantis said when he heard about the plan.
“You saw a lot of these elites advocate very pernicious policies…part of the reason people want to move here is because we rejected those policies, but they advocated very pernicious policies, including locking kids out of school,” he continued.
Florida bucked most of the rest of the country by keeping schools and businesses open during the beginning months of the pandemic when others kept them shut down for months, which led to a migration there from other, more restrictive states.
Former Governor Jeb Bush commented that DeSantis “allowed individuals to determine their own risk tolerance” and lauded that approach.
“His approach works. It’s one that has allowed Florida to emerge from the pandemic as a national model of personal freedom, economic growth, environmental protection, and education excellence,” he continued.
“Florida continues to see record population growth, unemployment remains below the national average, the private sector is growing, and Florida remains a national leader in school choice,” Bush went on.
Not only that, but Florida did not fare any worse than other populous states in terms of deaths from the virus, and its hospitals were not overwhelmed.
Seems like Florida, rather than WHO, should be setting policies for the country, since that state’s policies actually worked.
WHO was widely criticized by former President Donald Trump for advocating continued shutdowns and restrictions, as well as trying to divert attention away from the likelihood that COVID-19 came from a Wuhan lab in China.
Not only that, but it is a UN-backed, international organization, and should not be making policy for the U.S.
Completely unsurprising that Biden doesn’t see it that way, though. Seems like DeSantis is going to have even more of a migration on his hands if there’s another pandemic any time soon.