Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced in early April that he would sue the Center for Disease Control for overstepping its authority in shutting down U.S. businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the cruise industry that is vital to Florida ports.
“Do you want an unelected bureaucracy to have the power to shut down a big industry in this country indefinitely?” DeSantis said, speaking about the continued blockage of cruise ship traffic and avoiding Florida due to DeSantis’ ban on vaccine passports. “They don’t have that authority to do it, which is why they were chasing them. ”
DeSantis pointed out that passing ships avoiding Florida due to the passport ban for vaccines would make no sense, given that many places people sail most often have higher covid rates and rates. lower vaccination rates.
“Now we’re here over a year later and there’s no end in sight. Now they say you can only navigate if 98% of people show proof of vaccination, but that’s ridiculous, ”DeSantis said. “They are sailing to other parts of the world where they don’t even have vaccines available yet, where they have a much higher Covid than in the United States. “
Discussing the CDC’s overbreadth, DeSantis said the CDC follows policy, not science.
“It has implications for any industry and look, with all due respect to the CDC, I mean if you look at some of the things they’ve done on school openings, where they’re basically doing the job. ‘call for tenders from the teachers’ union, when they say these children should be masked in outdoor summer camps. I’m sorry, this is not science, this is politics. ”