DeSantis seeks grand jury investigation of Covid-19 vaccines – CNBC

by | Dec 13, 2022 | COVID-19

Florida’s Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis takes to the stage opposite his Democratic Party challenger Charlie Crist, a former governor, at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S. October 24, 2022.Crystal Vander Weiter | ReutersFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that he plans to petition the state’s Supreme Court to convene a grand jury to investigate “any and all wrongdoing” with respect to the Covid-19 vaccines.The Republican governor, who is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, gave no specifics on what wrongdoing the panel would investigate, but suggested it would be in part aimed to jogging loose more information about the vaccines and potential harmful side effects.He made the announcement following a roundtable with Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and a panel of scientists and physicians, in which some discussion centered on the fact that pharmaceutical companies have not provided their data on the Covid-19 vaccines to independent researchers.”We’ll be able to get the data whether they want to give it or not,” DeSantis said. “In Florida, it is illegal to mislead and misrepresent, especially when you are talking about the efficacy of a drug.”Statewide grand juries, usually comprised of 18 people, can investigate criminal activity and issue indictments but also examine systemic problems in Florida and make recommendations. Recent such panels have tackled immigration issues and school safety.DeSantis noted that Florida recently “got $3.2 billion through legal action agai …

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