TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis held a public health roundtable at the Florida State Capitol this afternoon to discuss the state's response to the pandemic.
The panel included former White House COVID advisor Dr.Scott Atlas, Professor Sunetra Gupta, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, and Dr. Martin Kulldorff.
The panelists agreed on a few items, including how lockdowns did not work, contact tracing was a failure, and that schools need to open. They also agreed that mask mandates did more harm than good.
Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried later responded to the Governor's panel in a statement saying, "Governor DeSantis must stop elevating dangerous disinformation — masks save lives and social distancing is crucial. The only way Dr. Scott Atlas should be involved in our pandemic response is as example of falsehoods which should be ignored by the public. We don’t need a roundtable to know that expanding vaccine access is what must be done to save lives and jobs — the strength of our economy depends on it."