New Florida surgeon general often takes contrary positions on COVID policy, treatment

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Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the first year and a half of the coronavirus pandemic in Florida, it was difficult to heed the advice of Florida’s top health official — Dr. Scott Rivkees — because he rarely publicly shared his views. That won’t be a problem for Rivkees’ successor. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis replaced Rivkees with a new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a University of California, Los Angeles researcher. Beginning with a column in USA Today in March 2020, Ladapo has widely and frequently shared his opinions on the coronavirus. In more than a dozen published columns in major newspap…

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