After a roundtable discussion last Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he would be petitioning the state’s Supreme Court to convene a grand jury to investigate any wrongdoing related to the promotion of the COVID vaccines.
While Governor DeSantis didn’t provide specifics as to what the wrongdoing might be, he suggested that convening a statewide grand jury problem would force pharmaceutical companies to provide further information on the potential side effects of the vaccines.
DeSantis announced the request following a roundtable discussion he convened with Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Lapado that featured a panel of physicians and scientists, including prominent opponents of lockdowns, federal vaccine mandates, and vaccinations for children.
DeSantis explained that with a grand jury investigation, Florida will be able to get data from the pharmaceutical companies “whether they want to give it or not.” He explained that in Florida, it is illegal to “mislead or misrepresent, especially when you are talking about the efficacy of a drug.”
The governor’s grand jury request to the state Supreme Court, which was released later that day, argues that pharmaceutical companies had a financial interest in maintaining the narrative that receiving the vaccine would ensure people couldn’t spread the virus and asks that a grand jury investigate whether any deceitful information was disseminated that the vaccines prevent “infection, symptoms, and transmission.”
In announcing the request, DeSantis pointed out that such an investigation is not without precedent in Florida, explaining that the state received $3.2 billion “through legal action against those responsible for the opioid crisis.” Statewide grand juries are typically comprised of 18 people.
They can investigate criminal activity and issue indictments, but they also examine system problems in Florida and make recommendations. The governor said he expects the Florida Supreme Court to approve his request for the statewide grand jury.
Governor DeSantis also announced the creation of the “Public Health Integrity Committee,” which will include many of the doctors and scientists who participated in last week’s roundtable.