Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a Thursday press release blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its cruise ship policies, calling the organization a “bureaucratic virus against science-based governance” and accusing it of “discriminating against children.”
The governor’s fiery missive comes as cruise lines in Florida accede to the federal public health agency’s requirement they return to the high seas with vaccinated passengers. It is in defiance, first, of a DeSantis executive order banning so-called vaccine passports and, now, Florida law codifying the prohibition into state statute.
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