The Florida Department of Health did not respond to The New York Times’ request to interview Dr. Ladapo.
Before the pandemic, Dr. Ladapo, 43, who immigrated from Nigeria at the age of 5, was an accomplished clinical researcher at UCLA, with a Harvard degree in medicine and health policy. He focuses on topics such as smoking cessation and cardiovascular risk for HIV patients.
In early 2020, he reached out to Dr Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California, to discuss the lockdown, which Dr Klausner said had limited utility.
Dr. Ladapo doesn’t want to take policies at face value, Dr. Klausner said: “He’s the type of guy who would read an article in the medical or scientific literature and then go to the references, find the references. understand those references, and then go to the references of those, that presenter.”
In April 2020, Dr. Ladapo published an essay in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Silences Won’t Stop Contagion.” He said it was too late to completely contain the virus, so policymakers should consider the large number of shutdowns, not just “the sole goal of reducing Covid-19 deaths.” .
His national profile is growing. More comments followed.
A few months later, Dr. Ladapo in a white medical gown appeared on the steps of the US Capitol with a group of people calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors”. Some of the doctors on the team made misleading claims about the virus, including claiming that the drug hydroxychloroquine was an effective treatment. The Food and Drug Administration recommends the opposite, warning that it can cause irregular heartbeat.
A video of their arrival, shared by President Donald J. Trump, went viral online before social media platforms could. delete it for spreading misinformation. One of the group’s founders, Dr Simone Gold, was later charged with violent trespassing and disorderly conduct during the January 6, 2021 siege of the Capitol.
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