On January 5, 2023, Paragon’s Drew Keyes was quoted in Health Care News by the Heartland Institute. From the article titled “Florida Grand Jury to Investigate COVID-19 Shots”:
“It is unclear exactly what the Grand Jury is investigating or what it will find,” said Drew Keyes, a senior policy analyst at the Paragon Health Institute. “It all leads back to the same fundamental problem plaguing public health: a lack of trust.”
States are in the best position to hold federal health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accountable, says Keyes.
“The CDC’s original mission was to support state public health efforts,” said Keyes. “What we’ve seen since the pandemic shows just how much that relationship has changed, as more and more power has been concentrated in Washington.”
Florida’s actions could inspire other states to follow suit, says Keyes.
“I think we will see a renewed focus on public health throughout the country, which is no surprise as Americans begin to take stock of the failures of our federal response to the pandemic,” said Keyes. “Whether such actions take the same form remains to be seen, but there will be a strong interest in assessing the state and federal role, and hopefully more states will take a strong leading role in that relationship.”