Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis fired back at President Joe Biden’s call to cooperate in dealing with a new outburst of COVID-19 or CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. 

“I am standing in your way and I’m standing for the people of Florida,” DeSantis declared on Wednesday, Aug. 4, according to CBS Miami.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned Florida and Texas, two of which he criticized for implementing the wrong approach towards the Delta variant that has dominated the new COVID-19 cases in the country. 

“Please help,” he said, adding that the pandemic needs “leadership from everyone.”

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their COVID-19 guidelines, which recommended that all K-12 students cover their faces at school regardless of their vaccination status, many areas nationwide started to reinstate the mask requirement. 

Both Florida and Texas have voiced their resistance to following the same pattern.

“If you aren’t going to help at least get out of the way of the people that are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives,” Biden stated.

Besides Texas, the president also hinted at the executive order that Florida governor Ron DeSantis issued last Friday, July 30, which blocked state schools from imposing a mask mandate. 

The order, in essence, does not try to eradicate masks in school, as DeSantis wanted to leave the decision down to parents. But in addition to the order, he also noted that his state would omit several COVID-19 protocols. 

“In Florida, there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida,” DeSantis declared on July 30. 

“If some governors aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it,” the U.S. president said on Tuesday. 

According to The New York Post, DeSantis alleged that Biden wanted the country to follow similar measures as New York City, which had started to deny residents services if they were not vaccinated.

“So no voter ID, but you have to show your medical papers just to be able to live an everyday life? Give me a break,” the governor said, promising that Florida will be a free state, not a “biomedical security state.” 

“If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m going to stand in your way and stand up for the kids in Florida. If you’re trying to restrict people and impose mandates and ruin their jobs and livelihood; if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way.” 

The Florida governor additionally pressed the double standards the U.S. president imposed, especially on COVID-positive border crossers who were allowed into the U.S. in thousands. 

“‘Shut down the virus.’ And what has he done? He’s imported more virus from around the world by having a wide open southern border. You have hundreds of thousands of people pouring across every month,” DeSantis chastised.

“So why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure, and until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you,” he concluded. 

On Wednesday, Florida had 12,408 hospitalized patients, shattering last year’s record for the third day in a row and up from 1,000 in June because of the highly contagious Delta strain, the Post revealed.

DeSantis does not oppose vaccination, however. On the contrary, while he stressed that personal choices of the doses would be respected in his state, he has been supportive of taking the jabs to prevent COVID-19 infections. 

Meanwhile, not many people are open to vaccines. Some pointed to the rates of injuries post-vaccination and the acute side effects in some people. 

Others noted the ethical matters of the technology behind some brands, which are linked to aborted preborn baby cells. For example, according to Nebraska Medicine, Pfizer and Moderna perform confirmation tests using fetal cell lines, whereas Johnson & Johnson used them in vaccine development, confirmation, and production.