Appearing on Newsmax’s “American Agenda,” Republican congressional candidate Dr. Richard McCormick discussed his concerns over the potential political reactions to the monkeypox outbreak in the U.S.
Coming off a Republican primary victory in Georgia, the Marine Corps and Navy veteran expressed concern that political reactions to monkeypox could lead to excessive government spending and mandates.
In his Newsmax interview, McCormick — who is also an emergency room physician — discussed the possibility of monkeypox spreading beyond the group it is currently mainly effecting, ‘men who have sex with men,’ predicting that it will spread but noting that it is not deadly.
When asked about a potential vaccine requirement for the disease, McCormick explained that this possibility was exactly what he was worried about, citing peoples’ desires for government intrusion into the lives of Americans similar to what happened during the COVID pandemic lockdowns.
“This is what worries me… once again, people are going to start clamoring for government control of our lives and government overreach, government spending, everything that goes with government control, instead of allowing people to make a decision based on their discussion with a physician and their risk factors both to contracting the disease and its ultimate outcome,” he said.
McCormick’s comments come as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has declared a state of emergency in his state in response to a monkeypox outbreak.
BREAKING: Governor Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency to Support State’s Response to Monkeypox pic.twitter.com/mlUJva7jWo
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) August 2, 2022
The emergency declaration will allow California’s government to obtain more vaccines, though there has not yet been a discussion of a mandate.
California has received more monkeypox vaccine and @capublichealth is distributing them to the communities most impacted.
Learn about the symptoms here: https://t.co/yvHyM0Fxy0 pic.twitter.com/jCNNErSOP3
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 23, 2022
The doctor went on to state that the decision to get vaccinated should be between a patient and their doctor, and should “never be mandated by the government.”
Geert Vanden Bossche — whose evolutionary model predicted leaky COVID-19 vaccines would lead to breakthrough infections in populations that have been vaccinated against the virus — has stated that monkeypox could just be a red flag of more “microbial diseases and cancer as they become more prevalent due to relative exhaustion of the adaptive immune system in these [COVID-19 vaccinated] populations.”