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October 29, 2021

Coronavirus cases throughout Florida are dropping, but doctors say that doesn’t make getting vaccinated any less important—even for kids. Vaccines are approved for kids 12 and older. This (Friday) afternoon, The federal Food and Drug Administration okayed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children ages 5 to 11. Shots for that vaccine are expected to become available as early as next week following a review from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Regan McCarthy recently spoke with a Pediatric Critical Care Physicians about the risks associated with both the coronavirus and the vaccines.

Democrats and several newspaper editorial boards are urging the Florida Senate to reject Joseph Ladapo’s appointment as state Surgeon General. Ladapo was appointed to the job earlier this month and replaced Scott Rivkees, who resigned. But since coming on board—Ladapo has made a series of missteps—the latest resulting in a rebuke from the Senate’s top Republican.

In 2017, the Florida legislature set aside one medical marijuana license specifically for Black farmers. It hasn’t been given out yet. But this month, the Florida Department of Health put out an emergency rule that specified how Black farmers could apply. Robbie Gaffney reports.

Desmond Meade [meed] has overcome addiction, prison ––and has emerged as one of the most prominent voting rights leaders in the nation. His work has helped Florida felons, like him, get their voting rights back––through the passing of Amendment Four in 2018. Meade [meed] was recently named as a MacArthur Foundation fellow. Earlier this month he spoke with WLRN’s Danny Rivero. He started by telling us about the moment he got the news about the so called “genius" grant.

A special project at the Florida State University College of Law seeks to halt the U.S. importation of chocolate made from slave and child labor cocoa grown in West Africa.