Carmona wants Arizona’s focus on public health, not politics, in fight against COVID-19

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PHOENIX — When Dr. Richard Carmona joined Arizona’s COVID-19 response team as an adviser late last month, one of his first goals was to shift the conversation about the pandemic.

The former U.S. surgeon general wanted bickering over mask and vaccine mandates to stop and instead have Arizonans focused on getting vaccinated and practicing mitigation strategies.

Carmona knows the task won’t be an easy one, but a good conversation with Gov. Doug Ducey has him believing proper messaging can steer Arizonans toward public health and away from politics.

“None of them are productive as far as protecting our citizens and that’s what our responsibility is,” Carmona told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad on Wednesday. “[Ducey] agreed and I said let’s agree on something together.

“Let’s you and I be aligned on telling everybody they need to be vaccinated and telling everybody that they need to practice appropriate…

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