DeSantis called for the investigation in a Dec. 13 petition to the court, which goes through claims made by pharmaceutical companies and government officials about how covid-19 vaccines could “reduce the spread of disease.”

The petition also goes into detail about alleged vaccine-induced myocarditis among males aged 18-39 in particular, based on Florida Department of Health figures, according to the petition.

“The pharmaceutical industry has a notorious history of misleading the public for financial gain. Questions have been raised regarding the veracity of the representations made by the pharmaceutical manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly with respect to transmission, prevention, efficacy, and safety. An investigation is warranted to determine whether the pharmaceutical industry has engaged in fraudulent practices,” the petition states.

It focuses on Covid-19 manufacturers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the companies’ executives and other public health organizations who promoted the vaccines in Florida, the petition shows. A substantial population of Floridians have received the Covid vaccines even though the state did not enact vaccine mandates.

The presiding judge will be Ronald Ficarotta, chief judge of Florida’s 13th circuit located in Tampa Bay, according to the court order.