The MAGA medical group that spent the pandemic pushing horse paste and malaria meds as quack COVID cures has a brand new campaign: suing the Pentagon to cease its vaccine mandate. The lawsuit, first filed on behalf of Military and Marine Corps employees sergeants, has since enlisted the assist of an Military lieutenant colonel and flight surgeon to assist argue their case.
Lt. Col. Theresa M. Lengthy, who serves because the brigade surgeon for the Military’s 1st Aviation Brigade, filed an affidavit late final week in assist of the go well with’s movement to dam the vaccine mandate, arguing towards the requirement based mostly partially on her (false) perception that “all individuals who’ve obtained a Covid 19 Vaccine are broken of their cardiovascular system in an irreparable and irrevocable method.”
Lengthy didn’t reply to requests for remark from The Every day Beast.
The affidavit was filed as a part of a go well with introduced by legal professionals working with America’s Frontline Docs (AFLDS), in accordance with the group, and requests a declaratory judgment blocking the vaccine requirement, on behalf of Employees Sergeants Dan Robert (USA), Hollie Mulvihill (USMC), and anti-vaxxers throughout the army.
The authorized effort faces lengthy odds in overturning Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin’s order directing the armed companies mandate of COVID-19 vaccination for energetic responsibility service members. “We’ve got a [Uniform Code of Military Justice] that basically addresses all the points within the army and offers our management what they want to have the ability to implement requirements,” Austin stated at a Senate listening to on Tuesday when questioned concerning the mandate. “Taking the vaccine is a requirement, and once more I’ll simply go away it at that.”
And regardless of the pushback, the army has a roughly 70 % vaccination price towards COVID-19—notably excessive given the sometimes extra vaccine-skeptic demographic of younger males who make up a disproportionate a part of the companies.
The few officers and enlisted service members who’ve gone public with their opposition to the vaccine mandate are actually discovering growing assist amongst Republican members of Congress. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), for instance, have not too long ago drafted proposed modification to the annual Nationwide Protection Authorization Act that will gut the proposed vaccine mandate.
Lengthy has joined a small however more and more vocal group of field-grade officers inspired by conservative activists and media as a part of the correct wing’s campaign towards COVID-19 vaccine mandates. On Fox Information, hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have feted the likes of Lt. Col. Paul Douglas Hague, an Military officer who resigned over the vaccine mandate, and Navy Commander J.H. Furman, who claims that the COVID-19 vaccine mandates signify a risk to nationwide safety.
In Lengthy’s case, her debut as an anti-vaccine pundit hasn’t (but) reached the heights of a primetime Fox Information hit, however her treatise on the supposed risks of the COVID-19 vaccine has been promoted by former Overstock CEO and election conspiracy theorist Patrick Byrne and AFLDS, the pro-Trump medical advocacy group behind the lawsuit.
Lengthy’s affidavit traffics in a variety of false and simply disproved anti-COVID vaccine speaking factors.
Particularly, she singles out the presence of a small quantity (.5 micrograms) of polyethylene glycol, which she calls “a spinoff of ethylene oxide”—a key ingredient in antifreeze—within the Pfizer vaccine to insinuate that the jab is by some means harmful. “I can’t discern what type of alchemy Pfizer and the FDA have found that will make antifreeze right into a healthful remedy to the human physique,” the courtroom doc intones darkly.
The “Pfizer-is-filled-with-antifreeze” speaking level has change into a preferred fantasy amongst anti-vaxxers. A lot in order that a variety of state public well being web sites now embrace explainers debunking the claim. As well being officers level out, polyethylene glycol, regardless of the same title, isn’t antifreeze’s energetic ingredient. It’s, nonetheless, present in frequent, over-the-counter merchandise like laxatives.
The affidavit additionally depends on information from the Vaccine Antagonistic Occasion Reporting System or VAERS database to falsely declare 13,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 vaccines. The database, maintained by the FDA and CDC as a sort of early warning system for hostile reactions to vaccines, permits anybody to submit unverified claims of alleged unwanted effects from vaccines. However the information in VAERS stays unverified till substantiated and might typically be unreliable (a prankster as soon as listed turning into the Incredible Hulk within the VAERS database).
As an alternative, Lengthy recommends that the army “consider and instantly implement alternate options to mRNA vaccines,” together with regeneron, remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine—the anti-malarial drug since debunked as a COVID therapeutic—and ivermectin, the anti-parasitic agent out there by prescription by way of $90 consults supplied by AFLDS.
The courtroom submitting has up to now spawned at least one copycat affidavit, phrased in related language, from a lieutenant colonel and flight surgeon within the Texas Nationwide Guard, Lt. Colonel Peter Chambers. However throughout the army, Lengthy’s personal courtroom submitting means that ardent anti-vaccine attitudes might not be that broadly shared. Lengthy wrote that she’s encountered “combined outcomes when it comes to acceptance, rejection and threats of punishment” over her opinions.