Indiana AG fights COVID-19 misinformation, points finger at government health agencies
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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is preventing COVID-19 misinformation.
In a current memo, the Republican AG responded to a request from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Surgeon General to submit cases of COVID-19 misinformation. Rokita complied an inventory of what he referred to as “misleading messages” unfold by government officers, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Rokita highlighted 9 particular cases of what he thought-about to be COVID-19 misinformation that the government unfold through the pandemic.
They included claims reminiscent of: Vaccines cease the unfold, pure immunity does not assist, college closures have been efficient and costless, there was no affordable coverage various to lockdowns, it’s doable to eradicate COVID-19, masks mandates are efficient in decreasing unfold, everyone seems to be equally at danger of hospitalization and demise from COVID-19, mass testing of asymptomatic folks and contract tracing is efficient in decreasing unfold and the reported variety of COVID-19 deaths is correct.
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“The federal government must evaluate how misinformation from government agencies at all levels led to the adoption of extreme strategies that came at a high cost to life and liberty,” Rokita wrote.
Rokita went on to accuse the government of being unable to supply an correct variety of deaths or hospitalizations resulting from COVID-19, regardless of spending near $5 trillion on preventing the virus.
“For two years, the government forced us to stay in our homes, cover our faces, and keep our kids home from school,” Rokita stated. “We were expected to blindly follow and obey these public health orders and not question the wisdom of unelected officials. Families across Indiana and across the nation demand the truth.”
Rokita referred to as President Biden’s masks and vaccine mandates “unlawful.”
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He referred to as on the government to be clear in regards to the information used to make public health selections and vowed to maintain preventing to reveal the info surrounding inaccurate information on the numbers of deaths and hospitalizations associated to COVID-19.
“We can’t improve our response to a future pandemic without an honest and accurate accounting of the number of deaths and hospitalizations inflicted by COVID-19,” Rokita stated.
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Rokita wrote the memo along with epidemiologists Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Senior Research Fellow at the Brownstone Institute and former Professor at Harvard University School of Medicine.