By Mary Beth Pfeiffer

Corruption and malfeasance by public health agencies charged with controlling Covid have allowed the adoption of an ineffective, poorly tested vaccine; kept treatments beyond the reach of skilled doctors and their desperately ill patients; and, moreover, led to thousands upon thousands of needless deaths.

Those were just some of the explosive revelations by a panel of national experts on the monumental missteps made by the United States government’s response to the covid-19 pandemic. The public hearing took place this Monday.  

Senator Ron Johnson (center) with four of the top doctors he assembled at his Covid-19: A Second Opinion round table on January 24. (Photo by Teresa Banik Capuzzo)

The event, in a room ringed by soaring marble columns at the Russell Senate Building, was organized by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Congress’s leading critic of the government’s failure to treat covid outside of hospitals.Subscribe to the Trialsitenews “SARS-CoV-2” ChannelNo spam – we promise

Indeed, Johnson, a Republican is among the few U.S. legislators to question America’s response to an issue with immense consequences for the nation’s health and future. He billed the event as a “long-overdue second opinion.”

“Two years into the pandemic, the compassionless guidelines from the NIH–if you test positive–is to essentially do nothing,” Johnson said. “Go home. Isolate yourself in fear. And pray you don’t require hospitalization.”

Amid ever-shifting government advisories—on lockdowns, masks, treatments and vaccines—what quickly became clear was that dissent would not be tolerated, Johnson and many speakers said.

“As the goalposts were moving, different viewpoints were being crushed,” he said. “The Internet was used to censor discussion and vilify anyone with a different opinion.”

The speakers, assembled in a horseshoe of tables with Johnson at the head, were asked, as were attendees, if any had been censored or limited by the government’s firmly controlled covid narrative. About four-fifths raised their hands.

The five-hour hearing painted a harsh portrait of government disregard for scientific and regulatory norms. Here are some of the themes—too many to cover in one article—from what many called a ground-breaking gathering.

Vaxxed vs. Unvaxxed

The five-hour hearing painted a harsh portrait of government disregard for scientific and regulatory norms.

Covid vaccines have failed to prevent infection and transmission of illness, while possibly–but not certainly–avoiding serious illness, speakers said. The inoculations’ failures were cast against the vaxxed-versus-unvaxxed debate that has poisoned patient care and divided the nation.

Further, data is emerging to show that vaccinated people are at least as likely as unvaccinated people to be infected with new variants. Additionally, hospitalization and mortality are higher in people who are vaccinated and boosted, speakers said.

Most significantly, the vaccines have been used indiscriminately and without assurance of safety, especially for children, pregnant women and those with compromised immunity. There is vast and growing evidence that they are harming many people, speakers said. Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA technology on which the vaccines are based, called the government’s review “grossly inadequate.”

Evidence abounds that the vaccines have led to myocarditis in young men and can alter women’s menstrual cycles, suggesting, Malone said, potential reproductive issues. For children, said Dr. Peter McCullough, a cardiologist, “the risk of the vaccines is far greater than the risk of COVID. “Under no circumstances, any under circumstance, should a youngster ever receive any of these vaccines.”

Pharma Rules

Clearly, the government’s emphasis on vaccines came at the expense of treatments, including ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, fluvoxamine and budesonide, which could have kept people out of hospitals, speakers said.

Pierre Kory, a pulmonologist and treatment advocate, had one word for this policy decision, which he repeated several times: Corruption.

“United States health agency structures and policies created over the last 50 years have tightly intertwined the pharmaceutical industry with public health institutions,” he said. The result: “relentless and repeated policies by those agencies that led to the repeated placing of pharmaceutical industry interests ahead of the welfare of U.S citizens.”  

Symbolic of a government beholden to pharmaceutical interests are the drugs approved so far. They are high priced patented pharma darlings, while inexpensive generics have been soundly rejected, Sen. Johnson noted. 

“This is a mass casualty event and we cannot wait for a randomized controlled trials that are not forthcoming,” Dr. McCullough said.

Early treatment doctors recounted, one after another, their experiences caring for thousands of patients, very few of whom were hospitalized or died.

Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch called hydroxychloroquine a game changer that was cast aside—eagerly by the National Institutes of Health–by virtue of studies that used the drug too late in the infection. Risch said 10 properly conducted early treatment trials show the drug reduced hospitalizations by 50 percent and mortality by 75 percent.

“The media has not reported any of these studies,” he told the panel. “What I see here is essentially scientific proof.” 

“I’ve kept 2,000 people out of the hospital,” said Dr. Mary Bowden, a Houston ear, nose and throat specialist who stepped into a huge treatment void. Typical of the problem at large, one sick patient told her: “My [personal care physician] won’t see me.”

Despite her success, including on people who were obese or had diabetes, Bowden lost her privileges at Methodist Hospital for supporting use of ivermectin.

Hospitals Diminished

The enforcement of rigid treatment protocols in hospitals has come at the expense not only of patient health but of a long-cherished culture of sound, respectful patient attention. Speakers described hospitals as wastelands of care for COVID-infected patients who are separated from their families and given drugs that are minimally effective, like under-dosed courses of dexamethasone, or toxic, like remdesivir.

Dr. Paul Marik lost his 35-year job as an ICU physician because he refused to comply with hospital protocols—although his own protocols had saved many of his patients’ lives. Ironically, the hospital forbade ivermectin, which has among the safest profile of any drug, but allowed remdesivir, a drug rejected from an Ebola trial after people died due from its toxic side effects.

 In the U.S, “850,000 poor souls have died,” Marik said. “These have been unnecessary, needless deaths.” Marik helped found Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, which is devoted to educating and promoting early treatment.

As it stands, pharmacists are routinely refusing to fill early treatment prescriptions like ivermectin due to intimidation by media and government authorities. “It’s an absurdity, and obscenity and it has to stop,” Kory said.

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