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District of Columbia, Wisconsin | August 25, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: ‘No need to rush’: Senator warns of FDA’s shortcuts to full approval of COVID-19 vaccine

District of Columbia, Wisconsin | August 25, 2021

Sen. Ron Johnson called out the Biden administration’s health agencies Sunday for shortcutting the usual safety reviews in a rush to give final approval to COVID-19 vaccines, including failing to account for thousands of deaths and adverse reactions among people worldwide who got the shots.

In a letter to the administration’s top health officials, the Wisconsin Republican warned against the Food and Drug Administration’s pending approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is expected Monday.

He said the fast-track decision appeared more political than scientific since it skipped the usual formal advisory committee meeting and did not fully account for the reports of deaths and disabilities suffered by people after being vaccinated…. (Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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Wisconsin | August 3, 2021

38 Wisconsin parent groups declare they will reject new mask mandates for children

Wisconsin | August 3, 2021

An open letter, signed by 38 Wisconsin parent groups, was delivered on Friday to Governor Tony Evers and President Joe Biden. Their letter announces that the parents outright reject and will fight any future mask mandate or lockdown forced on their children. The groups represent over 20,000 families in Wisconsin.

The 38 Wisconsin groups write to Biden and Evers, “Your renewed calls for lockdowns, enforced mask mandates, and masking in schools is not rooted in science and is objectively cruel to the most vulnerable in our society, our children.”

“Effective immediately we will not: 1. Mask our children in schools 2. Allow you to use your private sector counterparts to enforce invasive mask mandates on our children in various stores or at community activities 3. Subject our children to any further local, regional, or national lockdowns or movement restriction”

“Simply put, these are not your children. They are ours and they too, are Americans with rights. They are our responsibility and our most beloved. They are not yours. We have never and will never co-parent with the government.”

The letter was prompted by rekindled nationwide discussion about masking and restrictions. Politicians and the mainstream media have been warning of the spread of the “delta variant” of COVID-19 and are starting to suggest bringing back old restrictions and guidelines because of it.

This week the Biden Administration and the CDC began recommending that people mask up, even if one has been vaccinated for COVID-19…

(Excerpts from The MacIver Institute)

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District of Columbia, Wisconsin | July 20, 2021

Sen. Johnson Sends Letter Pressing Health Agencies On Efforts to Monitor Reports of Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccines

District of Columbia, Wisconsin | July 20, 2021

“Full disclosure, honesty and transparency will be the only way to regain your credibility and restore the public’s confidence in your agencies

     On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sent a letter to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting information regarding the agencies’ efforts to monitor and effectively utilize reports of adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has recorded, in roughly seven months 438,441 adverse events, which is 15 times greater than the weekly average prior to Covid. VAERS may not prove causality, but these numbers suggest it is an early warning system that should be taken seriously. The American people deserve transparency and as much information as possible from the federal government so they may make an informed choice about their own health.

     “In October 2020, prior to any vaccine receiving an EUA, your agencies were expressing and conveying a great deal of confidence in your early warning vaccine safety systems like VAERS,” the senator wrote“Both CDC and FDA included VAERS as one of the primary passive surveillance tools for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine safety. CDC highlighted that VAERS covered the entire U.S. population and its ability to rapidly detect safety signals’ anddetect rare adverse events.’ Now, nine months and 438,441 reported adverse events later, health care professionals are publicly downplaying the effectiveness and validity of these same systems.  For example, on May 3, 2021, Dr. Paul Offit, who is a member of an FDA advisory committee, stated So [VAERS is] a noisy system that frankly is more frightening than helpful.’ Which is it?”

     On June 28, Senator Johnson held a press conference in Milwaukee with families from across the country who shared their experiences regarding adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines and how the medical community and federal health agencies have repeatedly ignored their concerns. Full video may be viewed here.  Video and graphs presented by Sen. Johnson available here. Since the press conference Twitter has labeled videos of personal testimony as misleading, and Facebook has censored private groups and individual posts.

The full text of the letter can be found here 

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Wisconsin | July 16, 2021

Sen. Johnson Accuses Health Agency Heads of Stonewalling Virus Safety Info

Wisconsin | July 16, 2021

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is challenging the heads of the top three federal health agencies to stop stonewalling Congress and explain why their vaccine safety and surveillance promises don’t match their actions.

In a July 13 letter made public late on July 14, Johnson, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said he was encouraged in October 2020 by a videoconference among the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“A portion of that meeting detailed the multiple surveillance systems that would monitor the safety and efficacy of any vaccines” receiving federal approval in the treatment and prevention of the CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, Johnson told NIH Director Francis Collins, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

“In general, the vaccine surveillance plan described on October 22 appeared comprehensive, and would have instilled a great deal of confidence in the agencies’ commitment to vaccine safety and efficacy to anyone listening to the presentations at that time,” Johnson wrote.

“Unfortunately, your agencies’ lack of response to congressional oversight letters, combined with my discussions with agency officials and individuals who believe they have experienced vaccine injuries, leads me to believe the preauthorization safety surveillance hype does not appear to match the agencies’ actual performance.”..

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Ohio, Wisconsin | July 1, 2021

US Sen. Johnson holds news conference with families injured by COVID vaccines, ignored by medical community

Ohio, Wisconsin | July 1, 2021

Ron Johnson (R-WI) and former Green Bay Packers player Ken Ruettgers held a press conference June 28 with families who want to ‘be seen, heard and believed by the medical community’ after suffering adverse reactions to COVID vaccines.

June 30, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) held a news conference Monday to discuss adverse reactions related to the COVID vaccines — giving individuals who have been “repeatedly ignored” by the medical community a platform to share their stories.

The group that spoke was put together by Ken Ruettgers, a former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, whose wife suffered an adverse reaction after receiving a COVID vaccine. Ruettgers, who now lives in Oregon, started a website to bring awareness of COVID vaccine reactions to the medical community….

(Excerpts from the Virginia Christian Alliance)

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Wisconsin | July 1, 2021

13-Year-Old Suffers Severe Side Effects After Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Wisconsin | July 1, 2021

Maddie de Garay was a healthy, happy, straight-A student from Ohio who enjoyed hanging out with friends before she received her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the age of 12.

The now 13-year-old was one of the 2,260 voluntary participants in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial for adolescents aged 12 to 15 that began in July last year. Maddie’s mother, Stephanie de Garay said her daughter asked to participate in the trial as a way to help end the pandemic.

“My husband works in the medical field and I have a degree in electrical engineering,” said de Garay, who spoke on behalf of her daughter at a press conference hosted by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on June 28. “We are pro-vaccine and pro-science, which is why we agreed to let Maddie and her two older brothers volunteer for the trial.”

Johnson held a news conference to allow people from across the country who’ve experienced severe adverse reactions following a COVID-19 vaccine to share their stories after being “repeatedly ignored” by medical professionals and federal health authorities, advocating for American’s health care freedom…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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