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Sen. Ron Johnson: U.S. Health Officials Pursued COVID Response Relying on ‘Fear to Ensure Compliance’

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The coronavirus pandemic response in the United States has been one of government-induced fear, said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) Monday during a panel discussion in Washington, DC, titled “COVID-19: A Second Opinion.”

Johnson hosted a group of internationally renowned physicians and scientists who offered their perspectives on the world-wide pandemic response, the status of early treatment and hospitalization, and vaccine efficacy and safety.

The senator introduced the discussion by stating he wished to thank “the courageous doctors who have shown the compassion to actually treat patients, to struggle to provide the information that has been kept from the American public, and suffer the vilification, the censorship, the suppression, the termination, the lawsuits, that come with their courage.”

Johnson provided the following data in his introductory remarks:

We have endured two years of the pandemic, and COVID-related deaths have surpassed 5.6 million globally and 889,000 in the U.S. The U.S. ranks 22nd in deaths per million at 2,575. Sweden, you’ll recall Sweden early in the pandemic was excoriated by the world press. Sweden ranked 63rd with 1,514 deaths per million. Again, the U.S. – we’re 22nd at 2,575 – Sweden at 63rd, at 1,514.

Johnson described the human toll as a consequence of the economic shutdowns and lockdowns as “incalculable.”

“The erosion of freedom and growing divisions in society exacerbated by vaccine mandates should concern us all,” he continued. “The latest variant, omicron, is sweeping the planet as a weary public prays for it to be the last.”

The senator summarized that, early on, it became apparent COVID was “a disease that targeted the old and those with certain comorbidities.” He further explained, however, the failure of U.S. and global health agencies to gain control of the disease:

Instead of using that information, public health officials pursued a one-size-fits-all response that relied heavily on creating a state of fear to ensure compliance. They also kept moving the goalposts. For example, we went from a two-week shutdown to flatten the curve to zero COVID; from masks weren’t necessary, to a single mask wasn’t adequate; from a vaccine that would prevent infection, to a vaccine that reduced severity of the disease.

And, as goalposts were moving, different viewpoints were being crushed, at the very moment when outside the box thinking was required. The internet could have been used by practicing physicians to share their experiences as they developed effective therapies. The internet was used instead to censor discussion, and vilify anyone with a different opinion. Until COVID, a fundamental principle of medicine was early detection, followed by early treatment, which produced better results.

Two years in the pandemic, the compassion-less guideline from the NIH, if you test positive, is to essentially do nothing. Go home, isolate yourself in fear, and pray you don’t require hospitalization.

Perhaps one of the most alarming of cardiologist and early treatment pioneer Dr. Peter McCullough’s comments during the discussion concerned the current state of hospital care for COVID-19:

To this day, we’re two years into the pandemic, there is not a single hospital in America that is holding itself out as a center of excellence for the treatment of COVID-19. Yet those same very medical centers hold themselves out as experts in cardiovascular care or cancer care. There’s still not a single academic medical center here in the United States today that has an early treatment program or even has continuity of care of patients going from the inpatient, outpatient to the inpatient, and back to the outpatient realm.

During his remarks, ivermectin expert Dr. Pierre Kory, president of Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, asserted he would be “calling attention to the corruption.”

“If you look at these innumerable failed policies, there’s only one way to understand them,” he stated. “They are literally written by pharmaceutical companies. Almost every single policy serves the interests of a pharmaceutical company. However, if you look outside the United States, and look around the world, there have been numerous successes.”

Kory went on to describe some of these successes in cities around the globe, adding this information “is being suppressed across most of the world.”

He explained further:

United States Health Agency structures and policies created over the last 50 years have tightly intertwined the pharmaceutical industry with public health institutions, resulting in repeated policies, placing pharmaceutical industry interests ahead of the welfare of U.S. citizens. The industry’s capture of our health agencies, combined with their increasing financial control of most major media, social media, and medical journals has led to an ability to widely suppress, and/or distort, any information which supports the efficacy of repurposed low-cost off-patent medicines.

“The impacts of their disinformation war on repurposed medicine now constitute crimes against humanity, given the global morbidity and mortality and loss of social, societal, and economic liberties that could have been avoided if such information would have been widely disseminated,” Kory asserted.

Johnson noted he invited federal health agency leaders, pharmaceutical company CEOs, and others who have taken part in the public response to the pandemic throughout the past two years, but all declined to participate in the discussion, including:

  • Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dr. Janet Woodcock, MD, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President
  • Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, Ph.D., Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health
  • Jeffrey D. Zients, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator
  • Dr. Albert Bourla, DVM, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer
  • Dr. U?ur ?ahin, MD, Chief Executive Officer of BioNTech
  • Stéphane Bancel, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna Therapeutics
  • Dr. Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health
  • Dr. Scott Gottlieb, MD, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Francis S. Collins, MD, Ph.D.,Former Director of the National Institutes of Health

The panel discussion followed a “Defeat the Mandates” demonstration on Sunday in Washington, DC, in which thousands of Americans rallied and marched in support of freedom and individual liberties, and in opposition to vaccine mandates and passports and other pandemic mandates. Many of the doctors who shared their views at Johnson’s panel discussion also spoke at the rally the day before.


This content is solely for educational and discussion purposes. Any treatment undertaken in terms of COVID (or any illness) should be discussed with a licensed medical professional.

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