A U.S. Army flight surgeon who warned pilots could die in mid-air from side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine testified at a panel discussion hosted by Senator Ron Johnson on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Testifying under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, Lt. Col. Theresa Long told the Wisconsin Republican at the event that she had immobilized vaccinated pilots to watch for symptoms of myocarditis – including fatigue chronic – which could cause them to die of heart failure in flight. .
“I made a lot of efforts to get the senior medical officials to at least inform the soldiers of this risk; my concerns were ignored, ”Dr. Long said at the event.
The colonel, head of aviation safety, said she decided to speak after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in June an “emergency meeting to discuss higher than expected myocarditis among 16 to 24 years old “.
Despite the announcement, she said that “the military has not even halted its vaccination efforts” to speed up the fire from Pfizer and Moderna.
A spokesperson for the 1st Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker Alabama, where Dr. Long is responsible for certifying the health of 4,000 ready-to-fly airmen, referred any specific “medical questions” regarding his appearance at the roundtable. at the office of the Surgeon General of the army.
“We will confirm that she is assigned here and that she appeared in a personal capacity,” Lt. Col. Andy Thaggard told the Washington Times on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson told The Times the roundtable was part of his efforts to hold federal agencies accountable and encourage officials to be “honest and transparent about COVID-19 vaccines.”
“I hope Americans, especially those in power, listen carefully to what the participants had to say. We all want the pandemic to be over, but ignoring early treatment and implementing policies that do more damage is not the solution, ”said the Republican senator.
The Times reported on September 28 that Dr. Long had filed an affidavit against the Biden administration’s military vaccine warrant in an ongoing lawsuit seeking an injunction against attempts to force the military to withdraw. get vaccinated.
The Colorado U.S. District Court in August dismissed the lawsuit originally brought by two Army staff sergeants, but called on the plaintiffs to present the new evidence that includes Dr. Long’s testimony.
So far, the Biden administration has ignored the lawsuit.
Todd Callendar and David Wilson, the plaintiffs’ two lead attorneys, said this week that a military gag order allows Dr Long to testify on demand to political officials despite his ban from appearing in the media.
Mr Wilson said the colonel gave his personal opinion at the senator’s event as a citizen, not as a representative of the military.
“His oath and the law, to include his training in risk management, requires informed consent, which many military medics completely ignore just to follow the instructions of those above them and be seen as the heroes themselves. getting all vaccinated despite the potential consequences, “he said.
In her roundtable testimony, Dr. Long cited a young woman training at the Army Ranger School who confessed to the colonel that she regretted getting the vaccine.
“I hate to say how much I regret this decision,” said Dr Long. “It’s been a little over two weeks and my body is not doing well.”