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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is fighting misinformation about COVID-19.
In a recent memo, the Republican AG responded to a request from the Office of the Surgeon General of the Department of Health and Human Services to submit cases of COVID-19 misinformation. Rokita complied with a list of what he called “misleading messages” put out by government officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases.
Rokita highlighted nine specific instances of what he considered to be COVID-19 misinformation that the government has been spreading during the pandemic.
They included statements such as: vaccines stop the spread, natural immunity does not help, school closures were effective and costless, there was no reasonable policy alternative to lockdowns, it is possible to eradicate COVID-19, mask mandates are effective in reducing the spread, everyone is equally at risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, mass testing of asymptomatic people and contract tracing are effective in reducing the spread and the reported number of COVID-19 deaths is accurate.
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“The federal government must assess how misinformation from government agencies at all levels led to the adoption of extreme strategies that cost life and liberty,” Rokita wrote.
Rokita went on to accuse the government of not being able to provide an accurate number of COVID-19 deaths or hospitalizations, despite spending nearly $5 trillion to fight the virus.
“For two years the government forced us to stay at home, cover our faces and prevent our children from going to school,” Rokita said. “We were supposed to blindly follow and obey these public health orders and not question the wisdom of unelected officials. Families in Indiana and across the country demand the truth.”
Rokita called President Biden’s mask and vaccine mandates “illegal.”
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He called on the government to be transparent about the data used to make public health decisions and promised to continue to fight to expose the facts surrounding inaccurate data on the number of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations.
“We cannot improve our response to a future pandemic without an honest and accurate account of the number of deaths and hospitalizations inflicted by COVID-19,” Rokita said.
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Rokita authored the memo with epidemiologists Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Dr. Martin Kulldorff, senior fellow at the Brownstone Institute and former professor at Harvard University School of Medicine.