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On Friday, America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS), a group right-wing physicians that has helped spread misinformation about the COVID pandemic, along with a handful of parents and doctors, asked a federal court in Alabama to block the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the COVID vaccine use in 12-to 15-year-olds. In a petition for a temporary restraining order against the US Department of Health and Human Services, the plaintiffs claim that the COVID vaccine is more dangerous to kids than the disease it’s supposed to prevent, and that because children’s risk of dying from COVID is close to zero, the expansion of the vaccine to adolescents is “medically unnecessary.”
“We doctors are pro-vaccine, but this is not a vaccine,” AFLDS founder Simone Gold said in a statement. “This is an experimental biological agent whose harms are well-documented (although suppressed and censored) and growing rapidly, and we will not support using America’s children as guinea pigs.”
Gold, an emergency medicine doctor, is also a Stanford-educated lawyer who was indicted in February for taking part in the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. The indictment doesn’t seem to have put much of a crimp in her activism, however. Over the past few months, she has assembled a “legal eagle dream team” to fight COVID-related restrictions, vaccine passports and “medical discrimination” around vaccines. But she doesn’t seem to have persuaded any of her former Stanford law classmates or similarly pedigreed lawyers into joining this legal crusade.
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