The right-wing medical group that's been pushing horse paste and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for COVID-19 is now suing the Pentagon to block its vaccine mandate.
The lawsuit brought by lawyers working with America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) isn't likely to overturn Defense secretary Lloyd Austin's order requiring coronavirus vaccines for active-duty service members, 95 percent of whom have already had at least one shot, and its claims are based on a number of false and easily debunked falsehoods about the shots, reported The Daily Beast.
"I cannot discern what form of alchemy Pfizer and the FDA have discovered that would make antifreeze into a healthful cure to the human body," reads an affidavit filed as part of the suit by Lt. Col. Theresa M. Long, who serves as the brigade surgeon for the Army's 1st Aviation Brigade.
The lieutenant colonel hasn't appeared on a primetime Fox News program yet, as a handful of other anti-vaxx field-grade officers have, but her bogus claims have been promoted by AFLDS and Overstock CEO and election conspiracy theorist Patrick Byrne.
"Long's affidavit traffics in a number of false and easily disproved anti-COVID vaccine talking points," The Daily Beast reported. "In particular, she singles out the presence of a small amount (.5 micrograms) of polyethylene glycol, which she calls 'a derivative of ethylene oxide' — a key ingredient in antifreeze — in the Pfizer vaccine to insinuate that the jab is somehow dangerous."
Those claims have become popular among anti-vaxxers, but health officials point out that polyethylene glycol isn't the active ingredient in antifreeze, but is commonly found in over-the-counter products like laxatives.
Long's affidavit also falsely claims 13,000 deaths have been linked to COVID-19 vaccines, based on unverified reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, and recommends the military instead treat infected troops with, among other medications, hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin -- neither of which have been proven as coronavirus therapies.