Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is investigating reports made by nine whistleblowers who approached his office with concerns about the sourcing of COVID-19 vaccines that have been shipped to military bases for injection into service members.
Johnson is demanding information from the Pentagon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the provenance of vaccines labeled as “Comirnaty,” a marketing trade name used for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA.
DoD, FDA, and CDC must address whistleblower allegations that COVID-19 vaccines for service members are mislabeled and manufactured at an unauthorized location.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) August 19, 2022
The whistleblowers questioned vaccine doses that have appeared at Coast Guard medical clinics. Although the doses are labeled as Comirnaty, it appears the vaccine was not manufactured in Belgium as required by the FDA in its official full approval of the brand.
As a result, it is alleged that the doses appear to be the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine that is still only covered by FDA “emergency use authorization.”
Federal law provides that the military can only compel service members to take vaccines that are fully approved by the FDA. Service members may not be forced to accept vaccines only covered by emergency use authorizations.
Notwithstanding those legal requirements, service members who have been denied religious exemptions from the military COVID-19 vaccine mandate are being forced out of the service for refusing shots only covered by emergency use authorization.
In various legal cases that are still pending, federal courts have issued injunctions against the military mandates applying to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
One of the whistleblowers cited by Johnson reported that a Coast Guard officer was given five days to accept the questionable Comirnaty shot after his request for a religious exemption to the mandate was denied.
In his Thursday letter to the Defense Department, FDA, and CDC, Johnson asked for the exact location where the vaccine lot delivered to military medical facilities was manufactured. He also asked why the Comirnaty labeled doses are listed on the CDC database as being covered only by emergency use authorization in conflict with alleged FDA full approval.
Johnson also requested identification of all vaccine lot numbers with Comirnaty labeling that have been sent to any U.S. military facilities that appear in the CDC database.
The senator demanded a response to his request no later than September 1.