Healthcare Workers, Moore Take Aim at GOP Misinformation on Key COVID Anniversary
Via Up North News:
The continued spread of false COVID-19 information by GOP politicians like Ron Johnson has prolonged the pandemic, speakers say.
Two years after the World Health Organization first gave COVID-19 its name, two Wisconsin healthcare workers, a former Biden White House COVID adviser, and US Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) lamented how misinformation spread by Republicans such as Sen. Ron Johnson has prolonged the pandemic and caused needless death and suffering.
“We better not grow numb to the number of lives that were taken unnecessarily by this virus,” Moore said in a press conference hosted by Protect Our Care, a healthcare advocacy organization. “I mean, we’re nearing 900,000 lives lost. … No one chose to have this virus. We can’t blame this virus on Donald Trump or Joe Biden or Sen. Johnson, but we can blame people for not leaning forward to try to stop the heartbreak.”
Speakers specifically targeted Johnson over his continued spread of false information about the pandemic and vaccines, such as claims that mouthwash can fight the virus and that disproven drugs are an effective COVID treatment. Johnson has also given a platform to prominent anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists.