Updated: Apr 8, 2021
The following letter was delivered to the Governor's Office today:
April 7, 2021
Governor Ned Lamont Office of Governor Ned Lamont 210 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06016 Dear Governor Lamont: I am writing to you on behalf of the CT Freedom Alliance, LLC with regard to your recent “Get the Facts on the Vax Campaign” commercial.(1) In it, Dr. Albert Ko of Yale University asserts, “The vaccines have been thoroughly tested. They’re safe, and they’re saving lives.” This is a patently false statement. The vaccines were rushed to market without proper safety testing, and as such have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Instead, the FDA has given the COVID-19 vaccines an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). An EUA is not an approval.(2) Even the FDA admits that the COVID-19 vaccines are “investigational,” with clinical trials ongoing but not yet concluded: “Clinical trials are evaluating investigational COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of study participants to generate the scientific data and other information needed by FDA to determine safety and effectiveness.”(3) None of the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe or effective. Rather, the EUA was issued on the basis that it is “reasonable to believe” that the vaccines “may be effective” (emphasis added), and that “the known and potential benefits” of the vaccines “outweigh its known and potential risks.”(4) This is a far cry from declaring the vaccines to be safe and effective. We ask that you immediately edit your commercial to remove these false statements, as well as any printed media or statements on your websites that contain such claims. While we understand your desire to encourage every citizen to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, it is imperative that truth and transparency be the hallmarks of governance in Connecticut. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Sincerely, Brian D. Festa, Esq. Co-Founder & General Counsel CT Freedom Alliance, LLC firstname.lastname@example.org cc: Deidre Gifford, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health 1. https://youtu.be/JIdWaxGA5yc 2. “Under an EUA, in an emergency, the FDA makes a product available to the public based on the best available evidence, without waiting for all the evidence that would be needed for FDA approval or clearance.” https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/understandingregulatory-terminology-potential-preventions-and-treatments-covid-19 3 https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/emergency-use-authorization- vaccines-explained 4 https://www.fda.gov/media/144412/download; https://www.fda.gov/media/144636/download; https://www.fda.gov/media/146303/download