Floridians Demand DeSantis Veto Bill Extending Near-Immunity to Hospitals Treating COVID-19 Patients

By Nanette Holt February 15, 2022 Updated: February 16, 2022

A growing contingent of people concerned about how hospitals treat COVID-19 is calling on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a bill the Republican party is quickly pushing through the state’s legislature.

The Republican-led effort seeks to extend a law that grants near-immunity to healthcare providers for their treatment of COVID-19, as long as they follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They say the measure still is needed to help healthcare facilities stay solvent during the pandemic.

The original measure was passed in 2021 and was set to expire in March. But Republicans are pushing an extension bill through the Florida House and Senate. The effort seeks to extend the law’s special protections for healthcare providers through June 1, 2023.

Contention over the bill puts DeSantis, a Republican, in a tricky spot in an election year, with 17 challengers vying for his job.

DeSantis must decide whether to go along with lawmakers in his own party or push back in the way conservative groups hope he will, setting a powerful example for governors around the country.

Participants in medical freedom rallies across Florida and the rest of the country have decried hospital behavior in the treatment of COVID-19. Many families around the U.S. have asked courts to intervene and help them obtain treatments they wanted to try for their loved ones when all other government-recommended treatments had failed.

DeSantis recently said that he’s pushing Florida lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow doctors in his state to go against federal guidelines and prescribe what they think will work best for a patient. His office did not respond to requests for comment on the effort to extend the immunity period.

Now healthcare experts, political activists, families who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19, and attorneys involved in recent healthcare battles to obtain alternative treatments have signed a letter that was hand-delivered Feb. 14 to DeSantis’ office, asking him to veto the bill. The signers of the letter represent 25 organizations with members that number in the hundreds of thousands of Floridians, says the letter’s author, attorney R. Shawn McBride, of the American Freedom Information Institute in Maitland, Fla.

The letter’s signers don’t have a problem with giving healthcare providers protection from unfair lawsuits, McBride says.

Their problem with the law is that it ties liability protection for medical providers to their adherence to government guidelines in the treatment of COVID-19. That provision makes doctors and hospitals unwilling to try other treatments that may work better, or that families desperately want to try when all government-recommended treatments have failed, McBride and other attorneys told The Epoch Times.

The stipulation has “led to medical decisions and policies that are causing unnecessary deaths,” the letter states. “We must move to a better liability immunity system that leads to doctors getting to use the treatments they believe will work for their patients. SB 7014 does not accomplish this goal.”

The law “takes away patient choice and encourages health care providers to keep doing what they want to do,” the letter states.

Robert Malone, M.D., the virologist and immunologist credited as the pioneer of mRNA vaccine technology used in the fight against COVID-19, was among the first to sign the letter to Gov. DeSantis, McBride said.

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Dr. Robert Malone, who invented mRNA vaccine technology, in Washington on June 29, 2021. (Zhen Wang/The Epoch Times)

Malone has become an outspoken opponent of vaccine mandates and created a social media firestorm after telling podcaster Joe Rogan that the United States is in the midst of a “mass formation psychosis” about the pandemic. Mass formation psychosis is when a large group of people unquestioningly allow their leaders to guide them and will continue to follow those leaders no matter what evidence emerges that conflicts with the leaders’ narrative.

“The big concern is that the law is causing hospital group-think,” McBride told The Epoch Times. “It makes it scary for them to break away from CDC protocols. If they try emerging treatments, they lose liability protections.”

Under the legislation, healthcare providers still can face lawsuits. But to prevail, plaintiffs have to prove “that the health care provider was grossly negligent or engaged in intentional misconduct.”

And that makes it practically impossible to sue medical providers, which can lower the standard of care, attorneys have told The Epoch Times.

Florida is one of 29 states across the country to enact laws shielding medical professionals from liability related to COVID-19. All 50 state governors were urged to put the protections in place by the federal government shortly after the pandemic began nearly two years ago, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

Breathing tubes hang next to a man with COVID-19 on a ventilator at a Stamford Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Stamford, Connecticut on April 24, 2020. (John Moore/Getty Images)

In Florida, it’s now up to DeSantis to decide whether to sign or veto the bill. Once lawmakers officially deliver it to him, he’ll have seven days. Even if he vetoes the bill, the Legislature still could override his veto with a two-thirds vote. If DeSantis chooses to do nothing, the bill will become a law without his signature. It would go into effect immediately.

Signers of the letter asking for a veto urged DeSantis to “create appropriate legislation that reflects our shared core values: protecting life, individual liberty and the freedom of medical choice. All of the signatory groups are taking action because we know better legislation will save lives and give patients the dignity of getting the treatment they desire.”

Lori Bontell traveled to Tallahassee Feb. 14 to deliver the letter to DeSantis’ office. For her, blocking the legislation is deeply personal, and it is her most heartfelt prayer that her governor will veto it, she said.

“I helplessly watched my sister die as the hospital refused to provide life-saving treatments,” she wrote in an email to The Epoch Times. “They would only follow the CDC COVID protocols, which ultimately led to her death.

“We aren’t against the healthcare providers. We just want patients to have the right to choose the treatments that they want and need and for their own doctors to have the freedom to exercise their independent medical judgment on a case-by-case basis to help their patients.”

Bontell and her brother were fighting in court for the right to try other medications to save their sister when she passed. Now, it has become Bontell’s mission to affect change. She hopes that changing things in Florida could lead to change across the country.

“Otherwise, these unnecessary deaths will continue,” Bontell said. “Families like mine will be left to suffer the consequences of these protocols that several doctors have stated are outdated, ineffective, and lead to ventilation and death.”

The Most Important Podcast You Can Hear About COVID-19

Joseph Mercola February 12, 2022 Updated: February 13, 2022


If you ran out to get one or more COVID jabs (and even a booster) because you were afraid of getting COVID-19, this new information is sure to rock your world. Already had COVID?


If you could only listen to one podcast to get up to speed on COVD-19, you are in luck as one of the top clinicians in the world on understanding COVID-19, Dr. Peter McCullough, finally made his way to the largest podcast in the world, Joe Rogan and, as expected, it was epic. You will do yourself a serious disservice if you don’t watch the entire, nearly three-hour, interview at normal speed.

McCullough is an internist, cardiologist and epidemiologist, and in this podcast, he reviews and summarizes what we know about the COVID jabs. McCullough also discusses the importance of early treatment, which has been universally suppressed and ignored from the start.

He’s convinced, and states unequivocally in this interview, that of the COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., none received adequate and/or early-enough treatment. In short, people did not, and certainly don’t now, need to die from this infection, barring some serious underlying condition.

It’s treatable, and later variants, such as Delta and Omicron, appear generally milder than the original virus, resulting in even easier-to-treat illness. From early on, researchers and clinicians demonstrated that early treatment, be it with hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin or steroids and anticoagulants — in some combination — resulted in far better outcomes and saved lives.

When you just let the infection run its course without treatment, most COVID-19 patients were riddled with blood clots and other complications by the time they were hospitalized. According to McCullough, we know that at least 85% of all COVID deaths could have been avoided with early treatment.

Early Treatment Is Key

In August 2020, McCullough’s landmark paper “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 Infection” was published online in the American Journal of Medicine.

It was the first published report on how to treat COVID on an outpatient basis and described a comprehensive COVID treatment protocol for frontline doctors. Before this, there were about 4,000 papers discussing the potential benefit of various remedies, but none that actually sought to present a comprehensive protocol for treatment.

A follow-up paper, “Multifaceted Highly Targeted Sequential Multidrug Treatment of Early Ambulatory High-Risk SARS-CoV-2 Infection (COVID-19)” published in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine in December 2020, became the basis for an AAPS home treatment guide.

Importantly, McCullough and the team of collaborators he put together understood early on that there were three components to this infection: viral replication, cytokine storm and blood clotting, therefore necessitating a multidrug approach.

One drug that gained early attention was hydroxychloroquine, as research published in 2006 showed it reduced viral replication of SARS-CoV-1 (the original SARS virus). It also has well-established anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been routinely used in the treatment of lupus, for example. But as explained by McCullough, there were clear intentional efforts to prevent use of the drug against COVID-19.

The U.S. government refused to release its stockpiles, and doctors were told they’d lose their medical license if they used it. The largest manufacturing plant of hydroxychloroquine even mysteriously burned down, and in South Africa, “mercenaries” were breaking into pharmacies and burning the drug.

In addition to that, a fraudulent paper was published in the journal Lancet, falsely stating that hydroxychloroquine was dangerous. “It looked like it was a step to bury hydroxychloroquine as a treatment,” McCullough says. When focus shifted to ivermectin, that drug also became inaccessible and was widely vilified as “horse paste” in the mainstream media.

Treatment Was Suppressed for a Reason

Considering the overwhelming success doctors have had in treating the infection with these and other drugs, why aren’t hospitals everywhere doing it? Why have health authorities fought against treatment in general, and the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin in particular? In McCullough’s words:

“It seems to me, early on, there was an intentional, very comprehensive suppression of early treatment in order to promote fear, suffering, isolation, hospitalization and death. And it seemed to be completely organized and intentional in order to create acceptance for and then promote mass ‘vaccination.’”

The plan to create acceptance for novel mRNA gene transfer technology in lieu of a conventional vaccine by suppressing treatment options has been explained in detail in Dr. Peter Breggin’s book, “COVID-19 and the Global Predators: We Are the Prey,”3 and Pamela Popper’s book, “COVID Operation: What Happened, Why It Happened and What’s Next.” McCullough recommends both, if you want to understand how this was coordinated and planned.

Robert Kennedy Jr.’s book, “The Real Anthony Fauci” also shows, using extensive documentation, that Moderna was working on an mRNA injection for COVID-19 well before the world even knew it existed. He reveals extensive collusion occurred to push this novel gene transfer technology on the world, with devastating effects.

When asked why more doctors aren’t using these early treatment protocols, McCullough points out that of the 1 million or so doctors in the U.S., probably only 500 or so actually understand that viable treatments are being suppressed with the intent to drive uptake of the gene transfer shots. Those relatively few who do understand what’s going on face censorship and the threat of having their medical license removed if they speak out about treatment.

Questions About Reinfection Linger

A widespread concern that Rogan brings up is whether or not you can actually get COVID twice. According to McCullough, the answer is a hard no. You cannot. You might think you have it twice, because you’ve tested positive.

After intense pressure to produce evidence of reinfection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally admitted they don’t have a single verified case of someone getting sick with COVID twice.

To prove reinfection, McCullough says, you’d need to have a positive PCR test at a cycle threshold below 28 (not 40 or 45, as is routinely done), and a positive antigen immunoassay test to show that you actually had antibodies from the first infection, and a gene sequencing test showing you in fact have the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

What’s more, dozens of studies confirm that natural immunity is robust and long-lasting. “So why is there so much resistance to the idea that people have natural immunity?” Rogan asks, to which McCullough replies, “All roads lead to the ‘vaccine.’”

Dr. Robert Malone disagrees with McCullough on this issue, pointing to a December 4, 2021, study showing 12% out of a sample of 1,200 individuals experienced COVID reinfection. In a Twitter post, Malone said:

“I have caught it twice, as has my wife. I was asymptomatic, she was not. This is a rapidly mutating RNA virus. Just like the common cold. The symptoms will not be as severe — but yes, people catch it more than once. Even Delta …”

Relative Versus Absolute Risk Reduction

Now, when it comes to the efficacy of these COVID shots, the manufacturers have employed a classic strategy to mislead the masses and make the shots sound far better than they actually are. That strategy is looking at relative risk reduction rather than absolute risk reduction.

While the COVID shots boasted efficacy rates between 67% and 95% at the outset, those were the relative risk reductions. The four available COVID shots in the U.S. provide an absolute risk reduction between just 0.7% and 1.3%.

Now, compare that to the noninstitutionalized infection fatality ratio across age groups, which is 0.26%. Since the absolute risk that needs to be overcome is lower than the absolute risk reduction these injections can provide, mass vaccination simply cannot have a favorable impact. Yet here we are, being told to get used to the idea of getting booster shots at ever-increasing intervals. It just doesn’t add up.

Of course, as I’ve reported on several occasions, research and clinical experience clearly show that the effectiveness of these shots rapidly wanes. Six months after the second dose, your protection is nil. Meanwhile, your body continues producing toxic spike protein for at least 15 months after each dose.

Efficacy Rapidly Wanes

McCullough cites a Swedish study published October 25, 2021, which looked at data from 842,974 pairs, where each person who had received two COVID jabs was paired and compared against an unvaccinated individual, to see if the vaccinated had fewer symptomatic cases and hospitalizations.

Early on, the double-jabbed appeared to have good protection, but that quickly changed. The Pfizer jab went from 92% effectiveness at Day 15 through 30, to 47% at Day 121 through 180, and zero from Day 201 onward. The Moderna shot had a similar trajectory, being estimated at 59% from Day 181 onward. The AstraZeneca injection had a lower effectiveness out of the gate, waned faster than the mRNA shots, and had no detectable effectiveness as of Day 121.

All the while, millions of Americans have already had COVID and have natural immunity that doesn’t wane in this manner. Yet they are being shunned and fired for not complying with COVID jab mandates. Again, it just doesn’t add up. Never before has a vaccine been required for anyone with natural immunity against a disease, and there’s good reason for that. It’s completely illogical.

Just like you don’t need a measles vaccine if you’ve had measles, you don’t need a COVID shot if you’ve had COVID. In fact, you are at increased risk of adverse events if you do take it. Remember, if you already have natural immunity, you’re exposing yourself to the harms of the shot with no hope of benefit.

Myocarditis Will Likely Be Widespread

Interestingly, the shots appear to harm men and women differently. Women are having far higher rates of neurological injuries, whereas boys and young men account for some 80% of myocarditis (heart inflammation). Just how bad is the myocarditis wave?

Research published in 2017 calculated the background rate of myocarditis in children and youth, showing it occurs at a rate of four cases per million per year. Assuming there are 60 million American children, the background rate for myocarditis would be 240 cases a year.

How many cases of myocarditis have been reported to VAERS following COVID injection so far? 16,918 as of December 3, 2021, and it’s going up by several hundred to a couple of thousand every week. We’re also seeing myocarditis in adult men.

“Doctors have never seen so many cases of myocarditis,” McCullough says. “It is frequent, and it is severe.” Patients require heart medication, and must remain sedentary for extended periods of time. While myocarditis is typically a nonfatal adverse event, it can shave years off your life.

Research published in 2019 showed 13% of myocarditis cases ends up with progressive heart failure. Their hearts just never fully recover from the damage. In the study, another 36% improved but never fully recovered.

“My fear is, some of these kids who develop myocarditis will be in the 13% category where they have progressive left ventricle dysfunction and heart failure,” McCullough says.

While we don’t yet know exactly how COVID jab myocarditis compares to naturally-occurring myocarditis, the data we currently have suggest the damage incurred by the spike protein is rather severe.

According to McCullough, 86% of youth who develop myocarditis in response to the jab are sick enough to require hospitalization. Research also shows young boys are far more likely to be hospitalized with myocarditis than they are being hospitalized with COVID-19, McCullough says.

Reject Boosters

If you’ve taken one or two COVID jabs months ago and nothing bad happened, count your blessings. You’re among the lucky ones. If you persist in taking boosters, however, your luck is probably going to run out at some point. It’s really only a matter of time before the amount of spike protein in your system overwhelms it, producing noticeable damage.

Again, evidence suggests the spike protein may remain for 15 months post-injection. McCullough believes it will last at least a year after each dose. If you start getting boosters every three to six months, you’re never going to get rid of that spike protein.

You’ll be adding more and more with each dose, and it’s the same spike protein that causes problems in COVID-19. If you fear COVID-19, you ought to be just as fearful of the COVID shots, if not more so, as you end up with far more spike protein from the shot than you do from the natural infection.

At this point in time, the evidence is clearly weighing against the COVID shots. They’re causing far more harm than good, especially among children, who are not at high risk of dying from COVID-19 in the first place.


American Journal of Medicine January 2021; 134(1): 16-22

Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine 2020; 21(4): 517-530

COVID-19 and the Global Predators: We Are the Prey by Peter Breggin

COVID Operation: What Happened, Why It Happened and What’s Next by Pamela Popper

medRxiv December 4, 2021; 2021.07.20.21260855

Twitter Robert Malone December 16, 2021

Medicina 2021; 57: 199

The Lancet Microbe July 1, 2021; 2(7): E279-E280

Annals of Internal Medicine September 2, 2020 DOI: 10.7326/M20-5352

Lancet Preprints October 25, 2021

Our World in Data December 15, 2021

OpenVAERS December 3, 2021

Journal of the American Heart Association November 18, 2017; 6:e005306

OpenVAERS Adverse Events Reports as of November 19, 2021

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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