Air Force veteran accuses Pentagon of misleading service members by pushing Novavax COVID shot as "ethical" option
Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG) Lt. Col. David Younts, who has almost two decades of military service under his belt, has accused the Department of Defense
(DoD) of misleading military service members
by pushing the Novavax shot as an ethical Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine option.
In his private capacity as a civilian attorney, Younts represents about 60 military members opposing the DoD's vaccine mandate.
"From the very beginning, everything to do with the [Pentagon's] military vaccine mandate has been misleading," he said. Younts pointed to a July 2022 guidance "that was sent out to essentially all echelons" of Air Force Command. This guidance, he noted, served to elaborate on the Novavax COVID-19 shot purported to be "ethically produced."
The guidance about the Novavax vaccine was of interest to him and his clients, who filed and were denied religious accommodation requests to the vaccine mandate. Some of his clients objected to the COVID-19 vaccines due to their use of the fetal cells.
Novavax's sub-unit protein vaccine had been earlier touted as a possible option that "could appeal to pro-life Christian skeptics. "No human fetal-derived cell lines or tissue … are used in the development, manufacture or production of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine," a spokesperson for the Maryland-based vaccine maker said in February.
However, pro-life advocates revealed an October 2020 paper that debunked Novavax's claim of not using fetal cell lines
for its COVID-19 vaccine. The aforementioned study included a comparison between Novavax's sub-unit protein produced from insects and another protein used by human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293F cells. The paper found that Novavax's protein had a similar structural integrity to the HEK293-produced protein.
The HEK293 cell line was originally extracted from the kidney of an aborted baby girl in 1973, and has since been used in vaccine research.
Novavax was quick to deny all allegations that it used HEK293 cells. Nevertheless, pro-life advocates argued that the Maryland-based company used knowledge derived from previous testing of the fetal cell line by other researchers.
Pentagon: Christian military members should not have an objection to Novavax
"What Novavax did felt deceptive. [The company] took great pains to bury their contract with third-party labs that relied on data from the same fetal cell testing and development that Pfizer and Moderna were using," said Younts.
But more disturbing to Younts was the fact that the Air Force had begun suggesting that Christian service members should not have an objection to Novavax.
"Through official court filings, the Air Force, as well as the DoD and Department of Justice
, are on notice that the information about Novavax that the company and the Air Force are pushing out is not accurate," he said.
"Regardless of whether they are reading the court filings or not, as a party to litigation, the Pentagon and the Air Force are aware, and they're still pushing out this guidance to commanders through a bullet background paper."
But Younts and others still objected to the Novavax shot because "there's still a tie to fetal cells that people should be aware of." He added: "They can still legally justify their religious objection." (Related: Scott Kesterson: Military COVID-19 vaccine mandate a ploy to get rid of soldiers who would disobey illegal orders – Brighteon.TV.
Ultimately, he denounced the vaccine mandate in the military as "extremely troubling and frustrating."
"Constant pressure is applied
to [unvaccinated military members], as if the only thing that matters is not military readiness, the law or justice – but shots in arms. It's creating a complete absence of trust in military leadership."
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