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Petitioning US House of Representatives

Remove Vice President Pence as the lead on the US coronavirus response

On 26 February 2020 US President Donald J. Trump named Vice President Mike Pence to lead the US response to the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19.  As of the evening of 26 February, there had been over 81,000 cases worldwide with 2400 deaths.  To name Vice President Pence to lead the US response suggests a lack of seriousness in the administration's handling of this looming crisis.  Pence has a history of rejecting science while Governor of Indiana. In 2015 he was responsible for the exacerbation of an outbreak of 200 cases of HIV in a small rural county.  Local health officials requested a temporary needle exchange program as the cases were related to IV drug abuse and the sharing of needles.  Pence delayed for months due to his values not aligning with a policy of needle exchange, resulting in the outbreak.  In 2000, he wrote in a Op-Ed that "smoking doesn't kill". He has repeatedly denied the overwhelming science that climate change is real and is caused, in part, by human activity. With such a dubious record in the area of public health, a lack of understanding of basic science, and zero experience in disaster management, it is clear that Vice President Pence is uniquely unqualified for this important position. It would be more appropriate that an individual with experience in disaster management and/or public health be tasked to lead the US response to this emerging public health emergency.

Committee to Protect Medicare
93,926 supporters
Petitioning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U​.​S. Governors, State Boards of Education

Universal Masking in K-12 Schools : National Call To Action

We call upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governors, and state and local boards of education to safeguard our children from COVID-19 as they return to in-person school this fall. It is imperative to require universal masking in schools as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  We agree with the recent guidance from both the AAP and CDC, that in-person learning is superior for the academic and social development of children, yet the benefits of in-person learning are only as good as our ability to keep schools open. Universal masking must be required until the majority of students, staff, and teachers are vaccinated and local metrics determine when certain risk mitigation strategies are no longer needed. Additionally, we are concerned that in many states, the responsibility for interpreting and implementing the CDC’s masking guidance now rests with local school districts, who may feel pressured to prematurely abandon mitigation measures. Individual school districts also may lack the resources to enforce these measures, placing children, families, and communities at risk. The safe and successful use of masks allowed millions of children to safely return to in-person learning during the last academic year. As the Delta variant spreads and cases increase in all 50 states, masks remain integral to the layered approach to COVID-19 prevention. Additionally, there have been multiple outbreaks in summer camps where masks and vaccines were not required.  We need uniform guidance before schools can consider removing protective measures for the start of school this fall. Policies must take into account crucial metrics such as local vaccine rates and rises in case counts, hospitalizations, and contagious variants.  Until K-12 schools meet a high enough threshold of vaccination for both students and staff, we must continue the layered approach that has been shown to keep school transmission rates low. Otherwise school outbreaks of COVID-19 are inevitable, leading to illness and subsequent disruptions to learning. We, the undersigned, implore the educational stakeholders to require universal masking in K-12 schools.   This letter is authored and endorsed by following healthcare organizations, healthcare professionals, and community leaders in addition to those in support of this petition. On Behalf of the Illinois Medical Professionals Action Collaborative Team (IMPACT):Shikha Jain MD FACP, Eve Bloomgarden MD, Sheetal Khedkar Rao MD, Laura Zimmermann MD MS FACP, Amisha Wallia MD MS, Ali Khan MD MPP FACP, Halleh Akbarnia MD FACEP, Alyson Smith PA Pediatric Critical Care, Vineet Arora MD MAPP  Megan Ranney MD MPH - Professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown University Hala Sabry DO, MBA - Founder Physician Moms Group Carmen Campbell, MD Raquelle Akavan, PA-C - President & Founder PA Moms Judith Guzman-Cottrill, DO - Professor,  Pediatric Infectious Diseases Hina Talib, MD - Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Teen Health Advocate  Women in Medicine Summit On Behalf of Science Whiz Liz: Elisabeth Marnik PhD On Behalf of Your Friendly Neighborhood Epidemiologist: Rebecca J Heick PhD On Behalf of Your Local Epidemiologist: Katelyn K. Jetelina, PhD MPH  On Behalf of SciMoms: Alison Bernstein, PhD On behalf of Unambiguous Science: Sabina Vohra-Miller, MSc On behalf of The Relentless School Nurse: Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN On Behalf of Transplant Families: Melissa McQueen, Jennifer Lau On Behalf of PA Clinical Discussion: Mike Sacks DMSc, PA-C On Behalf of Illinois Unidos: Co Chairs: Xavier Nogueras and Cesar Rolón Registered Nurses On Behalf of One Vaxxed Nurse On Behalf of Unbiased Science Podcast: Andrea Love, PhD On Behalf of Liver Mommas & Families: Jasmine Hollingsworth, ​Founder, CEO

34,497 supporters
Petitioning Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

End the FDA's Discriminatory Deferral Policy - Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood!

In the days after the 2016 massacre on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, lines wove around blood donation banks with people eager to help. Gay men, however, were turned away - a stinging insult to an already grieving community. In trying to do something good, these men were publicly humiliated by a screening questionnaire that equated their sexual identity to intravenous, non-prescription drug use and prostitution.  Though it is undeniable that this original policy was critical in ensuring the safety of the national blood supply in the early days of the AIDS crisis, advancements in technology have rendered this ban unnecessary. When the first HIV-specific antibody test came out in 1987, the risk of HIV transmission from the blood supply was 1 in every 153,123 units of blood (assuming an 8-week incubation period during which HIV is undetectable). Four generations of testing later, modern HIV screening has near-perfect sensitivity, minimizing the incubation window to 9 to 14 days. Today, the risk of transmitting HIV through a blood transfusion is 1 in 1.5 million. By comparison, the odds of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 960,000.  The logic of the current deferral policy is laughably illogical: a man who is in a monogamous relationship with another man and undergoes frequent HIV testing (every three to six months) with repeatedly negative results is prohibited from donating blood. On the other hand, a straight man who has frequent unprotected sex with female partners of unknown HIV status is not barred from donating. Similarly, a woman who has unprotected anal sex with partners of unknown HIV status is similarly allowed to donate. In 2015, the policy was changed from a lifetime ban to a twelve-month deferral period - a step in the right direction, but unrealistically requiring that MSM remain celibate for an entire year. This discriminatory policy continues to perpetuate the association between gay sex, risky sex, and HIV. The FDA would better protect the blood supply by modifying their policy to defer individuals who have had unprotected sex with partners of unknown HIV status in the two weeks prior to donation - regardless of gender or sexual orientation. With this in mind, we, the members of the LGBTQ community and our allies, demand that the FDA reevaluate their outdated discriminatory blood donation policy, and instead implement one that does a better job protecting the blood supply by redefining the criteria for deferral to anyone participating in risky sexual behavior - not a blanket ban on a community eager to do their part to save lives!

Shelby M.
31,819 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. Governors, Donald J. Trump, U​.​S. House of Representatives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stand with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dear Sir or Madam, We physician parents—and members of the Physician Moms Group—are writing urgently to support Dr. Anthony Fauci. We, along with all healthcare workers, have been working tirelessly in our roles during this unprecedented pandemic. Dr. Fauci, who is an internationally renowned Infectious Disease expert, has been a steady voice to the American public, guiding us through this most difficult and uncharted time. We are writing and asking the American public and our elected leaders to show full support for Dr. Fauci’s relentless efforts to communicate scientific and medical facts to keep us safe while we maneuver to our new normal. It is now more imperative than ever to stand strong in support of medical leaders and science, on behalf of our communities and country. We need to continue to reinforce proven preventative measures that keep us safe and to re-flatten the curve during this escalating COVID-19 crisis. We support universal masking, hand hygiene, widespread testing, contact tracing and continued physical distancing until a cure and/or a vaccine is found and implemented successfully. In summary, we wholeheartedly support Dr. Fauci and his steadfast resolution to speak on our behalf, despite those voices that say otherwise. We wish him and leaders across our cities, our states, and our nation continued strength during this time. Below are signatures of concerned citizens, parents, and physicians who are calling for continued support for and cooperation by lawmakers with scientists and medical leaders. We are in the fight of our lives for every American life, our American way of life, and our America. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! Authors: Susan B Geiger, MD, FAAEM - Emergency Medicine Sonal Saraswat Gupta, MD, FACP- Internal Medicine Jennifer D Martin, MD, FAAD - Dermatology Thanh Nguyen, MD - General Surgery Hala Sabry, DO - Emergency Medicine Jade Le, MD - Infectious Disease Lori Bryant, MD - Pediatrics Terry Krause, MD - Family Medicine Theresa Hegge, MD - Plastic Surgery Therese Susan, MD - Psychiatry Regina Troxell, MD - Child Neurology

Hala Sabry-Elnaggar
26,841 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Richard Blumenthal, Rand Paul, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration

FDA: Approve High Dose IV Vitamin C for Coronavirus Patients!

Brief Summary Veteran American doctor, Richard Cheng, reported successful use of high dose intravenous (IV) Vitamin C in 50 patients abroad. The fifty Chinese Coronavirus patients were eventually "cured" and discharged from hospital. "An open vitamin C trial was conducted at the VA hospital to treat COVID-19 pneumonia, and results were encouraging, Fowler said. Patients who were on oxygen ventilators improved and were taken off ventilators in 24 to 36 hours." Case Study: 74 Year Old COVID Patient Given IVC Taken Off Ventilator New York doctor, Andrew Weber, reported successful use with intravenous Vitamin C in combination with the antiviral medications, claiming they did "significantly better." Research study: 94% of hospitalized COVID patients have Vitamin C deficiency  Research study: Vitamin C and D deficiencies noted in hospitalized COVID patients Research study: Hospitalized COVID patients given IV Vitamin C experienced improved oxygenation levels Case study: COVID patient with Sepsis Dr. Weber also noted that Vitamin C levels were very low in Coronavirus patients experiencing sepsis Sepsis is one of the complications and cause of death of Coronavirus Several research studies have demonstrated that IV Vitamin C reduces the mortality rate of sepsis patients. Dr. Marik experienced a 32% reduction in sepsis mortality rate by administering IV Vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone. Dr. Marik now uses IVC in his COVID MATH+ protocol Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is another chief complication and cause of death in Coronavirus patients The CDC reports 67-85% of ICU Coronavirus patients develop ARDS The CDC also reports 20-42% of hospitalized Coronavirus patients develop ARDS The Cleveland Clinic CITRIS-ALI study concluded that the mortality rate from ARDS and sepsis was reduced with the administration of IV Vitamin C. A 1986 study reported a 40% reduction in ARDS mortality rate with the administration of IV Vitamin C and antioxidants The NIH indicates up to 1.5 grams/kg weight IV Vitamin C can be given to an individual in a day. The therapeutic can be combined with other antiviral medications to create a more superior treatment. About 7 different clinical trials are active but results will be months or years away. Dr. Fauci suggests taking 1-2 grams of Vitamin C stating that              "if people want to take a gram or two at the most [of] vitamin C, that would be fine." Case Study: Swine Flu IVC Success "An open vitamin C trial was conducted at the VA hospital to treat COVID-19 pneumonia, and results were encouraging, Fowler said. Patients who were on oxygen ventilators improved and were taken off ventilators in 24 to 36 hours." So far, the FDA is unwilling to approve IVC for COVID citing lack of evidence. We are not only demanding approval of IVC treatment for hospitalized COVID patients but also Vitamin C fortification of U.S. food products and Vitamin C supplements mailed to every American to boost immune system.  There have been emerging reports favoring Vitamin C administered intravenously (IV) alone or in in combination with hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine as a very effective treatment for Coronavirus COVID-19 patients in China and U.S. Unfortunately, IV Vitamin C's has not yet been recognized or explored by the FDA, CDC, or HHS. As of March 2020, only hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, and remdisivir are listed as potential therapeutics for COVID on the CDC website. They are FDA approved for "emergency use," meaning that doctors can prescribe them for Coronavirus even though formal clinical trials have not been completed. *As of January 2021, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have been revoked. Based upon several recent case studies of IV Vitamin C and its beneficial effects for Coronavirus patients, we are petitioning the President, FDA, politicians, and other health officials to immediately grant High Dose IV Vitamin C emergency use authorization for Covid-19 treatment  Dr. Richard Cheng U.S. board certified anti-aging physician, Dr. Richard Cheng, MD,Ph.D serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board to the International Intravenous Vitamin C China Epidemic Medical Support Team. He has been a pioneer in facilitating these new COVID IVC research studies abroad. Dr. Cheng published a review article for Elsevier Medicine in Drug Discovery Journal on I.V. Vitamin C for Coronavirus: "High-dose intravenous VC has also been successfully used in the treatment of 50 moderate to severe COVID-19 patients in China. The doses used varied between 2 g and 10 g per day, given over a period of 8–10 h. Additional VC bolus may be required among patients in critical conditions. The oxygenation index was improving in real time and all the patients eventually cured and were discharged. In fact, high-dose VC has been clinically used for several decades and a recent NIH expert panel document states clearly that this regimen (1.5 g/kg body weight) is safe and without major adverse events" (Cheng).   3 Further Reasons to Combine IVC with or without Hydroxychloroquine/Remdesivir/Azithromycin During Coronavirus Treatment 1. Reported success by a New York Physician 2. Reported success at the Xi’an Jiaotong University Second Hospital 3. Endorsed by the Shanghai Medical Association 4. Several case studies of COVID patients experiencing severe symptoms fully recovering after given IVC.  5. Dr. Marik MATH+ Protocol for COVID includes high dose IVC for ICU admitted patients. The Shanghai Medical Association (SMA), established in 1917, had recently published their official consensus on Coronavirus treatment based upon several clinical trials involving about 300 patients in China. They advise doctors use IV Vitamin C in combination with hydroxychlorquine and/or chloroquine antivirals. For patients experiencing mild symptoms, they recommend 50-100 mg/kg of body weight per day of high dose IV Vitamin C (IVC) (Taylor). This is equivalent to about 2,500-4,700 mg IVC for a 110 lb individual or 4,000 - 9,000 mg IVC per day for a 200 lb individual. For severe and critically ill patients, the SMA recommend 100 - 200 mg/kg IVC. This is equivalent to about 4,700 - 9,000 mg IVC for a 110 lb individual or 9,000 - 18,000 mg IVC per day for a 200 lb individual.  The full, comprehensive report can be accessed here, however, you may need to use Google translate. The National Institute of Health (NIH) website refers to a study where IV Vitamin C (IVC) was safely tolerated up to 1.5 grams/kg body weight per day for healthy individuals and cancer patients without existing kidney disease, kidney stones, or G6PD deficiency (NIH). This translates to about 75 grams/day IVC for a 110 lb individual and 150 grams/day IVC for a 200 lb individual! The Chinese observed benefits at much smaller doses relative to these doses. We do not predict that such doses would be required for treating COVID. There are additional clinical trials in China underway studying the effects of high dose IV Vitamin C for Coronavirus patients at dosages of 12-24 grams/day and another study at 6-12 grams/day (Saul). The U.S., however, has not really completed any research or inquiry into Coronavirus IVC whatsoever. The Xi’an Jiaotong University Second Hospital also endorsed IV Vitamin C therapy claiming "that for patients with severe neonatal pneumonia and critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission" (World Health). Eight of their patients with Coronavirus acquired pneumonia recovered following IV Vitamin C treatment, respectively. IVC Introduced at 23 NY Hospitals IV Vitamin C has recently had a small, but growing presence in the U.S. Dr. Andrew Weber, a New York pulmonologist, has already gave some of his Coronavirus patients 1.5 grams IV Vitamin C 3x day with good results. Weber claimed "that patients who received Vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get Vitamin C" (Mongelli et. al). Weber, along with other doctors throughout the 23-hospital Northwell Hospital Network, have been integrating IV Vitamin C in their treatments for Coronavirus patients. A representative from Northwell claimed that IVC usage for Coronavirus is "widespread" throughout their system. These New York doctors are not using IVC alone, but in combination with hydroxychloroquine and/or azithromycin. So why aren't other hospitals using it? Simply because they are unaware of it. With FDA recognition and approval, more doctors and hospitals would become aware. IVC and Sepsis Sepsis, is a life threatening condition where the body produces chemicals that can result in tissue damage, organ failure, and mortality. Usually, a pre existing bacterial infection such as a urinary tract infection or pneumonia leads to an increased presence and multiplication of bacteria in the bloodstream, or septicemia. Symptoms include: fever, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, and confusion. The mortality rate is usually 30%-35% in the U.S. and even greater in 3rd world countries. Fortunately, IV Vitamin C, when administered with Vitamin B1 and corticosteroids by Virginia physician, Dr. Paul Marik, was shown to reduce sepsis related deaths by 32% from 19/47 to 4/47 in a small clinical study (Marik Interestingly, COVID patients have and are continuing to experience sepsis, without IVC intervention. Arguably, IVC has been a clinically proven treatment with regards to sepsis and one could only wonder its potential for Coronavirus. The Marik Vitamin C Protocol: 1.5 grams IVC every 6 hours x4 days or sooner if discharged 50 mg IV hydrocortisone every 6 hours x7 days 200 mg IV Thiamine (B1) every 12 hours x4 days In this protocol, a patient could theoretically receive up to 6 grams IVC in a day. The world-renowned, Cleveland Clinic, also studied IV Vitamin C for sepsis patients and also concluded that it significantly increased survival rate and reduced length of ICU stay (Cleveland).  We have confidence that IV Vitamin C will also have great results for Coronavirus patients. 2016 The Marik Study of 94 patients 47/94 Sepsis/Septic Shock patients received 6 grams IVC per day along with IV hydrocortisone and IV Thiamine 47/94 Sepsis/Septic Shock received the placebo IVC Group Mortality rate: 8% The other group: 40% This is a 32% decrease in mortality rate! Marik P.E., Khangoora V., Rivera R., Hooper M.H., Catravas J. Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C, and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Before-After Study. Chest. 2017;151:1229–1238. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2016.11.036. 2016 A group of 14 septic shock patients that received 25 mg/kg IVC every 6 hours for 3 days had a mortality rate of 14% compared to 64% in the other group of 14 septic shock patients that received no treatment. Zabet M.H., Mohammadi M., Ramezani M., Khalili H. Effect of high-dose Ascorbic acid on vasopressor’s requirement in septic shock. J. Res. Pharm. Pract. 2016;5:94–100 2017 Cleveland Clinic CITRIS ALI Trial 30% mortality in IVC group vs 46% mortality rate in the other group Fowler A.A., Truwit J.D., Hite R.D., Morris P.E., DeWilde C., Priday A., Fisher B., Thacker L.R., Natarajan R., Brophy D.F., et al. Effect of Vitamin C Infusion on Organ Failure and Biomarkers of Inflammation and Vascular Injury in Patients With Sepsis and Severe Acute Respiratory Failure: The CITRIS-ALI Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2019;322:1261–1270. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.11825 Would the benefits experienced in 2017 apply again in 2020 Coronavirus?  Very likely. Sepsis in 2017 is Sepsis in 2020. ARDS in 2017 is ARDS in 2020. I would assume that  sepsis or ARDS has not changed itself with the 3 years.  So lets pretend that diabetes (high blood sugar) was a complication of Coronavirus. Diabetics usually take metformin to reduce their sugar levels in real life. Would it be rational to give Coronavirus Diabetics metformin? Absolutely. But by the FDA standards, they would probably argue that metformin has to be proven to work in Coronavirus patients before approval. The Physician's Weekly recently suggested exploring high dose IV Vitamin C to Coronavirus patients experiencing ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome, may be a good idea. "Treatment of severe ARDS from COVID-19 is an ongoing challenge and a specific treatment could be months ahead. The evidence around vitamin C is scarce but promising. There probably never was and never will be a better time than the current to explore and make use of every possible tool that could allow us to improve patients’ prognosis and expand the body of evidence for the benefit of all" (High Dose).  IVC and ARDS Research 1986 16 ARDS patients were given 1 gram IVC every 6 hours along with selenium, NAC, and Vitamin E. Another 16 ARDS patients received placebo or sugar water The mortality rate in the IVC group was 37% compared to 71% in the other group.  That's a nearly 40% decrease in mortality rate! Sawyer M.A.J., Mike J.J., Chavin K., Marino P.L. Antioxidant therapy and survival in ARDS. Crit. Care Med. 1989;17:S153. Coincidentally, Sepsis and ARDS are common complications seen in hospitalized Coronavirus patients. When these research studies were being done, Coronavirus did not cause the Sepsis or ARDS. But it would be fair to assume that it would still work for Sepsis and ARDS that is caused by the Coronavirus. According to the CDC, 67-75% of ICU admitted Coronavirus patients, develop ARDS! So each disease has symptoms and complications. Just because something is not proven to treat the symptoms, does not mean it cannot treat the complications. COVID complications are ARDS, sepsis, and septic shock. These complications can be caused by other diseases also. So IVC has already significant research that it can work for treating the complications. There should be no requirement to create a new research study to test the effect of vitamin c for COVID caused ARDS/Sepsis when there was already research done for vitamin c for Non-COVID caused ARDS/Sepsis.  Further, we request observational research studies be conducted for IVC Coronavirus patients. An observational study means that everyone being studied will be given the potential treatment/medication. This is easier and cheaper to perform and confers benefits to every patient. Case studies can then be compiled and published online. Interestingly, some U.S. oncologists offer IVC in conjunction with chemotherapy to improve results. We do not see why IVC cannot serve a similar purpose with respect to COVID and its proposed pharmaceuticals.  Current F.D.A. Vitamin C Recommended Daily Allowance Women: 75 mg/day Men: 90 mg/day Tolerable Upper Limit: 2000 mg/day We believe that these doses may be appropriate for a healthy individual and encourage people to adhere to these FDA recommendations. Interestingly, these guidelines were originally created to prevent Scurvy and not designed for optimal health performance or treating other diseases such as COVID. Nevertheless, we still advise against self administering high dose Vitamin C greater than 2 grams/day without the supervision of a licensed medical doctor.   It should further be noted that individuals with existing renal disease, Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (G6PD), kidney stones, or Hemochromatosis should avoid high dose Vitamin C.  IV Vitamin C Facts 1. Clinically proven to reduce sepsis related deaths 2. Used by some U.S. oncologists when treating cancer patients to reduce side effects and improve quality of life 3. Potency. Per NIH, "When taken by IV infusion, vitamin C can reach higher levels in the blood than when the same amount is taken by mouth" (NIH) 4. Well tolerated. Excess amount would safely be excreted in the urine as it is a water-soluble vitamin. Studies suggest up to 1.5 g/kg can safely be tolerated if one does not have kidney stones, kidney disease, G6PD deficiency, or Hemochromatosis. 5. It is relatively inexpensive to produce. 6. Hospitals usually have a good supply of it and if not, can readily order it from a U.S. based supplier.  Admittedly, We acknowledge that the success experienced with IVC for Coronavirus thus far are case studies and anecdotal in nature. They may or may not work in a larger research study, but its our belief that further exploration is well warranted! Hydroxychloroquine, although originally approved for malaria, only has anecdotal evidence for Coronavirus. As of March 2020, it is FDA approved for compassionate use while official studies are still in progress.  Thus, we would appreciate it if you could please fairly evaluate IV Vitamin C in a similar manner. We hypothesize that vitamin C would improve survival rates, quality of life, and reduce length of ICU duration stay. We encourage you to do your own due diligence and if you agree with this petition, please sign! We, the signed, request that you explore IV Vitamin C as another Coronavirus treatment option and immediately include it your online list of existing Coronavirus therapeutics for doctor usage by granting it "compassionate use" approval. Subsequently, we request further U.S. based research studies on its use. We do not claim IVC is a COVID cure, but rather, a potential, experimental treatment that requires further evaluation. What if we are challenged with another highly aggressive virus, bacteria, etc and cannot afford to wait while we "develop" a new medicine or vaccine? We should have a dependable, inexpensive, easily manufactured, universal therapeutic that can be given while the biotech, pharmaceutical industries work on researching and developing their own stuff.  Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully,   The Coronavirus IVC Project #ApproveIVC   **Update**In the few weeks since this petition was created, various IVC Coronavirus clinical trials are now active, but still worth knowing that the studies may require months or years before actually being completed. The FDA after receiving the materials declined approval without solid clinical trial evidence. They indicated that clinical trials must be done to prove whether it works.  The CDC and HHS indicated they cannot do anything regarding this.  Hunter Holmes McGuire Veteran Affairs Medical Center The Cleveland Clinic is also giving 8,000 mg daily Vitamin C tablets to Coronavirus patients to see if it can prevent disease progression. Although this is not intravenous Vitamin C, it is still 800x the FDA recommended daily allowance of 90 mg. Virginia Commonwealth University plans on giving IVC to ICU admitted Coronavirus patients Canadian University of Sherbrook giving IVC to ICU admitted Coronavirus patients   References High-Dose IV Vitamin C on ARDS by COVID-19: A Possible Low-Cost Ally With a Wide Margin of Safety April 29 2020 NIH National Cancer Institute. High-Dose Vitamin C (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version. February 2020 Cheng Z., Richard. Can early and high intravenous dose of vitamin C prevent and treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?, Medicine in Drug Discovery, 2020,100028, ISSN 2590-0986 Saul, Andrew. China Treating Coronavirus COVID-19 with Intravenous Vitamin C. March 2020. Global Research Mongelli, Lorena. Golding, Bruce.  New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C. 24 March 2020. New York Post Cleveland Clinic. Study Suggests Benefits of Vitamin C for Severe Sepsis. January 2020 Chicago Tribune. Under fire, drugmaker to drop claim for special status for promising coronavirus drug, remdesivir. March 2020 Vaccine Impact. More Vitamin C Studies Approved in China to Fight Coronavirus: Therapy Censored in U.S. March 2020 Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C, and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock. Marik, Paul E. et al. CHEST, Volume 151, Issue 6, 1229 - 1238 Khan HMW, Parikh N, Megala SM, Predeteanu GS. Unusual early recovery of a critical COVID-19 patient after administration of intravenous vitamin C [published online July 14, 2020]. Am J Case Rep. 2020. doi: 10.12659/AJCR.925521. CDC. Information for Clinicians on Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients. CDC. Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)  Taylor, Paul. Chinese Medical Team Report Successful Treatment Of Coronavirus Patients With High-Dose Vitamin C. March 2020. Dr Rath Health Foundation Official Statement From China For Recommended Treatment of COVID-19. March 2020. World Health    

The Coronavirus IVC Project
21,428 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom, Donald J. Trump, Eric Garcetti, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, United States Department of Health and Human Services, David Chiu, Nancy P...

Freeze Rent, Utility Bills, All Automobile Related Bills, Credit Card Bills California

COVID-19 has effected our lives in many ways. Sudden and unexpected loss of income for those who live paycheck to paycheck will cause serious risks for everyone. Housing security is needed for many people to carry out public health measures such as self isolation. Over the next several weeks,  governments will introduce billions of dollars in emergency measures to support “small” businesses in true terms meaning multi million dollar companies and corporations and Their workers - but we need to ensure it includes support for precarious workers, and the most vulnerable tenants, like the most renters in major cities who pay more than 50% of their income in rent. Due to the rapidly wide spread of Coronavirus and the obvious Economic Turmoil resulting in many individuals &/or families loosing their jobs &/or businesses, it is only inhuman for people having to face eviction or worry about keeping a roof over their heads. The government has a role to play in helping to protect all and to implement a temporary ban on all Evictions, Freeze for all bills and payment such as but not limited to Apartment Rent, All Mortgage Related Payments such as Mortgage Payments-Mortgage Insurance Payments-Property Insurance Payments-Property Taxes, Utilities such as Water-Electricity-Gas Bill Payments, All Automobile related bills such as Car Payments and Auto Insurance Coverage Payments, Health Insurance Coverage Payments, Internet and TV/Cable/Satellite Service Bill Payments, Credit Card Payments, Mobile/Cell Phone Bill Payments, etc. until the World Health Organization declares the COVID 19  pandemic has ended. Help yourself, your families, your community, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues & coworkers by signing this petition. Spread the word as fast and strong as corona is spreading itself. Let us together raise our voices loud and clear and demand from our law makers to protect us in this difficult times.

Tad Hovsepian
19,370 supporters
Petitioning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Donald J. Trump, Philippines Port State Control, Russian Federation, US Coast Guard, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nation...

Over 200,000 humans are stranded at sea. Save them before it's too late.

Over 200,000 seafarers are out at sea right now. Some have already lost hope and committed suicide. Others say they are close to doing the same. There are approximately 80,000 cruise ship employees and 150,000 cargo ship employees. The cruise ship crew members are not working, and cannot get home. They are not being paid in many cases, and in others, the pay is minimal. Several ships are required by CDC to sail with stringent restrictions. Level 3 onboard a cruise vessel means that crew has to be in their cabins (some without windows), for 21 hours per day. They can only come out for meals and a fresh air break. They do not all have free wifi, and they have minimal contact with their families at home. Even the strongest willed people will face depression and anxiety in this situation. Now add in the worry about getting home, the fear of not being able to provide income for your family, the concern about your family's health at home, the death of a family member that you cannot be there for, the birth of your child that you missed. How can we possibly consider it humane to leave them out there? CDC has implemented a no sail order, but it does not mean that crew cannot disembark. They can. However, CDC has the cruise lines hostage, with an attestation that the CEO and other executives must sign, agreeing to criminal sanctions for every single crew member that they send home should these crew members come into contact with a person of the public. They want crew members chartered privately from ship to vehicle, then vehicle to charter flight, and flight to repatriation homes or government facility quarantine centers. Many of the ships have given in and signed the declaration with great reluctance. Yet still, there are so many changes daily to the borders and we need to call on CDC and every government worldwide, to help their citizens. Thus, even if the cruise lines agree to the extraordinary costs to charter their crew home (and keep in mind, they have), flights are being canceled and countries are shutting their doors at the last minute. The cruise lines have even swapped crew onto ships, split by citizenship, and tried to sail them home from the USA all the way to Manila Philipines, India, Indonesia, and Europe. Whether you love or hate cruise lines, they are trying. And if you don't agree  with that opinion or if you feel that they have the revenue to charter everyone and comply with the restrictions, are you okay with crew members imprisoned in tiny rooms with no windows have been out there in this situation for 60+ days? Because there has not been a resolution to this and both cargo ships waiting for crew changeovers, and cruise ship crew, are all beginning to experience severe mental health issues. Would you be okay with it if this was your child, spouse,  parent, or friend? We need to bring them home. Firstly, we need for CDC to review it's cruise line onboard restrictions, to consider how long they have been at sea with little to no exposure, and to loosen up on their demands of the cruise lines. If they do not do this, more lives will be lost as crew members lose their ability to cope with the isolation, loneliness, and depression until they can be repatriated.  Secondly, we need for CDC to lift some of the travel restrictions in place and enable cruise lines to send crew home on Commerical flights. Have you seen the photos of people on commercial airlines? They are not practicing social distancing in the least. Crew have been better isolated, better monitored with their multiple temperature checks per day, and they are living in much more sterile environments than anyone on land. The USA is already allowing commercial flights, and international flights are resuming again too. Yet, CDC is treating cruise line crew members like an entirely different species. There are also several Americans trapped overseas, being turned away by their own country.  This situation is dire and not enough of the world knows about it. We plead for your support, to get the attention of the CDC, President Trump and the White House, and to help crew members be repatriated through the United States with fewer restrictions. Please sign to help these innocent lives at sea.

Krista Thomas
17,859 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Cheri Bustos, Richard J. Durbin, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robyn Gabel, Heather A. Steans

Christopher's Bill : Stop the HPV VACCINE Mandate

My 14 year old son received the 1st dose of the deadly and useless HPV VACCINE on June 29th 2018 and after only 46 days later he passed away on August 14th 2018. We took him to our local ER on the night of August 8th. They did testing for any virus or infection and all blood work came back negative. The Dr's suggested my son be moved to Children's Hospital in Iowa City. It was there that the Dr's performed a lumbar puncture and discovered my son had encephalitis. The Neurologist then came in and diagnosed him with ADEM DISEASE. From that point on my son spiraled downhill fast. He then had paralysis to the left side of his body, and then respiratory failure. He then started having seizures and was being treated with extremely high doses of steroids to combat the swelling in his brain. His case was so severe at this point that they had no other choice but to perform a craniotomy on the right side of his skull to help with brain swelling. His brain continued to swell and he ended up having a brain herniation. He was pronounced brain dead on August 14th 2018. My son was only 14 years old, bright, smart, handsome, awesome baseball player, he was on the honor roll and just 2 days from starting high school. He died as a direct result of the HPV VACCINE which is listed on the vaccine insert. My son should have never been given this medicine as he has NO CERVIX! This drug has not been proven to prevent prevent cervical cancer. Japan banned this drug in 2014 because of so many adverse reactions. My son Christopher Bunch and another child named Colton Berrett both died as a result of the HPV VACCINE. There are hundreds of children that have died and thousands more that have been injured. Please help us stop the government from making this a mandatory vaccine. United as ONE, Our voices will be heard. 

Elijah Bunch
13,928 supporters