Bill Description: House Bill 154 would make it a misdemeanor to provide or administer a vaccine developed using mRNA technology to a human or animal.
Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?
House Bill 154 would create Section 18-926, Idaho Code, which would say, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may not provide or administer a vaccine developed using messenger ribonucleic acid technology for use in an individual or any other mammal in this state." It would further stipulate that "a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor."
Messenger ribonucleic acid technology, more commonly referred to as mRNA, is the experimental technology that was rushed into production in various Covid-19 injections under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority.
There is an ongoing debate about what risks are associated with these vaccines and their underlying technology because they did not go through the normal testing and evaluation process that is required for bringing a new medical product to market.
House Bill 154 implements a ban on administering these products to humans or animals, though it would not limit other uses or testing (as happens when substances are listed as Schedule I drugs.)
It will take many years of research and observation to fully analyze the safety and effectiveness of mRNA-based vaccines, but criminalizing their use in humans or animals is an overly heavy-handed approach on the part of state government.
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