Dr. Ryan Cole speaks at Capitol on COVID 9-15-21

Dr. Ryan Cole addresses an audience in the Lincoln Auditorium of Idaho's state Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

An Idaho doctor who is under investigation for false claims about COVID-19 vaccines signed a Dec. 15 letter to the Federal Aviation Administration and major airlines that claims pilots cannot be allowed to fly after receiving a coronavirus vaccine, writes Idaho Capital Sun reporter Audrey Dutton.

The FAA and airlines are breaking federal rules that “prohibit pilots from flying with non-FDA approved agents in their bodies like the COVID-19 inoculation,” claims the letter, signed by Garden City pathologist Dr. Ryan Cole. Cole currently serves on the board of Idaho's Central District Health as its physician member.

The letter was signed by seven people including Cole, cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, Robert Kennedy Jr. and other activists against childhood immunizations and COVID-19 public health recommendations.

The letter argues that adverse events from vaccination would cause “a pilot (to lose) control of his aircraft” and lead to “untold devastation.” The letter offers no solid data to support its claims. The health events it describes are very rarely caused by vaccination; myocarditis and blood clots are, however, not uncommon among COVID-19 patients.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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