California physicians who dissent from the prevailing view of Covid-19 and its vaccines could have their licenses revoked under a recently passed law.
California Assembly Bill 2098 states: “It shall constitute unprofessional conduct for a physician … to disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”
A finding of “unprofessional conduct” would force the state bodies that license and regulate doctors “to take action against” the accused, the bill notes.
The bill, introduced in February by Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low, passed the Assembly in May and the Senate on August 29. It now awaits the signature of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who has not taken a public position on it.
AB 2098 defines “misinformation” as “false information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.”