Well, the good news is that the UK is the first country in the world to give regulatory approval for the Pfizer Biotech vaccine to counter Covid to be rolled out. The politicians are exultant. The media is exuberant. The Christmas bells ring out with joy. What can possibly go wrong?
Whilst all sane people recognise that vaccines have an important role to play in combating disease, there are a number of valid concerns that the pro-Covid vaccine lobby has to answer.
Simply whining about “anti-Vaxxers” being ‘conspiracy theorists” does not cut it.
So here is a starter menu of 5 simple questions.
- At the press conference announcing the “good news” Professor Jonathan Van Tam suggested that life might not return to normal and that face masks and social distancing might become part of “normal” life in the UK. A startled Boris Johnson moved to quickly downplay the message given by one of his leading medical henchmen. So, does the arrival of the Vaccine actually mean that face masks and social distancing will remain with us?
- The Government insists that taking the vaccine will not be “compulsory”. This means nothing. The government can effectively limit our ability to socialise, travel and live a full life by allowing corporations and institutions to discriminate against those who choose not to take the experimental vaccine. So, will the Government move to punish any organisation that seeks to discriminate on the grounds of vaccine compliance?
- The Pzifer Biotech is experimental. It has not yet been peer-reviewed nor have there been medium and long terms studies to understand possible side effects. So, why did the Government move to provide legal indemnity to all these Vaccine manufacturers?
- It is NOT known if the vaccine will impact on fertility and it is NOT known how the vaccine will react with other medications or other vaccines. So, does the Government think that in the absence of such information it is prudent to expose the entire population to such risk?
- Data makes it clear that Covid is most dangerous to those over 65 years. The Flu vaccine has never been recommended for the entire population. So, why is the Government suggesting that ideally the entire population takes the vaccine?
There is little doubt that there is a huge PR operation in play. Media is the battleground and it is 100% in favour of the Vaccine. There is no room for those who express concern.
But let us quickly visit the UK ten years ago.
Following the swine flu outbreak of 2009, about 60 million people, most of them children, received swine flu the vaccine.
It was subsequently revealed that the vaccine, Pandemrix, can cause narcolepsy and cataplexy in about one in 16,000 people, and many more are expected to come forward with the symptoms years later.
And here is the kicker…
“The Pandemrix vaccine was manufactured by pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo Smith Kline, which refused to supply governments unless it was indemnified against any claim for damage caused. The company will pay the bill, and claim the money back from the government.”
Is this tragic history about to repeat itself even as the media cheers it along?