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All hail Michael Mosley, covid scaremonger and vax pusher


ON Friday the BBC is to devote a whole day’s programming to honour the late Dr Michael Mosley, the popular media doctor who advised us to fast two days a week, have cold showers and spend hours every day doing squats and sit-ups. Announcing the ‘Just One Thing Day’, Radio 4 controller Mohit Bakaya said: ‘Michael’s broadcasting changed people’s lives, so we thought it would be fitting to dedicate a day to the impact he had and celebrate his legacy within broadcasting and beyond.’ 

Michael Mosley came across as a cheery chappie, who dispensed so-called medical and scientific advice as if from a great height, and his affable demeanour seemed to give weight to all his confident pronouncements. 

But – what exactly was his ‘legacy’? Apart from the diet books which popularised intermittent fasting, Mosley was a vociferous and relentless public pusher of the covid vaccines. And strangely enough, since his death last month, among all the fulsome tributes there was no mention of this indefatigable, never-ending plugging. 

So we are here we are to fill you in where the BBC will not. 

Starting in May 2020, Mosley published a ‘popular’ medical book, Covid-19: Everything you need to know about the Coronavirus and the race for the vaccine. The publisher’s blurb read: ‘From award-winning science journalist Dr Michael Mosley: the story of Covid-19 – the greatest public health threat of our time.’  A ‘safe and effective’ vaccine, according to Mosley, was the ‘only way to treat the virus’.

That was the first blast, but by no means the last. On November 10, 2020, Mosley made grim predictions about what would happen to Australians if they didn’t get vaccinated, warning them that they had no natural immunity to the virus which, he warned, would come back ‘in wave after wave if you are not vaccinated’. He added that vaccines are the greatest things that humans have ever invented.

By now he was well into his stride. On March 12 2021 he wrote in the Daily Mail: ‘I recently got a Covid jab – AstraZeneca as it happens [plug, plug]. It was all incredibly easy and apart from the brief sting of the injection I had no side effect – except cockiness.’ 

He went on in this article to address the alleged downsides of the vaccine, such as that it alters your DNA, makes you sterile, actually gives you covid and that the shots were not to be trusted as they had been developed too quickly. Needless to say he dismissed them all as so much myth and nonsense, at the same time advising readers to get a second jab to make sure they were well and truly protected. 

Although Mosley carefully nurtured his reputation for being smiley and affable, this was only a front. He wrote: ‘I told an unvaccinated friend that I didn’t want her to come to a social gathering because of the risk she posed’ and he castigated Dr Steve James for objecting to mandatory jabs for NHS workers. Mosley concluded this article by saying, ‘I’m convinced we have covid on the run, once vaccine-hesitant people will realise the benefits of being jabbed. The race to develop a vaccine has been truly extraordinary.’ 

On January 14 2022, he announced in his Daily Mail column that the vaccine programme had saved more than 100,000 lives and prevented others from ending up in hospital and suffering from long covid. Reflecting on the fact that five million people in the UK had chosen not to be vaccinated, he said wearily that these people seem to think they are not at risk or that natural immunity will save them. It won’t, he argued. He informed us that the unvaccinated and unboosted made up the majority of those currently in intensive care and assured readers that a course of vaccines conferred 75 per cent protection against the virus. He hammered this home by adding that having a second or third jab amplifies and refines your immune system. 

But, oh dear! In spite of having every jab going and boasting that the only side-effect he suffered was from cockiness, he announced on May 20 2022 that he had gone down with a bout of covid himself. He wrote: ‘After more than two years dodging the Covid-19 bullet, I have been struck down. This is particularly galling because throughout the pandemic I’ve tried to reduce my risk by avoiding packed places, such as pubs, and wearing a mask on public transport and in shops.’ 

In typical jaunty style, Mosley gave his tips for dealing with this nasty virus, such as taking exercise, keeping hydrated, resting and even singing in the shower. And here, once again, was a chance to promote a vaccine: a nasal one this time, as the virus, he told us, enters through the nose. He also stated that Omicron was the fastest spreading virus in human history but that those who were fully vaccinated were 85 per cent less likely to die from this strain than the unvaccinated. 

Omicron? Whatever happened to it? It vanished without trace and we haven’t heard about it for at least a couple of years. And did anybody ever die from Omicron? 

Michael Mosley died without ever raising any doubts, at least publicly, about the efficacy of the mRNA vaccines. Au contraire, he wrote about them as if they were the most wonderful invention of all time. Although his programmes, articles and podcasts were said to be ‘utterly rooted in science’ he conveniently ignored all the growing evidence from scientists and doctors who were casting doubt on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, and never once referred to their findings.

We now know that several TV doctors who promoted the jab were paid by vaccine companies, sometimes in quite large sums. It has not been revealed whether Mosley was among them, but was he even an actual doctor? 

Well, yes and no.  He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in PPE – Philosophy, Politics and Economics – the course that often leads to a high-profile career in politics. After graduation he worked in banking but after a few years jacked it in to train as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in London, a course which lasts at least five years.  But – this is the crucial point – ‘Doctor’ Mosley never practised as a doctor, not even for one minute. 

Instead, he went straight on to an Assistant Producer’s course at the BBC where his easy and pleasant television manner soon ensured he became a broadcasting star. He was, perhaps, more of a real doctor than ‘Dr’ Jill Biden, but not much, and nor was he a scientist. 

His 5:2 diet may have helped those who were able to follow it, but I hope that history will show that underneath the cheery upbeat carapace Mosley was a dangerously deluded and deeply sinister man who never stopped beating the drum for what is fast emerging as one of the most harmful and destructive medical interventions of modern times and possibly, of all time. 

That’s some legacy! 

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Liz Hodgkinson
Liz Hodgkinson
Liz Hodgkinson is an author and journalist.

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