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Aseem Malhotra’s vaccine warnings fall on ever deafer ears

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FORMER health ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt have both ignored doctors’ pleas to help halt the Covid-19 vaccination programme. NHS cardiologist and public health campaigner Dr Aseem Malhotra, a one-time vaccine advocate who has changed his stance in view of the evidence, has told them that 1 in 800 Covid vaccine recipients suffers a serious adverse reaction, while official figures show that 1 in 116 experience reactions serious enough to report to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Yellow Card Scheme.

Dr Malhotra spoke to Hunt directly, while a senior member of the British Medical Association, the doctors’ trade union, spoke to Javid. Neither has acted or contacted Dr Malhotra to ask him to present his evidence of harms.

The MHRA has consistently failed to take reports seriously despite receiving 2,240 notifications of fatalities and 29,080 reports of acute cardiac events, Dr Malhotra’s area of expertise.

When sent a freedom of information request early in the vaccination campaign asking for the release of Pfizer’s raw safety data, the drugs monitor responded that it was not in the public interest to release it.

Recent re-analysis of the Pfizer and Moderna trial data suggests the risk of suffering serious adverse effects of mRNA vaccines is significantly higher than the risk of being hospitalised with Covid-19. It also showed a rise in cardiac arrests and heart attacks linked to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Pfizer’s phase three clinical trials recorded four cardiac arrests in the non-placebo group and one in the placebo group. A significant rise in cardiac arrest calls to ambulances in England was seen in 2021 (an extra 14,000 compared with 2020). Similar data emerged from Israel in the 16-to-39-year-old age group where there was a 25 per cent increase in heart attacks or cardiac arrests associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine administration, but not associated with Covid-19.

Dr Malhotra has also stated publicly that the vaccination is a likely contributor to his father’s sudden death from heart failure. Dr Kailash Chand was a fit 73-year-old able to beat his son at badminton. Dr Malhotra said: ‘The last time I played him he had me running about the court so much I ruptured my Achilles tendon. He had no sign of a heart condition.’

In his continuing efforts to raise the alarm, Dr Malhotra has written a two-part, peer-reviewed paper. Entitled: ‘Curing the pandemic of misinformation on Covid-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine’, it was published this week in the Journal of Insulin Resistance and presented to the press on Tuesday. He tweeted his findings and the paper has received over 3million views.

Although he is followed on Twitter by many MPs, mainstream media journalists and other influencers, none has contacted him to ask for more information. His paper has also been snubbed by mainstream media. A correspondent from the Times was at the press conference and interviewed Dr Malhotra afterwards but the paper has yet to publish a report.

Dr Malhotra said: ‘There’s been an emotional reaction, but no other doctors have come at me with arguments against the data I’ve used in my paper. The data that I’ve used makes a very clear case that the vaccine is causing significant harm in at least 1 in 800. It’s probably much more than that. That in itself is unprecedented. I don’t know how they’re going to wriggle out of it.

‘The MHRA are in denial, and they’re funded by the industry they’re supposed to regulate. So what do we expect?

‘Traditionally, mainstream media coverage has exposed wrongdoing. I was working with a mainstream media journalist for a couple of months before my paper was published. He came back to me at the last-minute saying, “I can’t do the story,” because he’d got comments from the British Heart Foundation and the British Immunological Society which contradicted my paper.

‘Doctors don’t even know about the mRNA technology being used in the Pfizer vaccine because it’s new technology. This is the problem. There’s a presumption of knowledge amongst authoritative figures. Most of them have the illusion of knowledge or are ignorant or deliberately ignoring things that they should be looking at.

‘I’ve had email and message exchanges with people like Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid, former GMB presenter Piers Morgan, and the BBC’s Jeremy Vine but none have covered the story.’

His findings are backed by six other leading doctors including Sherif Sultan, professor of vascular surgery and president of the International Vascular Society, who said: ‘These findings raise concerns regarding vaccine-induced undetected severe cardiovascular side effects and underscore the established causal relationship between vaccines and myocarditis, a frequent cause of unexpected cardiac arrest in young individuals.’

Dr Campbell Murdoch, clinical adviser to the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: ‘All healthcare providers must practise evidence-based medicine. In the case of the Covid-19 vaccination Dr Malhotra describes multiple systemic failures in the provision of safe and effective evidence-based medicine. Consequently, it has been impossible for patients and the public to make an informed choice about what is best for their health and life.

‘High quality healthcare requires organisations and individuals to act with complete integrity. Without this, the delivery of safe and effective healthcare will always fail.’

Dr Bob Gill, GP, activist and producer of the documentary The Great NHS Heist,  said: ‘This important review highlights significant concerns about the overstated benefits of vaccination especially in low-risk populations, and the under-reporting of adverse events.’ Dr Renee Hoenderkamp, GP, writer and broadcaster, added: ‘I have two young patients with post-vaccine heart conditions confirmed. They were not counselled on the risk of this [myocarditis] as part of an informed consent process.’

Dr Amir Hannan, GP and chair of the West Pennine Local Medical Committee, Greater Manchester, said: ‘We must remain vigilant against over-reliance on the benefits [of vaccine] and minimising or even suppressing the harms.’

Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Stanford, added: ‘There may be a case for older people to take the vaccine because the benefits may outweigh expected harm, but that may not be the case for younger people.’

Despite their comments, no action has been taken.

Dr Malhotra was due to present his findings to the All-Parliamentary Group on Vaccination on September 16, but the meeting was postponed owing to the death of the Queen.

He is himself double vaccinated and believes in vaccination. Initially, he criticised vaccine hesitancy on television but now says he was ‘wilfully blind to vaccine harms’. He cited the book by Margaret Heffernan, Wilful Blindness, highlighting the phenomenon, and said that the public were guilty of wilful blindness when it came to sex-offenders Harvey Weinstein and Jimmy Savile, and to the atrocities of the Holocaust.

He should be applauded for admitting he was wrong and not lambasted as he has been. Doctors, academics, and scientists need to be able to change their stance without fear of reprisals.

The MHRA did not respond to a request for comment.

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Sally Beck
Sally Beck
Sally Beck is a freelance journalist with 30 years of experience in writing for national newspapers and magazines. She has reported on vaccines since the controversy began with the MMR in 1998.

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