SINCE the former Pfizer research scientist Dr Mike Yeadon raised his first concerns and then growing alarm about the emergency authorisation and rollout of Covid vaccines, he has been subjected to a campaign of vilification and smears.
Yet in this world of reliance on expertise, there is no question about his. By normal standards this is a man who should be in daily demand for his views, for debate and quotes by the MSM and indeed for his expert and insider knowledge by the government. But from the moment the latter committed to their vaccine route out of lockdown policy last autumn, this multi-experienced scientist was not just excluded from their science advisory circles but ostracised by the mainstream media.
Where was the big interview with Mike in the Telegraph, I asked members of the just-forming HART group last December? This was soon after Mike co-authored a petition and letter from eminent physicians and scientists from across Europe to Europe’s medicines regulator, the EMA, demanding a halt to the Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials. This by any standards should have been a front-page news story: it should have led the bulletins and been the subject of every current affairs programme or debate. Mike should have been up there on Question Time and all the rest. But nothing. Zilch.
Was no one interested in this disturbing critique of the vaccines from such a knowledgeable group? Why the collective cancellation and deplatforming? Was a D Notice put on the papers to stop them from publishing it?
The MSM coverage he has been given, for example by Reuters last March, has been to dismiss him as dangerous and discredit his concerns about adverse reactions and the nature of the vaccines, uncritically repeating the Department of Health line that ‘these claims are false, dangerous and deeply irresponsible’ and that ‘Covid-19 vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives’. The article can best be described as a hatchet job. No wonder he declined to give the comment they, as a matter of form, asked him for.
Even more disturbing has been the smear campaign to silence him online too. Reuters reports that Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, an organisation that combats ‘online misinformation’ said: ‘Yeadon’s background gives his dangerous and harmful messages false credibility.’ This week we had confirmation that the Online Safety Bill is intended to be used to censor dissenting Covid views. Ahmed is reported as saying, ‘Yeadon has only been able to spread his nonsense, build a following and market his resort (what resort, Mr ‘smear is my middle name’ Ahmed, exactly?) thanks to the social media companies’. The irony.
This is the organisation that, last year, described the lab leak theory as ‘conspiracy theory’.
For Yeadon’s colleague and friend, Dr Claire Craig, ‘There is no other way to see it than the burning of the witches. Science is always a series of questions and the testing of those questions and when we are not allowed to ask those questions, then science is lost.’ Quite.
It won’t be if Mike has his way. Meeting this extraordinary man a few weeks ago, I recognised both moral courage and anguish in his principled and determined refusal, clearly coming at great cost to himself, to be cowed or impeded in his endeavour to warn the public. He will take, he said, to whatever airwaves will give him a platform to do it. He has no choice he said. I felt I was with a prophet of our times, who, I feared, like all prophets would only later be heeded and recognised.
As long as social media is there for us to do it, we will keep our readers updated on Mike Yeadon’s opinions and thoughts. Here is his latest heartfelt plea and warning, patently calm and therefore persuasive.
People can agree or disagree as they wish.
And here is his latest summation of what he has dubbed the ‘eight Covid19 lies’.