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Vaccine risks and morality


NORWAY has just removed the AstraZeneca vaccine from its Covid immunisation programme due to the proven association between this vaccine and rare but severe incidents involving low platelet counts, blood clots and haemorrhages.

On reading this news I tweeted this:

Last week the British regulator, the MHRA, cited 41 deaths following blood clot incidents, which was an increase of nine on the previous week’s figure. 

Their reporting continues to be marked by a lack of concern. The UK’s sluggish response to AstraZeneca side-effects has alarmed experts. 

Nine days after having her first shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in mid-March, Julia began to have a headache. It persisted for several days and she put the pain down to a migraine. On March 29, her husband Peter, a retired doctor, came home and found her in a coma. Doctors at Harrogate and District Hospital determined she had a ‘catastrophic brain injury’ resulting from cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) and a very low platelet count – the rare blood condition linked to the AstraZeneca jab. Two days later Julia was dead at the age of 59. She is but one such victim of this experimental vaccine.

Having initially missed the link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots, the MHRA remains startlingly sanguine. In its most recent report it says:  

‘Following widespread use of these vaccines across the UK, the vast majority of suspected adverse reaction reports so far confirm the safety profile seen in clinical trials. Most reports relate to injection-site reactions (sore arm for example) and generalised symptoms such as a “flu-like” illness, headache, chills, fatigue, nausea, fever, dizziness, weakness, aching muscles, and rapid heartbeat. Generally, these reactions are not associated with more serious illness and likely reflect an expected, normal immune response to the vaccines . . . 

‘Cases of an extremely rare specific type of blood clot with low blood platelets is [sic] being investigated and updated advice has been provided.’

So it seems we are prepared to tolerate more deaths like Julia’s while other countries are not. Can that possibly be morally right? Is there any excuse for not warning those being vaccinated of the possibility of such outcomes?

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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