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I am certain that his arguments are well intended and heartfelt. But they contain substantial inaccuracies. He is writing with the authority of a medical practitioner, so it is important to correct the record. 

There is no doubt that lockdowns, border closures and other restrictions have substantial adverse mental health and economic effects. But compared to what? Doing nothing?

Serious research has found that countries with early border closures and lockdowns (including Australia) suffered fewer deaths, less economic damage, and less curtailment of freedoms than countries with a laxer approach.

In Australia, around 1,100 people have died from COVID-19. The UK with 2.7 times the population has experienced 120 times as many deaths.

My clinical colleagues in Toronto, Canada worked in a tent hospital for months, and American hospitals rented refrigerated trucks to hold the extra bodies. Cemeteries ran out of space. People don’t need to be told to stay home during an out-of-control epidemic. Fear will keep them there. 

Dr Devine calls the protection from COVID-19 vaccines ‘weak and short-lived’. That is untrue. The protection against serious illness from the Delta variant after full vaccination is 80–90 per cent and declines by around three per cent each month. Some people will need booster doses. That is far superior to any influenza vaccine.

If a pill provided this protection against serious illness the queues would be very long. The largest study of COVID-19 vaccine safety was published on August 27 in the UK. The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines appear roughly equivalent in terms of serious adverse effects (including very rare blood clots) and both are far safer for you than infection by the virus.

But Dr Devine is right to question the morality of vaccinating young children to protect adults. If it were that clear cut, I would agree with him. But it is too early to make a judgment about the benefits and harms of COVID-19 vaccines in children. It may well be that, with evolving coronavirus variants, we will vaccinate children to protect children.    

David Henry, Professor of Evidence Based Practice, Bond University and Gold Coast University Hospital


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16 COMMENTS

  1. Professor of Evidence and Bond University – how do they manage financial resourcing ?

    ‘Serious research’ is whatever happens to be the chosen narrative.

    • If you have anything specific to comment or to disagree about the facts that Professor Henry quotes, please inform us and give us sources that prove the opposite.

      Challenging his authority and indeed the authority of scientific learning and university research, comparing it to the ‘general hunch’ of self-declared believers, who find their ‘truth’ in crystals, websites and coffee-clubs, that is indeed what is wrong with our times.

      Everyone has an opinion about how to fly a plane, yet who would you entrust your life with when sitting in that plane – the internet researched, self-taught ‘pilot’ or the pilot that actually was trained by an airline in a program that has checks and balances and that has responsibility for what she is doing?

    • Rudy’s it’s actually professor of “evidence-based practice”. Sounds like a good idea to me. You might be sceptical of private universities but you won’t find very different observations coming from the major sources of epidemiology.

    • So true. My son was in a vaccine study from the age of 18 months to 4 yrs of age at the RCH. Before it was knocked down.
      They removed him and blocked my calls after he suffered higher than normal side effects from combining the childhood vaccinations into one shot.
      They said go to your GP. I wanted more information but they didn’t answer emails or phone calls. I was also supposed to receive the final data and study but never did.
      They had the results they wanted to publish already and didn’t want anyone in the study that contradicted their decided outcome.
      My GP just shrugged his shoulders and said that’s how they work. If they don’t get the answers they’re being paid to find they don’t get funding next time.

  2. Hi Stefanie,
    Doctors don’t usually publish their home address unless they work from home. I had no trouble finding his practice address out of all paces in the physical phone book!

  3. Naturally they don’t give out home addresses… not even Dr. StrangeLove did that
    since he didn’t exist. I’ll try the movie again.

  4. Dr Henry makes a few statements that he doesn’t back up re deaths in other countries, many of which were avoidable and many amount to fear mongering. Who funds him?

  5. Look at Sweden now knowing exactly that they did the right thing. Despite what MSM says.
    So you are not a doctor!
    I believe Dr Devine.

  6. How about looking up the opinions of the worlds foremost Cadiologist, Peter McCullough? Or the actual inventor of the Mrna vaccine? Or the ex-chief scientist of Pfizer, Dr Yeadon? Oh, thats right, anyone who disagrees with the media narrative is kicked off of the internet. Why is there no debate? Why are University Professors, and medical researchers being silenced, even when they are risking their livelihoods to speak out? Why did the CEO of Pfizer state this week that the jabs provide little protection, IF ANY, against Omicron? Why have 100,000 health care workers in the UK, 70000 in Australia and a million in USA quit rather than get vaccinated? Why have the worlds media, just today, stated they have been giving false information to everyone regarding numbers of Covid affected? Why am I not allowed to ask these questions?

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