In December, after the U.K. approved the Covid vaccine for infants, I asked the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr. Michael McBride, why we were vaccinating babies against COVID-19. The question was the title of an article in the Daily Sceptic in which I also asked him to address other related issues.
I have now received a reply. He writes:
The Department of Health, along with the equivalent Departments across the rest of the U.K., has been guided by the expert advice provided by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regarding vaccine safety and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent expert advisory committee, on vaccine strategy.
In early December 2022 the MHRA approved a new age appropriate formulation of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty) for use in infants and young children aged from six months to four years after the vaccine met the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards. This approval was given following a thorough review of safety data specific to the vaccine. The vaccine has already been approved by the EMA in Europe and the FDA in the USA.
The response goes on to say that “they will now await advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation as to whether or not they will recommend the offer of vaccination is extended to all or some children within this age cohort”.
In my reply to the Chief Medical Officer I pointed out that the response did not address my question or the other issues raised in my letter and asked him to address them.
First, I asked him why children with a 99.9987% survival chance need a vaccine. I asked him to reveal how many babies have actually died from Covid as the underlying cause of death.
Next, I asked if he accepted the multiple analyses, confirmed by the European CDC in August 2020, indicating that children have little capacity to transmit the virus and which showed that reopening schools in 2020 had not been associated with significant increases in community transmission. And if so, to confirm that he will not recommend that course of action again. Or alternatively, to send me evidence that children and schools are in fact a centre for transmission.