COVID-19 News & Analysis

  • Exposure risk to babies being fed by vaccinated mothers
    10 June 2021 – The human trials have not even reached a full year yet and did not include pregnant or lactating women, nor nursing infants. As a result, no safety can be ascertained, and therefore should not be claimed.
  • High levels of Midazolam prescriptions
    10 June 2021 – Further investigation into how much of the prescribed Midazolam was actually given to patients, and into the accusations of the whistleblowers that the drug was misused, is now urgently warranted, if only to allay fears of misuse.
  • Changing the goal posts for the vaccinated
    10 June 2021 – A stricter definition of disease for calling cases and attributing deaths to COVID-19 is long overdue. However, it must be applied to the unvaccinated as well as the vaccinated.
  • ‘Long Covid’ in children
    10 June 2021 – In a prospective German study,1,560 secondary school children were tested regularly for SARS-CoV-2 and all took part in a survey for typical ‘long Covid’ symptoms.
  • Tony Blair calls for medical apartheid
    10 June 2021 – There appears to be no upper limit to Tony Blair’s total disregard for human rights. With his track record during the invasion of Iraq, his latest attack is a direct assault on the inalienable human rights of British citizens.
  • COVID-19 child vaccination: irresponsible, unethical and unnecessary
    9 June 2021 – It is shocking that as of Friday 6 June the MHRA approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 years old.
  • Child vaccination — implications for fully informed consent
    3 June 2021 – HART continues to be deeply concerned to hear various MPs and SAGE representatives calling for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the lack of long-term safety data.
  • It’s now or never – mask mandates must be lifted
    3 June 2021 – The 15 June will be the first anniversary of England’s mask mandate, 12 months on from the introduction of the unprecedented requirement for healthy people to wear face coverings.
  • Compulsory vaccination for NHS staff back on the agenda?
    3 June 2021 – A number of professional bodies — such as the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing — have already rejected the notion that COVID-19 vaccination for staff should be compulsory. Nevertheless, the government signalled its intention to consider mandating vaccination for NHS staff.
  • While the Prime Minister marries, the UK protests again
    3 June 2021 – Once again the mainstream media coverage of the London protest on Saturday 29 May was a woeful departure from the reality on the ground.
  • Concerns about third wave unfounded
    3 June 2021 – Inevitably, certain government advisors have begun to urge caution on relaxing Coronavirus restrictions on 21 June. Professor Adam Finn was quoted as saying it was “so much better to delay slightly than to go around with another cycle” of lockdown restrictions.
  • COVID-19 open letters on vaccination and other matters
    28 May 2021 – A number of groups have now written open letters to express concerns about aspects of the COVID-19 vaccination programmes. Widely ignored in mainstream broadcast media and the vast majority of print media, we will collect the letters here.
  • Concerns about Indian variant continue to be unfounded
    27 May 2021 – The news this week reports a ‘surge’ of cases and hospitalisations of the Indian Variant (B1.617.2) in the Greater Manchester area. Indeed the Indian government is distinctly unimpressed with this nomenclature and does not concur that this variant belongs to them.
  • Is the UK’s ‘Yellow Card’ safety surveillance system fit for purpose?
    27 May 2021 – Defenders of the UK’s Yellow Card system claim that it is efficient at capturing adverse events, although as previously reported it is difficult to reconcile that claim with the fact that the UK was slower than several other countries (e.g. Denmark) in picking up clotting issues with the AZ vaccine.
  • Mask mandates must be lifted
    27 May 2021 – The masking of healthy people in community settings is unlikely to reduce viral transmission, but has led to, and is maintaining, a range of profound social and psychological harms.
  • Vaccination round-up
    27 May 2021 – Seemingly there has been an international competition for the most persuasive incentive to get vaccinated. In Canada, it is only an ice-cream and live music, in the US it’s a free doughnut, whereas in Poland it could be as much as a hybrid car and in Dawson County, Georgia, convicted criminals could get up to 50% reduction in their custodial sentence.
  • SARS-CoV-2 was developed in a laboratory
    27 May 2021 – The mainstream media has started to report on the evidence that SARS-CoV-2 may have originated in a laboratory. From the outset of the pandemic, scientists have been attempting to draw attention to the fact that the SARS-CoV-2 genome was too distant from known bat coronaviruses for natural mutation to have been the source: the genome contains classic markers of genetic manipulation.
  • COVID-19 educational materials in schools
    27 May 2021 – Materials purporting to be formal education materials about the COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered to children in classrooms across the country. Accurate information is crucial for them to make a considered decision along with their parents and carers.
  • Matt Hancock violates patient confidentiality
    20 May 2021 – Mr Hancock revealed 18 COVID-19 patients were under the care of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, hospitalised with the Indian variant. He informed the public that ‘the vast majority’ of these patients had not been vaccinated despite being eligible.
  • Indian variant over-hyped
    News this week has focused on the rise in the Indian variant. The proportion of sequenced samples that are from the Indian variant has indeed increased and is now approximately 30% of those sequenced.
  • Is the peer-review system broken?
    Peer-review is supposed to be the gold standard of research, underpinning credibility and accuracy in academic and scientific findings.
  • Protesters gather in London
    Mainstream media fails to report again A series of global […]
  • Medics and scientists urge caution over child vaccination
    Vaccine rollout to children faces backlash says the Telegraph, reporting on an open letter to the MHRA from over 40 medical professionals including several members of HART.
  • The ‘weaponisation’ of behavioural psychology
    Government advisors agree strategy has been unethical On 6 January […]
  • COVID-19 child vaccination: safety and ethical concerns
    Recently leaked Government documents suggested that a COVID-19 vaccine rollout in children over 12 years old is already planned for September 2021, and the possibility of children as young as 5 years old being vaccinated in the summer in a worst-case scenario.
  • 13 May 2021
    When huge crowds marched through London on Saturday 24 April, some celebrities and NHS staff were quick to take to Twitter to express their horror and contempt. But here we are, just over two weeks on, and there’s still no sign of any increase in cases.
  • 6 May 2021 – bulletin
    It is a profound blessing that children are barely affected by COVID-19 — we have not seen deaths in previously healthy children in Britain. There have sadly been a very small number of children with serious life-limiting conditions who have died with COVID-19, but paediatricians can already organise vaccination for very high risk children under compassionate grounds, once the risk and benefits have been carefully weighed up. We don’t need to vaccinate healthy children for the sake of vulnerable ones. We also do NOT need to vaccinate healthy children to provide herd immunity for adults.
  • 29 April 2021 – bulletin
    Decades of evidence on viral seasonality, acquired immunity, prior immunity are being ignored, with those in charge claiming that the virus will wreak havoc if we go about our normal lives. Most people agree that, on some level, the rules don’t make any sense. And yet still they remain.
  • 22 April 2021
    Mortality risk from COVID-19 The constant portrayal of COVID-19 as a threat has caused distortion in people’s perception of their risk of dying from it, if they are unlucky enough to catch it. This data will be an overestimate as it comes from table 1 of this study published in August 2020. The study estimated an overall infection fatality rate in Western Europe to be over 1% and even Professor Neil Ferguson agrees that it is more like 0.8% with WHO estimates now substantially lower than that.
  • 16 April 2021
    Restrictions pose more of a threat than COVID-19 After several weeks of minimal cases being found in the community and weekly deaths below normal levels we are still locked down. Lockdown costs us about £500m a day and every day brings more businesses to the brink. Over 4.7 million people are now waiting for NHS operations. Between March 2020 and January 2021 there were 350,000 fewer cancer referrals to hospitals than expected, a shortfall which is still growing. Education is still being interrupted with universities not returning to face-to-face teaching until 17 May. ..
  • 8 April 2021
    Child vaccine trials paused The trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine in children has been paused while a possible link with blood clots in adults is investigated. Given that the phase 3 adult vaccine trials to establish long-term safety data are on-going and are not due to conclude until late 2022/early 2023, the question remains why were trials in children ever started? The risks to children from COVID-19 remain extremely low and any suggestion that children should be vaccinated to protect adults is ethically highly questionable. HART’s position remains that it is unnecessary, unethical and should be strongly discouraged until long-term safety data in adults are complete. HART would also remind regulators, the media and politicians that these are experimental vaccines, without full regulatory approval but issued under emergency waivers. It is vital that data is collected and rigorous scrutiny of vaccine effects is completed and letters such as this one in The BMJ must surely be followed up as a matter of urgency…
  • 31 March 2021
    HART vs SAGE HART Pathology Lead Dr John Lee appeared on Good Morning Britain this week alongside Professor Susan Michie who sits on SAGE and the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B). Dr Lee noted the lack of evidence for asymptomatic spread of SARS-CoV-2 and also pointed out the absence of diverse scientific discussion in the media. Susanna Reid denied this, stating that the other side was being heard on social media and in the papers. However, these avenues are not the same as trusted mainstream TV programmes and the void of diverse thinking here has no doubt hampered the public’s understanding of ‘the science’…
  • 24 March 2021
    There is no emergency COVID-19 cases are low and all-cause deaths are now back to normal pre-pandemic rates and falling. All vulnerable groups have been offered a vaccination. There are no longer any justifiable or ethical reasons for prolonging Covid-related statutory ‘emergency powers’. It is anticipated that all phase 1 priority groups (approximately 32 million people) will have been offered a vaccine by 15 April, a group accounting for 99% of the deaths last spring. This will be an amazing achievement. The virus is now endemic and will circulate at very low levels this summer and is then likely to join the range of respiratory viruses circulating each winter. Talk of continuing social distancing and masks for several years is therefore unnecessary and unhelpful. We urgently need to reduce fear and increase hope as we recover from this crisis…
  • 11 March 2021
    Parliament is due to debate vaccine passports on 15th March, triggered by an online petition. After consideration of the arguments for and against below, HART strongly contends that any vaccine certification or passport would create a precedent of eroding informed consent. An independent group, the UK Medical Freedom Alliance, has prepared a detailed open letter on the topic, which is well worth reading…
  • 5 March 2021
    From next week, secondary pupils across England will be asked to take rapid lateral flow tests to help identify anyone who might be infectious. According to PHE and the University of Oxford, lateral flow tests have a false positive rate of around 0.3%, which in a clinical setting would be acceptable, but when testing 4 million healthy, asymptomatic schoolchildren twice a week will mean 24,000 false positive tests. When you add in their contacts this could see up to 700,000 children out of the classroom every week (based on classes in quarantine rather than whole year groups). This clearly undermines the “national priority” of ensuring British schoolchildren have the education that they deserve. It is also important to note that after conducting 1.9 million tests in secondary schools throughout January and February, the results have shown no genuine COVID-19…
  • 25 February 2021
    Welcome to our latest weekly bulletin. Good news from the NHS – COVID-19 like symptom triages through 999 and 111 calls dipped this week to 3,734 – the lowest since the 8th August, when few non-pharmaceutical interventions were in place. UK restrictions among strictest in the world It may be a surprise to learn that, compared with all other nations for which a stringency index of NPIs was calculable, the UK ranks fifth most severe behind only Cuba, Eritrea, Honduras and Lebanon. See the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker for their methodology…
  • 19 February 2021
    Many of you found our first bulletin last week useful. We are pleased to circulate our second bulletin below. With every death comes personal tragedy, nevertheless it is important to remember: – The median age of at death with COVID-19 (around 82 years) exceeds normal life expectancy. – The majority of those who died with the virus also had two or more serious, chronic illnesses. – In 2020, there were 388 COVID-19 deaths in those aged 60 and under with no prior illnesses. – 99.9% of people under 70 years and with no underlying conditions survive the virus…
  • 12 February 2021

    Welcome to our first bulletin. HART has come together as a group of UK independent senior scientists, professors and doctors, clinical psychologists, economists and other representatives of relevant disciplines, with many years of experience in the NHS, private practice and academia.

    Our aim is to find the common ground between the Government and groups that are concerned about COVID-19 restrictions. We want to bring all sides together and to widen the debate in order to formulate an exit strategy that benefits everyone in society. We hope you find this bulletin useful. We intend to be topical and cover matters as they occur and evolve…