Wednesday 24 June 2020

Coronavirus: Britain's manipulated data

UK Covid 'experts' under fire 

for serious data manipulation 


16 June, 2020

The Government's leading body for Covid19 drug trials - led by the controversial character Professor Peter Horby - stands accused of grossly misleading negative trial results for the coronavirus management drug Hydroxychloroquine. Will this at last be a wake-up call for Boris Johnson?

The lead story in today's France Soir - a long-respected and unaligned French online daily - presents compelling evidence to suggest that the Whitehall/Cabinet Covid19 "advice" team cannot be trusted....and raises yet more doubts about BBC complicity in a false Coronavirus narrative.

Last May 10th, The Slog wrote a scathing critique of the interview given by 'Recovery' boss Professor Peter Horby on the Marr Show. Subsequent events would appear to be proving my analysis correct.

Professor Peter Horby is an epidemiologist, and the Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Oxford. He chairs the UK government's New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). In addition, seven weeks ago he was charged with leading the 'Recovery' trial team into drugs for COVID-19.

It obviously goes without saying that, given the tentacular influence of the Big Pharma lobbying and 'research' funding army, a person in such a position must be seen to have total command of the science involved, and be beyond reproach when it comes to commercial conflicts of interest. As this site has already established, two months ago, his Oxford department announced an agreement with the UK-based global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the further development, large-scale manufacture and potential distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate currently being trialled by the University.

So that wasn't a good start.

Eight days ago, Horby and his colleague Martin Landray shared this cozy exchange on Twitter in relation to trials of the Covid victim management drug Hyroxychloroquine (HCQ):

Three days earlier, Horby triumphantly tweeted twice in a duo that categorically confined HCQ to the dustbin of failed Covid19 management drugs:
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You will be unsurprised to learn that HCQ is not a drug made by AstraZeneca. What you probably don't know is that both Corby's assertions about dosage levels and 'no benefit' do not appear to be borne out by the facts of the trial and other trials, although the Professor (unless he's been on another planet since January) knows that successful HCQ therapy involves a cocktail of other elements - for example zinc - he chose not to use that combo in the trials.

For some time now, a dedicated team at France Soir has been following this and other sagas concerning Covid19 treatments and distortion of test results. It's lead piece today is headlined 'Recovery Fraud' in relation to the assertions of Horby and Landray.

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These are the key elements of the article: the doses of HCQ administered were four times higher than those recommended by successful trials in France and India; this added to the high toxicity of the therapy and a uniquely high death rate; smaller doses with the use of successful cocktails to further reduce toxicity would have potentially produced a far higher recovery rate.

This is certainly borne out by two major studies in New York City, both of which showed HCQ cocktail recovery levels at 88-95%.

Equally alarming (according to France Soir's team) is that Landray seems at certain points in their interview with him to be unclear about the difference between Hydroxychloraquine and hydroxyquinoline. This from a senior member of the team "advising" the United Kingdom Government on the trial of drugs variously designed to vaccinate against Covid19 and improve the management of infection survival.

Above all, however, the blanket Horby disavowal of the HCQ therapy is totally unjustified, and should be withdrawn.

From a British perspective, the issues raised by this latest revelation about Horby and his team demand answers to myriad crucial questions. But first, let us pause for reflection here. Those rallied against HCQ treatments are Horby's Oxford Recovery mob, Dr Fauci, the World Health Organisation and - almost without exception - Big Pharma. All of them have evoked in me (based on their established behaviour over time) doubts about credibility.

Even the Lancet has now begun to smell what it thinks might be a rat: on June 3rd, it issued an "expression of concern" over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine it published that led to the World Health Organization suspending clinical trials of the anti-viral drugs as a potential treatment for COVID-19.

In a statement, the medical journal acknowledged "important" questions over the research, after dozens of scientists issued an open letter raising concerns about methodology and transparency around the data, which was provided by the firm Surgisphere.

The American FDA has been sitting on (and occasionally rubbishing) HCQ cocktail infection management for Covid19 since Day 1. I have grave doubts about either the FDA or WHO's freedom from malign Pharma indeed does the American Medical Association.

I have been looking into the entire Covid19 canvas now for nearly six months. My own opinion is threefold: expectations of vaccine development are ludicrously optimistic - and may indeed prove useless for this virus; given the incredibly low death rate for those under age 70, whether we need a vaccine in the first place is highly questionable; and tests not carried out by those with a moral hazard in relation to Big Pharma show that HCQ cocktails administered early at the correct dosage level can cut even 70+ deaths by around 85%.

The role of Pharma lobbying and research funding is, I think, a central factor in the misleading murk and manipulated data, press coverage and sovereign approaches to this virus.

The UK ramifications are disturbing on so many levels, it seems to me that Peter Hitchens was absolutely spot-on last Sunday when he said that "the Johnson Administration is in Office, but not in power".

Here are the urgent questions to which we all need answers:

  • Whitehall keeps on wheeling out truly appalling duds when it comes to "advice" on Covid19. From Neil Ferguson onwards, they are tainted by oddities and incompetence in the past, holding left-wing and pro-EU views, connected to questionable research funding and serially misleading in their conclusions. Why?
  • Blatant Times, Guardian, BBC and SkyNews bias towards critiques of 'Tory' policy, support for Lockdown, zero investigation of dubious data and using "experts" who turn out to be anything but (frequently via Andrew Marr) represents a dereliction of duty on the part of the British MSM.
  • There remain very clear signs of persistent leaking to, and briefing of, the media by senior Whitehall officials, who are also keeping the Opposition Labour Party 'up to speed' on the latest 'disaster'.
  • In particular, Twitter and Facebook censorship of users questioning the overall narrative are of grave concern.
Despite its constant refrain of being "led by the science", the Johnson Cabinet is in reality being - dare I say it - deliberately misled by rather mediocre Second Division virologists and modellers acting (consciously or otherwise) as agents for Big Pharma.

In turn, the role of Sir Mark Sedwill in this growing farrago needs some daylight cast upon it.

But above all, we need to ask why French MSMs like France Soir and LibĂ©ration (or even retired wrinklies in Aquitaine) seem able to investigate mendacity in high places....while the British media seem barely able to tie their own shoelaces - let alone become effective Gumshoes.

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Johnson sign

23 June, 2020

Members of two different households will be able to drink or dine together from 4 July in England as long as they stick to physical-distancing guidelines, the prime minister has announced, as he confirmed the 2-metre rule would be dropped in favour of a "1-metre-plus" approach.

Households will be able to host visitors, including overnight, and to meet with members of different households, on different occasions - including in a pub, restaurant or hotel, for example.

The 2-metre rule has been central to the government's battle against the spread of Covid-19 but with infections declining, the cabinet has rubber-stamped new, less stringent guidance.

A "1-metre-plus" approach will mean members of the public can be 1 metre away from each other as long as other measures are put in place to limit the transmission of the virus. These include wearing a face covering, installing screens, making sure people face away from each other and providing extra handwashing facilities.

The changes to how many people or households can meet come as a swath of venues in England will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, including pubs, campsites, hairdressers and churches. All of these venues will be expected to collect and keep the contact details of visitors, so they can be traced in the event of a local outbreak of the virus.

Theatres and concert halls will be also be able to reopen but they cannot host live performances because of concerns including the risk that singing can transmit the virus.

Announcing the measures in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson heralded the beginning of the end of "our long national hibernation" and praised the public's "common sense and perseverance" in abiding by the government's guidance in recent weeks.

He said the latest steps towards ending the lockdown were "entirely conditional on our continued defeat of the virus".

Johnson said the number of new infections was declining by 2% every day, and
"while we remain vigilant, we do not believe there is currently a risk of a second peak of infections that might overwhelm the NHS.

"Given the fall in the prevalence of the virus, we can change the 2-metre rule from 4 July, it effectively makes life impossible for large parts of the economy, even without other restrictions.

"Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart, people should. But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of 1-metre-plus, meaning they should remain 1 metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

"Our principle is to trust the British public to use their common sense in the full knowledge of the risks - remembering that the more we open up, the more vigilant we will need to be."
With mitigations in place, he said the protection from the virus would be "broadly equivalent" to remaining 2 metres apart.

Johnson said the Scottish and Welsh governments, and the Northern Ireland executive, would relax their own lockdown measures "at their own pace, based on their own judgment" but he believed all countries were moving in the same direction. Concluding, Johnson said:
"Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end, and life is returning to our streets and to our shops. The bustle is starting to come back, and a new but cautious optimism is palpable. But I must say to the house it would be all too easy for that frost to return. And that is why we will continue to trust in the common sense and the community spirit of the British people to follow this guidance, to carry us through, and to see us to victory over this virus."
Detailed guidance for different sectors is expected to be published later on Tuesday.

Downing Street has made clear it is prepared to reverse these "easements", if the virus picks up again. The decision on the 2-metre rule was taken after a review carried out by the No 10 permanent secretary, Simon Case.

Johnson has been under intense pressure to relax the rule from Conservative backbenchers and businesses who warned they would not be viable with the 2-metre rule in place.

Government officials stress it remains safer to stay 2 metres apart.

The prime minister will flesh out the new regime at Tuesday afternoon's Downing Street press briefing, where he is expected to be accompanied by the chief medical officer for England, Prof Chris Whitty, and the UK government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. Both men sat on the panel reviewing the 2-metre rule.

No 10 announced that after Tuesday's press conference, the daily briefings would come to an end, to be replaced by occasional press conferences when there was a "significant" announcement to be made.

The briefings, broadcast live on TV and radio, have become the focal point for public scrutiny of the government's handling of the pandemic.

The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, responding to Johnson, said: "Overall, I welcome this statement. I believe the government is trying to do the right thing, and in that we support them."

He asked for reassurance that the package of measures had been agreed by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and stressed that local authorities needed extra resources and powers to carry out local lockdowns.

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