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Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 13 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4425

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Suppression of science

Dear Editor,

One example of suppression of science is the well documented fact of significant vitamin D deficiency in the UK and other countries and its link to the health of a well functioning immune system. Several groups of physicians have now called for higher vitamin D supplements in this pandemic, which should be read and assessed by chief medical officers and public health specialists despite the negative assessment by NICE in December (“insufficient evidence”).

We don't need 100% evidence, especially if it means saving lives: "on the balance of probability" it will.

Many thanks for accepting this, despite the time lapse since Dr. Abbasi's superb article.

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 January 2021
Helga M Rhein
retired general practitioner
Sighthill Health Centre
380 Calder Road, Edinburgh EH11 4AU