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The covid-19 pandemic took power from the people

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 03 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1410

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Covid vaccines: What does Andrew Bamji know which I don’t?

Dear Editor

As ever I read Andrew Bamji with great interest [1] but I simply do not comprehend the statement:

“… it is clear that many of the public are simply not informed enough to make informed decisions; the strange concerns that have been aired over the risks of coronavirus vaccinations are a case in point.”

By now several correspondents here including myself have tried to elicit what knowledge there is to rely on except the appeal to authority (which is a kind of ad hominem in reverse) [2].These products involve novel technologies, were prepared for the market at breakneck speed, the manufacturers were indemnified, the trials are incomplete and cannot be completed because of unblinding, exceptional numbers of injuries are reported even if not confirmed, we cannot know about long term safety and effectiveness for years [2]. Moreover, he himself seems to question further on whether effectiveness has been established. I would like to know what information could over-ride these important gaps?

[1] Andrew N Bamji, ‘Re: The covid-19 pandemic took power from the people, 7 June 2021,

[2] Responses to Razai, Chauhry, Doerholt, Bauld and Majeed,

Competing interests:, an on-line daily journal, concerns itself with the potential environmental sources for the proliferation of autism, neurological impairment, immune dysfunction and chronic disease. I receive no payment as UK Editor. I also moderate comments for the on-line journal ‘The Defender’ for which I am paid. I am also a member of the UK Medical Freedom Alliance

07 June 2021
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22