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Matt Morgan: Caring for unvaccinated patients

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2022 (Published 17 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2022

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Re: Matt Morgan: Caring for unvaccinated patients

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The views of Matt Morgan on treating unvaccinated patients in his unit do not take account of significant, easily available evidence. Evidence suggesting that many lives might have been saved if another therapeutic option had not been foreclosed, for uncertain reaons. (1)

In the past year numerous clinicians and researchers, notably McCullough, Risch and Zelenko, have from their different perspectives, outlined how effective is treatment given to people with covid-19, provided that the treatment is given early, or at the first signs of significant deterioration.
Effective in terms of preventing further deterioration, hospitalisation, and in many instances, death. ( 2,3,4,5,6,7,8)

Morgan’s apparent belief that vaccination offers the only route to these objectives, encourages him to suggest how we should achieve higher vaccination rates, “For one thing, we should continue to explain how the vaccine is safe.”
How are we to do that when the numbers given on the UK MHRA website, for deaths and ADRs reported after the vaccines, (9), are not mentioned in the professional nor public media ?

1 Hatfill S. Open letter to America. 8 June 2021.

2 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924857920304258

3 https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Testimony-Risch-2020-11-19.pdf

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8178530/

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7410805/
 
6 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33387997/
 
7 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33388006/
 
8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7901366/

9 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-...

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 August 2021
Noel Thomas
retired/part time doc
Bronygarn, Maesteg, Wales CF34 9AL