Professor Van Tam, who Chairs the SAGE SPI-M subgroup, is a former employee of the Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche, on whose behalf he lobbied the World Health Organisation for human vaccines that made both Roche and GlaxoSmithKline billions.
1. Van Tam is a consistent supporter of pharmacological measures to address influenza. As head of the Pandemic Influenza Office at the UK Health Protection Agency in 2004-2007 he bears responsibility for decisions which were heavily criticised by the Public Accounts Committee.
2. You can read about the revolving door between public and private positions in the pharmaceutical industry in this article in the British Medical Journal. Van Tam's promotion of a vaccine for COVID-19 is what he's paid to do by the lobbyists he works for.blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2017/12/06…
3. He is a regular attendee at conferences organised by the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI), a well known industry-funded lobbying group. His predecessor in the Chief Medical Officer post, John Watson, was a founding member of ESWI. eswi.org
4. This is from the Public Accounts Committee meeting in 2013 about how the influenza vaccine Tamiflu came to be developed and trialed by Roche, and then promoted by the UK Health Protection Agency when Van Tam was head of its Pandemic Influenza Office.
5. From 2006, millions were spent stockpiling Tamiflu in response to estimates that bird flu would kill 200 million people worldwide, and up 710,000 people in the UK. In the event, around 600 people have died worldwide, and not a single person in the UK even contracted bird flu.
6. The 'independent' modeller who made these predictions in 2005 was Prof. Neil Ferguson, the same who estimated half a million deaths from COVID-19 in the UK, and whose discredited predictions are still being used to justify rolling out a COVID vaccine.
theguardian.com/world/2005/sep…
7. 'Around 40 million people died in 1918 Spanish flu outbreak. There are 6 times more people on the planet now so you could scale it up to around 200 million people.' This isn't Prof Ferguson in 2020 but in 2005, justifying spending millions of public money on a useless vaccine.
8. However, just for saying this I can be targeted by GCHQ, which has launched a cyber offensive targeting social media accounts publishing content deemed ‘propaganda’ for raising concerns about Covid-19 vaccine development and the corporations involved. unlimitedhangout.com/2020/11/report…
9. But if the UK biosecurity state has to threaten people like me with being 'a threat to national security' to make you take a COVID vaccine, you might ask what is in it, what promoters like Van Tam have to hide, and how much they're being paid to do so. thetimes.co.uk/article/gchq-i…
10. If you're wondering why Van Tam is so keen on us taking a COVID vaccine, £424 million of taxpayer's money was spent on Tamiflu. There were 123 trials conducted, of which 74 were entirely funded by Roche, its manufacturer and Van Tam's former employer. publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cm…
11. Far from being 'unprecedented', this 'crisis' is repeatedly manufactured by Big Pharma. This is what Dr. Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal, said when asked why the UK Government spent £424 milllion on a vaccine for a viral threat that never existed.
12. As if GCHQ being told by Government ministers to 'take out' anyone who questions the necessity or motivations for a COVID-19 vaccine, now Labour is calling for an emergency law to issue criminal and financial sanctions against social media platforms.
news.sky.com/story/covid-19…
13. Financially, compulsory vaccination has always been the goose that will lay a trillion golden eggs; and making it a condition of access to public life will be the first step in its implementation within the UK biosecurity state.
metro.co.uk/2020/11/13/cov…
If you'd like to know more about SAGE's connections with the UK Government and Big Pharma, and the role of UK's intellectuals in giving scientific legitimacy, intellectual credibility and practical implementation to the biosecurity state, read our report.
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