According to Wikipedia, by 1942 more than 38,000 German physicians were involved in sinister medical practices such as eugenics and sterilisation. In November 1945 trials began in Nuremberg in which some of these physicians were tried for crimes against humanity. Some of their defenses argued that there were no laws to differentiate between legal and illegal human experiments. In response, the Nuremberg Code was written. Although not a law, it is considered “the most important document in the history of clinical research ethics”. The Code consists of ten points, summarised as:
- Voluntary consent of human subjects;
- An intent that the experiment will benefit society;
- Anticipated results should justify the experiment;
- Unnecessary suffering and injury to human subjects will be avoided during the experiment;
- No experiment which may lead to death or disability of human subjects will be conducted;
- Risk to human subjects will not exceed humanitarian concerns relating to the problem that the experiment aims to solve;
- Reasonable measures will be taken to protect human subjects from even remote possibilities of harm;
- Experiments to be undertaken only by appropriately qualified people employing the highest degree of skill and care;
- Human subjects have the freedom to withdraw from an experiement should they choose to do so;
- Scientists will cease an experiment if they have cause to believe there is a risk of harm to human subjects.
Phase 3 efficacy and safety information of the Covid-19 vaccines will be studied from volunteers receiving vaccines under Emergency Use Approval due to the pandemic. Anyone receiving these vaccines under these conditions is a trial participant in these experiments. Today Denmark suspended use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine due to concerns about a possible link with blood clots seen in vaccinated participants, including one death. At almost the same time, a group of doctors issued an open letter written to the European Medicines Agency.
Press Release: Urgent open letter to EMA from doctors & scientists regarding vaccine safety concerns
PRESS RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BREAKING NEWS: Doctors and Scientists Write to European Medicines Agency Warning of COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers
10th March 2021
A group of scientists and doctors has today issued an open letter calling on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to answer urgent safety questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, or withdraw the vaccines’ authorisation.
The letter describes serious potential consequences of COVID-19 vaccine technology, warning of possible autoimmune reactions, blood clotting abnormalities, stroke and internal bleeding, “including in the brain, spinal cord and heart”. The authors request evidence that each medical danger outlined “was excluded in pre-clinical animal models with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.”
“Should all such evidence not be available”, the authors write, “we demand that approval for use of the gene-based vaccines be withdrawn until all the above issues have been properly addressed by the exercise of due diligence by the EMA.”
The letter is addressed to Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the EMA, and was sent on Monday 1 March 2021. The letter was copied to the President of the Council of Europe and the President of the European Commission.
It states: “We are supportive in principle of the use of new medical interventions.” However, “there are serious concerns, including but not confined to those outlined above, that the approval of the COVID-19 vaccines by the EMA was premature and reckless, and that the administration of the vaccines constituted and still does constitute ‘human experimentation’, which was and still is in violation of the Nuremberg Code.”
Video statement by Professor Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Former Chair, Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene: https://lbry.tv/@Doctors4CovidEthics:d/Prof.-Sucharit-Bhakdi-statement-on-EMA-open-letter.ENG:0
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In a public statement the group said…
“No sooner did we deliver our letter than the Norwegian Medicines Agency warned that COVID-19 vaccines may be too risky for use in the frail elderly, the very group these vaccines are designed to protect. We would add that, by virtue of the mechanisms of action of the vaccines, to stimulate the production of spike protein, which has adverse pathophysiological properties, there may also be vulnerable people who are not old and already ill. New data shows that vaccine side effects are three times as common in those who have previously been infected with coronavirus, for example. None of the vaccines have undergone clinical testing for more than a few months, which is simply too short for establishing safety and efficacy.
“Therefore, as a starting point, we believe it is important to enumerate and evaluate all deaths which have occurred within 28 days of vaccination, and to compare the clinical pictures with those who have not been vaccinated.
“More broadly, with respect to the development of COVID-19 vaccines, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has stated in their Resolution 2361, on 27th January 2021, that member states must ensure all COVID-19 vaccines are supported by high quality trials that are sound and conducted in an ethical manner. EMA officials, and other regulatory bodies in EU countries, are bound by these criteria. They should be made aware that they may be violating Resolution 2361 by applying medical products still in phase 3 studies.
“Under Resolution 2361, member states must also inform citizens that vaccination is NOT mandatory and ensure that no one is politically, socially, or otherwise pressured to become vaccinated. States are further required to ensure that no one is discriminated against for not receiving the vaccine.”
The letter comes as a petition against UK Government plans for vaccine passports passed 270,000 signatures, more than double that required to compel consideration for debate by MPs. The petition will be debated in the UK Parliament on 15th March 2021.
Doctors and scientists can sign the open letter by sending their name, qualifications, areas of expertise and country of practice to: Doctors4CovidEthics@protonmail.com.