A major Royal Society report was published recently, titled Covid-19: examining the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions. Days earlier Sir Ashley Bloomfield and Kazuho Taguchi co-authored an opinion piece published in the Jakarta Post, titled How to better prevent, prepare for and respond to future pandemics. We see a shared agenda between these two pieces, and review them together here.
The Royal Society vs. Quality Research
The Royal Society claim to be an independent scientific academy, forming “a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists“. To ensure independence, they obtain funding from a variety of sources.
The very top two companies in the Royal Society’s corporate donor list for 2022-2023 are AstraZeneca PLC and Google Europe, Middle East and Africa. These are two of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Strategic Partners, who “believe in the power of collaboration to drive positive change, and work closely with the World Economic Forum to help shape industry, regional and global agendas.” This red flag immediately suggests conflicts of interest in research motivation and publication.
The 80 page report reviewed evidence regarding effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) used against Covid, including masks and face coverings, social distancing and ‘lockdowns’, test-trace and isolate, travel restrictions and border control measures, environmental controls and communications. It concludes that “evidence about the effectiveness of NPIs applied to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 shows unequivocally that, when implemented in packages that combine a number of NPIs with complementary effects, these can provide powerful, effective and prolonged reductions in viral transmission.“
Dr Carl Heneghan is a clinical epidemiologist, GP and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine who leads Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM). The CEBM provides a range of resources for students, clinicians, teachers and researchers to guide in analysing research evidence, and is recognised as a global leader in evidence based medicine research and learning. In contrast to the Royal Society, the CEBM explicitly state that “We neither seek nor accept funding for our research from pharmaceutical companies or other private enterprises with relevant conflicts of interest.“
Dr Heneghan is highly critical of the Royal Society’s report conclusions. He describes succinctly in this brief interview with TalkTV’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the corrupted research methodologies used in the report and the mismatch between the results of studies they reference, and the conclusions they make based on these studies. This dishonesty is a familiar ruse, encapsulated by Dr Jim Meehan in an interview from 2021 with Unmasked Documentary: “One of the big tricks that liars use, is they conflate low level evidence with high level evidence.“
When you hear Dr Heneghan speaking, this diagram is useful to understand the different levels of evidence he speaks about. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews are at the top of the hierarchy of evidence quality, followed by Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), and observational studies at the bottom of the hierarchy. All types of evidence can be corrupted and/or consist of poor quality research.
Dr Heneghan outlines manifest errors in the Royal Society report, including but not limited to an overwhelming use of low quality research, critical risk of bias, uncertain study results, and no firm conclusions in study results.
Even without the faults inherent in the Royal Society report, their conclusions are clearly dishonest based on real world data. Covid has transmitted rapidly across the globe regardless of the level of stringency of NPI measures in any given location. This is demonstrated in detail at Pandata’s Lockdown Infobank, providing an extensive analysis of the data. They reference an excellent January 2022 meta-analysis, using scatterplots to demonstrate that there is no association between stringency of NPI measures and Covid mortality rates.
Across South-East Asia and Australasia, regardless of lockdowns and other NPI measures, the “pandemic” was experienced in an entirely different way, with much lower cases and death rates throughout 2020, than in the Northern Hemisphere. This regional similarity negates the idea that any outcomes were due to “lockdown” given that nations such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam had a far lower capacity to impose measures, they share loose land borders and have significantly impoverished populations reliant on a daily income for survival, meaning they were unable to follow stay-at-home orders, and any of the other costly impositions.
The reasons for similar outcomes across our geographical region were hypothesised by pathologist Dr John Lee of the UK HART Group, in this short clip from his 2021 interview with Unlocked. The possibility of cross-immunity in populations where coronaviruses are more prevalent seems far more likely than the success of human interventions across one region which failed across other regions.
Ideology vs Quality Research
We have previously written of Sir Ashley Bloomfield’s involvement with the globalised biosecurity state agenda. He continues in his role as Co-Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group on Amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005), alongside Saudi Arabia’s Dr Abdullah Asiri. Dr Asiri’s draconian views on restriction of individual liberties in the name of the next pandemic, which he is very confident will occur, can be heard in this short clip from The Canadian Independent.
Sir Ashley’s co-author on the Jakarta Post opinion piece is Mr Kazuho Taguchi, who recently departed the WHO Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) on the ‘international instrument to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response’, also known as the ‘accord’ or ‘treaty’. Mr Taguchi is currently with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan. He was previously on the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. During the quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Tokyo in February 2020 he was Director of Global Health Cooperation, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan.
It comes as no surprise given these backgrounds, that the Bloomfield-Taguchi article focuses on WHO ideology involving vaccine production and distribution, genome sequencing, incentivising public-private partnerships and of course, finalising the legal frameworks being planned by WHO in order to ensure the Director-General has full control over the “ongoing threat of pandemics”. It also comes as no surprise to learn that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.
Courage to Resist
It seems that we are being programmed by ideologues such as Sir Ashley, the Royal Society and their globalist partners, to comply with further restrictions in the name of health and safety. Mask mandates have already been reintroduced across institutions in the USA and whistleblowers from the Transport Security Agency have allegedly warned that mask mandates for air travel are returning. As governments prepare to spend more public money on pandemic related products, resistance is mounting against the ongoing threat to human liberty.
Even if the various NPI measures did stop covid, their impact on society has been singularly disastrous. The Royal Society report makes brief mention of the need to consider “costs and burdens on society”, which they state as being outside the scope of their report.
Argentinian emergency physician Dr José Luis Gettor spoke eloquently of the harms that masks cause to child development at this link. Youth mental health harms caused by school closures were predicted by authors of the Great Barrington Declaration three years ago. More alarmingly, disposable masks, including medical-grade N95 masks, have been found to release up to eight times the recommended safety limit for toxic volatile organic compounds.
A 2022 report by Oxfam described the surge in billionaire wealth simultaneous to the cost of living crisis experienced by millions worldwide, which leads to catastrophic health and education outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable including the lowest income earners, children, youth, disabled and elderly.
Valiant in the face of ferocious condemnation, Dr Peter McCullough is one of the most articulate evidence based medicine practitioners to emerge from the covid-19 pandemic. In a recent 17 minute speech to a large American audience, he spoke about the need to resist the imminent restrictions being planned by ideologues abusing their positions of power.
The Highwire: Royal Society Conflicts of Interest
Last week’s episode 334 of The Highwire features investigative journalist Jefferey Jaxen in the show’s weekly Jaxen Report discussing mainstream media calls for reinstitution of COVID restrictions due to new variants and evidence of an imminent Pandemic 2.0.
Those involved in this highly lucrative globalised industry are deeply conflicted, as outlined in this week’s Jaxen Report, at episode 335 of The Highwire, discussing obvious flaws in the Royal Society report.
The NPIs described by the Royal Society are neither safe nor effective.
Each of us needs to decide the point at which we say “no more“.