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Dear Mr Joyce,
I am very concerned as a long term Qantas flier, a long term advocate of Qantas and health researcher over your claims to have a “Vaccine Passport”. Clearly you have received some poor information not based on the science and have made a very rash and potentially damaging and dangerous decision.
Firstly, this vaccine has been pushed and rushed at “Warp Speed”, without proper or long-term testing, and the high risks to the public that such a rushed medication carries. The vaccine touted for use is an RNA (genetically) based vaccine, something that has never ever been released to the public before. It is experimental. The medium and long-term effects of this gene-altering vaccine on our bodies is completely unknown.
Secondly, the vaccine does not stop people from carrying the disease nor does it stop the spread. It is designed to stop a person catching the illness. Despite 50 years of flu vaccine it still goes around every year as do all respiratory viruses and they mutate as this virus is already doing and it continues to go around. A person who has multiple vaccines for Covid 19 can still carry the virus and in fact get sick and die from the virus. Let me make it plainer. A substantial body of research has shown that having health professionals vaccinated did not under any circumstances alter the course or spread of the flu virus.
Thirdly, the vast majority of the claims about the effectiveness of the vaccines are both embellished and using statistics that you are unfamiliar with. According to comments published in the British Medical Journal last week (see the link below) the vaccine is not very effective. While the information from Pfizer’s looks impressive when you do the real numbers the absolute risk reduction for an individual is only about 0.4% (0.0043-0.0004=0.0039). The Number Needed To Vaccinate (NNTV) = 256 (1/0.0039), which means that to prevent just 1 Covid-19 case 256 individuals must get the vaccine; the other 255 individuals derive no benefit, but are subject to vaccine adverse effects. And this is to do with cases not even death. It will be even less effective for death. Probably around 1 in 4000 like the flu vaccine. These are facts in the scientific journals which I can provide any time and in fact publish them regularly on my social media groups.
Finally, catching the illness is not the problem it is the major health conditions that occur in a relatively small group in our society that is most susceptible that is the problem. After reviewing hundreds of papers the most susceptible group, other than those which severe medical conditions, are those over 75 with, according to the US Centre For Disease Control, 2.5 comorbidities. That is the elderly who are already very sick and who in most cases are not going to be flying anyway. That is why the majority of deaths in Australia and around the world have ben in elderly care (not a good word) facilities. For the vast majority of the population it is a mild illness with fewer complications than the annual flu. This is substantiated in the studies and multiple health professionals including an official statement by the Chief Health Officer of NSW Dr Kerry Chant that this is “a mild illness”.
On a logistic note will the passport be for the current version of the Covid 19 virus or the last years virus which effectively is what the flu vaccine is? You will need multiple passports for each travel people do.
While Australia is currently free from Covid 19 the vaccine will not prevent the spread once the borders open to international travel. This is well recognised in the scientific and health community.
Clearly you have just relied on very poor information and made a very damaging and dangerous comment. I would suggest before this goes any further you consult the science. I have reviewed hundreds of studies on the topic and derive no gain or support from my information. Unlike the people selling you your information I am happy to provide you with free unadulterated independent information, which by the way is supported by a large portion of the community that you think you are protecting.
I have no doubt that you made your comment with the best intentions. You just relied on very poor information. In the best interest of Qantas and Australians I seriously suggest you review your situation and make a public retraction very soon.
Peter Dingle PhD
Here is a link you can follow https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4347/rr-4
Covid-19 vaccine candidate is unimpressive: NNTV is around 256
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