UNITED KINGDOM: Health professionals call for urgent investigation into deaths in young males

Members of HART, the Health Advisory & Recovery Team, have joined with other senior academics and health professionals to call for an immediate investigation into the increasing death rate amongst 15-19 year-old males since May of this year. 

At the High Court on Thursday 13th January, the ONS (Office for National Statistics) confirmed that there has been a significant rise in the death rate for adolescent males over the last eight months, compared to the same time period of 2015-2019.  There have been at least 65 extra deaths in England and Wales,  though the figure may be higher due to reporting delays for coroners cases.  During the same time frame there were only 2 deaths involving Covid.

The concern is that this time period coincides with the rollout of vaccinations to this age group, who are known to be at an increased risk of myocarditis (heart inflammation), especially after the second dose.  Far from rushing to investigate these deaths as they have arisen, ONS has stated it intends to undertake that work ‘when more reliable data are available’.

The rollout of vaccinations in this age group was always controversial, with risks and benefits finely balanced, but the Chief Medical Officers overturned the original advice, not on health grounds but to ‘reduce disruption to schools’.  Any marginal benefit of vaccination for the young must be considered outweighed by even a marginal increase in mortality.  With the reduced risk from Omicron, and with increased risk from second doses, the balance will have tipped still further. 

An open letter to Sajid Javid, Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance and the relevant public health bodies has been signed by over 80 scientists and health professionals, demanding there be an urgent investigation.

The authors call on Sajid Javid and his advisors to urgently and thoroughly investigate these deaths, and to halt any doses for children or young people until vaccination has been ruled out as a cause. 

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