Ramesh Thakur (Spectator Australia)
On 13 November Kamran Abbasi, editor of the British Medical Journal, argued that the medical debate on Covid-19 and policies to contain it have become corrupted through politicisation of science: ‘The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency’. The silent roar of ‘Bravo!’ you heard was from me. During the coronavirus pandemic medical science has taken on the role of state religion in pre-Enlightenment times.
Politicisation of the World Health Organisation should be of little surprise. As in any international organisation the selection and appointment of its chief, all senior posts and even external consultants attracts fierce political lobbying from geopolitically powerful and financially influential donor countries. In its weekly morbidity and mortality report on Covid-19 on 5 February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said mask mandates for ten states were associated with a 5.5 per cent decline in weekly hospitalisation rates. The choice of timeframe was interesting: March–October 2020, the off-season for every flu-family illness. The winter surge was ignored in order to be able to make the claim. Using data from Worldometers, the combined total cases for the ten states on 31 October was 2,454,425, and on 9 February 2021 8,344,622 – a 240 per cent increase in the 3.3 months compared to the six-month period covered by the CDC.
Like Pacific salmon leaping gaily over obstacles as they swim upstream during their return journey in the spawning season, the Covid infection curves surged dramatically as winter returned to Europe and North America. The virus god had failed to direct it to spare lockdown countries and states and infect only the rest, so there’s not much visual difference in the trajectory of the curves between them. The five worst Covid mortality US states locked down for the winter. Their mortality rate is 42 per cent higher than that of the five worst-hit non-lockdown states.
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