According to an article in The Times, ‘Antivaxers [sic] are a global menace who must be defeated’.
The author of the article, Ara Darzi, who is a member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, writes:
Darzi, who also just happens to be the director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London then goes on to claim the following –
- The growing anti-vaccine movement is a threat to public health here (UK) and across the Globe.
- Over 3.7 million people in Britain (6.4 per cent) are yet to have a single dose of the Covid vaccine.
- The risk of death is 14 times higher in the unvaccinated and without full coverage the danger to the wider population is increased.
- Thousands of deaths have been linked to vaccine refusal. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 37,961 unvaccinated people in the UK died with Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificates between January 2021 and March 2022.
The article, which is of course behind a paywall, can be read in full here.
But each and every one of the claims made by Ara Darzi in the article is an outright lie.
Darzi is technically correct in saying ‘over 3.7 million people in Britain (6.4 per cent) are yet to have a single dose of the Covid vaccine’. But only because he uses the word over. He’s only approximately 15.2 million short of the actual number of people who are yet to have a single dose.
According to the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) own figures, 63.4 million people were eligible for vaccination in England alone as of July 3rd 2022.
And according to the same figures, 44.48 million people had a single dose, 41.8 million people had two doses, and 32.9 million people had three doses as of July 3rd 2022.
Therefore, approximately 18.9 million people have refused the Covid-19 vaccine in England alone and remain completely unvaccinated. So just ever so slightly more than the 3.7 million people in the whole of Britain that Darzi, the director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London claims.
Darzi claims that the risk of death is 14 times higher in the unvaccinated without supplying any evidence to back it up. We’re going to assume he’s plucked the number out of thin air because it certainly isn’t the case when it comes to Covid-19 deaths, and it isn’t the case when it comes to all-cause deaths either.
The following chart shows the monthly age-standardised mortality rates by vaccination status among each age group for Non-Covid-19 deaths in England between January and May 2022, using the figures contained in table 2 of the recently published dataset collated by the UK Government agency, the Office for National Statistics –
These are age-standardised figures. There is no other conclusion that can be found for the fact mortality rates per 100,000 are the lowest among the unvaccinated other than that the Covid-19 injections are killing people.
So as you can see, the risk of death is definitely not 14 times higher in the unvaccinated, but just in case Darzi meant to actually only refer to Covid-19 deaths, let’s prove once and for all that the member of the House of Lords and the director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London is nothing more than a charlatan and a liar.
The rebuttal to Darzi’s claim the risk of death is 14x higher among the unvaccinated also covers the next questionable claim he made that ‘thousands of deaths have been linked to vaccine refusal. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 37,961 unvaccinated people in the UK died with Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificates between January 2021 and March 2022.’
The following graph shows Covid-19 deaths in the UK from early 2020 to the present day –