Today we’re publishing an original interview with Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. The interview was done by a staff reporter at a national newspaper group writing under a pseudonym to protect his job. Prof Bhattacharya has been a staunch lockdown sceptic from almost the very beginning and is one of the three co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.
Here he is on vaccine passports:
Vaccine passports are a terrible idea that will diminish trust in public health and do nothing to improve the health of the population. Vaccine certificates are not needed as a public health measure. The Government had it right previously. The country should open up now that the older, vulnerable population has been vaccinated. The rest of the population is at much greater health risk from the lockdown than they are from the virus.
And here he is on mask mandates:
The evidence that mask mandates work to slow the spread of the disease is very weak. The only randomised evaluation of mask efficacy in preventing Covid infection found very small, statistically insignificant effects [Danish mask study]. And masks are deleterious to the social and educational development of children, especially young children. They are not needed to address the epidemic. In Sweden, for instance, children have been in school maskless almost the whole of the epidemic, with no child Covid deaths and teachers contracting Covid at rates that are lower than the average of other workers.
This is a great interview with one of the intellectual pillars of the sceptical movement.
Worth reading in full.