Julie Ballard: Children's Author

Vaccines, Biased Broadcasting and the Rise of Authoritarianism


 “History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But it Often Rhymes.” Mark Twain.

In the darkest period of 20thcentury history and within living memory of some still today, certain individuals were singled out as different.

These individuals were excluded from mainstream society and persecuted by those who viewed them as unclean and unworthy to live amongst them.

A barrage of propaganda set the wheels in motion which would ultimately lead to the murder of six million innocents.

And despite post-war cries of ‘Never Again,’ a disturbing  ‘us and them’ narrative is emerging across Europe.

The players may be different but demarcation lines are already forming against a background of fear-based reporting, censorship and lack of a counter narrative.

Add in the inability of individuals to protest peacefully following the passing of a law giving police greater powers to halt protests and determine maximum noise levels, and one could be forgiven for feeling a huge sense of foreboding.

Frighteningly, since Covid-19 made its unwelcome presence felt around the globe 12 months ago, it seems echoes of the past are reverberating today.

Not just this, but they are mixing with a dystopian future imagined in George Orwell’s oppressive ‘1984’ Big Brother society.

The cry ‘show your vaccination card’ or ‘swipe your freedom app’ to enter a theatre, travel or attend a sporting event, would have seemed unthinkable a year ago.

But in the words of Bob Dylan ‘The Times, They Are A Changin’…and not necessarily for the better as the creep towards authoritarianism grows.

Day in, day out, for more than a year, people have been bombarded with Covid death figures and an unremitting stream of negative news and advertisements designed to frighten and coerce.

The hysteria and fear that has been whipped up has been unprecedented save, perhaps, for the fear instilled with the AIDS epidemic and the 1980s adverts which accompanied it.

Campaign of Fear

Even back then, the campaign of fear was nothing in scale to the unrelenting negativity and, some might argue, propaganda disseminated to a locked-down audience, unable to escape an onslaught of what many would deem biased broadcasting.

To gain some perspective, almost one million people still die from HIV/AIDS annually and in some countries it is the leading cause of death.

In other countries HIV/AIDS deaths account for more than one in four deaths. The average life expectancy for many is under 43 years.

In comparison, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is reported as killing just less than one in 100 in high income countries, and substantially lower in low-income countries where the figure is recorded as 0.23 per cent.

Eight out of ten deaths in the US have been in adults over the age of 65 and the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, has publicly acknowledged a person’s chance of dying of Covid is low. He is quoted as saying even in the oldest group, most do not die.

The median average age for the majority of Covid deaths, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), is 81 for men and 85 for women.

With so much coverage of vaccines and running totals of  ‘jabs in arms,’ one could be forgiven for thinking that everyone, everywhere, is in immediate danger of death.

It is worth remembering that the reason lockdown was instigated was to prevent NHS hospitals being overwhelmed.

It was never because the majority of individuals were at an unparalleled level of dying, despite certain sections of the population being more risk exposed than others. 


After years of under investment and austerity cuts, the NHS entered the Covid fray with an average 6.6 intensive care beds per 100,000 people.

This contrasts with the US and its 34.7 beds, Germany’s 29.2, Canada’s 13.5 and even Italy’s 12.5 beds.

With such low levels of availability of specialist care beds, it is little wonder the NHS was at risk of buckling.

Add in Boris Johnson’s failure to act early and decisively to close the UK’s borders and halt the Covid tidal wave engulfing other European countries, and a flood of deaths was almost guaranteed.

To compound the problem, lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medics and care givers was in short supply leading to panic in the race to acquire it.

Hence the rush to find the quickest fix to end the onslaught of elderly, obese, BAME individuals and those with multiple health conditions streaming through hospital doors.

Strides were being made and the re-purposing of drugs to treat SARS-CoV-2 was gathering pace.

In countries around the world and in parts of the US, Ivermectin was one such drug showing significant promise in preventing and treating Covid-19, reducing deaths and speeding recoveries. 

The cheap, generic, Nobel prize-winning drug has been used safely for decades and is on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) list of essential medications.

Its prime purpose is as an anti-parasitic to treat lice, scabies and river blindness. 

Those doctors who began re-purposing it for its antiviral properties started seeing significant reductions in deaths.

Dr Pierre Kory, a US emergency critical care doctor and member of the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, is one such vocal advocate of the drug. 

Desperate to alleviate patient deaths and suffering, Kory began using it to successfully treat his own patients and slammed the wait for top-down approval as ‘unforgiveable.’

Dr Tess Lawrie, an independent UK researcher who impartially analyses the evidence of drug effectiveness for the NHS and WHO, is another proponent of Ivermectin.

Following her analysis of 27 worldwide studies, she concluded the drug’s effectiveness was ‘clear and consistent.’

 “Ivermectin works well both in preventing Covid infections and in preventing deaths,” she said.

So convinced was Lawrie of the therapeutic’s benefit, that she recorded a video for Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the start of January, pleading with him to urgently contact her. 

Dr Andrew Hill, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, is another doctor excited by its ‘transformational’ potential.

Hill regularly works with the WHO as a consultant on HIV and Hepatitis, and is the throes of examining the combined data from all Ivermectin trials to establish a potential case for its worldwide rollout.

He said: “The probability that the measured impacts on survival with Ivermectin is due to chance is 1 in 5,000.

“Millions of vaccine doses were manufactured/purchased ‘at risk’ by countries before efficacy was confirmed. Can we start to upscale Ivermectin as well?”

– Vaccine Focus –

Despite the potentially game-changing nature of the drug, some are sceptical it will receive WHO approval due to vaccine focus and vested financial interests in ‘sexy,’ patentable drugs.

Dr Kory commented: “Around May (2020), it became known that the virus was going to be amenable to a vaccine and virtually all treatments were stopped. Operation Ward Speed went full tilt for vaccine development.”

To the victor, the spoils, some might argue, especially if vaccines are successful in bringing Covid-19 under control.

But how much do we know about the safety of these vaccines, particularly the new mRNA varieties? And who stands to benefit most?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr, nephew of the later murdered JFK, is one such person concerned about the side effects of the new vaccines whose manufacturers are exempt from liability for any harms caused.

And he is critical of those who seek to endorse vaccines or medical treatments while profiting from their sales.

Kennedy Jr is on record stating he doubts Ivermectin will ever be approved for the treatment of Covid, especially while Anthony Fauci remains President Biden’s Chief Medical Adviser.

Kennedy said: “Under US Federal law, vaccines cannot get emergency use authorisation if there is an existing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug that is a remedy for this disease.

“So the moment it is recognised that Ivermectin works, all the emergency use authorisation that he (Fauci) is rushing to get with these vaccines, suddenly disappears.

“With his Moderna vaccine, he has a signed contract with The Pentagon (and remember, his agency owns half the patent so he’s going to get royalties) which shows the second this drug gets emergency use authorisation,… The Pentagon is obligated to pay nine billion dollars to buy 500 million doses of it. So that’s their pay off.”

A long-standing, high-profile environmental campaigner, Kennedy and his team at ‘The Defender,’ a non-profit advocacy organisation aimed at exposing the wrongdoing of conglomerates and the power they wield over democracy, is coming under increasing attack and censorship.

Yet, were it not for he and his team’s publicity of vaccine research findings, it is doubtful whether people other than research scientists and doctors would have heard of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE).

While ADE might sound superficially positive, he believes it would better be termed disease enhancement.

In previous trials of coronavirus vaccines tested on animals, the animals originally exhibited what seemed like robust antibodies.

But when scientists later exposed them to the wild virus, the results were horrifying. 

Vaccinated animals suffered hyper-immune responses and inflammation throughout their bodies, especially their lungs. Some died.

Aside from trying to keep track of some of the more immediate side effects the vaccines are believed to be causing including anaphylaxis, heart attacks, blindness, Bells Palsy, blood clots, miscarriages and deaths, Kennedy and his team is also concerned about the potential for long-term auto immune and chronic illness. 

Despite repeated reassurances about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccines, 20 EU countries have paused its roll out over blood clot concerns. 

But Kennedy is not alone in having concerns about the potential for harm from these vaccines.

– Alarm Bells –

Vaccines developers, themselves, are now sounding the alarm.

Dr Byram Bridle, Viral Immunologist at the University of Guelph, Ontario, is warning the vaccinations in current use are more likely to spread variants capable of outwitting and evading current jabs.

“If you had asked me, as a scientist, how I would design an experiment that would maximize our chance of generating a highly immuno-evasive variant of SARS-CoV-2, my answer would be exactly the same way we are rolling out these vaccines.

“From the get go, we should have been incorporating multiple targets into the vaccine because it’s very difficult for a virus to make substantial changes to multiple proteins and still maintain its fitness.”

He now cautions that vaccinated individuals will be at greater risk of more severe disease with variants capable of bypassing vaccine-induced immunity.

“I’m quite confident it’s only a matter of time before we have a number of variants that can readily bypass this narrowly-focussed immunity which these vaccines confer.”

Bridle believes that repeated, re-engineered vaccines, which do not just target one piece of the virus – the spike –  may be the only way forward to keep abreast of mounting mutations. 

In the meantime, he is advocating naturally acquired immunity in the young who are virtually untouched by Covid-19.

– Exposing the Young –

Not only does he think this may help speed herd immunity in populations, he believes those who have developed immunity naturally stand better chances of overcoming new variants.

Bridle is not the only vaccine developer with grave concerns about the current approach to stemming the Covid wave.

Belgian vaccine designer Geert Vanden Bossche, who has worked for GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations and as a vaccines co-ordinator fighting Ebola, says far from the current vaccines causing no harm, they are, in fact, causing catastrophic harm to millions of individuals and populations worldwide.

He has put his professional reputation on the line saying the vaccines are the wrong weapon in the Covid war and asserts they are failing to prevent infection.

By targeting antibodies rather than focussing on natural killer (NK) cells and by vaccinating mid-pandemic when immune escape is guaranteed, (it only takes 10 hours for a virus to replicate) he says scientists are creating an enormous problem and will be unable to catch up against new, highly infectious strains as ever more people shed the virus.

He has likened it to using a partial dose of antibiotics against a bacterial infection which leads to superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

Society, says Vanden Bossche, is going to pay a ‘huge price’ for the unrolling vaccination disaster.

“We are very close to vaccine resistance right now and it’s not for nothing that people are already trying to develop new vaccines,” he said.

Although supportive of those trying to tackle the pandemic, Vanden Bossche says the first rule of medicine is ‘do no harm.’

He says using one’s innate, natural immune system with antibodies which confer broad, long-lived protection against disease is a better option for most people.

He compares having a Covid vaccination to someone installing a new piece of software on a computer which overrides the old.

“You cannot just erase this. This is very, very serious…You lose every protection from any viral or coronavirus variant. Your immunity becomes nil. Your innate immunity has been completely bypassed. If that’s not clear enough, I really don’t get it.”

He cites previous vaccination attempts to control SARS as an example of how things can go terribly wrong.

When ferrets were vaccinated and later exposed to SARS, they suffered a more severe response to the disease.

For those who believe Vanden Bossche is playing into the hands of anti-vaccine campaigners, he says: “It is so irrelevant whether you are pro-vaxxer or anti-vaxxer, it is about science and it is about humanity.”

He believes that speaking out is his ‘moral obligation’ to protect the younger generation.

Like Dr Bridle, Dr Vanden Bossche believes it is in society’s interests to expose young people to Covid-19 as a means of boosting their immunity to a pathogen which barely affects them.

“From the very beginning, I disapproved of the fact that schools and universities were closed and young people were prevented from having contact with each other.

“When a new virus penetrates a population, it targets people with weak immunity like elderly people, people who have underlying diseases or those who are otherwise immune suppressed. It is the right thing to do protect and isolate them.” 

– Vitamin D –

Since the Pfizer clinical trials do not finish until January 2023, AstraZeneca until February 2023 and Moderna until December 2023, another measure which remains largely overlooked and unpublicised in potentially helping prevent and treat Covid-19 is the use of Vitamin D supplementation.

While the mortality rates from Covid vary around the world depending on population size, density and speed with which governments acted to track and contain the virus, one thing is statistically clear, even taking into account questionable recording methods – the nearer the equator a country is, the lower the death rates.

As of March 2021, the whole of Africa with 1.34 billion people, had recorded fewer deaths than the UK with 67 million inhabitants.

Coronavirus deaths across the entire African continent stood at 106, 280 as opposed to the UK’s 148, 100 in March 2021.

While Ivermectin is used extensively in Africa, age of population has been cited as being a potential benefit with the continent recording the world’s youngest population with a median age of 19.7 years. 

Globally, the majority of those who have died of Covid-19 have been over the age of 80.

However, higher levels of sunshine have also been postulated as being beneficial in staving off the virus.

Professor Roger Seheult, a quadruple certified MD at the University College Riverside School of Medicine, US, said: “When mortality per million is plotted against latitude, it can be seen that countries that lie below 35 degrees north have relatively low mortality.

“Thirty five degrees north also happens to be the latitude above which people do not receive enough sunlight to retain adequate Vitamin D levels during winter.

“This suggests a possible role for Vitamin D in determining outcomes from Covid-19. 

“There are outliers, of course – mortality is relatively low in Nordic countries but, there, Vitamin D deficiency is relatively uncommon, probably due to widespread supplementation.

“Italy and Spain perhaps, surprisingly, have relatively high prevalences of Vitamin D deficiency.”

In addition to a lack of sunlight contributing to Vitamin D deficiency, Professor Seheult says uptake of the vitamin-cum-hormone is compromised in overweight and obese individuals.

“Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and, as such, it is stored in the fat. So if you have a lot of adipose tissue or fat, then you are going to have a larger capacity to hold Vitamin D which means you will have less soluble Vitamin D to be used.”

In addition to weight, age and ethnicity are additional factors which are impacted by Vitamin D deficiencies. 

Those with darker skins living in northern latitudes have been shown to have worse Covid outcomes and lower Vitamin D levels, as have elderly people.

Professor Seheult is at pains to point out that lack of Vitamin D cannot be cited as causation.

But he does recognise that for more than a century, Vitamin D deficiency has been suggested to increase susceptibility to respiratory tract infections during winter.

– Better Outcomes –

He also cites numerous studies showing that Covid patients treated early and with high, regular doses of Vitamin D3 and calcifediol – the activated form of Vitamin D3 – fare better than those not administered it.

A Spanish 2020 randomised clinical study using patients given placebo Vitamin D3 and those given calcifediol showed that only 2 per cent of the calcifediol intervention group progressed into intensive care compared to 50 per cent in the placebo group.

A small Indian study (SHADE) investigated how quickly it took Covid positive patients to register as Covid negative following daily supplementation with 60,000 IU oral nanoliquid, for seven days. 

By day 21, more than six out of ten (62.5 per cent) in the intervention group were Covid negative, as opposed to just two out of ten (20 per cent) in the control/placebo group.

Ways to treat Covid-19 is a contentious issue and, science, like most areas of life, is open to debate.

At least this is what some scientists thought until they found their alternative narratives to lockdown and treatments being censored by mainstream media.

Now with unprecedented moves to introduce vaccine passports as a means for people to access normal daily freedoms, some scientists are increasingly concerned.

Dr Michael Yeadon, former Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Allergy and Respiratory Research for Pfizer Global Research, is one scientist who has been vociferously critical of the government and its advisors.

In an interview with James Delingpole, he insists the government and SAGE is lying to the public and playing Russian Roulette with people’s health.

“Pretty much everything your government and SAGE has told you is a lie.”

And, shockingly, he believes if the smear campaign to discredit him and other critical scientists is unsuccessful he will be ‘removed.’ (murdered)

Yeadon believes if anyone is feeling an unreasonable, unrelenting pressure to get vaccinated, when most people do not need to be, it is because it’s part of a bigger plan to introduce vaccine passports which will pave the way for totalitarian control of every aspect of people’s lives.

“I think what they are planning on doing, for the first time in human history, is building a common (supranational) platform database with your name, a digital identity unique to you and initially – arbitrarily at first – your immunisation status.”

This, Yeadon believes, could be adapted later to control banking credit by allowing individuals access to spend money using their unique ID on a common platform.

Depending on a person’s status, they could be disallowed entry to places or prevented from spending money if certain flags were raised.

“Be under no illusion, you will be under the complete control of whoever owns and runs this supranational database. It’s the perfect tool for totalitarian control.”

– Insufficient Medical Reason –

Yeadon is vehemently opposed to vaccine passports because he says there is insufficient medical reason to introduce them.

And he says the results of PCR tests are untrustworthy because they are generating false positives which are not being acknowledged by SAGE and the government.

“They will not run known, virus-free samples through the whole chain of custody to show how many times they come up positive. Is it a tiny number or a bigger number?

“Because they don’t know this, it’s impossible to net off the gross.”

In effect, Yeadon says, every single number is ‘unreliable and scientifically meaningless.’

“SAGE knows what I have said is true.”

On masks, Yeadon reveals a quick Google search of the effects of masks on respiratory viral transmission shows they do not reduce respiratory viral transmission.

Controversially, Dr Yeadon suggests that asymptomatic spread, as we have been led to believe, is not the driver of this pandemic, so much as symptomatic spread by ill individuals.

And, historically, Dr Anthony Fauci, is on televised record saying: “An epidemic is not driven by asymptomatic carriers. In all the history of respiratory-borne viruses of any type, asymptomatic transmission has never been the driver of outbreaks. The driver…is always a symptomatic person.”

Lockdowns are another ineffective way of reducing cases, according to Dr Yeadon.

“We keep being told lockdowns reduce cases. They don’t. They have been studied in at least two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles by some of the best scientists in the world.

“In the States, there is no connection between those states that locked down to those that didn’t. There is no connection between lockdowns and the number of deaths.”

In fact Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis, who was widely criticised for not instigating stringent lockdown measures and who suspended fines for people refusing to wear masks back in September, appears to be faring well.

To date, The Sunshine State is said to be recording similar Coronavirus curves to California which took the opposite approach. But Florida has the stronger economy. 

So, does Mike Yeadon think the vaccines are useless in preventing Covid-deaths?

Simply put, no. But he believes they should only be used by the elderly and those who are potentially at risk of dying of Covid-19, following consultation with a GP, because the new vaccines carry risks.

Risks –

“If you are mid 60s or certainly younger and don’t have a major chronic illness that is life-shortening, like diabetes for example, there is almost no one like you (healthy and young-ish) who got ill and died. It’s a tiny number.

“More people died falling off motorbikes last year than those who fitted that description.”

And Yeadon is vehemently opposed to anyone agreeing to be vaccinated in order to go on holiday or enjoy a pint because they are being illegally coerced into accepting an experimental new technology.

“It is illegal, under various international treaties, to coerce someone to receive a medical treatment.  It derives from the trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany when Josef Mengele and others performed experiments on living humans, not volunteers, which killed them.

“No one must be put in a position, and our law prohibits it, where people are coerced or mandated to take something that is an experimental treatment where the outcome is not certain. 

“This is certainly true of these vaccines. They have not been around long and no one knows what will happen over time.”

The current vaccines on offer are nothing like childhood immunisations which have been around for decades, says Mike.

“They should be labelled gene-based vaccines in order to emphasise there is something quite different about them. 

“That difference means you cannot take for granted anything about that profile in your body.

“The way they work is so different it means things could go wrong in the short, medium or long term and we won’t know what they are.”

The current novel technologies – either messenger RNA or DNA with a viral vector – have never been used in humans before.

“That spike protein is not some passive anchor or hook on the outside of the virus,” warns Yeadon. 

“The spike is biologically active. It’s called a fusogenic protein. It makes cells stick together and, inconveniently, it is capable of initiating blood coagulation and activating the immune compliment pathway.

“That’s a bad thing. You don’t want this stuff inside your body because it might cause blood clots.”

Despite contacting the European Medicines Agency about the vaccines’ potential for harm, he was sent a one paragraph reply by the EMA stating it had ‘full confidence’ in its assessments of the vaccines.

Yet the same week Mike and colleagues sent an open letter to the EMA, European country after country paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, citing blood clots.

“I’ve now seen tentative reports that the German regulator is going to recommend not using it in younger people because they know of a number of women, aged 20-50, who have died of cerebral vein thrombosis – a blood clot in the brain.

“These are women who would never have died of the virus and they have been killed by the vaccine.

– Ethics –

“If anyone in the medical profession has not thought about this and is still stabbing this into people who are not at risk of the virus, they should be ashamed of themselves. 

“Where are their medical ethics? They should stop giving these experimental vaccines to people who are not at risk of dying.”

If Mike weren’t concerned enough about the lack of knowledge in how these vaccines behave in the short, medium and long term in adults, he is outraged that vaccine studies are now being performed on children.

He insists there is no good reason for testing children other than for political expediency to coerce people to vaccinate their youngsters.

“There have been no children – zero –  who were previously well who caught coronavirus in this country and died.

“So why would anyone want to take the risk of a new technology vaccine, only a few months old, and give it to millions of children?

“The answer cannot be to protect them from Coronavirus because they don’t get ill. There must be another reason. Vaccine (biosecurity) passports!”

Leaving aside the immorality of trialling unnecessary vaccines in children, Yeadon insists that a trial using 300 children would never be safe enough to consider a rollout.

“If there was a one in 1,000 chance of lethality, you’d probably miss it in a study of 300 children.

“Imagine there are 10 million children in England. That would be 10,000 children who would die.

“Statistically, it is an underpowered study and parents should take no reassurance from it whatsoever. 

“Even if it’s deemed ‘clean as a whistle’ do not bring your child for vaccination because they are not at risk from the virus and they won’t infect anyone else. 

“And, even if they did, it wouldn’t matter because the vulnerable will already have been vaccinated. Please, use your brain.”

Dr Yeadon now believes it is up to ordinary people to stand up for their rights if they wish to continue to live in a free and democratic society.

The alternative is living under a Big Brother-style regime which resembles the People’s Republic of China where every move is monitored, face recognised, conversations censored, arrests executed and social credit points given and taken away for being a good citizen.

“You may be able to save liberal democracy. It’s up to you to decide if you want freedom. Or do you not really care?”

In the words of the late US President, Ronald Regan: “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than a generation away from extinction.”

Only time will tell what side of history the UK voted for.