Professor behind AZ Covid injection exposes dastardly anti-vax attacks

As the scientist behind millions of Covid-saving injections, you can expect Professor Andrew Pollard to be loved by all.

Instead, he and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine development team were forced to call the police after being bombarded with frightening threats from hateful anti-vaccines.

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You can expect Professor Andrew Pollard to be loved by everyone.
But He And The Oxford-Astrazeneca Vaccine Development Team Were Forced To Call The Police.

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But he and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine development team were forced to call the police.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun on Sunday, Professor Pollard, 56, said: “We get a lot of negative mail from people, some of which are threatening.

“We had extra security during the pandemic and brought in the police when needed.

“There are regular discussions with them about potential threats. It’s a little scary, but we are supported.”

In an extensive interview marking the first anniversary of the Oxford strike, Prof Pollard says Covid restrictions should no longer “hold people back”.

He also reveals that he was asked for autographs while running, though he jokes that he won’t be participating in Strictly anytime soon.

Professor Pollard speaks from the vaccine group’s headquarters in Oxford, whose walls are lined with touching letters of thanks, mostly from children.

It’s hard to imagine the team being exposed to the hateful threats they face.

But the professor says “you have to discount” the anti-vaccine extremists.

He adds: “This extends to cybersecurity, where the university has a very good team backed by the government’s cybersecurity department.

“This is a minority. The overwhelming feeling is how grateful people are that there are vaccines that have helped us get through this.

“I had requests for autographs”

“We have received a lot of correspondence from children, especially in 2020 when we have obviously been in isolation, thinking about what is happening and about science.

“And one of the things that I really hope for is that there will be a new generation that will embrace science and how it underpins almost everything we do in our lives.

“I think some of them will become vaccine experts.”

It has been 13 months since dialysis patient Brian Pinker, then 82, received his first Oxford-AstraZeneca injection on January 4, 2021.

Professor Pollard, who was knighted last summer in honor of the Queen’s birthday, is the third person in the world to be knighted.

He is sure that now we are “completely in a different place.”

On Thursday, all Covid rules, including the requirement for isolation after a positive test result, will be lifted.

Professor Pollard is generally positive about the lifting of restrictions, believing that the pandemic should not “contain” people.

He said: “We are now in a completely different place. Because probably in Europe the vast majority of people are vaccinated.

We’ve received tons of correspondence from kids, especially in 2020 when we’ve obviously been locked up thinking about what’s going on and science. And one of the things that I really hope for is that there will be a new generation that will embrace science and how it underpins almost everything we do in our lives.

“There were many infections that further boosted immunity in those who were vaccinated.

“And even the unvaccinated have had a lot of infections that do create some immunity.

“So we have reached a point where it is unlikely that the population will become seriously ill with Covid. There are always exceptions to this, and we have seen them in some people who are still suffering in the hospital.

“But right now, it’s impossible to go back to the beginning of the pandemic unless you get a new virus.”

He added: “Obviously there is a health aspect to this, but decisions should be made by politicians based on what they think is best for their country.

“But in the future, we must reach a point where countries will do everything possible to protect their citizens through vaccination and strengthening the resilience of health systems.

“And once you have reached the point where there is no other intervention that you can do, then you have to decide what society will look like after that.

“If you continue to restrict at this point without actually having something new that you are keeping people from, then the benefit will be much less.

“So you think that countries will reach a point, I don’t know when that will happen, when all these restrictions will disappear, because they don’t make sense anymore.”

However, Professor Pollard argues that we have the perfect breeding ground for another, more deadly pandemic.

He says: “If you look at the circumstances that you would like if you tried to start a pandemic, it would be a huge population size, as it happened in the last century – the human population is huge and it will continue. rise to 2050

“You want to have a lot of international travel, which we’re actually pretty good at, you want people to live in crowded communities, which is the case in many parts of the world.

“And people are either encroaching on territories where animals live, or introducing animals into their communities, as happens in various practices related to food, especially in some parts of the world.”

He also believes we are “lucky” with Covid, which kills a tiny percentage of those who contract it. He continues: “Whichever dataset you look at, the mortality rate for this virus is less than one percent.

“A coronavirus that didn’t spread well ten years ago, MERS, killed 35 percent of people who were infected.

“An amazing piece of history”

“So what does a pandemic look like if you have a pandemic with a high mortality rate?

“The plague of 1300 claimed the lives of 50 percent of the population of Europe. It took another 100 years for Europe to regain its population.

“And if you just think about the impact that would have on the healthcare system today, half the doctors and nurses are dead, and so are the supply chains for producing new vaccines. And that’s something no one is ready for.”

Professor Pollard also believes that rolling out vaccinations in countries where fewer people have received a dose should take precedence over another booster in the UK.

He says: “If you look at a global perspective and you have two people – one of whom did not receive doses of the vaccine, and the other received two or three doses – it is very clear that your biggest benefit is to give the next dose of the vaccine. dose to a person with no one.

If you look at a global perspective and you have two people – one of whom did not receive a single dose of the vaccine, and the other received two or three doses – it is quite clear that your biggest benefit is to give the person the next dose. with no one

“It is unlikely that anyone in the UK is unvaccinated, but hospitals are dominated by severe Covid in the unvaccinated.

“Now, if we do achieve a model in the future where, like the flu, it peaks every winter, even then we won’t be able to vaccinate 60 million people in this country every winter.

“So you have to start rethinking what boosting means. This means protecting those who you can identify as those who end up in the hospital.”

The scientists who make up the Oxford Vaccine Group have almost achieved rock star status since they were first vaccinated.

Professor Pollard recalls that day, saying: “Early in the morning there were a lot of people who came to report it.

“It was a very cold morning. So we went in and I was the third person to get vaccinated. The third person in the world!

“And then we spent the next hour and a half outside in the cold, just in our shirt, talking to reporters and shivering. So there wasn’t much time to indulge in the moment.

“But it’s an amazing piece of history to be there when it all started.”

Professor Pollard became so recognizable that curious fans stopped him on the streets.

He says, “I’ve even had requests for autographs, which is very nice, but usually when I run I feel a little embarrassed – a little red and sweaty.”

And while he says he’s had a lot of requests for new projects, the professor isn’t too eager to appear on reality shows.

He says with a laugh, “Definitely not Strict!

“The inquiries were far more professional than flippant.”

Professor Pollard Said,

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Professor Pollard said, “The overwhelming feeling is how grateful people are.”
He Said: “I Was The Third Person To Be Vaccinated.  The Third Person In The World!

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He said: “I was the third person to be vaccinated. The third person in the world!

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