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Watch: The 12 Truths for Christmas – 3. The Government Response

In this video series ‘The 12 Truths for Christmas’, NZDSOS member Dr. Matt Shelton talks to Dr. Emanuel Garcia about the Coronavirus pandemic.

This third episode of twelve published to Rumble by CoronavirusPlushie is subtitled ‘The Government Response’, where Shelton discusses shortcomings in that response which were apparent from the beginning.

‘The consequences for the Plan A for COVID that the government came up with, and again that very narrow messaging around waiting for the vaccine, and actually the vaccine is being developed very, very quickly, and there is a ‘warp speed’ programme to rush it through, so it’s not going to take as long as we thought, but the deal the world will make will require that the vaccine manufacturers have liability protection, and that there won’t be the usual safety testing.

‘And the stages of what we would expect, especially for what was already clearly a brand new technology that we hadn’t used in infectious disease.

‘The overwhelming issue was the fear that was induced in everybody, and I think that people imagined that there were these ‘battlegrounds’ going on in Emergency Departments and in General Practise, where these people were crawling in with overwhelming COVID in their hundreds and thousands. I spoke to many hospital doctors during that time who were bored to death. They had nothing to do. They had no patients because nobody was being allowed in.

‘It was a surreal time, but personally I wasn’t scared. I could see how people’s rational thought processes were being shut down, which of course what happens when you’re afraid, but the messaging was continuously around the worst case scenario that was going to be visited on everybody.

‘Meantime there papers coming out all over the place giving us an even clearer idea of who the at-risk groups were, but also why – what was the pathology and why were certain groups so vulnerable to this virus, and why were the people in ICU’s being ventilated responding differently compared to other respiratory pathogens. And it was becoming clear that this seemed to be a vascular blood vessel issue from this virus, rather than respiratory. It wasn’t all the people with Chronic Respiratory Lung Disease that were the first ones to fall over or filling up the ICUs. It was the people that already had vascular disease, that goes along with obesity and diabetes, and just being older too.’

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