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December 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – According to the government of Canada, influenza rates for the fall flu season of 2020 are “exceptionally” low, which has one Canadian doctor speculating that COVID-19 overpowers the flu virus.

“We could speculate that a more virulent organism (SARS-CoV-2) will bump flu viruses off stage and this phenomenon has apparently been observed. To what degree, I do not know,” said Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a Canadian doctor with over 40 years of experience in family medicine, to LifeSiteNews.

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Concerns over the health and safety of the human test subjects in Pfizer's European COVID vaccine study have caused two eminent doctors to launch a petition calling for an immediate halt to those studies.

On December 1, 2020, Dr. Michael Yeadon, an ex chief of research at Pfizer and Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a lung specialist and former department head of public health lodged an appeal to the EMA, the European Medicine Agency responsible for approving drugs across the EU, asking them to suspend the ongoing Pfizer/BioNtech COVID vaccine study on BNT162b (EudraCT number 2020-002641-42).

LifeSite is joining Drs. Yeadon and Wodarg in their call for an immediate suspension of this study and we are encouraging people to co-sign their petition to the EMA which is to be found in the petition section on this page.

Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition, and then please contact the EMA at the address listed below, in the 'For More Information' section.

In their application to the EMA, Drs. Yeadon and Wodarg give the following reasons why the Pfizer study could pose dangers to the health and safety of the study participants:

  • First, the doctors say that the study design must be improved as the highly inaccurate PCR test is currently being used to detect the presence of COVID in the study participants. This means that the efficacy of the vaccine is in doubt. The doctors recommend changing from the PCR test to Sanger sequencing.
  • Second, and more important, the doctors advocate animal testing of the vaccine to exclude the possibility of the risks to the life and health of human participants from known side-effects of other similar studies on corona viruses.

These side-effects can include: an exaggerated immune response when the subject comes into contact with the "real world" virus; possible infertility of an "indefinite duration" for women; severe allergic responses to polyethylene glycol which is contained in the mRNA vaccine being tested by Pfizer; and, other latent, serious side effects which, because of the short duration of the study, may only become known well after the conclusion of the study.

Because of these unacceptable risks to the life and health of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID vaccine study participants, we are joining with Drs. Yeadon and Wodarg as co-signers of their petition to the European Medicine Agency, asking for an immediate halt to these studies.

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Subject: Please act on the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon and stay the Phase III clinical trial(s) of BNT162b

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am hereby co-signing the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon to support their urgent request to stay the Phase III clinical trial(s) of BNT162b (EudraCT Number 2020-002641-42) and other clinical trials. The full text of the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon can be found here:

I hereby respectfully request that EMA act on the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon immediately.

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In October, Malthouse, who practices family medicine in British Columbia, made headlines for writing to his province’s top doctor to blast the government’s COVID-19 lockdown policy.

He also speculated to LifeSiteNews that to see “such a drop in flu numbers from flu shots,” which he says at the very most are 60% effective, “seems unlikely.”

Malthouse also theorized that the flu shot “might increase coronavirus and other respiratory infections” while “while dampening flu incidence.” He pointed to studies that suggest this is plausible.

A recent U.S. military study shows that those who got the flu vaccine were 36 percent more likely to test positive for pre-SARS CoV2-type coronaviruses.

“Examining noninfluenza viruses specifically, the odds of both coronavirus and human metapneumovirus in vaccinated individuals were significantly higher when compared to unvaccinated individuals (OR = 1.36 and 1.51, respectively) (Table 5),” reads the U.S. military study.

A 2018 three-year Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study that focused mostly on children found that there was an increase “in the hazard” of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in kids who had the flu shot compared to those that did not.

“Among children there was an increase in the hazard of ARI caused by non-influenza respiratory pathogens post-influenza vaccination compared to unvaccinated children during the same period. Potential mechanisms for this association warrant further investigation,” reads the study.

Overall, this study found that there was a 65-percent increase in the risk of non-flu ARIs in a timeframe of 14 days after receiving the flu vaccine.

To date, there are only 17 confirmed cases in total of the flu in Canada. The federal government says a total of 12,285 participants reported to the weekly FluWatch surveillance network from the period of November 15 to 21, noting that only four lab-confirmed cases of the flu were reported in that time.

The FluWatch surveillance is run by the public health arm of the Canadian federal government.

During the same week in 2019, a total of 298 laboratory-confirmed cases were confirmed across Canada.

“All indicators of influenza activity remain exceptionally low for this time of year, despite continued monitoring for influenza across Canada,” reads the FluWatch surveillance site.

“Influenza surveillance indicators may be influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in healthcare-seeking behaviour, impacts of public health measures and influenza testing practices. Current data should be interpreted with consideration to this context.”

In October, Donald Trump, Jr. caused a stir when he retweeted a Daily Mail report that went over a sharp drop in influenza-related deaths across the world this year compared to last.

“We went from 75,000 flu deaths last year in America to almost 0,” he wrote. “Does anyone actually believe that? Or do you think there may be allocation games being played to manipulate the truth?”

The Daily Mail report says countries in the Southern Hemisphere, whose flu season starts before northern countries, showed a dramatic drop in flu cases compared to last year.

The Mail report cites a virus expert, Professor James Stewart from the University of Liverpool, who theorizes that people’s “[i]mmune system cells come in and help destroy the first infection, and if another virus comes along that same response will fight it off.”

Malthouse also told LifeSiteNews that to his knowledge, masks have not been “shown to reduce influenza or influenza-like illnesses.” 

“Certainly, the types worn by the public and the way they are worn, handled and reused would make this almost an impossibility,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Malthouse also touched on PCR tests, used to diagnose COVID-19, which have come into question as not being reliable.

He told LifeSiteNews that they are an “inaccurate” means of “diagnosing virus agents of infection” at this point, since no one knows for sure what COVID-19 is or “is not.”

“Since the PCR test is completely inaccurate as a means of diagnosing virus agents of infection, we really do not know what is COVID-19 and what is not. There is a great overlap of symptom patterns with Covid and flu and influenza-like illnesses (parainfluenza viruses),” Malthouse told LifeSiteNews.

“We have seen some peculiar symptoms, like early ground glass appearance of the lungs on CT, but since we are really looking much harder than was ever done with flu, even these seemingly pathognomonic findings might not be specific to Covid.”

In Canada, public health officials in every province and territory have made it a high priority to urge people to get the flu shot. As a result, there has been an increase in demand for the vaccine, which has caused shortages.

In November, the province of Nova Scotia recalled certain flu vaccines after three adverse reactions were reported. Health Canada later said the flu vaccines are safe to use, however, after conducting tests on them. 


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