Matt Le Tissier blasted for sharing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories

Ex-England star Matt Le Tissier is blasted for sharing anti-vaccine conspiracy theories amid fears online propaganda is fuelling footballersCovid jab concerns

  • The axed Sky Sports pundit, 53, has been regularly sharing anti-vax content
  • Professor Keith Neal accused the former footballer of putting lives at risk
  • Expert told MailOnline: ‘People not vaccinated face a higher risk of serious disease and deaththat’s a fact
  • Matt Le Tissier was today slammed for ‘putting lives at riskby spreading baseless vaccine conspiracy theories as the football authorities continue their campaign to persuade players to get the jab.

    The former England and Southampton FC star, who was recently axed as a pundit for Sky Sports, has been regularly sharing anti-vax content, including the evidence-free claim there have been 15,000 vaccine-related deaths in Europe alone.

    Some of his social media posts have begun circulating on playersWhatsApp groups, reports suggest, leading to concerns that younger players could be deterred from taking up the offer of a jab.

    키스 닐 교수, an expert in public health at the University of Nottingham, today accused the 53-year-old of putting lives at risk.

    ‘He should take it downand Twitter should take it down too,’ the academic told MailOnline.

    ‘He could be killing people. If you do not get vaccinated, you are at greater risk of Covid and people not vaccinated face a higher risk of serious disease and death. That is a fact.

    Matt Le Tissier has been regularly sharing anti-vax content, including the evidence-free claim there have been 15,000 vaccine-related deaths in Europe alone

    Matt Le Tissier has been regularly sharing anti-vax content, including the evidence-free claim there have been 15,000 vaccine-related deaths in Europe alone

    This morning Le Tissier shared a meme showing a dam holding back a large body of water from flooding a valley.

    In the dry valley were the words ‘big pharma narrative’, in the water ‘breakthrough cases, adverse effects, 사망자’ and on the damwhich has cracks in itsays ‘corporate media’.

    Professor Neal added: ‘Unvaccinated people have a substantially higher risk of death and serious outcomes if and when they catch Covidwhich is not under control. Encouraging people not to be vaccinated puts people who listen to it at risk.

    Around 45.9million people in the UK have now received two vaccine doses (79.9%) and around 50.5m one dose (87.7%).

    Sports minister Nigel Huddleston recently warned that footballers were being influenced by online anti-vaccination propaganda as The Times revealed that Le Tissier’s posts were among those being shared by players.

    Early last month it emerged a quarter of Football League players still have no intention of getting the Covid vaccine despite the attempts to persuade them of its benefits.

    The proportion of footballers who had been double-vaccinated as of October 9 had increased from approximately 18 per cent in August to 49 per cent in the latest set of figures collated by the League.

    But the number of players who have been immunised or plan to get the jab had gone up by only five per cent over the past month.

    ‘Approximately 75 per cent of players this month across the EFL are fully vaccinated, have had a single jab or intend to be vaccinated, which is up from 70 per cent in the last set of figures,’ a source told the Mail On Sunday.

    This morning Le Tissier shared a meme showing a dam holding back a large body of water from flooding a valley

    This morning Le Tissier shared a meme showing a dam holding back a large body of water from flooding a valley

    It is understood that some players are reluctant to get vaccinated against the disease because their youth and level of fitness mean they are unlikely to suffer should they contract it.

    They are also concerned by stories of people suffering heart inflammation after taking the vaccine, even though official medical agencies have reported such cases as ‘very rare’.

    One theory circulating among players is that Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 might have been linked to the jab, despite no medical evidence to support the suggestion.

    The latest figures emerge even though the EFL have stepped up efforts to ‘bust the myths’ around the vaccine’s safety and to educate players on its benefits for individuals and society. Posters and leaflets containing such information have been distributed to clubs in the hope that they will be displayed in stadiums and training grounds.

    The EFL are also working with the NHS to increase the number of mobile vaccination centres visiting clubs.

    The EFL and Premier League recorded a video with professor Jonathan Van-Tam last month in which the Government’s deputy chief medical officer debunked some of the conspiracy theories.

    It was circulated among players’ WhatsApp groups, with the Government hoping their willingness to get vaccinated would encourage other young people to follow suit as take-up stalled in the general population.

    Recently Le Tissier re-shared an image which had been posted by a user in response to a video showing a police officer challenging a member of the public on a train about the failure to wear a protective mask

    Recently Le Tissier re-shared an image which had been posted by a user in response to a video showing a police officer challenging a member of the public on a train about the failure to wear a protective mask

    Gary Neville, co-owner of League Two side Salford City, 하나, said that players were being swayed by claims online that Government-approved vaccines were not rigorously tested.

    ‘There is a feeling, having spoken to one or two players, that there have been incidents across the globe where fit and well athletes have had the vaccination and then they’ve [그녀가 Tinder에서 'Simon Leviev와 일치했을 때] incidents in the weeks after,’ the former England defender said on his Sky Sports podcast.

    ‘There is a nervousness that they’re healthy people and don’t want to take a vaccine that hasn’t gone through the most rigorous of testing that maybe other vaccines have had in the past. I’m not supporting this view, I’m explaining what I’m hearing from players.

    Le Tissier has been involved in a string of other social media controversies.

    Recently he re-shared an image which had been posted by a user in response to a video showing a police officer challenging a member of the public on a train about the failure to wear a protective mask.

    The image used showed holocaust victim Anne Frank, with words above which read: ‘The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it.

    And now for the truthVaccine expert ANGUS DALGLEISH dismantles Covid jab myths

    여기, in an attempt to persuade the under-30s why they MUST have the jab, one of our foremost vaccine experts PROFESSOR ANGUS DALGLEISH gives his forensic analysis – and trenchant rebuttal – of some of the most common objections of young refuseniks.

    YOUNG ONLY GET MILD SYMPTOMS

    It’s entirely false to assume that, because a bout of Covid seems mild or asymptomatic, it cannot leave lasting damage.

    Young people, especially the under-30s, are very unlikely to die from the infection itself – but they are by no means exempt from what follows.

    Figures show around one in ten people aged 18-49 go on to develop long-term symptoms after having the virus, regardless of how unwell they were initially.

    더욱이, around one in nine people aged 17-24 and one in six aged 25-34 still report symptoms 12 weeks after testing positive.

    Figures show around one in ten people aged 18-49 go on to develop long-term symptoms after having the virus, regardless of how unwell they were initially meaning its vital to be vaccinated

    Figures show around one in ten people aged 18-49 go on to develop long-term symptoms after having the virus, regardless of how unwell they were initially meaning its vital to be vaccinated

    Long Covid, the lingering after-effects of the infection, can be life-changing. As a hospital consultant, I am now seeing many patients whose health has been dramatically affected by the prolonged symptoms that often follow a mild case of Covid.

    Around a million people in Britain are now believed to have long Covid. It’s exhausting, debilitating and often very frightening. As yet, there’s no cure.

    This is a virus like no other and we’re still learning about the havoc it can wreak on the lungs, the heart and other major organs.

    People who refuse the vaccine because they imagine Covid can’t hurt them are literally gambling with the rest of their lives.

    I HAD COVID SO I DON’T NEED JAB

    We don’t know how long antibodies and immunity last after a Covid infection. What we do know is that there are numerous cases of people catching the virus for a second or even a third time.

    And many people wrongly assume they have had Covid because they have had the symptoms – the persistent cough, the high temperature, the loss of senses of taste and smell – but without a positive antibody test, no one can say for certain that they’ve caught and overcome the virus.

    A vaccine is a highly effective insurance policy against the disease – one which research has proven lasts at least six months.

    THE TESTS WERE TOO RUSHED

    This is a regular source of concern and anxiety. But consider the difference between this programme and all others: never before have so many scientists worked together, combining knowledge and pooling their results, in a global effort with a single goal.

    The result was a set of vaccines that have proved highly effective against a brand new virus, and the UK jabbing programme was conducted with military efficiency.

    It’s the most ambitious, daring, brilliant human accomplishment in decades. Why wouldn’t every single person, whatever their age, want to be a part of that?

    Young people wave placards while attending anti-vaccination protesters hold a demonstration in Parliament Square, 런던, after the final legal restrictions were lifted in England on July 19

    Young people wave placards while attending anti-vaccination protesters hold a demonstration in Parliament Square, 런던, after the final legal restrictions were lifted in England on July 19

    The speed at which it has all been done is part of the marvel. Trials that would normally take many years have been accomplished in weeks, because such vast resources have been made available.

    But no corners were cut. All the various vaccines – AstraZeneca, 화이자, Moderna and the rest – had to undergo rigorous safety checks.

    The vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people before being made available. In Phase One and Phase Two clinical trials, jabs were tested on small numbers of volunteers to check they were safe and to determine the right dose.

    In Phase Three trials they were tested on thousands of people to see how effective they were.

    The group who received the vaccine and a control group who received a placebo were closely monitored for any adverse reactions or side-effects. And safety monitoring continues to this day.

    TRIALS DIDN’T TEST FOR SIDE-EFFECTS

    Sheer nonsense. The whole point of vaccine trials is to weed out the drugs that have unexpected side-effects.

    호주에서, the government withdrew an order for 51 million doses of a vaccine being developed by the firm CSL in conjunction with the University of Queensland, because it was shown to trigger false positives in HIV tests.

    The country’s health secretary, Brendan Murphy, pointed out that the vaccine was probably effective at blocking serious Covid infections.

    But it had this unwanted repercussion that could make it difficult for doctors to identify new cases of HIV. Rather than take that risk, the whole programme was scrapped.

    That’s just one example. More Covid vaccine programmes have been abandoned than have succeeded. The trials were exceptionally rigorous.

    I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE RISKS

    One of the main concerns the young raise is the risk of blood clots from the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

    급히 전화를 건, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation announced the under-40s wouldn’t be offered AstraZeneca due to the extremely small risk of blood clots.

    The risk of side-effects from the vaccines they are being offered is very low, although they commonly include a sore arm or feeling achy or sick.

    The point is almost all drugs potentially have a side-effect. Packets of paracetamol, 예를 들어, list skin rashes, '나는 너무 약하고 어지러워서 모든 것을 이해하거나 처음에 얼마나 나빴는지 이해하지 못했습니다., swelling of the mouth or face, shortness of breath, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, unexplained bleeding and more.

    But people still take them because, as with the vaccine, the likelihood of any of these happening is so very small.

    When we hear of people becoming ill or even dying after a vaccine jab, it’s easy to jump to conclusions about side-effects.

    It’s much harder to take a rational view and accept that coincidence plays strange tricks.

    쿡 찌르다: 18-year old Robyn Coatsworth receives her first jab at Stithians Vaccination Centre

    쿡 찌르다: 18-year old Robyn Coatsworth receives her first jab at Stithians Vaccination Centre

    Part of my work as an oncologist involves developing and trialling potential cancer vaccines.

    몇 년 전, I was due to give a patient an injection of an experimental new drug in the hope that it would prevent complications in the progress of his disease.

    The vaccine was manufactured in America and sent by air. When it arrived at Heathrow, customs officials refused to release it immediately. I went to bed that night cursing the red tape.

    내일 아침, my patient was dead. He had suffered a catastrophic bleed on the brain, which was both tragic and unexpected.

    If I had administered the vaccine as scheduled, his death would have meant the complete cancellation of the trial.

    No doctor would ever have dared take the risk again. We would all have assumed that the drug, in some way that could not be discovered, had fatal side-effects.

    Every time I read of blood clots or other inexplicable ‘side-effectsof the Covid vaccines, I remember my patient. If his death reminds us how coincidences can seem to skew scientific data, it will not be in vain.

    VACCINE WILL CHANGE OUR DNA

    One consequence of the pandemic is half the country think it’s no longer necessary to spend seven years at medical school to become an expert. People use the jargon of epidemiology and genetics as easily as they used to discuss last night’s new TikTok sensation.

    Much of the information that is shared on social media is about as scientific as a Godzilla movie.

    사진: Members of the public queue to receive a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine outside a temporary vaccination centre set up at the Emirates Stadium, 런던에서, 6 월 25

    사진: Members of the public queue to receive a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine outside a temporary vaccination centre set up at the Emirates Stadium, 런던에서, 6 월 25

    Lizards do not grow into man-eating monsters when exposed to radiation, and vaccines do not change our DNA.

    The misunderstanding might arise because some vaccines use modified mRNA, to stimulate the immune system by triggering it to produce proteins which are similar to those on the surface of the coronavirus.

    This is revolutionary science, but it does not affect the body’s basic DNA.

    BIG PHARMA CAN’T BE TRUSTED

    Of all the anti-vaxxers’ 인수, this is the one that makes most sense. As a general rule, 아니, the pharmaceutical giants can’t be trusted completely because whenever they launch a new drug they have tens of millions of dollars at stake, and this means that there is often a temptation to draw conclusions that favour the commercial interests of their products.

    But in the case of the Covid vaccines, everything is different. To encourage companies to work fearlessly in developing a drug to save the world, the Government has guaranteed they will not be penalised for mistakes – as long as there is complete honesty and transparency.

    다시 말해, the drugs companies stand to lose everything if they attempt any cover-ups.

    They could face fines running into many millions of pounds. But as long as they hold nothing back, they’re in the clear. In this instance, we can trust them with our lives.

    IT MIGHT MAKE ME INFERTILE

    The fear of infertility has made many young women reluctant to have the vaccine.

    But there is no reliable evidence, none at all of which I am aware, that proves the jab has ever affected fertility.

    The unknown effects of long Covid are likely to be much more serious. This virus can have really dreadful effects on internal organs. Please don’t take the risk.

    If you’re planning to get pregnant, get inoculated.

    IT COULD DAMAGE IMMUNE SYSTEM

    This is another fundamental misunderstanding of how the virus works. Covid poses the most dangerous threat to people with compromised immune systems.

    That typically means over-55s (the age at which natural immunity begins to decline) and in particular over-75s (who might sometimes have no effective immunity left at all).

    A Covid-19 rapid testing facility is set up in Elephant and Castle on June 15, 2021 런던에서

    A Covid-19 rapid testing facility is set up in Elephant and Castle on June 15, 2021 런던에서

    But many younger people have compromised immune systems too. There’s often no way of knowing until it’s too late. You really don’t want to find out by suffering a serious bout of Covid.

    In the wake of reports that people who have been doubly vaccinated are still catching Covid, some are arguing that this means the vaccine is ineffective.

    사실은, the reality is quite the opposite. Those getting ill will have severely depleted immune systems. The only thing saving them, quite probably, is the vaccine. Without the jabs, they might well have died.

    And no – there are no proven cases of new allergies being triggered by a Covid vaccine.

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