On June 18 2021 we reported that the AVN had put Minister Hunt and the Australian Government on notice of potential legal action. The letter was sent to Minister Greg Hunt and the Shadow Minister for Health, The Hon Mark Butler, MP.
Dear Ms Dorey,
Thank you for your correspondence of 18 June 2021 to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, concerning your follow up letter and the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Minister has asked me to reply.
The Australian Government recognises that this is a challenging time for all Australians and understands the impact of these measures on individuals, families and businesses. The Government is committed to providing an effective vaccine to everyone living in Australia.You can be assured that the Government, along with the states and territories, is taking an evidence-based approach to COVID-19, and is committed to keeping Australians safe. Before any COVID-19 treatment is approved for use in Australia it will be subject to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) stringent assessment and approval processes, after being tested in large clinical trials on thousands of people. The TGA rigorously assesses all medical products for safety, quality and effectiveness. COVID-19 can affect anyone, and there is a significant risk of developing more severe symptoms of COVID-19, particularly for those who are elderly and/or have serious underlying health problems.
These can include respiratory and cardiac concerns, and a requirement for mechanical ventilation. For some who have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they continue to have a wide range of ongoing health problems. The primary purpose of COVID-19 vaccines is to prevent individuals from developing severe disease and death.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provides the Government with advice on clinical considerations for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia, ensuring that the benefits outweigh the risks for each population group. Technology using mRNA for health-related treatments has been in development for decades.
Today’s success with mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 comes from the decades of research that came before it. The COVID-19 pandemic provided funding and opportunity for researchers who have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines to produce safe and effective vaccines. The TGA undertook an independent and rigorous assessment of available data for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, as they do with all medicines and vaccines approved for use in Australia. The data provided to the TGA was comprehensive and included clinical trial studies, non-clinical and toxicology studies, chemistry, manufacturing and risk management. The TGA provisionally approved these vaccines after a complete assessment of all data, which will only occur if a COVID-19 vaccine is found to be safe and effective.
The TGA continues to monitor the safety of vaccines after they are registered in Australia so that any safety concerns can be detected and responded to. Active surveillance is also occurring through the AusVaxSafety surveillance system, which sends follow up messages to recipients of COVID-19 vaccines to ask if they have experienced any potential side effects.
Like all medicines, vaccines may have side effects, such as pain and soreness at the injection site, but the majority of side effects are mild and resolve within a few days.
Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy. Furthermore, there is also evidence of antibodies in cord blood and breastmilk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered the Pfizer mRNA vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby. There is promising evidence that in addition to substantially reducing an individual’s chance of getting sick from COVID-19, vaccination also results in a significant reduction in the chance of transmitting the virus to others. In April 2021, Public Health England reported preliminary results of a large study of COVID-19 transmission involving more than 365,000 households in the UK with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated members.
Individuals who tested positive to COVID-19, but had been immunised with one dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, had a reduced likelihood of infecting others by 40–50 per cent compared to transmission rates from unvaccinated individuals.
COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory in Australia, and individuals maintain the option to choose to be vaccinated. However, some states and territories have issued public health orders which require COVID-19 vaccination for people working in certain high-risk workplaces such as health service employees and those associated with quarantine, noting that exemptions are available for people who are unable to be vaccinated for medical and other reasons.
You can monitor relevant announcements about the rollout on the Department of Health website at: www.health.gov.au. If you prefer to speak with someone, the National Coronavirus
Helpline is available on 1800 020 080. It operates 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Dr Allison Jones
Acting Assistant Secretary
COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce
1 August 2021
cc: The Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Aging
Dear Minister Hunt,
On 27 May, 2021, I wrote to you on behalf of our organisation’s tens of thousands of supporters and members asking that the Australian Government immediately cease its obviously harmful and deadly campaign using experimental COVID injections on unsuspecting men, women and now, children until proper scientific studies have been conducted.
Instead of responding to our concerns, you had the Director at the Australian Government Department of Health reply on your behalf. His response did not address even one of the issues we had raised.
This entire campaign has demonstrated the government’s failure and abrogation of its responsibility to those members of the community who are suffering from co-morbidities and underlying illnesses. Some have been shown to be at risk of anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolism, autoimmune illnesses and other maladies including death arising out of the receipt of a ‘warp speed’ medical product which has never been scientifically tested for safety, efficacy or its ability to affect viral transmission.
Worse yet, your department is in the process of approving these jabs for children and also recommending them for pregnant women despite the fact that they have never been tested for safety in either group and the risk of death from COVID-19 in both of these cohorts is effectively zero.
The companies your Government has chosen to deal with as providers of these experimental injections have all (with the exception of Moderna who as of yet, has no history because this is their first and only product) been dragged before various courts around the world charged with fraud, racketeering and other crimes leading to the deaths and disablement of millions. They have paid billions of dollars in fines and had multiple products withdrawn after being associated with widespread death and permanent disability. If they were health professionals providing a service to the community, they would have been struck off a long time ago yet these are the criminal enterprises you have chosen to deal with. In addition, you and your Government departments are discounting and ignoring the harm and deaths being caused by your policies.
We are not willing to allow public servants, whose salaries we and our members provide, to fob us off at a time when Australians are being devastated by the effects of what should be a lifesaving preventative but is instead, a shot that is proving harmful or deadly to far too many.
Our demands are as follows:
1- An immediate cessation of the experimental COVID shots until such time as they have been independently and scientifically tested for their long-term efficacy, safety and ability to prevent transmission. Remember that these products are intended to prevent an infection for which the vast majority of Australians have a greater than 99.8% survival rate. Therefore, the risk of death from the so-called preventative should never exceed the risk of death from the infection.
2- The Government so far has spent in excess of $3 billion tax dollars, by your representative’s own admission, in procuring and distributing these injections. Not one cent has been applied to testing them in either humans or animals. We insist that scientific studies be conducted, using animals first (since this essential phase of vaccine trials was skipped completely) and then, moving on to small groups of humans who are made aware that they are part of a clinical trial, prior to larger Phase III studies which use an inert placebo. This is the gold-standard of science and, without such trials, any claims of safety or efficacy are nothing more than empty and dangerous hyperbole.
3- These trials should be designed, conducted and overseen by independent scientists who have no ties – financial or otherwise – with any sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Australia’s health advisors have, for far too long, been corrupted by serious conflicts of interest. From the very top in the Department of Health, the TGA and ATAGI down to the local level, Pharma has purchased those into whose hands we have innocently placed our lives and the lives of our children. We will stand for this no more. There are many eminent and able scientists in this country who can and will carry out their obligation to protect and defend the health of all Australians and these are the ones the government must employ to carry out this grave and essential responsibility.
Since you have not responded to our previous request and seeing as Australians are dying and being permanently disabled every day by medical procedures you and your subordinates have approved virtually sight unseen, it is apparent that time is of the essence.
We therefore ask that you respond within 7 days of the receipt of this letter.
If you do not respond or if your response once again does not address our concerns, we would feel that we have no option but to consider legal action against you yourself, Minister Hunt, in the form of a private prosecution and against the Government to seek injunctive relief to immediately stop this current experiment on the Australian population – an experiment which you yourself called the world’s largest clinical trial. It is indeed that but it is a trial where those who are enrolled are unaware of the fact that they are being used as guinea pigs and that their outcomes are neither being studied nor are they even being recorded.
Copies of the permission forms given to potential recipients of these shots and obtained by our organisation, all omit a mention of the experimental nature of these shots – tantamount to a crime against humanity according to the Treaty of Nuremberg. Neither yourself nor the Australian Government will be held harmless in the face of such criminal charges.
Minister Hunt, you have a duty of care to all Australians not to put them in harm’s way. The public trusts the government to protect them from danger by not forcing or coercing them to participate in an experiment. Both yourself and Professor Skerritt have admitted that those who accept these shots are part of a clinical trial or an experiment. The public needs to be made aware of this fact so they can choose whether to be part of it or not without fearing a loss of income, the right to travel, the right to participate in every single activity they wish to be involved with or their other inalienable rights as free Australian subjects.
We take our responsibility to ourselves, to our families and to our community and country seriously. We hope and pray that you will do the same.