RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A member of the British Parliament (M.P.) described the scale of damage caused by the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine as a ‘nightmare’ as he called on Downing Street to provide more support to those affected.
Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who represents Christchurch in the House of Commons, noted that tens of thousands of Britons had suffered vaccine damage after being vaccinated.
Earlier, he told a session of the U.K. Parliament that the extent of injuries caused by the Covid-19 vaccine “now exceeds any cases resulting from previous vaccination programs.”
“The public will finally understand what damage has been done. There are many people out there who did the right thing … [who] are not getting the help from the government that they thought they should be getting. That’s where I stand.”
According to Chope, he submitted a file to Downing Street with cases of injuries related to the Covid-19 vaccine – but was met only with “relative silence.” He continued, “[What] I read last summer suggested that people were having adverse reactions to vaccines and that it was difficult for them to get compensation.”
Chope then introduced another bill in Parliament to expand the compensation system, and the 20-minute debate on the measure resulted in “many” email responses from across the U.K.
The Christchurch MP shared the story of Julian Gooddy, who suffered vaccine damage two weeks after receiving an injection of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine. Gooddy suffered several problems after the vaccination, including Bell’s palsy, fatigue, and limb pain.
He was later diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective layer of nerve cells.
“It was frustrating because of the lack of acceptance that there was a causal link between the [AstraZeneca] vaccine I had and GBS,” he lamented.
Chope calls on Downing Street to improve vaccine injury compensation.
In light of Gooddy’s story, Chope said he is calling on the U.K. government to be proactive and raise awareness of the Vaccine Injury Payment System (VDPS) – particularly for those who have downloaded the U.K. Yellow Card reports system.
The Yellow Card system is the U.K. equivalent of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
The VPDS was launched in 1979 and later expanded to include vaccinations against Covid-19. Under this program, Britons who can prove severe disability or death as a result of immunization can receive tax-free compensation of £120,000 (US$156,000).
None of the 920 vaccine injury compensation claimants has received the amount as of this writing.
The MP for Lewes, Maria Caulfield, parliamentary under-secretary for patient safety and primary care, answered Chope’s questions.
The Conservative MP told her colleague that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is looking through the notes of all affected patients to investigate any link between the vaccine and the severe reactions.
The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency was also reviewing the GBS reports, adding that all information would be shared as soon as it was available.
“We estimate that the process will take an average of six months. This requires having access to the individuals’ medical records and their medical history.
Although someone may have reacted that day, we can’t say with certainty that there is a causal link between the vaccine and the adverse event until we review all the evidence – although there may be a strong indication that there is. So it’s essential to follow this process correctly,” Caulfield said.