Coronavirus: Expert Says Court Vitamins Cannot Treat Deadly Illness
A historic legal battle over NSW’s response to Covid-19 has begun, with a senior official forced to deny an extraordinary claim.
One of New South Wales’ most respected Covid-19 experts has been forced to dismiss claims that the deadly disease can be cured with vitamins and natural medicines, as a historic legal battle emerges In progress.
Supreme Court Justice Robert Beech-Jones is hearing two civil lawsuits challenging various aspects of public health orders instituted to control the latest outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant.
Natasha Henry and five other citizens have taken legal action against Health Minister Brad Hazzard in an attempt to overturn rules requiring older social workers to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine.
Another group, which includes construction worker Al-Munir Kassam and three other plaintiffs, is calling for public health orders to be declared invalid because they infringe their “personal freedom” and require them to undergo medical intervention.
They are also challenging orders prohibiting unvaccinated essential workers from leaving an area of local government concern for their work.
The three-day hearing, which began Thursday, generated enormous interest with more than 45,000 people at one point watching the proceedings via the Supreme Court’s YouTube page.
Lawyer Peter King, acting on behalf of Mr Kassam, argued that the public health orders were “irrational” and Mr Hazzard had failed to consider the alternatives.
Mr King said possible measures they had not studied included allowing the virus to circulate in the community and for society to develop natural immunity.
“The complainant’s cause is not that vaccinations or immunizations should not be part of the package to address health challenges,” King said.
“But that mandatory vaccinations in Australian society have been unconstitutional since the 1946 referendum, when the horrors of the Holocaust were first exposed to the world.”
Mr King presented an affidavit from a Melbourne-based nutritionist claiming that there are alternative treatments for Covid-19, including zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D.
“Scientifically, compulsory vaccination (…) is an irrational policy measure which is not only futile but also unreasonable,” King said.
Professor Kristine Macartney, director of the National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance and a member of the Australian Immunization Technical Advisory Group, was called as the government’s first witness.
When asked if she agreed that ‘natural’ treatments would be safe and effective to be prescribed for Covid-19 patients, Professor Macartney replied: ‘No, I’m not okay with that. “
Mr. King wondered how she could make these claims when she had not conducted any research into their use.
However, Professor Macartney said there was “no evidence” of their viability and effectiveness.
“There is a series of statements, there is no evidence of the quality or robust nature (of the claims),” she said.
Professor Macartney was cross-examined on vaccines, their effectiveness in preventing transmission and serious illnesses, including hospitalization, and their safety.
“There is now extremely comprehensive evidence that shows that vaccines protect against infection, protect against symptomatic infection, also known as illness, and protect against serious illness,” she said.
“Vaccines protect against all of these things. Which in turn, because (community members) are not infected, will reduce transmissibility.
“I don’t think there is a high level of uncertainty about this at all.”
At one point, lawyer Marcus Clarke – who represents Ms Henry – asked Professor Macartney if she was aware of the Australian Immunization Handbook.
She responded that she was the senior technical writer of the guidelines, which provide advice on administering vaccines.
Mr Clarke pointed to a section in the manual that said there was not enough evidence to ensure the safety of live vaccines during pregnancy.
“You don’t agree with that, do you?” Mr. Clarke said.
“No, I agree with that. Live vaccines include the chickenpox (chickenpox) vaccine, the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and a few others, ”said Professor Macartney.
“But they do not include the Covid-19 vaccines used in Australia, they are not live vaccines… this statement does not apply to these vaccines.”
Meanwhile, a third lawsuit brought by Sergey Naumenko, seeking various orders, including his family’s exemption from microchipping, was dismissed by Judge Beech-Jones.
The court learned that Mr Naumenko had consented to the dismissal.
The hearing before Judge Beech-Jones will continue on Friday and Tuesday.