The BBC is doing damage control after cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, suggested suspending the rollout of COVID vaccines until there’s an inquiry into thousands of excess cardiovascular deaths.

The BBC is under fire for interviewing a cardiologist who stated live on-air that COVID-19 vaccines could be behind a substantial increase in cardiovascular deaths. The BBC is part of the Trusted News Initiative — an elite partnership between news organizations and Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and YouTube who collaborate to censor and suppress information on COVID-19 and vaccines.

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, during his segment, cited British Heart Foundation figures suggesting there had been more than 30,000 excess deaths linked to heart disease since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. He then suggested mRNA vaccines and the rollout should be suspended pending an inquiry into excess cardiovascular deaths—and compared the Omicron COVID variant to the flu.

After the segment, the BBC scrambled to find a physician to do a damage control interview.

“I did a rapid response interview on the BBC news channel this morning to say that vaccine side-effects very, very rare in comparison with the preventable risks of Covid-19. The staff seemed alarmed and embarrassed that they had given him [Malhotra] a platform,” Dr. Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said in a tweet.

Although Openshaw adhered to approved talking points, he did not cite where he derived his statement that vaccine side effects are “very rare.”

Trusted New Initiative partners are now publishing stories criticizing Malhotra, who has since been labeled a “fringe doctor,” for insinuating the rise in excess cardiovascular deaths could be connected to the experimental shots—shots that ironically, carry a warning on their labels denoting the increased risk of myocarditis.

Myocarditis is heart muscle inflammation that can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, myocarditis can result from infections but is more commonly the result of the body’s immune reaction to heart damage.

As of Jan. 6, more than 25,056 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. However, VAERS is estimated to represent only 1% of actual adverse events and does not include UK figures.

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