A doctor who frequently appears on British television has caused outrage online after claiming that breathing is an “offensive weapon” if you have Covid.
When asked about compulsory vaccinations during Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show on Friday, Dr. Sarah Jarvis said that though she has “always been in favour of people having choice”, but she added, Covid-19 was a different. “A big difference here is that breathing is an offensive weapon if you are infected with Covid” she claimed.
RT reports: She did argue, however, that those who haven’t been vaccinated could provide proof of Covid-19 antibodies if they had already been infected with the virus and received a negative test result instead to gain access to bars, sporting events, and other places, saying people had a “range of options.”
Brits on social media immediately honed in on her “offensive weapon” comment, calling it “insane” and “bonkers,” and joked about people requiring a license to breath in the same way that guns are regulated.
“This level of fear mongering is unethical,”commented one Twitter user, while another asked why Jarvis wasn’t in a “surgery helping people” instead of “spouting misinformation” on television.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson angered Brits this week after he suggested that pub landlords could potentially choose to ban unvaccinated people from entering and said the “concept of vaccine certification should not be totally alien to us.”
Hugh Osmond, the founder of UK pub chain Punch Taverns, called Johnson’s statement “the most appalling idea” and “almost certainly illegal,” while even members of Johnson’s Conservative Party, like Covid Recovery Group Deputy Chairman Steve Baker MP, warned that Johnson had begun to “tread a dangerous path.”
Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi rejected claims that the government was looking into the creation of a domestic vaccine passport in February, arguing that such a system “would be discriminatory.”
Cabinet ministers, however, have issued contradictory statements on the matter over the past few months.