YouTube has taken down a video of Dr. Hooman Noorchashm discussing COVID-19 vaccinations of younger adults and college students with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.
The story: Noorchashm, a retired cardiac surgeon who has a Ph.D. in immunology, made an appearance on Fox News where he discussed concerns related to vaccination efforts around the globe.
After the interview, Noorchashm uploaded a video of his conversation with Carlson on YouTube. He also promoted the interview and linked to the video in a Twitter post.https://twitter.com/noorchashm/status/1403194660395360262
Shortly after, the company removed his video. The Google-owned platform claimed that it violated its rules against misinformation.
“Our team has reviewed your content and unfortunately we think it violates our misinformation policy. We have removed the following content from YouTube,” the company informed Noorchashm.
Noorchashm said YouTube claimed he was “contradicting expert consensus.” He tagged the official presidential Twitter account of Joe Biden and wrote: “….to be clear, in America one can no longer express a dissenting professional opinion or a personal experience. Right?”https://twitter.com/noorchashm/status/1403305768582094849
The next day, Noorchashm said that YouTube rejected his appeal.
“UnAmerican!” he wrote. “For the record, it is my opinion and recommendation that every non-immune American ought to consider getting vaccinated ASAP.”
The interview: Noorchashm told Carlson that vaccinating people while the pandemic is still in motion is unprecedented and can be dangerous for asymptomatic cases who get a jab or those who already have antibodies.
“You know, I think in the recent months, and most recently, in the past week, it’s becoming increasingly clear that people who are COVID recovered are equally protected from SARS-CoV-2 infections as compared to people who are vaccinated. And this is obviously something that many of us were predicting, even before the evidence emerged,” he said.
“So no, I believe, as we’ve discussed before extensively, that vaccinating people who are COVID recovered in this emergency situation where we’ve basically very rapidly approved this new vaccine is a colossal error in public health judgment,” Noorchashm explained.
“I mean, you know, we’re basically overriding the principles of medical necessity. So, in other words, if a person does not need or stand to benefit from a vaccine, or any medical treatment, they should not be given it because it only opens the door to harm,” he added.
“In addition, we’re doing something unprecedented during this pandemic, which is that we’re vaccinating people in the middle of an outbreak where a lot of people are either asymptomatically infected or have had recent infections. And that’s just a recipe for disaster as the data is bearing out.”
Noorchashm also pointed out that he has two kids who are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to attend in-person lessons at college. He noted that one of them has received a vaccine because she has not previously contracted the virus. However, his other child, who got infected with the virus last year and has a good level of antibodies will be seeking a medical exemption to vaccination requirements, Noorchashm said.
Not a first: Last week, YouTube temporarily suspended the channel of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), after he uploaded a video discussing early COVID-19 treatments.
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