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17 May, 2021 06:00

Interview with the creator of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (Dr. Adrian Hill) (E1011)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the lead scientist in the Oxford team that created the AstraZeneca vaccine, Dr. Adrian Hill. He discusses the process of the development of the vaccine, early hypotheses that existing vaccines such as the polio vaccine could help fight coronavirus and why these claims were not accurate, the Indian variant of Covid-19 and if the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and other vaccines will be able to protect against it. He also talks about reports of blood clots associated with the shot, calls for the removal of patents on vaccines to give global south countries access and the ability to produce vaccines of their own and much more!

Finally we speak to Pádraig Ó Muirigh, the solicitor representing the Ballymurphy families. He discusses the coroner’s verdict on the Ballymurphy massacre, which concluded that all those who had been killed by the Parachute Regiment of the British Army in Operation Demetrius were not guilty of any crime, despite the decades of smears that the victims had been IRA gunmen who had acted violently against British soldiers. He also discusses why contrary to some opinions, the inquest and finding out the truth helps to heal the divisions of the past, pressure on the prime minister from elements of the British government which allegedly didn’t want the truth to come out, the brutality of the Parachute Regiment as described by witnesses, an alleged culture of immunity for loyalists and the British Army for crimes in Northern Ireland, whether there’s any hopes for prosecuting those in command of Operation Demetrius, the families prioritizing the pursuit of justice over an apology from Boris Johnson and much more!


“The findings from the Ballymurphy inquest are truly shocking and show that all victims of the troubles need to find out the truth about what happened.
The remarks referred to were an occasion where I made a mistake and corrected the record at the earliest opportunity.  I apologised to anyone who was offended by those comments at the time and am happy to repeat that apology.  I believe that nobody is above the rule of law.
In the time between the remarks, for which I have apologised, and the Prime Minister carrying out a reshuffle, I chaired nearly 15 weeks of talks to try to restore the Executive in Northern Ireland.  These talks ultimately led to the restoration of devolved power sharing government in Jan 2020.”

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