For all the good news that has emerged about Covid-19 vaccines in recent weeks, it is clear that we are not doing a particularly good job addressing people’s reasonable concerns about vaccine safety.
Before we go on though, it is important for you to know who I am, and who I am not. I am a minor academic in a decent university. I don’t normally work on vaccines, have never had any funding from Big Pharma (or anyone else) for vaccine studies, have no career in vaccines and not much to gain from writing this, other than a spike in trolling. I have never met Bill Gates and have no interest in injecting you with a microchip. As someone on my Twitter feed said, I am shilling for 'Big Staying Alive'. So why listen to me? I am experienced in clinical trials, run masters’ courses where I teach students how to dissect clinical trials and, perhaps most importantly, got roped into helping with the Oxford ChadOx vaccine trial, unpaid and on top of my normal job, as the site investigator in Cambridge.