Social media giants have reportedly censored a speech by U.K. Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen in which he used parliamentary privilege to claim a senior member of the British Heart Foundation has covered up a report that shows the Covid-19 vaccine increases inflammation of the heart arteries.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the North West Leicestershire MP claimed he had been in contact with a whistleblower of a senior medical research center who holds a prominent role at the British Heart Foundation charity; this source told him that research showing a clear link between Covid-19 vaccines and harmful cardiac side effects had been deliberately suppressed over fears that research facilities would lose out on key funding from Big Pharma.
“It has been brought to my attention by a whistleblower from a very reliable source that one of these institutions is covering up clear data that reveals that the mRNA vaccine increased inflammation of the heart arteries,” Bridgen told colleagues.
“They are covering this up in fear that they may lose funding from the pharmaceutical industry,” he added.
“The leader of that cardiology research department has a prominent leadership role with the British Heart Foundation and I am very disappointed to say that he has sent out non-disclosure agreements to his research team to ensure that this important data never sees the light of day.
“This is an absolute disgrace. Systemic failure in an over-medicated population also contributes to huge waste of British taxpayers’ money and is an increasing strain on the NHS.”
Bridgen followed up his speech by providing a full list of references for the number of allegations he made regarding suppression by the pharmaceutical industry of adverse side effects linked to the Covid-19 vaccines.
Multiple independent fact-checking websites including FullFact have sought to dismiss his claims and refute the evidence, something Bridgen laments after claiming to have provided references to the organizations ahead of their published fact-check claims to discredit his speech.
The British Heart Foundation released a statement on Wednesday in which they refuted “all allegations made about colleagues in senior leadership roles” within the organization.
“As a trusted provider of heart health information, we are committed to being completely independent, and take great care to be accurate and transparent with all public health information.
“We would encourage those making these serious allegations to share specific, credible information with us which supports them,” the statement read.
“The BHF’s advice on vaccines is based on rigorous scrutiny of the latest evidence, which to date shows that the benefits of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine greatly outweigh the risk of extremely rare side effects for the vast majority of people,” the organization added.
Following Bridgen’s speech in parliament, which he shared on various social media platforms, Facebook added warnings to the content in which they advised users to ensure they are “sharing reliable information” about Covid-19 vaccines. Bridgen claims the warnings happened because his speech does not “fit with their narrative.”
He also questioned Facebook’s motives considering they are the largest donor to the FullFact charity, which came out dismissing his claims.
Furthermore, social media giant TikTok went a step further and removed the content from its platform, claiming it violated TikTok’s community guidelines.
Bridgen had raised concerns that the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is significantly funded by Big Pharma, with up to 86 percent of its funding provided by the pharmaceutical industry. “In effect, we have the poacher paying the gamekeeper,” he claimed.
He also made further claims that an additional 14,000 cardiac arrests had occurred in Britain in 2021 following the nationwide vaccine rollout in 2020.
Britain’s Health Minister Maria Caulfield, of the same party as Bridgen, said her colleague was “entitled to his view” but disagreed with his assessment, “not only in the content of his speech but the way in which he derided doctors, scientists, nurses, many of us who worked through the pandemic and saw first hand the devastation that Covid-19 caused.”
She added that the introduction of the vaccine “made the biggest difference” in combating the pandemic that rocked the world at the beginning of 2020.