The ties that bind: The Modelling-paper Mafiosi

John Edmunds is on top of the world. He’s one of the modelling-paper mafiosi. The London, U.K., professor is a key government advisor via his membership in powerful committees and organizations. Edmunds also was a co-author of one of the primary modelling papers that have been used to convince the masses that vigilance against Variant of Concern (VOC) B.1.1.7 should be their top priority. Edmunds co-wrote an influential January 21, 2021 report that concluded, “There is a realistic possibility that VOC B.1.1.7 is associated with an increased risk of death compared to non-VOC viruses.” In addition, Edmunds speaks often to reporters about the deadliness of the new variant. He tells them a “disaster” would happen if lockdowns are eased soon, because what first must be done is to “vaccinate much, much, much more widely than the elderly.”