Swedish Harvard professor fired for criticizing vaccine mandate

The covid repression

Published 16 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The professor has been at Harvard University since 2003.

Swedish epidemiologist and professor Martin Kulldorff was forced to leave his position at Harvard University because of his views on compulsory vaccination and lockdown policies. The professor stresses the importance of restoring “academic freedom” at the university, saying that “science cannot survive in a society that does not value truth”.

Professor Kulldorff was a prominent opponent of mandatory vaccination and school closures during the coronavirus crisis. Together with Professor Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, he published the Great Barrington Declaration 2020, which argues for age-based protection rather than universal lockdowns, and makes specific proposals on how to better protect the elderly while allowing children and young adults to live near-normal lives. In addition to the three professors, the statement had nearly one million signatures, including tens of thousands of researchers and health professionals.

“The declaration made clear that there was no scientific consensus for school closures and many other lockdown measures”, Kulldorff explains in an essay in City Journal.

The professor also said the vaccine withdrawals were “unscientific and unethical”, arguing instead that natural immunity is the way to go. He himself has spent two decades working with US authorities to develop vaccine safety systems. These views earned Kulldorff and the other professors strong criticism from their colleagues and the public. Now the epidemiologist says he no longer works at Harvard University, where he has held a position since 2003.

“I am no longer a professor of medicine at Harvard”, he writes. “The Harvard motto is Veritas, Latin for truth. But, as I discovered, truth can get you fired”.

“Science cannot survive”

The epidemiologist also defended Sweden’s milder restrictions, arguing that it was good to keep schools and kindergartens open because “interrupting their education would be detrimental to them.” But he was not allowed to publish his views in the US media, he says.

“With schools open, Sweden had zero Covid deaths in the one-to-15 age group, while teachers had the same mortality as the average of other professions. I supported the Swedish approach in op-eds published in my native Sweden, but despite being a Harvard professor, I was unable to publish my thoughts in American media”.

The professor believes that Harvard should reinstate “academic freedom” and stop the “cancellation culture” if it wants to “earn and regain public trust”.

“Science cannot survive in a society that does not value truth and strive to discover it”, he writes.

Martin Kulldorff was born in Lund in 1962, but grew up in Umeå in northern Sweden. After studying at Umeå University, Kulldorff moved to the United States where he received his medical license at Cornell University. He has also worked at the University of Connecticut and Uppsala University as an assistant professor. He also worked as a researcher at the US National Institutes of Health.

Since 2003, he has been a professor of medicine at Harvard University.

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