A website that publishes non-peer-reviewed research removed a paper that found people not vaccinated against COVID-19 had a lower self-reported hospitalization rate than the CDC’s overall COVID hospitalization rate during the Omicron wave, claiming the study violated terms of service.
The U.K., German, South African and American researchers said the survey suggests there is “no adequate basis” to believe unvaccinated populations “have represented a disproportionate burden on health systems,” as U.S. officials including President Biden have insisted.
While they emphasized they were simply reviewing “self-reported data among self-selected individuals from around the world” who are participating in the year-old U.K.-based Control Group Cooperative (CGC), not independently confirming their health outcomes, that wasn’t enough for website ResearchGate.
It gave corresponding author Robert Verkerk, founder of the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANHI), a laundry list of website terms the paper could have conceivably violated.
The so-called preprint server prohibits “broad, vague, irrelevant, untargeted, off-topic, or non-scientific content” as well as “potentially harmful or potentially dangerous content,” and reserves the right to remove content that “may expose us to harm” or “potential legal liability,” according to correspondence Verkerk showed Just the News.
Verkerk responded that the researchers specified the limitations of the research, based on the […]
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