Hackney councillor slammed for saying HPV vaccine is ‘21st century Thalidomide’

PUBLISHED: 14:39 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 25 January 2018

Cllr Harvey Odze.

Cllr Harvey Odze.


A Tory councillor was accused of “spouting nonsense” last night after he claimed the HPV vaccine was the “21st century’s Thalidomide”.

Cllr Harvey Odze was responding to a question from Labour’s Cllr Jessica Webb (Hackney Wick) about the possibility of extending the vaccination to boys.

After health chief Cllr Jonathan McShane responded saying reviews on the programme were carried out regularly, Cllr Odze (Springfield) left almost everyone gobsmacked with his take.

“Given the considerable body of medical evidence that HPV does not cause cervical cancer, and that the vaccine is on its way to becoming the 21st century’s Thalidomide, can you assure me all parents are given full information about the dangers of the vaccine?”

Thalidomide was used in the late 1950s and early 1960s to tackle morning sickness, but led to children being born without limbs.

Cllr McShane called his suggestion “incredibly unhelpful” and accused him of “spouting nonsense”, saying the vaccine was scientifically sound.

The Gardasil vaccine has proven to be 99 per cent effective against four of the worst strands of the virus.

The Health and Social Executive has repeatedly said there is no credible research linking Gardasil to chronic negative side effects.

Cllr Odze’s claims followed his pro-Trump rant at a meeting in October, when he also declared global warming was a “Chinese hoax” and said there was no such thing as human-influenced climate change.


  • My friend’s daughter has seizures and other health issues after this vaccine, another’s has been bedbound for 6 yrs. I didn’t allow my daughter to have it. Parents of children injured by Gardasil and Cervarix ( Cervarix has now been withdrawn) have set up support groups REGRET in Ireland, AHVID in the UK. Withdrawn in Japan and many court cases worldwide. The HPV vaccine is known in the trade as HOW TO PAY FOR VIOXX , Vioxx another drug produced by Merck caused many deaths which cost Merck millions of dollars hence the heavy marketing of their HPv Gardasil vaccine.

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    Joanna Read

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • Agree with the other comments left, it’s a shame the reporter discredited this view with the Councillors crazy views when he is right about the vaccine. My children have always been vaccinated and I trusted what I was told, but my daughter has gone from being fit and healthy with 100% attendance at school to a 16 year old who is so exhausted most days she can barely string a sentence together. She’s now diagnosed with CFS which started just after her vaccine. She gets headaches, pain all over, nosebleeds and non restorative sleep. She’s missed loads of school over the last 3 years, stopped sporting activities and dropped PE from school and will be in bed by 8.30 every night, if not before and couldn’t even contemplate a sleepover anymore with friends. Her life changed when she got the vaccine. A few cases you can put down to coincidence but you don’t have to go far to find this is a huge deal, many many many children are reporting the same symptoms after the vaccine. More research is needed...and urgently!

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    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • i agree with this man my daughter was injured from the hpv vaccine at the age of 12 and now is 18 , i have reported this vaccine and and since then i have found hundreds of other mothers in the uk that have daughters just like my own... its not a coincidence that they all got ill with the same side effects that are reported in the leaflet and some side effects that no one is willing to admit is from this vaccine ....... my daughter now has POTs cfs cps and long list of other health issues , she has lost her life, no teenage years of having fun , battling with being bedridden and no one cares ..... this has nothing to do with Donald trump look at the CDC please and see that one day your realise we are telling the truth .. its now upset my daughters periods and i fear for her life ....... my only daughter who was once sporty and fit now bedridden and struggling with life.. Also in America is has won in court that gardisil the hpv vaccine has made girls and boys vaccine injured and here in the uk .. they ignore our requests ......once again open your eyes please

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    Martina Baker

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • It's too bad Harvey is a little on the crazy side because he happens to be right about the HPV vaccine. The trials of the drug were can find that information if you look. Many people have experienced injuries from the vaccine and some of them are permanent. I only know two people who had the vaccine and both of them had serious side effects. The fact that cervical cancer is completely preventable by regular pap smears is never mentioned in the ads or by the doctors pushing this vaccine. The vaccine is a huge money maker... that has caused a lot of deceit.

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    Sue Leake

    Friday, January 26, 2018

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