"Doctor" behind vaccination open letter also pens down disparaging remarks against Islam

Jun 30, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership

The man behind an open letter calling for vaccination of children to be halted is also the author behind several Facebook posts that made incendiary comments against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Dr Kho was part of a group of five medical professionals that wanted the Government to have a "short delay" of a few weeks in administering Singapore's "massive" and "most aggressive mRNA programme" for boys in the world, to allow more "high quality data" on the possible fatal effects of mRNA vaccines in youth to emerge from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other global bodies.

The individuals were referring to CDC's investigations into the death of a 13-year-old boy there. The child died following his second dose of mRNA vaccination.

Disparaging remarks against Islam

Dr Kho in a Facebook post in 2016 insinuated that Prophet Muhammad was a pedophile.

In another post in 2019, he called the Prophet a puppet of "Allah".

Most recently in November last year and February this year, he alluded to Islam as a religion of violence.

It is not known if police reports have been made against Dr Kho.

Dr Kho's credibility as a medical professional questioned

The new letter that circulated over the weekend and is published on the Facebook page of Dr Kho was also undersigned by Dr Wong Wui Min, a cardiologist and heart specialist at WM Wong Cardiac and Medical Clinic in Gleneagles Hospital.

A search of public records on Monday revealed that the other signatories were Dr Chia Ai Mian, Dr Louis Loo Wee Ping and Dr Yang Ing Woei.

Dr Kho's medical registration could not be found in public records.

Much of Dr Kho's background is not known and his credibility is now being questioned.

Dr Kho was also part of a group of 12 doctors who wrote an open letter addressing parents and asking them to carefully consider before choosing messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccination for their children.

Subsequently, 11 out of 12 doctors who signed this letter retracted their signatures.

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.