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Dermot O’Leary involved in heated clash with anti-vaxxer guest on This Morning

Mirror logo Mirror 01/06/2021 Jamie Roberts

Dermot O'Leary was involved in a heated clash on This Morning on Monday after a guess refused to agree the the Covid vaccine was a good idea.

The 48-year-old presenter was discussing the effectiveness of the vaccine with guest Beverley Turner when the pair became embroiled in a feisty debate.

TV and radio presenter Bev, 47, was adamant that the injection wasn't effective and commented that younger people should reject the jab.

She claimed: "It does not stop you catching or passing on the virus."

But Dermot fired back sternly: "It does."

He said: "The finest minds of science have - in an extraordinary short amount of time - come up with this vaccine. It's proven it's working, statistically. Why are you so cynical?"

Dermot O'Leary looking at the camera: Dermot O'Leary vaccines © ITV Dermot O'Leary vaccines

And she retorted that she was cautious as there was "no long-term data".

Disgruntled Dermot continued: "We don't have a chance to have long-term data because we have this virus that's killing people around the whole world.

"We don't have that luxury, surely. Why are you so sceptical about the whole thing?"


Video: Dermot O'Leary And Bev Turner Clash Over Vaccine Beliefs On This Morning As Panel Descends Into Chaos (Manchester Evening News)

To which Bev replied: "Because of the fact, there's a 99.8 per cent survival rate from Covid-19. The average age of death is 82."

Clearly incensed, Dermot queried whether the public shouldn't car about older people.

Beverley admitted that older lives are important too but called the vaccine a "trial drug".

"This jab is not a vaccine by any traditional definition," she told the host.

"It doesn't stop you catching Sars CoV-2, it doesn't stop you transmitting it."

As other guests on the sofa got involved, Matthew Wright slammed Beverley for being "massively irresponsible".

a woman sitting on a couch: This Morning Covid Vaccine © ITV This Morning Covid Vaccine

It was Matthew's turn to get riled by the comments and Dermot had to call a halt to the discussion before tempers flared further.

Fans of the show took to Twitter to share their appreciation of Dermot and Matthew, with one writing: "Good to see antivaxer Beverley getting a hard time for once. Go Dermot and Matthew!!"

Beverley isn't one to hold back on her thoughts and was previously blocked on the social media platform by Piers Morgan after insisting she wouldn't clap for Captain Tom Moore.

At the time, she tweeted: "Sir Tom Moore and his family did a brilliant job of raising £ for the nhs.

"It's great that he lived to 100! It's awesome that he got one last fab holiday.

"But I'm not clapping in the St to maintain the fear that imminent death is all around & we're all in this together. We're not."

This Mornings airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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