American cardiologist Doctor Peter McCullough has defended Novak Djokovic's vaccine stance as he claims the COVID-19 vaccines can cause heart damage. Djokovic, 35, hasn't been vaccinated against COVID-19 and he is danger of missing out on the US Open because of his vaccination status.
As per the current US vaccine laws, foreigners have to show the proof of vaccination upon entering the country. "The COVID-19 vaccines, all of them, in the medical literature, there are over 200 papers, they all cause heart damage and that is the last thing that an athlete can possibly risk," Doctor McCullough said in a conversation with Dave Martin on NTD News, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"Heart damage can lead to heart failure or tragically, sudden death. He has clearly made the right choice and the vaccine injuries extend beyond the heart. There can be damage to the sleketal muscle, the nerves, the brain, so much of what an elite tennis player is, is at risk when they take a COVID-19 vaccine."
McCullough defends Djokovic's vaccine stance
"They shouldn't have any more restrictions than the general public.
There was a paper published from NCAA athletes on testing that was done on a routine basis. The athletes have a lower rate of COVID-19 than the general student population," Doctor McCullough added. Meanwhile, Djokovic is currently resting after winning Wimbledon.
Djokovic could be out until the fall as there is a strong chance he won't be allowed to compete at the Masters events in Montreal and Cincinnati, as well as the US Open. After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic confirmed he does not plan on taking the vaccine before the US Open.
Also, Djokovic made it clear he does not plan on forcing his entry into the United States. “I’m not going to go to America if I don’t have permission, so the Australian saga for me was not pleasant at all,” Djokovic said.