RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Reports of deaths and serious illnesses occurring after Covid-19 shots have been mounting during the last few months. Those who look at the numbers and historical vaccine injury rates claim that the world has never seen anything like it.
As Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reports, through June 11, 2021, the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), a US Health and Human Services Department division, recorded 358,379 adverse events after vaccinations, including 5,993 deaths and 29,871 serious illnesses.
Anti-vaccine protesters are therefore recommending that before anyone decides to be vaccinated, it may be wise to assess personal insurance and financial ability to handle a serious illness, as pandemic vaccine manufacturers are indemnified against lawsuits.
If someone is harmed by a Covid-19 shot and lives in the U.S., the only recourse is to apply for compensation from the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Act (CICP). Payouts are rare; they cover only lost wages and unpaid medical bills and cannot be appealed.
United States — As of June 11, 2021, the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) had posted 358,379 adverse events, including 5,993 deaths and 29,871 serious injuries. In the 12- to 17-year-old age group, there were 271 serious illnesses and seven deaths. Among pregnant women, there were 2,136 adverse events, including 707 miscarriages or premature births.
Skeptics say that the reported death rate from Covid-19 shots now exceeds the reported death rate of more than 70 vaccines combined over the past 30 years and is about 500 times deadlier than the seasonal flu vaccine, which historically has been the most hazardous.
Tucker is more cautious, saying that the number of deaths following Covid vaccinations is higher than the number of deaths from all vaccinations in the U.S. over the past 15 years.
The Covid-19 shots are also claimed to be five times more dangerous than the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, which had a 25-per-million severe side effect rate. Assuming the Covid-19 shots had the same side effect rate, and assuming some 200 million got the vaccine, the estimated number of people suffering a serious side effect would be about 5,000. Representatives of the anti-vaccine camp say that we have passed that already, as 35,864 people have been seriously injured or killed.
Even though there are nearly 6,000 reported deaths in the VAERS system, this number is likely seriously compromised, vaccine skeptics say. Historically, less than 10% of vaccine side effects are reported to VAERS. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put it even as low as 1%.
Getting the Covid-19 shot immediately places the injected individual at risk of dying from Covid-19, say the skeptics. Most people who have been vaccinated are supposedly far more vulnerable and, as a result, will not take aggressive, proactive measures to avoid dying from pathogenic priming or paradoxical immune enhancement before it is too late.
European Union — In the European Union’s database of adverse drug reactions from Covid-19 shots, called EudraVigilance, there were 1,509,266 reported adverse reactions, including 15,472 deaths as of June 19. EudraVigilance only accepts reports from EU members, so it covers only 27 of the 50 European countries.
Remarkably, about half of all reported illnesses — 753,657 — are listed as “serious,” meaning the injury is life-threatening, requires hospitalization, results in a medically important condition, significant disability, or persistent incapacity.
The U.K. — The British Yellow Card system had received, as of June 9, 2021, 276,867 adverse event reports following Covid-19 vaccination, including 1,332 deaths.
However, so-called ‘fact check” reports made to the British government’s Yellow Card scheme for adverse drug reactions do not necessarily show side-effects of coronavirus vaccines, contrary to claims on social media.
Vaccine critics say the objectivity of these self-appointed fact-checkers is often not guaranteed. In fact, there is no official fact-checking institution accredited by major world institutions.
Israel — According to a report by the Israeli People Committee, a civilian body of health experts, “there has never been a vaccine that has harmed as many people.” For example, Israeli data show boys and men between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been vaccinated have 25 times the rate of myocarditis (heart inflammation) than normal.
Australia — In Australia, two people have died from blood clots after taking AstraZeneca’s Covid-10 shot. Meanwhile, only one person — an elderly woman — has died from Covid-19 this year.
CARLSON TUCKER’S CLAIMS ARE DISPUTED BY SCIENTISTS
Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested that thousands of Americans have died since December because of the Covid-19 vaccines, citing an unverified federal database that has become a breeding ground for anti-vaccine misinformation, say representatives from the pro-vaccination camp.
The comments were the latest in a series of controversial remarks by Carlson raising doubts about the vaccines, which clinical trials and real-world studies have shown both safe and effective, continue the vaccination advocates.
“Between late December 2020 and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID vaccine in the United States — 3,362,” Carlson told millions of viewers during his primetime TV show May 5. “That’s an average of roughly 30 people every day.”
“The actual number is almost certainly higher than that, perhaps vastly higher than that,” he added. “It’s clear that what is happening now, for whatever reason, is not even close to normal.”
Carlson said he cited numbers from the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, an open-source database often misused by anti-vaccine activists to make false claims about vaccine safety. Pro-vaccination experts rejected Carlson’s claim as misleading.
That’s because VAERS data is considered unreliable for drawing causal conclusions. And dying after a vaccine is not the same thing as dying because of the vaccine, stress the advocates.
“It is exceptionally irresponsible for this man to claim that all these are causal associations. It’s wrong,” said Dr. Paul Offit, the chair of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. “He puts people’s lives at risk with bad information during a pandemic.”
VAERS REPORTS ARE UNVERIFIED AND DON’T SHOW CAUSATION, SAY THE ADVOCATES
Unlike other official government sources, which flow through consistent reporting channels and get screened by statisticians and analysts before they are made available to the public, VAERS is an open-access system. The reports submitted are not verified before they become public.
“Anybody can report to it,” Offit said. “If I get a vaccine, or I give my child a vaccine, and I believe that they have turned into the ‘Incredible Hulk,’ then I can write up a one-page report online and submit it, and that then is included. And that’s been done.”
A disclaimer on the VAERS website says the “reports alone cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness,” in part because they “may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.” People accessing the database must click an option that says that they’ve read and understood the disclaimer.
Offit said VAERS works best as “a hypothesis-generating mechanism” that can tip scientists off to issues for further studies, such as the rare cases of blood clots that prompted the agency to recommend a temporary pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In this case, the CDC has analyzed all the death reports among Covid-19 vaccine recipients submitted to VAERS between Dec. 14, 2020, and May 3.
“A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines,” the agency concluded.
To establish causation, scientists need to prove that an adverse event is significantly more common among vaccinated people than unvaccinated people. VAERS doesn’t provide enough data to do that.
All of these arguments against the reliability of VAERS is probably why Carlson asks the following question in his show (watch the video above), “If VAERS has so many known flaws, why haven’t they fixed them long ago?”