Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
460 people have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccines.
17 million people have received their first COVID vaccine dose in the United Kingdom. 600,000 have received their second dose. Last week, a government body released a report based on 73,000 ‘Yellow Cards’ submitted by medical professionals, as well as by members of the public, prior to February 22, 2020. Since multiple side effects may be described by an individual providing a single account, the total tally of post-vaccine symptoms is close to 250,000.
460 people have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, but given that deaths are a normal daily occurrence, we’re told there’s currently no reason to regard these vaccines as anything other than “acceptably safe.” It would be easier to have confidence in that judgment if more data were available. The only included tables in this report about adverse reactions describe a side issue – how many vaccines have been administered in various geographical locales.
A table such as this would have been infinitely more useful, but I had to pull the data from various places and compile it myself:
||estimated doses administered||adverse reports submitted
||total symptoms described
||deaths reported||severe allergic reactions reported
|Oxford AstraZeneca||8.4 million||42,917||157,637||244||150|
We’re advised the “majority” of individuals who died after receiving these vaccines were “elderly people or people with underlying illness.” But we’re given no numbers or percentages. We’re told “most” adverse reactions are linked to the injection site, or are generalized flu-like symptoms. (Curiously, this report lists rapid heartbeat as a flu-like symptom.) We’re told such symptoms “Generally…happen shortly after the vaccination and are not associated with more serious or lasting illness.” That may be true, but no evidence is supplied.
We’re advised that 190 people have suffered a severe allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, and that 150 have a suffered severe allergic reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine, for a total of 340 people. The report describes these incidents as “very rare.” It says “those with a previous history of allergic reactions to the ingredients of the vaccine should not receive it,” but doesn’t enumerate what those ingredients are. It tells us Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis) cases associated with these vaccines are “similar to the expected natural rate,” but neglects to mention what that rate is.
The report ends by directing us to three additional documents which, we’re advised, contain “a complete listing of all suspected adverse reactions.” One addresses the Pfizer vaccine. One addresses AstraZeneca vaccine. The third addresses instances in which the brand of vaccine wasn’t specified. Together, these documents total 140 pages. But they still fail to indicate the age or gender of those who died.
Here’s what they do say:
It’s worth observing that, according to these documents, the cause of most (56%) of these 460 deaths remains a mystery. The demise of 257 individuals is described merely as death, sudden death, and clinical death.
Here are some additional takeaways:
No one should be given any kind of vaccine prior to providing their informed consent. Informed consent means we need to talk about the risks, as well as the expected benefits, in a candid manner.
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