Do the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines increase your risks of serious adverse events, hospitalisation, and death?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : mRNA Vaccines Increase Risk Of Death + Injuries
People are sharing a Twitter post and video of Dr. Aseem Malhotra telling Joe Rogan that a reanalysis of Pfizer and Moderna’s original clinical trial data shows that mRNA vaccines INCREASE your risks of serious adverse events, hospitalisations, and death!
Dr. Aseem Malhotra tells Joe Rogan that a reanalysis of Pfizer and Moderna’s original clinical trial data shows that their COVID mRNA vaccines *INCREASE* your risks of serious adverse events, hospitalization, and death:
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Did a study just prove that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines INCREASE risks of serious adverse events?! 😲🤨
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) May 2, 2023
Truth : mRNA Vaccines Not Proven To Increase Risk Of Death + Injuries
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : The Study Was Published In September 2022
The study that Dr. Aseem Malhotra was referring is called “Serious adverse events of special interest following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination in randomized trials in adults“.
It was published in the journal Vaccine on September 22, 2022, and you can read the full version here.
Fact #2 : The Article Looked At Reported AESI
The article looked at Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) reported in the original Phase 3 trials of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines from 2020. It’s short, so I’m reproducing the results here for your convenience:
Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with an excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest of 10.1 and 15.1 per 10,000 vaccinated over placebo baselines of 17.6 and 42.2 (95 % CI -0.4 to 20.6 and -3.6 to 33.8), respectively.
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Fact #3 : Adverse Events Of Special Interest Are Not Necessarily Side Effects
I should now point out that Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) are not necessarily vaccine side effects. That’s why they are called “adverse events” and not “side effects”.
Adverse events are “unfavourable” or “unintended” events that happen after vaccination or taking a drug, like having an anaphylactic reaction or getting into a car accident.
All reported adverse events have to be investigated to find out if they are related (anaphylactic reaction) or not (getting into a car accident) to the vaccine or drug that was taken.
Even if an adverse event was “possibly caused” by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.
Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.
Fact #4 : Brighton AESI List Is More Specific
Unlike the much wider infamous AESI list of 1,291 adverse events used by Pfizer, the priority AESI list from the Brighton Collaboration is much more specific. You can download the December 2020 version here (PDF).
While the Brighton Collaboration AESI list is more specific, it includes adverse events that may not be related to the vaccine itself. As stated at the top of its Executive Summary on Page 4, the AESI list was created based on:
- known association with immunization or a specific vaccine platform;
- theoretical association based on animal models;
- occurrence during wild-type disease as a result of viral replication and/or immunopathogenesis.
As noted in Fact #3, these adverse events are not necessarily vaccine side effects. Again, that’s why they are called “adverse events”, and not “side effects”.
Fact #5 : The Study Used An Expanded Brighton AESI List
At first glance, one may be forgiven for thinking that the authors used the more specific Brighton Collaboration AESI list.
However, they actually expanded the Brighton list with 29 additional adverse events that the Brighton Collaboration rejected because they were “known to have been reported but not in sufficient numbers to merit inclusion on the AESI list“.
The 29 additional adverse events (see Page 8) that Brighton Collaboration declined to include in the priority list, but the authors added anyway include adverse events like:
- abscess, alopecia, conjunctivitis, mania, psychosis
- breast milk, ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy, neonatal diagnoses, foetal diagnoses
- host-specific diagnoses not related to pregnancy : geriatric, HIV
In other words – the results in the article were skewed by the inclusion of 29 additional adverse events that were expressly rejected by the Brighton Collaboration.
Fact #6 : The Study Proved Nothing
Dr. Aseem Malhotra wondered why this study did not pause vaccinations. Well, it’s simple – this study is not “the highest quality of scientific evidence” as claimed.
The study offered ZERO EVIDENCE that the mRNA vaccines increased the risk of death or hospitalisation or injury. Neither did it show that the risks of getting the mRNA vaccines exceeded its benefits.
There is already a lot of data on actual, proven COVID-19 vaccine side effects, after more than 20 months of vaccinations (from December 2020 until September 2022). If they wanted to prove that the mRNA vaccines are dangerous, they could have reanalysed the original Phase 3 trial data using proven serious side effects, not serious adverse events.
Unfortunately, they chose to use adverse events instead of side effects, and ended up proving nothing in their article. What a waste of time.
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