Did 800 people quit the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial, because they died or were injured by the vaccine?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : 800 People Quit Pfizer Trial Over Vaccine Death / Injury!
The Expose is back again, with yet another “expose” on the Pfizer documents.
This time, they claim that a confidential Pfizer document that the FDA was “forced” to publish by court order, revealed that 800 people never completed Phase 1 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, because they either died, suffered a serious adverse event, or withdrew their consent.
Here are excerpts from their article, which is long-winded, so please skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : 800 People Did Not Quit Pfizer Trial Over Vaccine Death / Injury!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists and website, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : The Expose Is A Fake News Website
The Expose is notorious for creating and propagating fake news on everything from COVID-19 to vaccines and the Ukraine war.
I investigated several articles they wrote, and they were all found to be completely false, or intentionally misleading.
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Everything posted by The Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.
Fact #2 : FDA Was Not Forced To Release Pfizer Documents
The Expose falsely claimed that the FDA was forced by a court order to publish / release documents on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.
The truth is – the group, PHMPT (Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency), asked the FDA to send them the Pfizer documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The FDA duly processed and released the first batch of Pfizer documents on November 17, 2021; and released the PHMPT’s priority list by January 31, 2022.
However, the PHMPT was not satisfied with the speed at which the FDA was processing and releasing the documents, so they sued the FDA to force them to deliver 329,000 Pfizer documents in 108 days.
In short – the FDA was already releasing the Pfizer documents. The lawsuit was merely to force them to speed up the process.
Fact #3 : No One Withdrew From Phase 1 Trial
The Expose falsely claimed that the Pfizer document showed that about 800 people quit Phase 1 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
The document that The Expose was referring to is called 125742_S1_M5_5351_c4591001 fa interim discontinued patients.pdf.
It appears that they didn’t read the document properly. The document clearly stated, in the first two pages no less, that no subject withdrew from Phase 1 of the clinical trial.
Fact #4 : There Were Only 42 People In Phase 1
It is hilarious that The Expose would (falsely) claim that about 800 people withdrew from the Phase 1, when only 42 people participated in Phase 1 of the Pfizer clinical trial!
You can confirm this in the December 2020 Pfizer VRBPAC document), which even gave their breakdown :
- Phase 1 of Study C4591001 : 24 received the vaccine, 6 received the placebo
- Phase 1/2 of Study BNT162-01 : 12 received the vaccine
Where did the other 700+ people come from?
Fact #5 : Only 1 Person Withdrew From Phase 2 Trial
Only one person withdrew from Phase 2 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.
That person withdrew because an adverse event was discovered – he/she had stomach cancer, specifically a gastric adenocarcinoma.
Just to be clear, especially for the geniuses at The Expose, you cannot get stomach cancer from any vaccine.
Fact #6 : Adverse Events Are Not Vaccine 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 #7 : Adverse Events Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine
In any clinical trial, scientists look out for common adverse events that may affect the study, or suggest a potential side effect.
The list of adverse events is not specific to the Pfizer vaccine, and was specified before clinical trials even began.
Many of the adverse events mentioned in the document are definitely not caused by the Pfizer vaccine :
- alcohol poisoning
- cerebral infarction
- pulmonary embolism
- transient ischaemic attack
- atherosclerotic disease
- coronary artery occlusion
- congestive heart failure
Fact #8 : AESI List Includes Irrelevant Adverse Events
The list of adverse events used in the Pfizer clinical trial included diseases involving other viruses – Herpes, MERS, Varicella; as well as “exposure to SARS-CoV-2” and other “communicable disease”.
The list also included manufacturing and lab test issues, like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.
Even product supply issues were included – “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.
They are obviously not vaccine side effects, nor related in any way to the performance or safety of the vaccine.
Nevertheless, those “irrelevant” adverse events affects the study. Therefore, subjects with such adverse events will generally be eliminated from the study.
Fact #9 : Many Withdrew From Study For Innocuous Reasons
The Expose falsely claimed that the FDA was desperate to hide this document because it showed that hundreds of people refused to continue in Phase 1 of the Pfizer trial.
Not only did the FDA not try to hide any document for 75 years, no one actually quit Phase 1 of the Pfizer trial.
The Pfizer document has 579 cases of Withdrawal By Subject, and many of them listed innocuous reasons :
- busy work schedule / new job
- family situation / personal reasons
- moved to another town / state / country
- wants to start a family
- transportation issues
In the end, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial enrolled over 43,600 participants.
While 579 cases of withdrawals may sound like a lot, it’s less than 1.5% of the 43,600 people that actually participated in the study.
In other words, for every person who withdrew from the study, 75 other people stayed in the study.
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