Did autopsies just show COVID-19 vaccines likely causing deaths in 100% of vaccine myocarditis cases?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Autopsies Show COVID-19 Vaccines Caused Deaths!
People are sharing an article by The Epoch Times which claims or suggests that autopsies just showed COVID-19 vaccines likely causing deaths in 100% of vaccine myocarditis cases!
Here are excerpts from the long, rambling article. Please skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : Autopsies Did Not Show COVID-19 Vaccines Caused Deaths!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created or promoted by anti-vaccine activists, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : An Earlier Version Was Removed By The Lancet
Let me start by pointing out that this study appears to be an “updated” version of an earlier study which was uploaded to Preprints with The Lancet in July 2023.
That earlier study was never published by The Lancet, but was removed because its conclusion was not supported by the methodology, and violated its screening criteria.
Fact #2 : Researchers Did Not Conduct Those Autopsies
To be clear – both studies were basically document reviews. None of the researchers in both studies actually conducted any of the autopsies. This was what the researchers did in the “improved” Hulscher et. al. study (archive):
- search for autopsy reports involving COVID-19 vaccination-induced myocarditis
- filter the 1,691 studies they found to just 14 papers covering 28 autopsies
- three of the authors (Peter McCullough, Roger Hodkinson, and William Makis) then “independently” reviewed the autopsy reports and determined the “causality” of each case
According to Brian Ward, professor of experimental medicine at McGill University, that likely meant the three of them went through the autopsy reports in separate rooms.
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Fact #3 : Many Cases Had Other Likely Causes Of Death
Interestingly, if you go through the summary of those 28 autopsy reports, you will quickly see that some of those cases had other likely causes of death:
Fact #4 : Vaccine Myocarditis Seen Mostly In Young Males
Myocarditis and pericarditis are known but rare side effects of COVID-19 vaccines. It is mostly seen in adolescent and young male adults, and usually within 7 days of receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the US CDC.
It is therefore perplexing that this study suggested that quite a number of very elderly patients died from myocarditis caused by the vaccine. It seems more likely that they developed myocarditis from other causes, or died from other causes.
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Fact #5 : Myocarditis Also Occurs Naturally
I should also point out that myocarditis occurs naturally, usually though viral infections (like flu or the common cold), as well as infections by bacteria, fungus, or parasites.
COVID-19 infections aside, the “baseline” of myocarditis in the general population pre-COVID ranged b between 1 to 10 cases per 100,000 individuals per year (source). Of that, about 2.5% of the non-COVID-19 myocarditis will result in death (source).
In other words, we should expect about 375,000 cases of myocarditis worldwide, with approximately 9,375 deaths per year, in the pre-COVID years.
So is it not possible that some of those 28 deaths mentioned by the Hulscher et. al. study may be due to other non-vaccine causes of myocarditis?
Fact #6 : COVID-19 Myocarditis Is More Common
What the study may not tell you is that COVID-19 is known to cause myocarditis. In fact, the CDC reported in September 2021 that COVID-19 patients have nearly 16X the risk of developing myocarditis:
The risk of dying from COVID-19 myocarditis (13.54% of cases) is also almost 5X higher than non-COVID-19 myocarditis (2.88% of cases), according to a 2022 German study.
If you are worried about dying from myocarditis, well, you should certainly want to avoid getting a COVID-19 infection!
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Fact #8 : Vaccine Benefits Far Outweighs The Risks
Even if we take all those 28 myocarditis cases mentioned in the Hulscher et. al. study at face value, the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination still far outweighs the risk of dying from vaccine myocarditis.
Vaccine myocarditis is rare – the study could only find 28 cases that satisfied its criteria, while myocarditis from COVID-19 infections are far more common.
People suffering from COVID-19 are also almost 5X more likely to die from myocarditis, than people suffering from non-COVID myocarditis (source).
So if you are really worried about myocarditis, or dying from myocarditis, you should definitely get vaccinated against COVID-19!
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