Do mRNA vaccines have 1 in 800 severe adverse event rate?!

Do mRNA vaccines have a severe adverse event rate of 1 in 800 vaccinated people?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2024-01-07 : Updated after these claims went viral again
Originally posted @ 2923-10-08


Claim : mRNA Vaccines Have 1-in-800 Severe Adverse Event Rate!

People are sharing a Twitter (X) post by Leading Report, which suggests that a landmark paper has shown that mRNA vaccines have severe adverse event rates, and is therefore dangerous and should be pulled from the market.

BRAKING: Landmark paper shows the COVID vaccine has a 1/800 severe adverse event rate; in comparison, the swine flu vaccine was pulled from the market for 1/100,000.

This study was also mentioned in a video (example) featuring Bret Weinstein and Tucker Carlson that is circulating on X (formerly Twitter) in January 2024.

17 million deaths from the Covid vaccine? That’s like the death toll of a global war!

– Yes, absolutely, this is a great tragedy of history, it’s of that proportion.

@TuckerCarlson speaks with @BretWeinstein

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Truth : mRNA Vaccines Were Not Proven Dangerous!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about the mRNA vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Study Was Published In September 2022

First, let me just point out that the study in question isn’t new. It was actually published in the journal Vaccine on September 22, 2022, and you can read the full version here.

This study was even mentioned earlier by Dr. Aseem Malhotra in an interview with Joe Rogan several months ago, which you can read here. Perhaps that’s why Leading Report labelled the news as “BRAKING”, instead of “BREAKING”?

Here is an excerpt from the Fraiman, et. al. study:

Serious adverse events of special interest following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination in randomized trials in adults

Fact #2 : The Study Looked At Reported AESI, Not Side Effects

The Fraiman et. al. study 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.

As you can see, the Fraiman et. al. study looked at “serious adverse events“, not side effects.

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Fact #3 : Adverse Events 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, – which may or may not be caused by the vaccine / 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 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”.

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Fact #5 : The Study Used An Expanded Brighton AESI List

At first glance, one may be forgiven for thinking that the Fraiman et. al. study 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

You can clearly see why the Brighton Collaboration refused to include many of those adverse events – they were most definitely not related to COVID-19 vaccine side effects!

In other words – the Fraiman et. al. study was skewed by the inclusion of 29 additional adverse events that were expressly rejected by the Brighton Collaboration.

Fact #6 : Study Did Not Prove mRNA Vaccines Are Dangerous

While Leading Report suggested in its post that the Fraiman et. al. study showed that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are 125X more dangerous than the swine flu vaccine that was withdrawn from the market, that is not the case at all.

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 study. What a waste of time.

More than a year after this study was published, not only have the mRNA vaccines not been withdrawn from the market, improved versions of the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 have been approved! That would hardly be the case, if this was really a landmark study, would it?

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