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Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Must Know!

Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Must Know!

Here is what you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids!

 

Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

On 17 May 2022, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids.

This Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for kids is different from the COVID-19 booster dose for older children and adults in many ways, so let me summarise the key differences…

Lower Paediatric Dose

The dose of the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is only 10 micrograms (mcg). This is 1/3 of the dose used for adults and adolescents.

5-Month Dose Interval

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is meant to be administered at least 5 months after the primary series is administered.

It does not mean your child must receive the booster dose exactly five months after completing the primary series. It just means the earliest your child should receive the booster dose is five months after receiving the primary series vaccine doses.

4th Dose For Some

For most children – the primary series consists of two doses, so the booster dose will be their third dose.

However, certain children are given three doses as their primary series vaccination :

  • who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or
  • who have been diagnosed with conditions that have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

For these children, the booster dose will be their fourth dose of the vaccine.

10-Dose Vial

The booster dose for 5-11 years old kids uses the same Pfizer paediatric vaccine used in their primary series vaccination.

It is supplied in a 10-dose vial, with an orange cap and a label with an orange border, to differentiate from the higher-dose vaccine used for adults and adolescents.

Must Be Diluted Before Use

The content of the vial must be diluted with 1.3 ml of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride, to derive 10 doses of 0.2 ml in volume.

Healthcare workers must be aware of this dilution requirement, as the newer Pfizer vaccine with a gray cap (for individuals 12 years and older) no longer requires dilution.

Smaller Intramuscular Injection

The Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection. This is a smaller volume than the adult booster dose – 0.3 ml.

So parents should be aware that the paediatric booster dose has a lower volume, when observing their children’s vaccinations.

More Stable Formulation

The Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine, which is used for the booster dose, has an improved formulation that is more stable. For those who want to know what changed, Pfizer :

  • replaced the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with a Tris buffer
  • removed sodium chloride and potassium chloride from the buffer formulation

This improved formulation allows the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 10 weeks, instead of just 4 weeks.

In addition, it will last longer – 12 hours, instead of just 2 hours – at room temperature (up to 25°C / 77°F), after being thawed.

Read more : Did Pfizer add heart attack drug to COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

9 Month Expiry Date

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has a 9-month expiry date, from the printed manufacturing date.

Printed
Manufacturing
Date
9-Month
Expiry Date
09/2021 31 May 2022
10/2021 30 June 2022
11/2021 31 July 2022
12/2021 31 August 2022
01/2022 30 September 2022
02/2022 31 October 2022
03/2022 30 November 2022
04/2022 31 December 2022
05/2022 31 January 2023

Mild Side Effects

The US FDA authorised the booster dose based on safety data from approximately 400 children who received the booster dose 5-9 months after completing their two-dose primary series.

They noted that the commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain and chills and fever.

This should be no different from the original safety data, which showed that the lower dose produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted. They were mostly :

  • pain at injection site : 71-74%
  • headache : 54-61%
  • fatigue : 60-66%
  • muscle pain : 27-41%
  • chills : 25-40%
  • joint pain : 13-22%
  • fever : 7-17%

Side note : It is interesting to note that even the placebo causes common symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle pain. This shows just how important it is to conduct a randomised controlled trial.

Safer Than Adult Dose

The much lower dose appears to ameliorate, if not eliminate, the risk of myocarditis / pericarditis that was highest in adolescents and young adults.

There were no cases of pericarditis or myocarditis in the initial Pfizer study that involved over 2,260 children, through approximately 3 months of follow-up after Dose 2.

After 8.7 million doses were administered in the US (up to 19 December 2021), the US CDC noted that :

  • VAERS received 4,249 adverse event reports (0.049% of doses)
  • 4,149 (97.6%) of those adverse events were not serious
  • Of the remaining 100 serious adverse events, 29 were fever, 21 were vomiting, and 15 were increased troponin.
  • Only 11 verified cases of myocarditis were identified – 7 recovered completely, and 4 were recovering at the time of the report.

Based on those results, the risk of myocarditis was 1 in 791,000 doses – much lower than the risk of myocarditis in young adults (1 in 50,000).

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Paediatric Dose)
2.5 -87%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer Booster Dose : Should Your 5-11 Yo Kids Get It?

While the US FDA did not reveal how much of a boost in antibody the Pfizer booster dose will give your 5-11 year old children, there is a definite boost in antibody level.

That said, antibody levels are not an accurate assessment of an individual’s immunity against COVID-19.

Studies have shown that additional vaccine doses induces the memory B cell and T cell responses to an actual COVID-19 infection.

While that may not prevent infection, especially by the highly-infectious Omicron variants, the improved B cell and T cell responses will greatly reduce the severity of any COVID-19 infection.

Therefore, I would definitely recommend giving your kids the Pfizer booster dose, if it is made available to them.

 

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US FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids!

The US FDA just authorised the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know…

 

US FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 17 May 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) authorised the use of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids.

This booster dose is to be given at least 5 months after the primary series of two doses is given.

This follows the US FDA approval of a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year old kids on 3 January 2022.

FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. said :

While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer term effects, even following initially mild disease.

The FDA is authorizing the use of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age to provide continued protection against COVID-19. Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and its severe consequences, and it is safe.

If your child is eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and has not yet received their primary series, getting them vaccinated can help protect them from the potentially severe consequences that can occur, such as hospitalization and death.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

Why US FDA Approved Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids

The US FDA approved the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids based on their analysis of the immune response data in a subset of children from the ongoing randomised placebo-controlled trial that supported the earlier October 2021 approval of the vaccine for this age group.

Increased Antibody Levels

The antibody response of 67 study participants who received the booster dose 7-9 months after completing their primary series vaccination, were evaluated, and found to increase antibody levels one month after receiving the booster dose.

Safety

The US FDA also assessed the safety of the booster dose in approximately 400 children who received the booster dose 5-9 months after completing their primary series vaccination.

The most commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, and chills and fever.

Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said :

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is effective in helping to prevent the most severe consequences of COVID-19 in individuals 5 years of age and older.

Since authorizing the vaccine for children down to 5 years of age in October 2021, emerging data suggest that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 wanes after the second dose of the vaccine in all authorized populations.

The FDA has determined that the known and potential benefits of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completing a primary series outweigh its known and potential risks and that a booster dose can help provide continued protection against COVID-19 in this and older age groups.

 

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Did Italian Court Rule Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional?!

Did an Italian court rule that vaccine mandates are unconstitutional because fatal side effects are too risky?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Italian Court Ruled Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional!

People are sharing articles from websites like News Punch, claiming that an Italian court just ruled vaccine mandates as unconstitutional, because their fatal side effects are too risky!

The article includes a transcript from a RAIR Foundation USA video. It is rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

Italian Court Rules Vaccine Mandates Unconstitutional: ‘Fatal Side Effects Too Risky’

An Italian court has ruled that Italy’s mandatory Covid vaccination program is ‘unconstitutional’ due to the “serious or fatal adverse effects” posed by the experimental jabs.

Sicily’s Court of Administrative Justice stated that any death due to the jab is enough to render the mandate completely illegal in Italy.

 

Truth : Italian Court Did NOT Rule Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that anti-vaccination activists are concocting to mislead people about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Italy Only Has A Limited Vaccine Mandate

First, I need to point out that Italy only has a limited vaccine mandate.

Since 15 October 2021, it has been mandatory for workers in both private and public sectors, who are 50 years and older, to present a valid COVID pass.

This does not affect younger employees, and is not exactly a vaccine mandate, because the COVID pass only requires :

  • at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, OR
  • proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the previous 48 hours, OR
  • proof of having recently recovered from COVID-19.

Technically, you can refuse to get the vaccine and receive the COVID pass, as long as you keep testing negative for COVID-19.

Read more : EU Digital COVID Certificate – A Comedy Of Errors!

Fact #2 : Italian Court Did Not Rule Vaccine Mandate Unconstitutional

If you translate the court judgement to English, you will quickly realise that the Italian court did not rule the vaccine mandate as unconstitutional.

In fact, the court document clearly states that the judge suspended the trial, and sent the documents to the Italian Constitutional Court for their decision instead.

Fact #3 : Italian Court Did Not Call Vaccine Side Effects Too Risky

The Italian court certainly did not claim that the “fatal side effects” of the vaccine are “too risky”.

In fact, the court document pointed out that “undoubtedly, most of the side effects, listed in the database, show modest and transient symptoms”.

Fact #4 : Court Photo Was From 2013

The picture that is often used to convey the “importance” of this court finding was misappropriate, and does not show the Administrative Justice Court for Sicily.

That is a local court for Sicily, which has a single judge. The presiding judge for this case was Maria Abbruzzese.

The photo was actually taken in Rome, on 1 August 2013, and shows Chief Justice Antonio Esposito of the Italian Supreme Court reading the verdict of the Mediaset trial involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Fact #5 : Correlation Is Not Causation

I also have to point out that correlation does not imply causation. In other words, just because something after vaccination, it does not mean it was caused by the vaccine.

For example, if you get pregnant after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, does it mean that the vaccine made you pregnant? Of course, not.

There is also the fact that many events can result in the same “side effect”.

For example, the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are known to cause anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) in rare cases. However, anaphylactic reactions can also occur due to a peanut allergy or a bee sting.

That is why every reported case must be examined to determine if it is actually related to the vaccine.

Fact #6 : EudraVigilance Data Have Yet To Be Verified 

The EudraVigilance system is not an open system like VAERS, or the UK Yellow Card system, which makes it less susceptible to abuse.

However, EudraVigilance data and reports cannot be considered “evidence” of side effects of any particular drug or vaccine, because :

  • they may contain duplicated information and/or reports
  • the reported event may be caused by an illness, like a COVID-19 infection for example,
  • the reported event may be caused by a different drug taken by the patient at the same time
  • they have not been assessed by the EMA to ascertain if it’s even “biologically plausible”

In fact, the EudraVigilance website specifically warns against using their data as “evidence” of a drug / vaccine’s side effects :

The information on this website relates to suspected side effects , i.e. medical events that have been observed following the use of a medicine, but which are not necessarily related to or caused by the medicine.

Information on suspected side effects should not be interpreted as meaning that the medicine or the active substance causes the observed effect or is unsafe to use. Only a detailed evaluation and scientific assessment of all available data allows for robust conclusions to be drawn on the benefits and risks of a medicine.

They even created a dedicated page on COVID-19 vaccines to warn against using their data to draw any conclusions about a vaccine’s side effects.

Fact #7 : Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

Irrespective of what’s argued in any court, the approved COVID-19 vaccines have all been proven safe and effective.

Not only did they undergo and passed very large clinical trials, almost 12 billion doses have been administered worldwide in the past 1.5 years.

Despite scaremongering by anti-vaccination activists, ongoing pharmacovigilance monitoring show that they are safe and effective for the vast majority of people who received them.

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Infections Are Far Riskier Than Vaccines

In addition to the aforementioned anaphylaxis risk, pharmacovigilance surveillance picked up rare severe side effects like VITT, myocarditis and pericarditis.

But what anti-vaccination activists don’t tell you is that COVID-19 infections cause similar side effects, but at much higher rates.

Take myocarditis for example. Anti-vaccination activists love to tell us how they put our children’s lives at risk. But they conveniently leave out the fact that your child is hundreds of times more likely to develop myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection than from three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine!

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

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Pfizer Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects?!

Was Pfizer forced to disclose 9 pages proving that their COVID-19 vaccine has 1,291 side effects?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-04-20 : Added a new variant of the story, and corrected several minor mistakes.
Originally posted @ 2022-03-11

 

Claim : Pfizer Was Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects!

This warning from China has gone viral, claiming that after the FDA lost their court case, Pfizer was forced to release vaccine documents that would have been kept secret for 55 years!

And amongst those documents are 9 pages of proof that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has 1,291 side effect!

It’s a long read, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

Congratulations to those who have not been vaccinated!
Your persistence is absolutely wise and correct!

FDA loses case! Pfizer forced to disclose vaccine data! 9 pages of side effects! The whole network is stunned…

 

Truth : Pfizer Was NOT Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news created and propagated by Chinese netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : FDA Did Not Lose Their Case

The FDA did not lose the case brought by PHMPT (Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency) – the group requesting the data that the FDA used to licence the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The PHMPT demanded that the FDA redact and release 329,000 pages of documents within 108 days, which would require them to process over 91,000 pages per month.

The FDA had been processing the documents at a rate of almost 5,000 pages per month, and had already released 7 of the 8 priority items by 31 January 2022.

On 6 January 2022, US District Judge Mark Pittman ordered a compromise, noting that “the Court recognises the “unduly burdensome” challenges that this FOIA request may present to the FDA“.

  • The FDA will produce “more than 12,000 pages” as it proposed, by 31 January 2022.
  • The FDA will produce the remaining documents at a rate of 55,000 pages per month, starting 1 March 2022.

Granted, the FDA did not win the right to continue processing at their own pace, but neither did the judge agree to let PHMPT force the FDA to deliver all documents within 108 days. It was ultimately a compromise.

Fact #2 : FDA Did Not Try To Suppress Pfizer Trial Data

This is a completely bogus claim, which I fact checked last year. The FDA did not ask to suppress data from the Pfizer mRNA vaccine trial.

That was the “interpretation” of Aaron Siri, the lawyer working for PHMPT. The truth is – the FDA was already releasing documents to PHMPT.

They not only released more than 12,000 pages of the requested 329,000 pages by end of January 2022, they were on track to deliver the remaining documents in about 5 years.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : There Is No Pfizer Report To Be Released In 2085

The fake story falsely claimed that Pfizer was forced to release a document that was “originally scheduled to be released in 2085”.

There is no such Pfizer report. Neither is Pfizer expected to produce a report for release in the year 2085.

Those documents belong to the FDA, and that is why it is the FDA that has to process, redact and release the documents, not Pfizer.

Fact #4 : Pfizer Document Was Released In November 2021

The Pfizer document that the fake story was referring to is “5.3.6 postmarketing experience.pdf“.

As the PHMPT themselves noted, it was part of the first batch of five Pfizer documents released to them on 17 November 2021.

It apparently took them more than 3 months to read through those 5 documents, and “discover” the 9 pages listing some 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

It not only proves that the FDA was right about how much time it takes to read these documents, it also shows that the PHMPT does not really need all 329,000 documents within 108 days.

It took the PHMPT almost that long just to read 5 documents! At this rate, it will take them some 16,450 years to read all 329,000 pages they demanded…

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #5 : Pfizer Document Did Not Reveal 1,291 Side Effects

The fake story falsely claimed that the first batch of Pfizer documents included 9 pages of side effects.

There are nine pages of potential “adverse events” listed in the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI).

However, that was NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

Rather, that was a list of 1,291 potential adverse events that Pfizer was specifically looking for in the reports of adverse events.

Think of it as a shopping list of adverse events that everyone agreed that Pfizer should be looking out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, scientists still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Fact #6 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects

I should now point out that adverse events are 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.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #7 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine

The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. It’s actually stated on Page 16 of the document.

The company’s AESI list takes into consideration the lists of AESIs from the following expert groups and regulatory authorities: Brighton Collaboration (SPEAC), ACCESS protocol, US CDC (preliminary list of AESI for VAERS surveillance), MHRA (unpublished guideline).

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

These AESIs are usually specified before clinical trials even begin, although new ones may be added later. Hence, a generic list is used.

Fact #8 : AESI List Includes Irrelevant Adverse Events

We know that this is a generic AESI list, because it 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.

Fact #9 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns

The fake story falsely claimed that the document showed that the Pfizer vaccine caused 1,200 deaths.

If you read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, you will see that the data :

  • did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
  • support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine

In other words – the Pfizer document pointed out that despite looking for 1,291 potential dangers, they found no new risks from the vaccine.

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Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients To Get Second Booster Dose!

Sinovac and Sinopharm recipients will be allowed to get a second booster dose!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients To Get Second Booster Dose!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they will offer a second booster dose to high-risk individuals, to improve their protection against COVID-19!

In addition, they will also offer recipients of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines the opportunity to get a second booster dose.

The second booster dose will be the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 1 month after the first booster dose for Sinovac / SInopharm recipients.

This second booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your vaccination status will not change, whether you take the second booster dose or not.

However, it will facilitate overseas travel for Sinovac and Sinopharm recipients because many countries do not recognise either vaccines.

Read more : Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

 

Should Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients Get Second Booster Dose?

If you are a Sinovac or Sinopharm recipient and need to travel overseas, you should definitely get the second booster dose.

Both vaccines have been EUA-qualified by the WHO. However, quite a number of countries do not recognise the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, due to their lower efficacy.

The massive RECoVaM study, for example, showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s limited efficacy quickly waned after just 2 months. And that wasn’t even against the highly-contagious Omicron variant.

Even Sinovac recipients who receive a Pfizer booster dose may not obtain sufficient protection against the Omicron variant. A recent Yale University study showed that Sinovac vaccine recipients will require TWO Pfizer booster doses, to adequately protect against the Omicron variant.

So if you have the opportunity to get the second booster dose, take it. Even if the country you intend to visit recognises the Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine, you will better protect yourself against COVID-19 by getting the second booster dose.

 

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COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!

Malaysia will offer the COVID-19 booster dose to high-risk adolescents!

Here is what you need to know…

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that high-risk adolescents will be offered the COVID-19 booster dose.

The COVID-19 booster dose will be made available to individuals 12 to 17 years old, who are moderately or severely immunocompromised :

  • Cancer patients
  • Organ transplant patients who undergo immunosuppressive therapy
  • Long-term haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis patients
  • Other conditions or illnesses that are categorised as moderate or severe immunocompromised

The COVID-19 booster dose that will be used is the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 28 days after the second dose of the primary series vaccine.

This booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your children’s vaccination status will not change, whether they take the booster dose or not.

Read more : Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

 

Why COVID-19 Booster Dose For High-Risk Adolescents?

While this booster dose is completely optional, I would highly recommend that those who qualify should take it.

Vaccines have reduced efficacy in immunocompromised individuals, because their immune system is less able to react to the antigens presented by the vaccine.

Therefore, immunocompromised individuals generally require an additional dose, just to obtain the same protection as people with normal immunity.

Immunocompromised adolescents would definitely have lower protection from the primary series COVID-19 vaccination, and should take this booster dose.

 

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Pfizer Hired 1,800 To Process 158K Vaccine Reports! Should We Worry?

A Pfizer document showed that they hired 600 to 1,800 extra staff to process over 158,000 vaccine adverse event reports!

Find out if it’s really something to worry about!

 

Pfizer Hired 600 To 1,800 Staff To Process 158K Vaccine Reports?

The Epoch Times joined Children’s Health Defense (CHD) in “revisiting” the bombshell Pfizer document with the infamous 9 pages of adverse events.

This time, they claim to have discovered that Pfizer hired 600 to 1,800 extra full-time employees just to process 158,000 vaccine adverse event reports!

It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the truth…

Pfizer Hired 600 Employees Due To ‘Large Increase of Adverse Event Reports’

Pfizer hired 600 employees in the months after its COVID-19 vaccine was authorized in the United States due to the “large increase” of reports of side effects linked to the vaccine, according to a document prepared by the company.

Pfizer has “taken a multiple actions to help alleviate the large increase of adverse event reports,” according to the document. “This includes significant technology enhancements, and process and workflow solutions, as well as increasing the number of data entry and case processing colleagues.”

 

Pfizer Hired 1,800 To Process 158K Vaccine Reports! Should We Worry?

The Epoch Times tries to frame their coverage as somewhat neutral, but it’s not only somewhat inaccurate, it’s also misleading.

Let’s take a look at the facts…

Fact #1 : FDA Released Document On 17 November 2021

The Epoch Times claimed that the “document was not made public until the Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency sued the FDA“.

That’s factually untrue, as the FDA released that particular document on 17 November 2021, in the very first batch of documents released to PHMPT.

Notably, this document was amongst five batches of documents the FDA released to the PHMPT before the court ruling.

Fact #2 : FDA Could Have Delivered Documents Within 6 Years

All FOIA requests to the FDA are processed by their Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) – a small department with just ten employees, of which only seven people are trained to process FOIA requests.

The FDA has to process 400 other pending requests, not just the PHMPT. So it has a long-standing policy to process FOIA requests in 500-page blocks.

The FDA asked PHMPT to narrow their request by specifying records they don’t require, so they can focus on processing the important documents they need.

The PHMPT, however, insisted that the FDA process and deliver ALL documents related to the approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – some 329,000 pages!

Their ridiculous request, which included irrelevant documents, would therefore take 75 years IF one assumes that the FDA is capable of only 500 pages a month.

But see – the FDA actually said that they process in blocks of 500 pages, not 500 pages a month. In fact, they were able to deliver 12,000 pages in January 2022 alone.

On average, they were processing close to 5,000 pages per month for the PHMPT, which would mean that they could have finished delivering all 329,000 pages in 5.5 years.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : There Were Only Three New Pieces Of Information

Next, I should point out that the FDA only redacted three pieces of information in that “bombshell” Pfizer document (highlighted in red) :

  • To date, Pfizer has onboarded approximately 600 additional full time employees (FTEs).
  • More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.
  • It is estimated that approximately 126,212,580 doses of BNT162b2 were shipped worldwide from the receipt of the first temporary authorisation for emergency supply on 01 December 2020 through 28 February 2021.

That’s it. Nothing else was redacted in the original release. Not even the 9 pages of 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

Even without the actual figures, you can already tell from the original (redacted) document that Pfizer was increasing manpower to cope with an unexpected amount of adverse event reports.

Fact #4 : Nothing Shocking Hiring 1800 Extra Employees

The Epoch Times seem to think that it’s shocking that Pfizer hired 600 to 1800 extra employees to process the adverse event reports. What exactly is shocking about that?

As Pfizer explained in Page 6, they increased the number of full-time employees to ensure that all adverse events would be expeditiously processed.

What would be really shocking is if Pfizer tried to delay processing these adverse event reports, by refusing to hire more people.

I’m shocked that The Epoch Times was shocked that Pfizer would do the right thing by increasing manpower to expeditiously process these adverse event reports.

Would the CHD really prefer that Pfizer not increase manpower, and slow-walk the adverse event reports? That would be shocking indeed…

Fact #5 : More Shots, More Publicity = More Adverse Events

The Epoch Times stated that adverse event reports to VAERS “spiked since the vaccines were first cleared“, demonstrating their shocking ignorance after more than a year of public vaccinations.

The number of reported adverse events increases with the number of vaccine doses administered, and with the amount of publicity about potential side effects.

In fact, the adverse event reports are far more likely to be exaggerated, due to the overwhelming amount of public misinformation on the Internet.

In Page 5 of the document, Pfizer themselves pointed out that “the spontaneous reporting system yields reporting proportions not incidence rate“, and is influenced by “awareness” and “litigation“.

In other words, the high number of adverse event reports is likely due to the overwhelming amount of trepidation (and potentially abuse) driven by public misinformation.

Due to greater “awareness”, more people are reporting adverse events to open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card, even if they are unrelated to the vaccine.

Read more : Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Fact #6 : 42,000 Adverse Event Reports Are Not Shocking

While Pfizer may have been caught off-guard by the number of reported adverse events, having 42,000 people reporting some sort of adverse event to open reporting systems isn’t shocking.

The same Pfizer document pointed out that 126 million doses were delivered. Even if just half were administered, that would mean that only 0.068% of vaccine recipients reported any adverse event.

Because vaccines, by nature, trigger our immune system to react to antigens and produce antibodies, they cause side effects like fever, muscle ache, headache, etc. in almost everyone.

You would expect millions of people to report them as as adverse events. But only 42,086 people actually did.

Even if we assume all of those 42,086 reports were genuine, and not falsely reported, that’s hardly shocking.

Fact #7 : Adverse Events Are Not Vaccine Side Effects

As Pfizer noted in Page 6, the large number of adverse event reports (AERs) do not necessarily mean that they are actually caused by the vaccine.

In fact, open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card are notably open to abuse, and false reporting.

That’s why all reported adverse events must be investigated to find out if they are caused by the vaccine (anaphylactic reaction), or not (getting into a car accident).

Even if an adverse event could “potentially” be 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.

In other words – the adverse events in the Pfizer vaccine document are not vaccine side effects, until proven otherwise.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #8 : Majority Of Adverse Events Were Not Serious

What the Epoch Times did not mention is that the majority of reported adverse events were not serious. In fact, they were what you would expect from ANY vaccination :

  • Headache : 24.1%
  • Fever : 18.2%
  • Fatigue : 17.4%
  • Chills : 13.1%
  • Vaccination site pain : 12.3%
  • Nausea : 12.3%
  • Myalgia (muscle pain) : 11.7%

And that’s before any effort was even made to determine if they were actually caused by the vaccine, and not caused by a concomitant infection or pre-existing disease, for example.

Fact #9 : No New Safety Concerns Despite 158K Adverse Event Reports

Despite 42,086 people reporting over 158 thousand adverse events, Pfizer’s investigation showed that the “data do not reveal any novel safety concerns or risks“.

Pfizer could only confirm that anaphylaxis is an important risk of the COMIRNATY vaccine.

In other words – the 158K adverse events were weighed, measured… and found wanting. There was NO NEW SAFETY CONCERN with the vaccine!

The Epoch Times is correct in pointing out that heart inflammation, blood clots and anaphylaxis have been linked to COVID-19 vaccines, but interestingly, did not mention that :

  • those risks apply to different vaccines
  • those risks differ according to age groups
  • those risks are rare
  • those risks can be mitigated or treated
  • those risks are far MORE COMMON with COVID-19 infections

Fact #10 : 10K New Pages Were Released

What’s really shocking is that both The Epoch Times and the CHD had to “recycle” this document which was released in the very first batch back in November 2021.

Could they not find anything new to gripe about after digging through the latest batch of 10,000 new pages released by the FDA?

Perhaps actual evidence of Pfizer bribing the FDA with $2.8 million?

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

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Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Vaccine Injury Reports?!

Did Pfizer hire 600+ people to process over 158,000 vaccine injury reports?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what’s really going on!

 

Claim : Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Vaccine Injury Reports!

The Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is taking another swing at the Pfizer documents.

This time, they claim to have discovered that Pfizer hired 600 extra full-time employees just to process 158,000 vaccine injury reports!

It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the truth…

Pfizer Hired 600+ People to Process Vaccine Injury Reports, Documents Reveal

Pfizer hired about 600 additional full-time employees to process adverse event reports during the three months following the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, newly released documents reveal.

According to the documents, Pfizer said, “More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.”

 

Truth : Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Adverse Event Reports

This is yet another hatchet job by the Children’s Health Defense, and here are the reasons why this is just more anti-vaccination misinformation.

Fact #1 : FDA Released Unredacted Document

First, it is important to set the stage, so to speak.

The FDA has to go through each page, and redact any potentially confidential information, before releasing it under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The document in question was released with some information redacted in the first batch of Pfizer documents released on 17 November 2021.

The FDA then released the same document completely unredacted, as part of 10,000 pages released on 1 April 2022.

This shows that they decided that the redacted information wasn’t confidential after all, and released the entire document. It was not like they “accidentally” released the unredacted document, as some people have suggested.

Fact #2 : There Were Only Three New Pieces Of Information

Next, I should point out that the FDA only redacted three pieces of information in that “bombshell” Pfizer document (highlighted in red) :

  • To date, Pfizer has onboarded approximately 600 additional full time employees (FTEs).
  • More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.
  • It is estimated that approximately 126,212,580 doses of BNT162b2 were shipped worldwide from the receipt of the first temporary authorisation for emergency supply on 01 December 2020 through 28 February 2021.

That’s it. Nothing else was redacted in the original release. Not even the 9 pages of 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

Even without the actual figures, you can already tell from the original (redacted) document that Pfizer was increasing manpower to cope with an unexpected amount of adverse event reports.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : Nothing Shocking About 600-1800 Extra Employees

CHD is hyping up the fact that Pfizer hired 600 to 1800 extra employees to process the adverse event reports. What exactly is shocking about that?

As Pfizer explained in Page 6, they increased the number of full-time employees to ensure that all adverse events would be expeditiously processed.

What would be really shocking is if Pfizer tried to delay processing these adverse event reports, by refusing to hire more people.

I’m shocked that the CHD was shocked that Pfizer would do the right thing by increasing manpower to expeditiously process these adverse event reports.

Would the CHD really prefer that Pfizer not increase manpower, and slow-walk the adverse event reports? That would be shocking indeed…

Fact #4 : 10K New Pages Were Released

I am also shocked that the CHD was forced to “recycle” this document which was released in the very first batch back in November 2021.

Could they not find anything new to gripe about after digging through the latest batch of 10,000 new pages released by the FDA?

Perhaps actual evidence of Pfizer bribing the FDA with $2.8 million?

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #5 : Adverse Event Reports Based On Awareness

The CHD claimed that the 158,000 adverse events reported in the Pfizer document is a gross undercount. That opinion is not based on any actual fact.

In fact, the adverse event reports are far more likely to be exaggerated, due to the overwhelming amount of public misinformation on the Internet.

In Page 5 of the document, Pfizer themselves pointed out that “the spontaneous reporting system yields reporting proportions not incidence rate“, and is influenced by “awareness” and “litigation“.

In other words, the high number of adverse event reports is likely due to the overwhelming amount of trepidation (and potentially abuse) driven by public misinformation.

Due to greater “awareness”, more people are reporting adverse events to open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card, even if they are unrelated to the vaccine.

Fact #6 : Adverse Events Are Not Vaccine Injury Reports

As Pfizer noted in Page 6, the large number of adverse event reports (AERs) do not necessarily mean that they are actually caused by the vaccine.

In fact, open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card are notably open to abuse, and false reporting.

That’s why all reported adverse events must be investigated to find out if they are caused by the vaccine (anaphylactic reaction), or not (getting into a car accident).

Even if an adverse event could “potentially” be 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.

In other words – the adverse events in the Pfizer vaccine document are not vaccine injury reports.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #7 : Majority Of Adverse Events Were Not Serious

What the CHD does not mention is that the majority of reported adverse events were not serious. In fact, they were what you would expect from ANY vaccination :

  • Headache : 24.1%
  • Fever : 18.2%
  • Fatigue : 17.4%
  • Chills : 13.1%
  • Vaccination site pain : 12.3%
  • Nausea : 12.3%
  • Myalgia (muscle pain) : 11.7%

And that’s before any effort was even made to determine if they were actually caused by the vaccine, and not caused by a concomitant infection or pre-existing disease, for example.

Fact #8 : No New Safety Concerns Despite 158K Adverse Event Reports

The Pfizer document noted after shipping 126 million doses, 42 thousand people reported over 158,000 adverse events in the first 3 months.

Even if we assume that they are all genuine, only 0.033% of people who received the Pfizer vaccine reported at least one adverse event. That’s 1 in 3,000 people.

And yet, despite so many reported adverse events, their investigation showed that the “data do not reveal any novel safety concerns or risks“.

Pfizer could only confirm that anaphylaxis is an important risk of the COMIRNATY vaccine.

In other words – the 158K adverse events were weighed, measured… and found wanting. There was NO NEW SAFETY CONCERN with the vaccine!

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Why Steve Kirsch Is Wrong About Taylor Hawkins Dying From Vaccine

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch challenged me to a debate, claiming to have “the inside story” on how Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

So let’s take a look at his “inside” information, and see what the facts really are!

 

Steve Kirsch : Taylor Hawkins Most Likely Died From Vaccine!

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch has been actively creating misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

In his latest effort, he claimed to have “the inside story” on how Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

He even called me out, and challenged me to a debate, for fact checking that false claim earlier. Hilarious!

I would love to debate Dr. Wong on this, but he doesn’t seem anxious to engage with me or Peter McCullough. I’ve posted the link to this story on his “fact check” but it has to be approved by him to appear.

So I’m going to publicly expose the truth about what Steve Kirsch shared, because facts aren’t subject to a debate. They remain true, irrespective of our opinions.

 

Why Steve Kirsch Is Wrong About Taylor Hawkins Dying From Vaccine

In case you guys don’t know him, Steve Kirsch is a tech millionaire who made his money as one of two people who independently invented the optical mouse.

So he’s definitely a smart guy… when it comes to tech. But let’s see if Steve Kirsch is correct in any of his claims…

I will go through the list of “facts” that Steve Kirsch posted, and tell you what the facts really are.

Claim : He was found dead in his hotel room… after complaining about chest pains.
Fact : Hawkins called the hotel front desk for help, complaining of chest pain. He was treated by a health professional (doctor) hired by EMI, who failed to revive him.

Claim : Press reported he died of cardiac arrest. The vaccine causes death by cardiac arrest.
Fact : There is ZERO evidence that any COVID-19 vaccine causes death by cardiac arrest.

Claim : Marijuana and heroin and the other drugs aren’t consistent with the symptoms observed before he died.
Fact : No one actually observed his symptoms that we are aware of. Hawkins only reported chest pain, so what other symptoms is Kirsch alluding to?
Fact : A cardiac arrest is pretty much consistent with opioid overdose, and less commonly, marijuana use. Even if we discount marijuana, Hawkins had heroin and other opioids in his urine.

Claim : Taylor Hawkins was all about the music and his fans. He was just a great guy.
Fact : Unless his passion for music was a trigger for the vaccine to kill him, it is completely irrelevant and is just Kirsch name dropping his “inside source”.

Members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) remove the lifeless body of the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogota, Colomia

Claim : He was married for 17 years and had three kids. He had everything to live for.
Fact : People with everything to live for can still partake in drugs. A strong desire to live does not prevent a drug overdose either. Does Kirsch really believe that being married for XX years and having X number of kids precludes death from opioid overdose? Seriously?

Claim : There was no mention of the amount of each substance (in the toxicology report).
Fact : This is true, probably because the forensic team would have to first corroborate the urine test results, with the blood test results. It does not change the fact that the 10 types of substances in his urine included marijuana, antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids.

Claim : People have mentioned that drug reports from Columbian sources can be unreliable.
Fact : Not only is that incredibly condescending, it is an opinion that is not backed by facts. Where is the evidence that a simple urine test that any laboratory in the world can perform is unreliable because it was conducted in Colombia?

Claim : Columbian authorities claim … Columbian sources…
Fact :
The demonym of Colombia is Colombian, not Columbian. Hawkins died in the country of Colombia, not Columbia, South Carolina or the District of Columbia.

Claim : COVID vaccine can cause a heart to double in size and then kill you.
Fact : Vaccine-induced myocarditis can cause the heart to enlarge (but not necessarily so), and in rare cases, it can be fatal. However, you are many times more likely to get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection, than from any COVID-19 vaccine. If you are worried about myocarditis, you will want to get vaccinated.
Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Claim : It seems unlikely that he just decided on a spontaneous heroin / benzo / cocaine bender right before a show.
Fact : Unlikely? The fact is the preliminary toxicology test showed that he had 10 different substances in his urine, and a police officer reportedly told prosecutors that he saw a “cocaine-like powder” in Hawkins’ room. Does Kirsch have any “inside” facts to share? Or was he just pontificating?

Claim : He still smoked weed. This was well known [Insider].
Opinion : I’ll take his insider’s word for that, and point out it refutes Kirsch’s point that Hawkins learned his lesson in 2001 (when he almost died from an overdose). If he can still smoke weed, he certainly can still partake in cocaine and heroin.

Claim : Hawkins made it very clear he was against masks, lockdowns and the COVID vaccines.
Opinion : While plausible, there is no public record of Hawkins saying that he was against masks, lockdowns and the COVID vaccines.

Claim : Hawkins was under pressure from both Dave Grohl and the band manager to take the vaccine.
Opinion : While plausible, there is no public record of Hawkins being forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Claim : Hawkins’ heart was likely already somewhat damaged from an earlier vaccine dose when … his doctor said he had a “big heart”.
Fact : That is a baseless opinion by Kirsch, unless he is willing to share with us evidence that Hawkins’ “big heart” was related to any vaccine he took.

Claim : So the timing on this suggests that Hawkins had his first and/or second dose before the medical exam.
Fact : This is complete bullshit. Kirsch is doing a logic pretzel – claiming (without evidence) that Hawkins’ cardiomegaly in June 2021 was definitely due to the vaccine, and then using that as “evidence” that Hawkins must have been vaccinated before that.
Opinion : If Kirsch really spoke to insiders who knew Hawkins on a personal basis, they would have told him when Hawkins got his vaccine doses. Kirsch doesn’t even know what vaccine Hawkins took. It may not even have been an mRNA vaccine, for all we know.

Claim : So this is all consistent with a damaged heart on an earlier vaccine shot.
Fact : Kirsch conspiciously “forgot” to point out that Hawkins’ doctor told him that he was “in amazing shape“. If Hawkins had vaccine-induced myocarditis, he would have had noticeable symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. His doctor certainly would not have told him that he was in great health.

Claim : Hawkins got a booster on Feb. 26, 2022 [Insider], just a month before he died.
Fact : There is no way to confirm this insider claim, but I should point out that none of the countries that the Foo Fighters were going to play at required a booster dose. They only required travellers to be fully-vaccinated, so it would not have been necessary for Hawkins to get a booster dose before flying to Australia – the first overseas stop.
Opinion : Assuming that his insider source was correct, it actually PROVES that Hawkins did not suffer from vaccine-induced myocarditis – an acute condition that occurs within a few days of receiving an mRNA vaccine. It wouldn’t crop up a month later, and Hawkins would not have been able to undertake strenuous activities like playing with the Foo Fighters in Australia, Chile and Argentina.

Claim : Large study in JAMA said most heart problems surfaced 3 weeks after the vaccine
Fact : Kirsch interestingly did not reference the JAMA study, so we will never know which study he was referring to. In any case, vaccine-induced myocarditis surfaces WITHIN DAYS of receiving an mRNA vaccine.

Claim : Those involved in physically demanding activities are … more likely to get myocarditis due to catecholamine release interaction with the vaccine.
Fact : There is currently no evidence that individuals who participate in physically demanding activities are more likely to get myocarditis. The paper Kirsch quoted to back up that claim is a literature review (not an actual clinical study) by his friend, that has not been peer-reviewed.
Fact : The paper Kirsch quoted mentioned that “vaccine-induced myocarditis … and increase in sudden deaths” are “overrepresented in young males“. That kind of proves Kirsch wrong – Hawkins was 50 years old when he died. The risk of vaccine-induced myocarditis for his age group is practically non-existent.

Age Group Vaccine Myocarditis
Male Rate
(per million doses)
Classic Myocarditis
Male Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9

Claim : Their stage manager Andy Pollard died suddenly as well.
Fact : That’s true, but Kirsch does not tell us why that is pertinent information. Bob Saget also died suddenly. Is that equally relevant to Hawkins’ death? Or is he suggesting some kind of Foo Fighters curse?

Claim : [Vaccine-induced myocarditis] fits all the facts like a glove
Opinion : Those must be really weird gloves for aliens with 8 fingers, because Kirsch offered ZERO EVIDENCE that vaccine-induced myocarditis was the cause of Hawkins’ death.

Claim : Hawkins was boosted 30 days before he died, giving his heart plenty of time to double in size
Fact : Hawkins already said he had a “big” heart a year ago… MONTHS before he received that [alleged] booster dose in February 2022.

Claim : Hawkins was observed shortly before his death and appeared not under the influence of drugs.
Fact : Kirsch hilariously used this photo of Hawkins with band members Pat Smear and Samantha Sidley taken TWO DAYS prior to his death as proof. How does the photo prove that Hawkins did not partake in any drugs two days LATER? Let me help him with this analogy – if I post a picture of myself eating a salad today, it does not mean I won’t be eating a steak tomorrow.

Taylor Hawkins (back) on a plane with band member Pat Smear (left) and Samantha Sidley (right) on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Steve, thank you for helping to invent the optical mouse, but please stop creating and sharing misinformation.

Why not join me in fighting fake news instead? Let your legacy be the unerring pursuit of the truth.

 

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Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did Bruce Willis get aphasia seven days after receiving the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Bruce Willis Got Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine!

Almost immediately after news broke that Bruce Willis was retiring after his aphasia diagnosis, people started claiming that he got his aphasia from the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine!

Here are a few examples circulating on social media. Please head to the next section for the facts.

General Thomas McInerney : Actor Bruce Willis has sudden health condition issues. Vaccine strikes again?

Hmmm… Bruce Willis’ retirement…🤡🤡🙏🏻🙏🏻

Aphasia seven days after second dose of an mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine – PMC

Aphasia which Bruce Willis is suffering can be caused by a stroke, blood clot, brain tumour all adverse reactions from the vaccines.

Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting because of Aphasia. FYI Aphasia is one of the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Truth : Bruce Willis Did NOT Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame a celebrity’s death or malady on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yet again, these antivaxxers are wrong, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Evidence Bruce Willis’ Aphasia Was Caused By Vaccine

First, let me start by simply pointing out that there is ZERO EVIDENCE that Bruce Willis’ aphasia was caused by the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, or any vaccine for the matter.

The Willis family did not make that claim, stating simply that “Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities“.

Those making the claim are simply conjuring it out of thin air, without evidence.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Aphasia

Aphasia is not a disease, but a symptom of damage to the part of the brain that handles speech and language.

There are many causes of aphasia, but the most common cause is a stroke (cerebrovascular accident) on the left side of the brain.

It is also commonly seen with severe head injury, a brain tumour or progressive neurological conditions like dementia.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause aphasia, because they do NOT damage the brain.

Read more : Did Bob Saget Die From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose?
Read more : Did Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine?!

Fact #3 : No Evidence Willis Got His Second Dose Recently

The claim that he received his second dose just 7 days before his aphasia diagnosis does not appear to be backed by any evidence.

While Bruce has not revealed his vaccination status, he has been extremely prolific, participating in 15 films since 2021.

There is no vaccine mandate for actors, but producers can mandate vaccinations as a condition for participating in their movies.

As acting in at least some of these movies will require him to be fully-vaccinated, he was very likely fully-vaccinated since early 2021.

Fact #4 : Pfizer AESI List Are Not Side Effects

Many antivaxxers point out that aphasia is in the 9-page AESI list that they claim is evidence of side effects caused by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” is actually just a generic list of adverse events that Pfizer look for when vaccinated people send in their reports through VAERS or the Yellow Card systems.

These adverse events are NOT vaccine side effects, because they include COVID-19, other communicable diseases, as well as manufacturing and lab testing issues.

Even though Pfizer investigated all reported adverse events in the list, they found no new safety concerns / risks.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #5 : mRNA Vaccine Did Not Cause Aphasia After 7 Days

Anti-vaccination activists are quoting a 2021 paper (Aphasia seven days after second dose of an mRNA based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine) as evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause aphasia after 7 days.

It looks like they either did not read the paper, or they intentionally chose to mislead you on what it said.

The paper reported on a SINGLE case of a man who developed aphasia 7 days after receiving the second dose of his mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

The cause of his aphasia was not the vaccine, but intracerebral bleeding. The man suffered a haemorrhagic stroke – a common cause of aphasia.

Not only is it just a single case, there is no evidence the mRNA vaccine caused the stroke, thereby leading to the aphasia.

The paper also noted that the man’s aphasia “resolved almost completely within a few days“.

Fact #6 : Millions Of People Develop Aphasia Every Year

Aphasia is not a new disorder. It is as old as mankind itself, affecting people long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Globally, millions of people suffer from aphasia, with strokes alone responsible for 5 million new cases of aphasia every year.

Bruce Willis joins about a million other Americans who currently suffer from aphasia in the United States.

Read more : Was Bruce Willis Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Tallulah Belle Willis. Photo credit : Phil Faraone for Comedy Central

Fact #7 : Willis Had Cognitive Issues Long Before COVID-19 Vaccines

According to directors, producers and actors who worked with him, Bruce Willis, have come out to say that they noticed his cognitive issues since at least June 2020 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were approved, or made available.

During the production of the movie, Out of Death, director Mike Burns relayed instructions to his screenwriter to cut “about 5 pages” off Willis’ script in a June 2020 email, and realised why when he met Willis for the first time.

I could see it firsthand and I realized that there was a bigger issue at stake here and why I had been asked to shorten his lines.

Then in October 2021, Burns would meet Willis again on the set of Wrong Place. Despite being told that Willis was “way better” and “a whole different person”, he noted :

I didn’t think he was better; I thought he was worse. After we finished, I said: ‘I’m done. I’m not going to do any other Bruce Willis movies.’ I am relieved that he is taking time off.

Bruce Willis had cognitive issues while filming Out of Death

Other industry insiders claimed that Willis began using an earpiece with another actor, Adam Huel Potter feeding him his lines.

Sometimes, Bruce Willis “looked so lost” and had difficulty understanding why he was on set. Once, he asked the crew on set :

I know why you’re here, and I know why you’re here, but why am I here?

Willis’ assistant Stephen J. Eads would advise filmmakers to finish shooting his scenes by lunch, and let him leave early.

All that happened in 2020 – long before the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved, and certainly long before COVID-19 vaccinations began.

Fact #8 : Willis Had Cognitive Issues Long Before COVID-19 Pandemic

Producer and writer, Joe Russo also stated that Bruce Willis had been suffering quietly (from aphasia) for years, including during the filming of his movie, Hard Kill, which was in production SIX WEEKS before the pandemic.

In fact, Bruce was already suffering from cognitive issues as far back as the movie, Glass – which was filmed from 2017-2018.

Bruce seemed a little confused at times and needed a little more help with his lines. This was the first time that I had heard anything about his health.

At that point it seemed that he was a little off. We thought it could be anything from aging to maybe even being a little drunk — common mistakes that people make when seeing the first signs of anything like dementia — to just not wanting to be there.

In reflection, Bruce may have been struggling with all of this back then.

As many Hollywood insiders have revealed, Willis had been suffering from cognitive issues which got progressively worse for at least 5 years, if not longer. It is therefore absurd to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his aphasia, or underlying condition.

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Did Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis?!

Did Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, die from COVID-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Taylor Hawkins Died From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis!

Just three days after Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia, The COVID Blog claimed that he died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

They wrote a long rambling post about him, so let me share the relevant part with you. It’s long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts.

Witnesses said Mr. Hawkins called the front desk complaining of chest pains right before he passed away. An ambulance arrived, but could not revive him. That means his heart stopped beating.

 

Truth : Taylor Hawkins Did NOT Die From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

And The COVID Blog (TCB) has peddling COVID-19 fake news and misinformation for a long, long time. So it’s no surprise that they would jump on the bandwagon.

Here are the reasons why TCB is not only wrong, they are intentionally abusing Taylor Hawkins’ death  to push their anti-vaccine beliefs.

Fact #1 : No Evidence Hawkins Had Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis

First, let me start by simply pointing out that The COVID Blog has ZERO EVIDENCE that Hawkins had vaccine-induced myocarditis.

They did not perform the autopsy on Hawkins, or run any laboratory test on his blood or urine samples. They did not even base their opinions on publicly-released information.

They concocted that claim out of thin air, without even an ounce of evidence.

Fact #2 : Colombian Authorities Released Urine Toxicology Report

After Hawkins died, the Colombian authorities took his body for an autopsy, and a urine test found 10 different kinds of drugs in his system.

The Colombia Attorney General’s Office issued this statement on the initial autopsy findings :

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office can confirm the following after the initial autopsy on the body of Taylor Hawkins.

That in the toxicology test on Taylor Hawkins’ urine 10 types of substances were preliminarily found, including marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids.

The National Institute of Forensic Medicine is continuing its medical studies to be able to completely clarify the facts that led to Taylor Hawkins death.

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office will continue with the investigation and reveal the results obtained as part of this investigation as appropriate.

Members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) remove the lifeless body of the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogota, Colomia

Fact #3 : Urine Toxicology Does Not Take Weeks To Complete

TCB claimed that the Hawkins toxicology report cannot possibly be genuine because it typically takes 4-6 weeks to complete, and shared a link to WebMD as evidence.

That’s misleading, because the WebMD article was talking about how long it takes for a complete forensic toxicology report. The 4-6 week time is required because :

  • the investigation may reveal additional drugs being taken, thus requiring new tests, and/or
  • the initial results may require additional testing to confirm, and/or
  • there may be a backlog of cases at one or more laboratories.

It’s also misleading because the Colombian authorities only released the urine toxicology report, not the complete forensic toxicology report.

They basically tested his urine sample for common drugs – a test that is quick to perform. In fact, most laboratories can complete the tests within a few hours.

Fact #4 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Is Rare

TCB misleads you into thinking that vaccine-induced myocarditis is common, by saying that it is “the second-most common adverse reaction” … “covered on this blog“.

In other words, vaccine-induced myocarditis is not the second-most common side effect of the vaccines, it is merely the second-most common adverse reaction they like to write about!

The truth is studies like SAFECOVAC have shown that vaccine-induced myocarditis is extremely rare – less than 1 in a million doses!

In fact, you are hundreds of times more likely to get myocarditis from COVID-19 than from three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine!

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Fact #5 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Occurs Mostly In Young Males

Vaccine-induced myocarditis occurs mainly in young adults and adolescent males 12 to 39 years in age.

Hawkins was 50 years old when he died, and in his age group – the risk is practically non-existent.

To help you understand that, I created this table to show you the risk of vaccine-induced myocarditis for different age groups.

Note : Baseline refers to the typical number of myocarditis cases expected in the unvaccinated population.

Age Group Male Rate
(per million doses)
Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9

Fact #6 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Mild + Resolves Quickly

Vaccine-induced myocarditis is not only rare, most cases resolve quickly, compared to non-vaccine myocarditis.

As Dr. Matthew Elias, M.D., a cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) explained :

In classic myocarditis, there are a wide range of presentations, from very mild symptoms to extremely serious, or even fatal, cases.

Overall, this does not seem to be happening in post-vaccine myocarditis. In the patients seen at CHOP and at other hospitals, symptoms are generally mild and self-resolving, and heart function is less affected, if affected at all.

Fact #7 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Occurs Acutely

Vaccine-induced myocarditis is an acute condition that occurs within a few days of receiving an mRNA-based vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna.

Individuals who develop vaccine-induced myocarditis will experience symptoms like :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations

If Hawkins was suffering from vaccine-induced myocarditis, he would not have been able to fly around to play with the Foo Fighters at various concerts around the world :

  • Feb 26-27 : Innings Festival 2022, Tempe, Arizona, United States
  • Mar 4 : Foo Fights / Amyl and the Sniffers / The Meanies, Geelong, Australia
  • Mar 18 : Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Mar 20 : Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Taylor Hawkins (back) on a plane with band member Pat Smear (left) and Samantha Sidley (right) on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Fact #8 : Cardiomegaly Takes Time To Develop

The initial autopsy report stated that his heart weighed “at least 600 grams” – twice the average for a man his age.

This finding of cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) suggests that he had a longstanding heart condition like heart failure, or cardiomyopathy.

TCB claimed that was evidence of vaccine-induced myocarditis, because the Myocarditis Foundation says that myocarditis enlarges the heart.

It is true that myocarditis can enlarge the heart by weakening the heart muscle, but that process takes time – weeks, if not months, to develop.

Fact #9 : Hawkins Discovered Enlarged Heart In 2021

Interestingly, Hawkins himself may have discovered that he had an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) in 2021.

On 15 June 2021, he did a Rolling Stone interview with Brian Hiatt, where he revealed that his doctor recently told him that he had a “big” heart.

I just found out from my doctor, got all my blood tests and my heart everything checked and he goes, “Dude, you’re in amazing shape. Your heart’s big, because you exercise a lot. It’s like a runner’s heart.”

Fact #10 : His Cardiomegaly May Be Due To Sleep Apnea

In the same Rolling Stone interview, Hawkins also revealed an interesting detail that many people missed – he was likely suffering from sleep apnea.

The only thing is, he said, “I think you have sleep apnea.” And my wife’s always saying you snore and you fucking make weird noises while you’re sleeping and stuff.

Untreated sleep apnea increases cardiovascular stress, which elevates blood pressure and forces the heart to work harder. This can result in an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) over time.

Fact #11 : Hawkins Almost Died From Drug Overdose In 2001

Hawkins had a long history of drug use, and almost died from a heroin overdose in 2001. He recounted the incident in 2018 :

I was partying a lot. I wasn’t a junkie per se, but I was partying. There was a year where the partying just got a little too heavy.

Thank God on some level this guy gave me the wrong line with the wrong thing one night and I woke up going, ‘What the f**k happened?’ That was a real changing point for me.

Tragically, it appears that Hawkins overdosed again, but was not able to recover this time, due to his existing heart condition.

For certain, his COVID-19 vaccination played no role in his death.

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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

The lower dose Moderna paediatric COVID-19 vaccine was just proven to be safe and effective for kids 6 months to under 6 years of age!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

On 23 March 2022, Moderna announced the interim results of the Phase 2/3 KidCOVE study, which looked at the safety and efficacy of their paediatric vaccine in children 6 months to under 6 years of age.

The interim results showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine delivered a “robust neutralising antibody response” with a “favourable safety profile”.

Based on these interim results, Moderna will ask regulators like the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to authorise this lower-dose paediatric vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Under 6 : The Interim Results

The KidCOVE trial is a randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled study (RCT) designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the lower-dose Moderna vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

The study involved approximately 11,700 children in the US and Canada, of which two groups received the vaccine :

  • 2 to under 6 years in age : 4,200 kids
  • 6 months to under 2 years in age : 2,500 kids

The paediatric Moderna vaccine comprised of two doses of 25 μg (micrograms), which is a quarter of the adult dose (100 μg), and half the dose for 6-11 year old children (50 μg).

The KidCOVE study (NCT04796896) was conducted in collaboration with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Safety + Side Effects

  • Majority of adverse events* were mild or moderate
  • Adverse events were more frequently reported after Dose 2
  • Fever greater than 38°C was seen in 17% of the under-2 group, and 14.6% in the older group
  • The study was not paused for any safety issues.
  • No new safety concerns were identified.
  • No deaths, myocarditis / pericarditis, or multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported

* Adverse events are not necessarily side effects of the vaccine.

Efficacy

The Omicron variant predominated during the KidCOVE study, and its ability to escape vaccine protection was confirmed.

The Moderna vaccine efficacy (against symptomatic infection) was reduced against Omicron, which is consistent with what was seen with the adult vaccine.

However, the vaccine was shown to protect against severe disease, hospitalisation and death./

  • Two 25 μg doses provided similar immunogenicity to two adult doses of 100 μg.
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (under 2) : 43.7%
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (2 to under 6) : 37.5%
  • Majority of Omicron cases were mild.
  • No child in both vaccine groups developed severe COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups were hospitalised for COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups died from COVID-19.

Moderna will continue to monitor all participants for 12 months after their second injection to assess long-term protection and safety.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 21 March 2022!

 

Malaysia Ramping Up COVID-19 Booster Dose Program!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster dose to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant, and the new Omicron variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta and Omicron variants are partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, protection from COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so a booster dose is necessary to restore protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

Then on 6 January 2022, they approved the CanSino vaccine as a booster dose.

How Soon Can You Get The Booster Dose?

You can now get your booster dose as early as THREE (3) months after completing your primary series for most vaccines, or TWO (2) months for the Janssen vaccine.

Here is a table I created to summarise the booster options and when you can get one :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / CanSino / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine, then consider the CanSino booster shot, which is superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Note : CITF-B originally allowed a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca or CanSino booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot, because it is superior to the CanSino booster shot.

Opt for the CanSino booster shot, if you must have a Chinese vaccine.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

Yes, for certain vulnerable groups.

On 16 December 2021, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that these individuals MUST receive a booster shot by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 7 February 2022, this was extended to end of March 2022.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of March 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Booster Deadline for Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended!

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

You can also put yourself on the COVID-19 vaccine standby list at nearby clinics.

Read more : How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List?

 

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Was Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Proven To Change Our DNA?!

Did Swedish scientists just prove that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine changes our DNA?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Changes Our DNA!

Anti-vaccination and ivermectin proponents have gone bananas over the new study from the Lund University in Sweden.

They are sharing it as evidence (finally!) of the Pfizer COVIDS-19 vaccine actually integrating with our DNA, and changing our genome, as they had always claimed.

Let that shock and horror sink in for a minute… and then let me explain to you what the facts really are in the next section…

 

Truth : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Did NOT Change DNA At All!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news based on accidental / intentional misinterpretation of a single scientific study.

Here is what you really need to know about the Lund University study that went viral…

Fact #1 : Study Did NOT Say Pfizer Vaccine Alters Our DNA

First things first – the Lund University study is called Intracellular Reverse Transcription of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 In Vitro in Human Liver Cell Line, and you can read it in its entirety here.

In the study’s Discussion section, the authors actually pointed out that their study does NOT show that the Pfizer vaccine integrates with the liver cell DNA, or alters it in any way.

At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome.

To be clear, the study does NOT show that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine changes our DNA in any way or form.

Fact #2 : It Was A Laboratory Study

I should also point out the salient fact that it was an in-vitro study – a laboratory study, not a clinical study.

In-vitro studies are important, but they cannot be extrapolated to make any conclusion about what actually happens in a human body.

For example, laboratory studies do show that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin have an inhibitory effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus; but once tested in actual human beings – they are shown to have no clinical benefit.

In other words – what works in a laboratory, may not work in an actual human being.

Read more : Study Shows 10X Ivermectin Can’t Prevent Severe COVID-19!

Fact #3 : Study Was Based On Liver Cancer Cells

The casual reader of the Lund University study will not realise that Huh7 (or Huh-7) cells are not ordinary liver cells that you or I have.

Huh7 cells were derived from the liver tumour of a 57 year-old Japanese man, and are special because :

  • they are immortal liver cancer cells that can keep multiplying
  • they are highly-susceptible to Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection
  • they are genetically different, with an abnormal number of chromosomes (between 55 and 63, normal human cells have 46)

The Huh7 cell line is useful for the study of liver cancer and Hepatitis C, as well as drugs that may combat HCV; but it is important to understand that Huh7 cells are not representative of normal human cells.

Fact #4 : Huh7 Liver Cells Were Cultured In Plates

For a “more physiologically relevant study of viruses“, these Huh7 cells have to be cultured in a NASA-designed 3D Rotating Wall Vessel (RWV) bioreactor.

These RWV bioreactors create 3D aggregates of Huh7 cells that are more “similar in structure and function” to their in vivo counterparts, with “completely altered gene expression and differentiation patterns“.

In other words, these RWV-grown Huh7 cells look and behave differently, more like regular human cells compared to plate-cultured Huh7 cells.

For the record, the Lund University study used plate-cultured Huh7 cells, and not RWV-grown Huh7 cells.

There is nothing wrong with that, but we should keep in mind that these cells are not an ideal representation of human cells.

This is what a 24-cell culture plate looks like

Fact #5 : Normal Human Cells Don’t Produce LINE-1 Enzyme

The scientists chose to use these Huh7 cells because like many cancerous cells, they express (produce) the LINE-1 enzyme.

LINE-1 is a reverse transcriptase that converts mRNA into DNA, so it is not surprising that the study would show it converting mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into DNA. That is literally what it is meant to do.

Normal human cells have the LINE-1 gene, but it is not expressed. Normal human cells do not produce the LINE-1 enzyme, which is why they could not use regular human cells in this study.

That is also why it is inappropriate to use the Huh7 cell culture to evaluate how mRNA vaccines would actually work or behave in humans.

Fact #6 : Transcribed DNA Did Not Enter Nucleus

The study only looked at whether mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be transcribed into DNA by the LINE-1 enzyme.

As the study showed – yes, it can… because that’s what the LINE-1 enzyme does. But the study does not show that the transcribed DNA entered the cell nucleus and changed human DNA.

While that is plausible, it would require another enzyme called integrase, that viruses produce, to move that DNA into the cell nucleus itself.

Without the integrase enzyme, the DNA transcribed by the LINE-1 enzyme will only float outside, and will never integrate with the DNA inside the cell nucleus.

Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #7 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Modify Our Genes

An mRNA vaccine only contains a limited number of lipid nanoparticles containing those delicate mRNA instructions. So only a limited number of cells are involved in the vaccination process.

Even if it is somehow possible for the mRNA instructions from the vaccine to enter the cell nucleus and integrate with the DNA inside, it will only affect those cells.

Our cells die and are replaced by new cells all the time, so even if hypothetically the vaccine “infects” and modifies the DNA of a few hundred thousand cells, those cells will eventually die and be replaced by new cells without the modified DNA.

It is simply not possible for mRNA vaccines to modify our genes.

Fact #8 : Viruses Integrate With Cell DNA

Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 (diagram below) integrate their genes with the host cell DNA, to hijack the cell and use it to produce copies of itself.

You can see how a typical RNA virus would infect a host cell, convert its RNA into DNA which is moved into the cell nucleus using the integrase enzyme.

HIV-1 virus cell infection, credit : Günther Witzany

Once inside, the viral DNA integrates with the host cell DNA, which gets transcribed into instructions for the cell to produce copies of the virus.

This is the same way how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells, to produce copies of itself to infect even more cells.

If you are truly worried about anything modifying your cell’s DNA, you should try to avoid viral infections like COVID-19. Better still – vaccinate yourself, and get protected against COVID-19!

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Did NYSE Just Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal?!

Did the NYSE just delist Pfizer over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : NYSE Just Delisted Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal!

People are excitedly sharing messages and articles claiming that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) just delisted Pfizer over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents.

Allegedly, this delisting was over 9 pages of Pfizer documents that listed 1,291 side effects from their COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine.

This example of what’s being shared is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic two years ago today (11 March 2020). Ironically today marks the day that Pfizer has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Truth : NYSE Did NOT Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal!

This is yet another example of anti-Pfizer, anti-vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : NYSE Did Not Delist Pfizer

It’s really silly, but let me just say it out straight – the New York Stock Exchange did NOT delist Pfizer.

Anyone who takes just 2 seconds to look at the NYSE website, or even Google, would realise that Pfizer Inc. (PFE) is still listed on the New York Stock Exchange!

Not only is Pfizer still on the NYSE, its stock price actually went up by 2.17% on 11 March 2022!

Read more : Was Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Proven To Change Our DNA?!

Fact #2 : Pfizer Delisted Its 0.250% Note From NYSE

People are sharing this Form 25 document filed with the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) on 7 March 2022, as evidence that Pfizer was delisted from the NYSE.

The trouble is the Form 25 does not say what they think it said. The Form 25 was not filed to delist Pfizer from the NYSE.

Instead, Pfizer filed that Form 25 to delist its euro-denominated 0.250% notes – basically debt with a payable interest of 0.25% that matured on 7 March 2022.

In short, Pfizer paid off that matured debt with interest, and consequently removed the notes from the NYSE.

It’s even stated in the description of their 7 March 2022 SEC filing on the Pfizer website.

Notification filed by National Security Exchange to report the removal from listing and registration of matured, redeemed or retired securities Initial Filing Amendments

With the delisting of the 0.250% note, only the Pfizer common stock (PFE) and their 1.000% Note are still listed on the NYSE.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Not Linked To 1,291 Adverse Events

The articles and messages falsely claimed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was linked to 1,291 adverse events in the recently-released documents.

That is a gross / intentional misunderstanding of the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) in one of the documents released by the FDA.

That was a list of potential adverse events that Pfizer would looking out for in their post-vaccination surveillance.

Think of it as a shopping list of adverse events that everyone agreed that Pfizer should be looking out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, scientists still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #4 : BioNTech Is Much Smaller Than Pfizer

Whoever wrote that piece is an idiot. A 5 second search would have shown the writer that BioNTech is much… MUCH smaller than Pfizer.

As of 13 March 2022, BioNTech has a market capitalisation of 32.9 billion dollars, while Pfizer is valued at 282.7 billion dollars. In other words, Pfizer is 8.6X “larger” than BioNTech.

While it is technically possible for BioNTech to buy out Pfizer, it would require A LOT of funds, many times more than it is worth. It is far more likely for Pfizer to buy BioNTech.

Fact #5 : Pfizer Acquired Arena Pharmaceuticals That Day

Ironically, Pfizer completed its acquisition of Arena Pharmaceuticals on 11 March 2022 – the day it was claimed that Pfizer was delisted from the NYSE.

Instead of Pfizer being delisted from the NYSE, it was Arena Pharmaceuticals that was delisted from the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Incidentally, Pfizer purchased Arena for approximately $6.7 billion. While that’s a huge amount of money to most of us, it’s just 2.37% of Pfizer’s market capitalisation.

Fact #6 : Company Acquisitions Do Not Necessarily Change Products

The writer wonders what (vaccine) formula will BioNTech use after they acquire Pfizer. That’s an incredibly stupid comment.

First of all, the COMIRNATY vaccine was developed by BioNTech, not Pfizer. Pfizer is merely their manufacturing and marketing partner, just like Fosun Pharma in China. The vaccine technology and rights belong to BioNTech, not Pfizer.

Secondly, just because a company is acquired does not mean the new owners have to change product formulas, especially if it’s a winner like the COMIRNATY vaccine.

Fact #7 : Vaccines Are Highly Regulated

Unlike consumer products like Coca-Cola, vaccines are highly-regulated.

While you can buy over The Coca-Cola Company, and change the drink’s formula on a whim; changing the vaccine formula will mean new clinical trials and a new approval process.

And consider the absurdity of BioNTech buying over Pfizer, merely to change its own formula? This logic pretzel is simply astounding.

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Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Did recently released Pfizer documents reveal that their COVID-19 vaccine has 1,291 side effects?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects!

People are sharing a Children’s Health Defense (CHD) press release, which went viral after it was posted by Yahoo.

It’s a long read, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

In a 55,000-page set of documents released on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is for the first time allowing the public to access data Pfizer submitted to FDA from its clinical trials in support of a Covid-19 vaccine license.

This follows U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman’s decision on January 6 to deny the request from the FDA to suppress the data for the next 75 years, which the agency claimed was necessary, in part, because of its “limited resources.”

 

Truth : Pfizer Vaccine Documents Did NOT Reveal 1,291 Side Effects!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news being created and propagated by the Children’s Health Defense (CHD), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Children’s Health Defense Article

The “news” that was published on Yahoo News was really an article by Children’s Health Defense (CHD), an organisation well-known for creating and propagating COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.

Yahoo News irresponsibly posted the statement, without fact checking it first, or clearly pointing out that it was a CHD statement, and not an actual news report.

They have since removed it, but the Yahoo News links and screenshots continue to circulate on social media, lending it credence.

Fact #2 : FDA Did Not Ask To Suppress Data For 75 Years

This is a completely bogus claim, which I fact checked last year. The FDA did not ask to suppress data from the Pfizer mRNA vaccine trial.

That was the “interpretation” of Aaron Siri, the lawyer working for PHMPT (Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency) – the group requesting the data that the FDA used to licence the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – the FDA had already released more than 12,000 pages of the requested 329,000 pages by end of January 2022, and would have completed the delivery of all documents in about 5.5 years at that rate.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : Pfizer Document Was Released In December 2021

The Pfizer document that CHD was referring to is called “CUMULATIVE ANALYSIS OF POST-AUTHORIZATION ADVERSE EVENT REPORTS OF PF-07302048 (BNT162B2) RECEIVED THROUGH 28-FEB-2021“.

This document was released to the PHMPT, which promptly released it publicly on 17 November 2021.

It apparently took Children’s Health Defense more than 3 months to read through those 5 documents, and “discover” the 9 pages listing some 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

It not only proves that the FDA was right about how much time it takes to read these documents, it also shows that the PHMPT does not really need all 329,000 documents within 108 days.

It took the CHD almost that long just to read 5 documents! At this rate, it will take them some 16,450 years to read all 329,000 pages related to the Pfizer vaccine approval…

Read more : Pfizer Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects?!

Fact #4 : Pfizer Document Did Not Reveal 1,291 Side Effects

The “bombshell” Pfizer document lists the adverse event reports, mainly from the US VAERS and UK Yellow Card systems, as part of the post-authorisation safety monitoring requirement.

CHD’s claim that the Pfizer vaccine has 1,291 side effects is based on a “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) on pages 30-38 of the document.

The truth is – that was NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. Rather, that was just a list of adverse events that Pfizer was specifically looking for in the post-vaccination reports.

As the Pfizer document noted on Page 16 (with my emphasis in bold) :

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

Pfizer also pointed out, on the same page, that this adverse event evaluation is different (distinct) from the safety evaluation of the vaccine.

This is distinct from safety signal evaluations which are conducted and included, as appropriate, in the Summary Monthly Safety Reports submitted regularly to the FDA and other Health Authorities.

Claiming that these are vaccine side effects is like pointing to a list of prosecutable crimes in a legislation, and calling it a list of crimes the government actually committed. That’s how stupid it really is.

Fact #5 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects

I should now point out that adverse events are 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 #6 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine

The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. That was actually made clear on Page 16 of the document.

The company’s AESI list takes into consideration the lists of AESIs from the following expert groups and regulatory authorities: Brighton Collaboration (SPEAC), ACCESS protocol, US CDC (preliminary list of AESI for VAERS surveillance), MHRA (unpublished guideline).

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

This was a catch-all AESI list that was specified before the Pfizer clinical trial even began.

Fact #7 : AESI List Included Irrelevant Adverse Events

We know that this is a catch-all AESI list, because it 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.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #8 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns

Instead of reading the document, CHD appeared to have to spent their time counting the number of side effects Pfizer was looking out for.

If they read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, they would have noted that the data :

  • did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
  • support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine

In other words – the Pfizer document pointed out that despite looking for 1,291 adverse events, they found no new risks from the vaccine.

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Why MAECC Is Wrong About Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Study!

The MAECC is at it again, calling for a pause on the COVID-19 vaccine mandate because of a recent Swedish study on the Pfizer mRNA vaccine!

Let’s take a look at their claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

MAECC : Pause Vaccine Mandate Over Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Study!

The MAECC (Malaysian Alliance for Effective Covid Control) has issued yet another call for the Malaysia Health Ministry to pause the “vaccine mandate”.

This time, they are using the recently-released Swedish study that allegedly shows the Pfizer mRNA vaccine being converted into DNA.

Their press release is very long, so feel free to skip it and head over to the next section for the facts.

PAUSE ON VACCINE MANDATE IS NECESSARY ON LATEST SCIENTIFIC FINDING

Malaysian Alliance for Effective Covid Control (MAECC) would like to highlight a recently published study that has confirmed the messenger RNA (mRNA) from the Pfizer Covid vaccine is able to enter human liver cells and convert into DNA. From the outset MAECC has been very concerned for the potential long-term adverse effect of the mRNA Covid vaccine, and this includes DNA change. Our fear is now confirmed.

 

Here’s Why MAECC Is Wrong About Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Study!

The MAECC has stridently promoted ivermectin, despite the lack of evidence, and came out strongly against vaccination even though COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective.

Here are the reasons why they are, yet again, wrong about the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #1 : There Is No Vaccine Mandate In Malaysia

First, let me address their title – there is no COVID-19 vaccine mandate in Malaysia.

No one is forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia. Any claim that there is a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is undeniably false.

Heck, Malaysia has no vaccine mandate, period. That’s why children of antivax parents remain unvaccinated, despite the risks to their health.

If they start off with a factually false title, what hope is there that their press release is actually based on facts?

Fact #2 : Swedish Study Did Not Show Pfizer Vaccine Changed DNA

The crux of their new press release is the recently-released Pfizer mRNA vaccine study by the Lund University of Sweden.

The MAECC claimed that their fear that the mRNA vaccine can change our DNA “is now confirmed“. That’s nonsense.

The Swedish researchers themselves pointed out in their study, that :

At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome.

To be clear, the study does not show that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine altered our DNA in any way or form.

The study does not even show that the transcribed DNA entered the cell nucleus!

Read more : Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #3 : Study Findings Did Not Shock Scientists / Physicians

The MAECC claims that the Swedish study findings has “shocked scientists and physicians throughout the world“. That is utter nonsense, unless they mean the few who did not read the study, or actually understand what it stated.

You don’t see health authorities ordering the immediate cessation or pause of mRNA vaccination, as some have done when some real adverse effect was discovered, like the risk of pericarditis / myocarditis.

Instead, the only people calling for mRNA vaccines to be stopped based on this laboratory study are fringe groups like the MAECC.

That’s because everyone else spent their time reading and understanding what the study meant, instead of “accidentally” or intentionally misinterpreting its results to push their own agenda.

If you are interested to know more about what the results of this Swedish study actually mean, please read my article – Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #4 : Waning Immunity Is Indirect Evidence Of No DNA Change

The waning immunity of COVID-19 vaccines is actually indirect evidence that mRNA vaccines do NOT change our DNA. Here’s why…

mRNA vaccines work by instructing some of our cells to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike proteins, and put them on the cell surface to trigger the immune system into action.

If the mRNA vaccine actually integrates into our human DNA, all of our cells would display those spikes and continuously trigger the immune system for lifetime protection. That is not simply not the case.

In fact, it is now known that our COVID-19 antibody levels gradually drop after we are fully-vaccinated, which is why a booster dose is required to boost antibody levels after a few months.

Booster doses would not be necessary if the mRNA vaccine actually integrates with our DNA, making all our cells produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein forever.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Fact #5 : mRNA Vaccine Proven Safe + Effective

MAECC claims that bad science is “behind the promotion and coercion of the masses to get the injections“. That’s utter nonsense. They are the ones propagating bad science.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the world’s largest clinical trials, collectively involving over hundreds of thousands of volunteers – far more than clinical trials of vaccines and drugs in the past!

All those clinical trials have shown that the approved COVID-19 vaccines are all safe and effective. Even then, these vaccines continue to be monitored for safety issues.

Over 10 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide, and we are already able to confirm rare adverse effects like anaphylaxis and myocarditis with mRNA vaccines.

If it’s true that mRNA vaccines are able to modify our DNA, we would have seen those effects in the real world, not only in a small laboratory study of liver cancer cells.

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Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Did scientists prove that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine combined with the DNA of liver cells?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combined With DNA In Liver Cells!

Anti-vaccination and ivermectin proponents have gone bananas over the new study from the Lund University in Sweden.

They are sharing it as evidence (finally!) of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine actually integrating with our DNA, and changing our genome, as they had always claimed.

Let that shock and horror sink in for a minute… and then let me explain to you what the facts really are in the next section…

 

Truth : Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Did NOT Combine With DNA In Liver Cells!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news based on accidental / intentional misinterpretation of a single scientific study.

Here is what you really need to know about this Lund University study…

Fact #1 : Study Did NOT Say Pfizer Vaccine Alters Our DNA

First things first – the Lund University study is called Intracellular Reverse Transcription of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 In Vitro in Human Liver Cell Line, and you can read it in its entirety here.

If you read just the discussion, you will note that the study authors actually pointed out that their study does NOT show that the Pfizer vaccine integrates with the liver cell DNA, or alters it in any way.

At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome.

To be clear, the study offers no evidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine alters our DNA in any way or form.

Fact #2 : It Was A Laboratory Study

I should also point out the obvious fact that this was an in-vitro study – a laboratory study, not a clinical study.

In-vitro studies are important, but they cannot be extrapolated to make any conclusion about what actually happens in a human body.

For example, in-vitro studies have shown that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin have an inhibitory effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus; but once tested in actual human beings – they are shown to have no clinical benefit.

In other words – what works in a laboratory, may not work in an actual human being.

Read more : Study Shows 10X Ivermectin Can’t Prevent Severe COVID-19!

Fact #3 : Study Was Based On Liver Cancer Cells

The casual reader of the Lund University study will not realise that Huh7 (or Huh-7) cells are not ordinary liver cells that you or I have.

Huh7 cells were derived from the liver tumour of a 57 year-old Japanese man, and are special because :

  • they are immortal liver cancer cells that can keep multiplying
  • they are highly-susceptible to Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection
  • they are genetically different, with an abnormal number of chromosomes (between 55 and 63, normal human cells have 46)

The Huh7 cell line is useful for the study of liver cancer and Hepatitis C, as well as drugs that may combat HCV; but it is important to understand that Huh7 cells are not representative of normal human cells.

Fact #4 : Huh7 Liver Cells Were Cultured In Plates

For a “more physiologically relevant study of viruses“, these Huh7 cells have to be cultured in a NASA-designed 3D Rotating Wall Vessel (RWV) bioreactor.

These RWV bioreactors create 3D aggregates of Huh7 cells that are more “similar in structure and function” to their in vivo counterparts, with “completely altered gene expression and differentiation patterns“.

In other words, these RWV-grown Huh7 cells look and behave differently, more like regular human cells compared to plate-cultured Huh7 cells.

For the record, the Lund University study used plate-cultured Huh7 cells, and not RWV-grown Huh7 cells.

There is nothing wrong with that, but we should keep in mind that these cells are not an ideal representation of human cells.

This is what a 24-cell culture plate looks like

Fact #5 : Normal Human Cells Don’t Produce LINE-1 Enzyme

The scientists chose to use these Huh7 cells because like many cancerous cells, they express (produce) the LINE-1 enzyme.

LINE-1 is a reverse transcriptase that converts mRNA into DNA, so it is not surprising that the study would show it converting mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into DNA. That is literally what it is meant to do.

Normal human cells have the LINE-1 gene, but it is not expressed. Normal human cells do not produce the LINE-1 enzyme, which is why they could not use regular human cells in this study.

That is also why it is inappropriate to use the Huh7 cell culture to evaluate how mRNA vaccines would actually work or behave in humans.

Fact #6 : Transcribed DNA Did Not Enter Nucleus

The study only looked at whether mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be transcribed into DNA by the LINE-1 enzyme.

As the study showed – yes, it can… because that’s what the LINE-1 enzyme does. But the study does not show that the transcribed DNA entered the cell nucleus and altered human DNA.

While that is plausible, it would require another enzyme called integrase, that viruses produce, to move that DNA into the cell nucleus itself.

Without the integrase enzyme, the DNA transcribed by the LINE-1 enzyme will only float outside, and will never integrate with the DNA inside the cell nucleus.

Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #7 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Modify Our Genes

An mRNA vaccine only contains a limited number of lipid nanoparticles containing those delicate mRNA instructions. So only a limited number of cells are involved in the vaccination process.

Even if it is somehow possible for the mRNA instructions from the vaccine to enter the cell nucleus and integrate with the DNA inside, it will only affect those cells.

Our cells die and are replaced by new cells all the time, so even if hypothetically the vaccine “infects” and modifies the DNA of a few hundred thousand cells, those cells will eventually die and be replaced by new cells without the modified DNA.

It is simply not possible for mRNA vaccines to modify our genes.

Fact #8 : Viruses Integrate With Cell DNA

Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 (diagram below) integrate their genes with the host cell DNA, to hijack the cell and use it to produce copies of itself.

You can see how a typical RNA virus would infect a host cell, convert its RNA into DNA which is moved into the cell nucleus using the integrase enzyme.

HIV-1 virus cell infection, credit : Günther Witzany

Once inside, the viral DNA integrates with the host cell DNA, which gets transcribed into instructions for the cell to produce copies of the virus.

This is the same way how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells, to produce copies of itself to infect even more cells.

If you are truly worried about anything modifying your cell’s DNA, you should try to avoid viral infections like COVID-19. Better still – vaccinate yourself, and get protected against COVID-19!

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Moderna Expands To Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan + HK!

Moderna just announced that they are expanding to four countries in Asia Pacific – Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong!

 

Moderna Expands To Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan + HK!

On 15 February 2022, Moderna announced that it is expanding its commercial network across Asia by creating new subsidiaries in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

These new subsidiaries are meant to support the delivery of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics, and may not involve research and development, or manufacturing.

Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel recently mentioned though that he hopes to “establish one or two new vaccine plants in Asia“.

In May 2021, Moderna announced a collaboration with the South Korean government to explore research and manufacturing in South Korea.

At the end of December 2021, Moderna announced that it would build an mRNA vaccine manufacturing facility in Victoria, Australia.

“2021 was a year of impact for Moderna, and I am proud to see continued growth in 2022 as we expand our presence in Asia. After a decade of pioneering the development of our mRNA platform, we were ready to play a critical role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic globally,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna.

“With the addition of four subsidiaries in Asia, we look forward to new opportunities to leverage our mRNA platform to help solve health challenges, including those with a high burden of disease in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel was recently the subject of speculation and misinformation, after closing his Twitter account. You can read all about it here.

Read more : Did Moderna CEO delete Twitter account and dump his stocks?

 

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Did Moderna CEO Delete Twitter Account + Dump Stock?!

Did Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel delete his Twitter account, and dump most of his Moderna shares?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-02-16 : Added updates from BFMTV
Originally posted @ 2022-02-14

 

Claim : Moderna CEO Deleted Twitter Account + Dumped Stock!

People are claiming that there’s something fishy going on at Moderna, because their CEO – Stephane Bancel – just deleted his Twitter account and sold off a ton of shares in the company!

Days after Pfizer admitted a safety audit could wipe billions off their stock, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel dumped hundreds of millions of dollars in stock. Probably nothing…

#Moderna CEO, Stéphane Bancell #StephaneBancel , sells all his shares [stocks], and on the same day deletes his #Twitter account for no apparent reason!

Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, has deleted his Twitter account and has been selling his shares massively on the stock market since the beginning of December. His employees are also massively selling their shares.

Is Stephane Bancel leaving Moderna for good? CEO shuts his Twitter account and is reportedly selling his stocks!

Read more : Modern CEO Stephane Bancel Arrested For Vaccine Fraud?

 

Moderna CEO Deleted Twitter Account, But Did Not Dump Stock!

These are more misinformation, based on some truth… and here are the reasons why.

Fact #1 : Stephane Bancel Closed His Own Twitter Account

Stephane Bancel’s Twitter account, @sbancel, appears to be deleted on or around 11 February 2022. It now shows the error message – This account doesn’t exist.

A new parody account, @stephane_bancel, was just created, apparently to troll antivaxxers. However, that is not his real account.

When reached by BFMTV, Bancel explained that he closed it because “he hasn’t used it since 2019, [and] hasn’t tweeted for 2 years“.

Fact #2 : He Also Closed His Facebook + Instagram Accounts

Bancel also told BFMTV that he closed his Facebook and Instagram accounts as well.

Fact #3 : No Requirement To Delete Social Media Accounts

@sbancel was Stephane Bancel’s personal Twitter account, and does not belong to Moderna (despite the background logo it uses).

Therefore, the suggestion that he deleted his account because he’s going to leave Moderna is nonsensical.

There is no need for him to delete his personal Twitter account even if he leaves Moderna. Neither do companies like Moderna require their CEO or employees to delete their personal Twitter accounts before leaving.

Fact #4 : Stephane Bancel Hasn’t Been Active Since 2019

The last time Stephane Bancel used his Twitter account appears to be 3 April 2019, when he retweeted a Moderna post about his fireside chat at the Needham & Co Healthcare Conference.

The last time he actually posted a tweet of his own was on 2 April 2019, when he tweeted about Moderna building a new mRNA manufacturing site. Since then, he has not posted or retweeted anything else in almost 3 years.

Fact #5 : Stephane Bancel Only Sold Some Shares

Dale Gamble did a great job on this. He did some digging and found that Bancel was only selling 19,000 shares per week.

At an average share price of $160, that nets him about $3 million per week, or about $30 million in the last 2.5 months.

That is a very nice chunk of cash, but nowhere near the hundreds of millions of dollars, or $400 million dollars worth of stock that he allegedly sold since December 2021.

Fact #6 : Moderna Stock Sales Were Pre-Determined

The sale of Bancel’s Moderna shares were pre-determined as per Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.

That regulation allows company insiders to sell their shares at predetermined times, to avoid accusations of illegal insider trading.

Bancel’s 10b5-1 stock sale plans date back to December 2018, and were modified in September 2019 and most recently, in May 2021.

When reached by BFMTV, Bancel explained that his shares were sold every Wednesday and Thursday since 2019.

I sell them automatically. Every Wednesday and Thursday. It has been this way since 2019. The same amount of sales every week. You can check yourself.

Fact #7 : Stephane Bancel Has Plenty Of Moderna Stock Left

If he continues to sell 19,000 shares per week, he will sell about a million shares per year. That sounds like a lot, but is less than 5% of the Moderna stock he owns.

As Dale Gamble explained, Bancel owned 5.7 million Moderna shares directly, and another 16.1 million shares indirectly as of 10 February 2022.

Even if he sells his Moderna stock at a million shares a year, it will be many years before he finishes selling them all. Stephane Bancel remains Moderna’s largest insider shareholder.

This chart of Stephane Bancel’s Moderna stock holdings by Quartz shows just how many shares he still has left – A LOT.

Bancel also told BFMTV that he has about “31 million shares and stock options” in Moderna.

Fact #8 : There Is No mRNA Vaccine Fraud

While people have suggested that Bancel is selling his Moderna stock because of fraud with the mRNA vaccine trial, that’s nonsense.

People have made these claims of fraud in the clinical trials since the mRNA vaccines were approved at the end of 2020, but until today – there is still no evidence of fraud.

It is easy to make such accusations, but pray tell – where is the evidence?

Fact #9 : Stephane Bancel Had Been Selling Before COVID-19

Another interesting fact that conspiracy theorists and antivaxxers conspicuously do not tell you is that – Stephane Bancel had been steadily selling Moderna shares since September 2019.

This was before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and before Moderna announced the development of their mRNA-1273 vaccine in January 2020.

Moderna stock value has multiplied between 10X and 30X in the last 2 years, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to sell them so early or regularly.

Fact #10 : Other Moderna Execs Sold Stocks To Pay Taxes

SEC filings show that recent sales by Moderna’s CTO and Quality Officer Juan Andres, and CFO David Meline were made automatically to cover taxes on company stock that they received as compensation.

 

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Why Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

Denmark is the first EU country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions, fully opening up despite a massive surge in cases.

Find out why they are able to do that… again.

 

Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

On Tuesday, 1 February 2022, Denmark became the first country in the European Union to lift all COVID-19 restrictions… again.

  • Wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory on public transport, shops and standing clients in restaurant indoor areas.
  • Face masks will only be recommended in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and nursing homes.
  • The COVID-19 digital pass is no longer required to enter nightclubs, cafes, party buses, and to be seated indoors in restaurants, unless required by individual event organisers.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people allowed in indoor gatherings.
  • Social distancing measures will no longer be required.

The Danish government no longer considers COVID-19 to be a “socially critical sickness“, even as the country experienced a massive surge in cases.

There is one notable exception though – unvaccinated travellers, or those who were not previously infected between 11 and 180 days ago, must undergo a COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter Denmark.

Read more : Did 10 countries cancel all COVID-19 tests and vaccinations?

 

Why Denmark Is Able To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

Some antivaxxers are already touting the move by Denmark as evidence that COVID-19 is not serious. After all, they will point out – Denmark currently has the second-highest infection rate in the world.

That’s an intentionally misleading, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Denmark Has Very High Vaccination Rates

Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said that “widespread vaccination and boosters have helped the country open up again“, and it shows :

  • Over 81% of people 5 years and older have been fully-vaccinated.
  • Over 61% of people 12 years and older received their booster dose

Jens Lundgren, a professor of viral diseases at the Copenhagen University Hospital said, “We have been very successful in our national vaccine programme throughout 2021, a lot of people have received two vaccination shots, and a lot have received three doses as well, and many of those doses were provided in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fact #2 : Denmark Has Very Low ICU + Death Rates

Thanks to the high levels of vaccinations, Denmark has experienced very low levels of ICU usage and mortality rates.

Even though they are experiencing a massive surge in new COVID-19 cases, the number of people in ICUs have fallen to only 32.

Even people dying today is far lower than the peak in December 2020, when Denmark experienced far fewer COVID-19 cases.

Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said, “the number of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care is decreasing every day, thanks to vaccination“.

Søren Brostrøm, director-general of Denmark’s Health Authority concurred, “At the same time as infections are skyrocketing, patients admitted to intensive care actually going down. It’s around 30 people in ICU beds right now with a COVID-19 diagnosis, out of a population of 6 million.

Fact #3 : Denmark May Reimpose Restrictions

The Danish authorities held out the possibility that COVID-19 restrictions may return, as it is too early to know whether there will be a new variant that needs to be addressed.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish radio, “I dare not say that it is a final goodbye to restrictions. We do not know what will happen in the fall, whether there will be a new variant.

Denmark had actually lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in September 2021, but reimposed them in the first of a third wave of infections.

So it will not be surprising if they do reimpose COVID-19 restrictions should a new virulent COVID-19 variant start spreading.

Fact #4 : Denmark May Introduce A Fourth Dose

Despite the elation over the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the government has warned that Denmark could see a rise in infections in the coming weeks.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke called on Danes to get tested regularly, so that the country could “react quickly if necessary”.

In addition to the reinstatement of COVID-19 restrictions, the Danish government may introduce a fourth vaccine dose.

I should also point out that Denmark almost exclusively uses mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. They stopped using AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines, citing the risk of rare blood clots.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots – What To Look For?

We can all enjoy the same privilege as the Danes, by adopting the same common sense approach they have.

Help us reach the same goal, by vaccinating yourself and your family against COVID-19!

 

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Full FDA Approval For Moderna Vaccine : What Does It Mean?

Moderna Spikevax is the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive full FDA approval!

Find out what this means, and how it differs from the earlier EUA!

 

Moderna Spikevax Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval!

On 31 January 2022, the US FDA announced that they approved the second COVID-19 vaccine – the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.

It is now allowed to be marketed as the Moderna Spikevax vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 18 years of age and older.

The Moderna vaccine continues to be available under the EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) as a third primary series dose for individuals 18 and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise, and as a single booster dose for individuals 18 years and older.

The full FDA approval was based on updated data from the original clinical trial, with a longer follow-up period. Here are the new findings :

  • the vaccine was 93% effective in preventing COVID-19, and 98% effective in preventing severe disease.
  • most common side effects : pain, redness and swelling at injection site; fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, chills, nausea/vomiting, swollen lymph nodes under the arm, and fever.
  • myocarditis / pericarditis risk : highest in males 18-24 years of age, particularly within 7 days of second dose.

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does Not Matter!

 

Moderna Spikevax Vaccine : Full FDA Approval vs. EUA

The Moderna Spikevax vaccine had been available for use under the EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) since 18 December 2020.

While antivaxxers claim that this is proof that it is still experimental, that is categorically FALSE.

Vaccines approved under EUA have to undergo the same rigorous FDA approval process. They are just issued earlier, after passing critical safety and efficacy trials, to address an emergency.

The full FDA approval is then given after trial participants are followed up for at least 6 months, and the FDA has more time to increase oversight and inspection of manufacturing facilities.

Read more : Full FDA Approval vs EUA for Vaccines : What’s Different?

 

Full FDA Approval For Moderna Vaccine : What Does It Mean?

Some of the press mistakenly claimed that Spikevax is the “new name” for the vaccine. That’s not true – the name was announced many months ago.

It was just not allowed to be officially marketed to the public as Spikevax until it received the full FDA approval.

The full FDA approval will allow governments and private businesses to enact vaccination mandates as they see fit.

  • the military can mandate vaccinations using Moderna Spikevax for their troops,
  • corporations may require vaccinations for their employees to return to the workplace,
  • businesses may limit shopping or dining privileges to only fully-vaccinated people

Despite receiving full FDA approval, Moderna is required to conduct postmarking studies to further assess the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis in people who received their vaccine.

Moderna has also committed to additional studies, including a pregnancy registry study to evaluate pregnancy and infant outcomes of mothers who received their vaccine during pregnancy.

 

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Did Shebby Singh Die From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose?

Did former national footballer Shebby Singh die from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

Take a look at the new “viral” claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-01-16 : Added details of his post-mortem results..

Originally posted @ 2022-01-13

 

Claim : Shebby Singh Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!

Right after news spread of former Malaysian national footballer Shebby Singh’s death, out comes the claim that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Serbegeth Singh (Shebby) had his booster vaccine jab on 7th Jan. The next day he felt unwell but recovered in 2 days.

However on the 12th Jan he decidede [sic] to go cycling and suffered a heart attack while cyclrng [sic] and passed away. So guys after you receive your booster please do not exert yourselves for at least 10 days.

 

No Evidence Shebby Singh Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!

Whenever a celebrity dies, it is astounding how quickly people are claiming that his/her death is due to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Look at how people recently claimed that Betty White and Bob Saget both died from their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose!

Yet the evidence shows that neither celebrities died from the COVID-19 vaccines, and the claims were just anti-vaccination FAKE NEWS.

Here is what we know so far about Shebby Singh, and whether he died from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Fact #1 : Shebby Singh Died From Heart Attack

Serbegeth Singh, popularly known as Shebby Singh, collapsed while cycling in Sunway Iskandar, in Iskandar Puteri in Johor Bahru, at around 7 PM on 12 January 2022.

According to Iskandar Puteri district police chief, Assistant Commissioner Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, Shebby was believed to have died from a heart attack.

This was later confirmed by his autopsy.

Fact #2 : Shebby Singh Autopsy Completed

On 13 January 2022, Serbegeth’s son, Sonuljit Singh stated that his father’s autopsy had been completed, after which his remains were taken to the Nirvana Memorial Centre at Jalan Skudai, for the public to pay their last respects.

His remains would later be taken to the Loke Yew Crematorium in Kuala Lumpur on 14 January 2022, where the public there can pay their respects from 3 PM to 4 PM.

Sonuljit Singh and relatives outside the Sultanah Aminah Hospital. Photo credit : Ben Tan, Malay Mail

Fact #3 : Autopsy Confirmed He Died From Heart Attack

On 16 January 2022, Sonuljit spoke up against the fake news claiming that his father died from the COVID-19 booster shot.

He said that the post mortem indicated that his father died from a heart attack due to existing blockage. He also said that his father had cardiac fibrosis and likely had a silent attack in the past.

“The doctors told us the cause of his death was 99 percent related to a heart attack as his post mortem showed three of his coronary arteries having blockages.

All his vital organs were in perfect working condition, and there were also no signs of any allergic reaction.

His heart was ready to go at any time, and it had nothing to do with the booster shot.”

Sonuljit also shared that his father, siblings and many relatives had a history of similar heart-related ailments.

Fact #4 : Side Effects Are Evidence Of Vaccines Working

Vaccines work by triggering our body’s immune system to identify the pathogen, and make antibodies against it.

Whenever we get vaccinated, we should expect to get some side effects – muscle ache, fever, etc. These side effects generally dissipate quickly, usually within 1-3 days.

That’s our body’s reaction to what it thinks is a real infection. It’s really no different than how our body would behave if we actually got infected.

So, it would not be surprising if Serbegeth felt unwell for 2 days after getting his COVID-19 vaccination.

Fact #5 : No Post-Vaccination Exercise Restriction

Health authorities generally advise against strenuous exercise after getting vaccinated, but there is no actual restriction on exercising after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The advice is generally meant to avoid accidents if people are exercising while having a headache or fever, and to avoid people conflating post-exercise pain or injury with the vaccine.

Only adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine need to avoid strenuous exercise and watch out for symptoms of myocarditis / pericarditis :

Even if we assume that he received the Pfizer booster dose, Serbegeth was 61 years old, and very, very unlikely to suffer from the rare adverse effect of myocarditis / pericarditis.

Fact #6 : Pericarditis / Myocarditis Is NOT Heart Attack

Now, we do not know if Serbegeth even received the Pfizer vaccine, but I have to point out that pericarditis and myocarditis are not the same thing as a heart attack (myocardial infarction).

Myocarditis / pericarditis is the INFLAMMATION of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or outer lining of the heart (pericarditis), causing chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding or fast-beating heart.

It is generally mild, and most will respond well to medicine and rest, and recover completely. They can usually return to normal daily activities once their symptoms improve / resolve.

Myocardial infarction is the IRREVERSIBLE DEATH of the heart muscle due to a PROLONGED LACK of oxygen supply. This is a medical emergency which will result in death if not treated quickly.

Individuals who survive a myocardial infarction will not recover completely, because you cannot restore the dead heart muscle.

Fact #7 : Pericarditis / Myocarditis Is Treatable

Again, we do NOT know if Serbegeth even received the Pfizer vaccine, but I have to point out that even if he did – it would not result in a heart attack.

Myocarditis and pericarditis from vaccines is “often mild, and cases usually resolve after a few days with treatment and rest“.

They also result in noticeable symptoms, so people generally seek treatment before anything serious happens :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

As an avid sportsman, Serbegeth would have noted those symptoms, and sought medical attention. It is doubtful that he would have gone cycling while experiencing such symptoms.

 

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Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Did Bill Gates call for the withdrawal of all COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

This article was originally posted in August 2021, and was updated and reposted because people are re-circulating the fake story on WhatsApp.

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Claim : Bill Gates Calls For Withdrawal Of ALL COVID-19 Vaccines!

People are sharing an article by Daily Expose, claiming that Bill Gates is calling for the withdrawal of ALL COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”!

It’s a VERY long article, so please skip to the next section for the FACTS!

BREAKING – Bill Gates calls for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines; “The vaccines are far more dangerous than anyone imagined”

In a shocking announcement, Bill Gates, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and the major force behind the COVID-19 vaccines, called for all the COVID-19 genetic-based vaccines to be taken off the market immediately.

In an often anguished 19-minute televised speech, Gates said: “We made a terrible mistake. We wanted to protect people against a dangerous virus. But it turns out the virus is much less dangerous than we thought. And the vaccine is far more dangerous than anyone imagined.”

By W. Gelles

 

Truth : Bill Gates Did NOT Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

The truth is – this is yet another fake story by Daily Expose, which is notorious for creating and posting fake news. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Bill Gates Did Not Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates never called for the withdrawal of COVID-19 vaccines. This is a complete fabrication by Daily Expose.

If he actually did that – it would have been big news on mainstream media, but there’s completely no coverage of such momentous news.

Check your favourite news media – CNN, BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, CGTN, etc. See if you can find ANY legitimate news outlet confirming what Daily Expose claimed.

No one reported on it, because the “19-minute televised speech” never happened!

Daily Expose made up the whole story, just like die Basis created the fake German government announcement!

Read more : Did Germany Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold?

Fact #2 : Daily Expose Admitted Faking The Story

Daily Expose fabricated this article as a piece of “satire”, but hid the fact by only mentioning that it’s “satire” at the very bottom of their fake article.

They also misleadingly posted it with the title that said nothing about the article being “satire”. It seems intentional – so that people would think it’s genuine.

And true enough – people thought it was genuine, and they shared it out as factual, making it go viral.

Daily Expose later changed the title to “SATIRE – In an alternate universe Bill Gates has called for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines“.

They also added “a note from the editor”, stating that “when we first published this article we should have made it clear at the beginning that it was satire rather than at the end. We did not do this and we apologise…

However, it’s too late – and they know it – because people continue to share the original version which pretended to be genuine.

Read more : Was Bill Gates Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity?

Fact #3 : Daily Expose Lied That The Rest Is Factual

Even though the Daily Expose editor insisted the article is satire, the writer – W. Gelles, claimed that it’s mostly factual.

Note – The following satire is fictional in that Mr. Gates has made no such speech and the Gates Foundation has not established any funds to compensate vaccine victims or to make available effective, inexpensive COVID-19 remedies. All the rest of the article is factual – W. Gelles

The truth is that the entire article is FALSE – a complete fabrication by W. Gelles and the Daily Expose.

For example, the claim that VAERS captures “only one percent of what’s going on”, and yet reported 13,000 deaths and over half a million adverse events is COMPLETELY FALSE.

The claim that “hydroxycholoroquine is known to be very effective in fighting COVID-19” is also COMPLETELY FALSE. Also false are the claims that the studies that discredited HCQ were retracted.

Everything in their article can be verified as false, but Daily Expose is counting on you not checking their false claims.

Read more : How Antivaxxers Use VAERS To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Proven Safe + Effective

Anti-vaccination proponents are not interested in your health, which is why they keep lying about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines were only approved AFTER they have undergone extensive safety and efficacy tests, involving tens of thousands of volunteers.

And even after receiving Emergency Use Authorisation and full FDA approval, they continue to be monitored for safety and efficacy.

The reason why doctors and health authorities STRONGLY advocate vaccination is because the vaccines have been PROVEN to protect the vast majority of people from getting COVID-19 in the first place.

And even if you do get infected after vaccination, the vaccine will protect you against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

So stop listening to fake news websites like Daily Expose. Protect yourself and your family by vaccinating against COVID-19!

Read more : RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well COVID-19 Vaccines Work!

 

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

Here is what you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids!

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

On 22 October 2021, the US FDA publicly released the Pfizer-BioNTech briefing document on their clinical trial of the COMIRNATY vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

This Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids is different from the COVID-19 vaccine for older children and adults in many ways, so let me summarise the key differences…

Lower Paediatric Dose

The paediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine is only 10 micrograms (mcg). This is only 1/3 of the dose used for adults and adolescents.

Two Doses For Most Children

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine will still be administered as a two-dose primary series for most children 5 through 11 years of age.

However, a three-dose primary series may be given to certain children 5 through 11 years of age:

  • who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or
  • who have been diagnosed with conditions that have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

New 10-Dose Vial

The new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old in age, is supplied in a new 10-dose vial, with an orange cap and a label with an orange border.

Must Be Diluted Before Use

The content of the vial must be diluted with 1.3 ml of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride, to derive 10 doses of 0.2 ml in volume.

Healthcare workers must be aware of this dilution requirement, as the newer Pfizer vaccine with a gray cap (for individuals 12 years and older) no longer requires dilution.

Smaller Intramuscular Injection

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine is given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection. This is a smaller volume than the adult dose – 0.3 ml.

So parents should be aware that the paediatric dose has a lower volume, when observing their children’s vaccinations.

More Stable Formulation

In addition to the lower dose, Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine has an improved formulation that is more stable. For those who want to know what changed, Pfizer :

  • replaced the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with a Tris buffer
  • removed sodium chloride and potassium chloride from the buffer formulation

This new formulation will allow the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 10 weeks, instead of just 4 weeks.

In addition, it will last longer – 12 hours, instead of just 2 hours – at room temperature (up to 25°C / 77°F), after being thawed.

Read more : Did Pfizer add heart attack drug to COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

9 Month Expiry Date

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has a 9-month expiry date, from the printed manufacturing date.

Printed
Manufacturing
Date
9-Month
Expiry Date
06/2021 28 February 2022
07/2021 31 March 2022
08/2021 30 April 2022
09/2021 31 May 2022
10/2021 30 June 2022
11/2021 31 July 2022
12/2021 31 August 2022
01/2022 30 September 2022
02/2022 31 October 2022

90% Efficacious

The study showed that the lower paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Efficacious Against Delta Variant

The study also showed that the Pfizer paediatric vaccine produced high neutralising antibody titres against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant at 1 month after Dose 2.

One Month
After Dose 2
Geometric Mean Titres
(GMT)
Difference
USA-WA1/2020 (Reference) 365.3 +36.5X
B.1.617.2 (Delta) 294.9 +29.5X
Unvaccinated 10 Baseline

Same Dose Interval

Pfizer, however, maintained the same 21-day dose interval. This may mean that the high antibody levels the new paediatric vaccine produces will similarly wane over time, perhaps requiring a booster dose after six months.

As the UK has shown with their AstraZeneca vaccine, increasing the dose interval results in longer-lasting protection.

That said, antibody levels are not an accurate assessment of an individual’s immunity against COVID-19.

Read more : Why delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES efficacy?

Fewer Side Effects

The lower paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine naturally produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted. They were mostly :

  • pain at injection site : 71-74%
  • headache : 54-61%
  • fatigue : 60-66%
  • muscle pain : 27-41%
  • chills : 25-40%
  • joint pain : 13-22%
  • fever : 7-17%

Side note : It is interesting to note that even the placebo causes common symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle pain. This shows just how important it is to conduct a randomised controlled trial.

Likely Safer

The much lower dose should ameliorate, if not eliminate, the risk of myocarditis / pericarditis that was highest in adolescents and young adults.

There were no cases of pericarditis or myocarditis in the Pfizer study that involved over 2,260 children, through approximately 3 months of follow-up after Dose 2.

However, the risk of myocarditis in adolescents is only about 1 in 50,000, so we will only know for sure once mass vaccinations have begun.

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting a full dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

I have no idea if the myocarditis risk is truly lower with the paediatric dose, but it surely cannot be more than the full dose that is currently being administered to adolescents.

 

FDA Panel Recommends Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 26 October 2021, the FDA advisory panel met to discuss the data, and voted 17 in favour (with one abstention) of recommending an emergency use authorisation for the new Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

Children in this age group currently accounts for 9% of reported COVID-19 cases in the US, and approximately 40% of all paediatric COVID-19 cases, with 1/3 of hospitalised children requiring ICU care.

While the risk of hospitalisation and death is relatively low for children, they still suffer from serious complications like :

  • myocarditis
  • multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)
  • long COVID

One UK study, for example, found that 7% to 8% of children continue to have symptoms more than 12 weeks after they were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Read more : What’s The Difference Between Full FDA Approval vs EUA for Vaccines?

 

FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

This was based on their expert panel’s earlier approval, and their own evaluation of the data from Pfizer’s paediatric clinical trial.

Here is a short summary of the US FDA’s findings on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year-old children :

Effectiveness : Immune responses of children 5 through 11 years of age were comparable to those of individuals 16 through 25 years of age. In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.

Safety : The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.

Read more : FDA Authorises Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Children!

Updated @ 2022-01-08 : Added new details of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

Updated @ 2021-11-02 : Added details of the US FDA emergency use authorisation.
Originally posted @ 2021-10-29

 

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Did US Supreme Court Just Cancel Universal Vaccination?!

Did the US Supreme Court just cancel universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe?!

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : US Supreme Court Just Canceled Universal Vaccination!

Alternative health / news websites are YET AGAIN claiming that the Supreme Court just cancelled universal vaccination in the United States!

Allegedly, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a group of scientists filed a lawsuit against Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma, and they won!

It is a long essay, please SKIP to the next section for the FACTS!

URGENT: Supreme Court Has Canceled Universal Vaccination In The United States

Just Got this:

Has not been in the news anywhere. Looks like we are getting closer to the Final Scene in the movie.

Please ALERT everyone in the family, friends and relatives! BREAKING NEWS !

Supreme Court has canceled universal vaccination In the United States, the Supreme Court has canceled universal vaccination.

Bill Gates, US Chief Infectious Disease Specialist Fauci, and Big Pharma have lost a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court, failing to prove that all of their vaccines over the past 32 years have been safe for the health of citizens!

 

Truth : US Supreme Court Did Not Cancel Universal Vaccination!

It’s 2022, and yet again, the US Supreme Court just “cancelled” universal vaccination for the 4th or 5th time?

Just like COVID-19 variants, alternative health / news websites keep regurgitating this fake story for page views.

Let me repeat this yet again – this is FAKE NEWS!

Let’s break down the individual claims, and tell you what the FACTS really are :

Claim : Supreme Court canceled universal vaccination in the United States
Verdict : False

This claim is completely false, because the United States never mandated universal vaccination in the first place!

There is, therefore, no universal vaccination for the Supreme Court to overturn or cancel.

The government continues to have broad authority to make a vaccine mandatory during a public health crisis, as decided by the Supreme Court in their 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

In 1922, the Supreme Court “settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination” in their unanimous Zucht v. King decision.

However, compulsory or mandatory vaccination is quite different from universal vaccination.

Read more : Did Joe Biden Fire Over 200 Marines For Not Taking Vaccine?

Claim : Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci + Big Pharma Lost A Supreme Court Case
Verdict : False

Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma were never part of any US Supreme Court case.

The new, ultra-conservative US Supreme Court did deal public health advocates a blow in 2020, when they ruled against the State of New York in Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But that Supreme Court case had nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates or even Dr. Fauci.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the State of New York cannot bar people from gathering in churches and synagogues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a ruling against New York’s lockdown measures, not vaccines.

I should also point out that all nine justices on the US Supreme Court were fully vaccinated by 5 May 2021, as confirmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

Bill Gates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 2016, Photo Credit : Bill Branson

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is A Senator
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not, and has never been, a US Senator.

The writer probably confused him with his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Filed Supreme Court Lawsuit 
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never filed any lawsuit that was brought before the US Supreme Court.

In July 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of New York, to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

His family actually spoke out AGAINST him, calling him “an outlier in the Kennedy family“, and pointing out that his uncle President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, both promoted vaccinations to stamp out preventable diseases.

He lost that lawsuit on 9 December 2019, after the New York state law was ruled constitutional.

That lawsuit was over the measles outbreak, and happened before the world first became aware of COVID-19 on 31 December 2019.

So it had NOTHING to do with COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccines.

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Changes Our Genetic Material
Verdict : False

It is physically impossible for vaccine mRNA to penetrate the cell nucleus, so it cannot possibly change the cell’s DNA.

The mRNA can only enter the cell cytoplasm, where it is taken up by the ribosomes to create the spike protein.

Vaccines based on the viral vector technology are the ones that enter the cell nucleus, but even that only affects a small number of cells, and does not become part of our DNA.

Vaccines do NOT integrate with our DNA. Vaccines will NOT turn us into GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Causes Irreversible Genetic Changes
Verdict : False

The mRNA instructions in an mRNA vaccine are automatically destroyed by the cell after use. Therefore, they can only exist for a short period of time.

As these mRNA instructions do NOT enter the cell nucleus or combine with our DNA, they cannot possibly cause “irreversible genetic changes”.

Claim : Genetic Engineering Is A Crime
Verdict : False

Genetic engineering is not a crime in any country. However, countries may set limits on what is permissible.

For example, the United States allows the genetic modification of human embryos for research purposes, but forbids its implantation without FDA’s approval.

Genetic engineering is being used to develop cures for diseases like :

  • acute and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • multiple myeloma
  • various muscular dystrophies
  • cystic fibrosis
  • cancers

There have already been a few approved gene therapies :

  • 2003 : Gendicine was approved in China for certain cancers
  • 2011 : Neovasculgen was approved in Russian for peripheral artery disease
  • 2012 : Glybera was approved in the US and the US for lipoprotein lipase deficiency

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine
Verdict : False

A vaccine is simply any biological preparation that gives your body an active, acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The mRNA vaccine is a vaccine, even though it does not use the dead or attenuated (weakened) virus to provide the protection.

It works quite similarly to a viral vector vaccine, in that they both use our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to trigger our body’s immune system.

Think of mRNA vaccines as instructions for your cells to make “enemy soldier puppets” for your immune system to train against.

Read more : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Genetic Defects
Verdict : False

This is complete nonsense. COVID-19 vaccines do not cause genetic defects. Genetic defects are inherited, and cannot be introduced through a vaccine.

Genetic defects are also not caused by the inability to excrete toxins, which our liver and kidneys do every single day!

Vaccines also do not prevent the human body from excreting toxins. If that actually happened, vaccinated people would die within days… which obviously, did not happen.

Claim : Vaccinated People Will Die
Verdict : False

The claim by Michael Yeadon that 0.8% of people will die within 2 weeks of the first vaccination, and the rest will die within 2 years, is absolute nonsense.

Billions of people globally have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and there is no evidence of millions of people dying from the vaccines within two weeks of their first vaccination.

Frankly, if that’s true – they wouldn’t be alive to receive their second and third vaccinations, as billions of people have done.

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Did Australia Admit 79,000 People Had Vaccine Side Effects?

Did the government of Australia just admit that at least 79,000 people had vaccine side effects like pericarditis?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Australia Admitted 79,000 People Had Vaccine Side Effects!

People have been sharing this scary message on WhatsApp, with a link to a YouTube video from the Australian news outlet, 7NEWS :

The Australian government has admitted there have been at least 79,000 COVID-19 vaccine side effects and is now offering compensation to those seriously injured

 

Truth : Australia Did Not Admit 79,000 People Had Vaccine Side Effects

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that uses real news to mislead people, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Tells A Different Story From Viral Message

The video is genuine, and is a 7NEWS report from 29 December 2021, which you can view above.

The fake news creator used it to “sell” the fake news, because he/she knows that 99% of those who read the fake news won’t bother to actually watch the video.

In fact, most will assume that 79,000 people in Australia developed pericarditis from COVID-19 vaccines!

The video actually talks about one man’s experience getting pericarditis from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and how he did not qualify for the federal government’s compensation.

Fact #2 : He Did Not Get Hospitalised Overnight For Pericarditis

The man in the 7NEWS report, Matty John, was admitted to the hospital twice for pericarditis, but in both cases – he did not even need to stay overnight (1:35 in the video).

Hence, he did not qualify for the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme.

According to the TGA, myocarditis and pericarditis from vaccines is “often mild, and cases usually resolve after a few days with treatment and rest“.

Fact #3 : Australian Government Did Not Admit 79,000 People Had Side Effects

To be clear – the Australian government never said that 79,000 people had side effects from the vaccine. It was an estimate mentioned in the news report.

At 0:46 of the video, the reporter clearly said, “It is estimated that 79,000 people had suffered adverse reactions to vaccines“.

Fact #4 : Less Than 2,000 People In Australia Had Pericarditis From Vaccines

As of 19 December 2021, Australia administered 27.7 million doses of mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, and just under 2,000 reported cases of pericarditis.

Even if all reported (but not confirmed) pericarditis cases are considered as related to the mRNA vaccines, that’s an incidence rate of 0.0072%.

The truth is – people do get pericarditis even without vaccination. So the true incidence rate is much lower than “suspected”.

Pericarditis Pfizer Comirnaty
26.2 million doses
Moderna Spikevax
1.5 million doses
All 12-17 yo All 12-17 yo
Suspected Cases 1,860
0.0071%
140 131
0.0087%
10
Likely Cases 720
0.0027%
60 46
0.0031%
2

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Causes More Pericarditis Than Vaccines!

What antivaxxers don’t tell you is that – COVID-19 causes A LOT more cases of pericarditis than vaccines.

This 14 December 2021 study published in Nature look at the outcome of over 38 million people in the United Kingdom from COVID-19 and vaccination.

For your convenience, I summarised their pericarditis findings in this table :

COVID-19
Infection
Pfizer
Comirnaty
AstraZeneca
Vaxzevria
People 3,028,867 11,972,733 19,754,224
Pericarditis 106 52 91
Pericarditis
Incidence
0.0035% 0.00043% 0.00046%
Change
In Risk
Baseline 8.14x
lower risk
7.61x
lower risk

From their findings, COVID-19 infections causes 8X more cases of pericarditis than a COVID-19 vaccine.

It should be obvious by this point that, if you are worried about pericarditis, then you should definitely GET VACCINATED against COVID-19!

 

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NZ Man’s Death From Pfizer Vaccine Myocarditis Explained!

The death of a 26 year-old man in New Zealand from myocarditis has rattled many people, but does it mean that the Pfizer vaccine is dangerous?

Let’s take a look at the facts, and find out the benefits still outweigh the risks!

 

NZ Man’s Death Attributed To Pfizer Vaccine Myocarditis

A 26 year-old man in New Zealand recently died from myocarditis, likely due to his COVID-19 vaccination two weeks ago.

The press have been excitedly reporting on this, with antivaxxers eagerly sharing the news while calling for COVID-19 vaccination to cease immediately.

Is his death evidence that the Pfizer vaccine, or COVID-19 vaccination, is dangerous? Let’s find out…

 

NZ Man’s Death From Pfizer Vaccine Myocarditis Explained!

First, let’s consider the facts of the case.

  • The man developed myocarditis from his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • He did not seek medical advice / treatment for his symptoms.
  • He died within two weeks.

Myocarditis Is Known Adverse Event For mRNA Vaccines

Myocarditis is the INFLAMMATION of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or outer lining of the heart (pericarditis), causing chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding or fast-beating heart.

It is a known adverse effect of the mRNA vaccines that is associated mostly with young males 30 years and younger.

Read more : Did Pfizer Add Heart Attack Drug To COVID Vaccine For Kids?

Myocarditis Is Treatable, But He Did Not Seek Treatment

Vaccine-induced myocarditis is generally mild, and most will respond well to medicine and rest, and recover completely. They can usually return to normal daily activities once their symptoms improve / resolve.

It is unknown why the man did not seek medical help, because he would have developed symptoms like :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

If you received an mRNA vaccine and develop such symptoms, please seek medical attention right away.

Vaccines Reduce Risk Of COVID-19 Myocarditis

The risk of developing myocarditis is about 1 case for every 17,400 doses administered.

That sounds like a relatively high risk, but what you may not realise is that – COVID-19 causes 4X to 6X more cases of myocarditis than vaccines.

A recent study published in Nature Medicine looked at the myocarditis risk of 38.6 million vaccinated people in England, and found that :

  • mRNA vaccines only increased risk of myocarditis in people younger than 40.
  • the first dose of Pfizer vaccine increased myocarditis risk by 6 out of 1 million people.
  • the second dose of Pfizer vaccine increased myocarditis risk by 10 out of 1 million people.
  • COVID-19 infection increased myocarditis risk by 40 out of 1 million people.
  • COVID-19 infection also increased risk of pericarditis, not seen in any of the 3 vaccines.

In other words, you actually reduce your risk of getting myocarditis by getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Read more : Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Death From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Is Rare

Because vaccine-induced myocarditis is symptomatic, people generally seek medical attention and get treated, so deaths are rare.

In New Zealand, only two deaths have been linked to vaccine-induced myocarditis, including this case involving the 26 year-old man who did not seek treatment.

As of 19 December 2021, New Zealand administered just over 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 3.8 million people fully-vaccinated.

Even if we include a third possible case involving a 13 year-old boy that is still under investigation, that’s a mortality rate of just 1 out of 2.67 million doses administered, or just 0.0000375%.

You Are More Likely To Die From COVID-19, Than Myocarditis

I should also point out that you are FAR more likely to die from COVID-19, than vaccine-induced myocarditis.

COVID-19 has an average mortality rate of 2.3%. Assuming 3.8 million New Zealanders were not fully-vaccinated, but got infected with COVID-19 instead, approximately 87,400 of them would have died.

In other words, you are 61,333X more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection, than from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

Obviously, the benefits of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine far outweighs the risks of myocarditis.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends.

Antivaxxers don’t care about the truth, or even your lives. All they want to do is prevent you from protecting yourself and your loved ones using the COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective through massive clinical trials.

Vaccinate yourself and your loved ones to protect them against COVID-19!

 

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Do mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Increase Heart Disease Risk?

Do mRNA COVID-19 vaccines increase the risk of heart disease, as published in the medical journal, Circulation?

Take a look at what the abstract claims, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Increase Heart Disease Risk!

Last month, an abstract published in the medical journal, Circulation, went viral after it claimed to have proven that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines increase the risk of heart disease.

The abstract was dramatically titled “Mrna COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and ACS Risk as Measured by the PULS Cardiac Test: a Warning“.

Using the PULS Cardiac Test, a group headed by Steven R. Gundry claimed that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines increased the 5-year risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) from 11% to a shocking 25%!

These changes resulted in an increase of the PULS score from 11% 5 yr ACS risk to 25% 5 yr ACS risk. At the time of this report, these changes persist for at least 2.5 months post second dose of vac.

We conclude that the mRNA vacs dramatically increase inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observations of increased thrombosis, cardiomyopathy, and other vascular events following vaccination.

 

Truth : mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Increase Heart Disease Risk!

Antivaxxers have been touting this study as a stake into the heart of mRNA vaccines – a study that definitively proves that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause heart disease, and should be stopped at all costs.

The truth is – this is yet another attempt to mislead the public on the safety of mRNA vaccines. mRNA COVID-19 do NOT increase heart disease risk, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was An Abstract, Not Peer-Reviewed Study

The article was an abstract (Abstract 10712), not a peer-reviewed study.

An abstract is meant to be a short factual summary of an actual study, describing its context, methods, results and conclusions.

However, the author – Steven R. Gundry – did not provide the actual study, so it is impossible for anyone to confirm that his results are even accurate, much less peer-review it.

Fact #2 : AHA Published An Expression Of Concern

Circulation is a reputable medical journal, published by Lippincourt Williams & Wilkins for the American Heart Association.

However, that does not mean that everything published in Circulation is peer-reviewed and/or endorsed by the American Heart Association.

In fact, right after the article was published, the journal published an Expression of Concern, noting (with our emphasis) :

Soon after publication of the above abstract in Circulation, it was brought to the American Heart Association Committee on Scientific Sessions Program’s attention that there are potential errors in the abstract.

Specifically, there are several typographical errors, there is no data in the abstract regarding myocardial T-cell infiltration, there are no statistical analyses for significance provided, and the author is not clear that only anecdotal data was used.

We are publishing this Expression of Concern until a suitable correction is published to indicate that the abstract in its current version may not be reliable.

 

Fact #3 : AHA Asked For Abstract Correction

According to Retraction Watch, the Director of National Science Media Relations at the American Heart Association stated that the author was given a deadline to issue his correction :

A correction from the research author has been requested and is due to the American Heart Association by 6:00 pm ET, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. The author’s corrections will undergo review before publication.

Fact #4 : PULs Test Does Not Directly Assess Cardiac Health

The PULs (Protein Unstable Lesion Signature) test is a proprietary blood test developed by GD Biosciences Inc. that claims to detect and diagnose early-stage heart disease in asymptomatic patients.

It does this by looking for plasma levels of 9 proteins that are allegedly the biomarkers of endothelial (blood vessel) damage. So the PULs test does not actually tell us anything about the condition of the patient’s heart.

It only infers the risk of a plaque forming in the blood vessels, that could potentially detach or rupture and lead to a heart attack.

Fact #5 : Measurement Units + 6 PULs Test Results Missing!

While the PULs test looks at 9 protein levels, Dr. Gundry only mentioned three of them. What happened to the other six protein levels?

Did Dr. Gundry forget about them? Or did their results go against the abstract’s dramatic conclusions? How did Circulation let Dr. Gundry post an abstract with ⅓ of the data?

Incredibly, Circulation also allowed Dr. Gundry to publish test results that were devoid of measurement units. Were they measured in mg/dL or pg/ml or PLUs units? Who knows?

No matter how you slice and dice this abstract, no one can come to any conclusion with just ⅓ of the PULs test results that lack even measurement units.

Fact #6 : PULs Test Not Used In Mainstream Cardiology

The PULs test is not used in mainstream cardiology, and its use is limited even in the few countries where it is offered.

For example, in the UK, it is only provided through a single medical practice that appears to be focused on “natural health”. Similarly, it is only available in India through a single provider.

Dr. Lander Foquet, an infectious disease scientist, pointed out that the PULs test was promoted heavily by the abstract author, and is “not something used by a real cardiologist”.

Fact #7 : Dr. Gundry Was Pitching Quercetin

This was not mentioned in the printed Circulation abstract, but presented to the meeting attendees.

In his slide, Results An [sic] Conclusions, Dr. Gundry recommended the use of low-dose aspirin and/or Quercetin to “treat” this increased risk of heart disease from the mRNA vaccines.

Despite the dramatic claim that mRNA vaccines greatly increase inflammation of the heart, his recommended use of a supplement suggests that he doesn’t even believe it’s particularly dangerous.

I should point out that his recommended treatment is based on ZERO EVIDENCE.

Dr. Gundry did not explain why he recommended either “treatment”. Neither did he provide any evidence to back them up.

Credit : Dr. Lander Foquet

Fact #8 : Dr. Gundry Sells Supplements

It should also be noted that Dr. Gundry sells a plethora of dietary supplements under his own brand name – Gundry MD.

There is nothing wrong with creating and selling your own dietary supplements, of course.

But many people would consider that to be a potential conflict of interest that should have been mentioned in the abstract’s disclosure. Dr. Gundry reported no conflict of interest.

Fact #9 : mRNA Vaccine Cardiac Risk Limited To Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Post-marketing monitoring of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have revealed that these mRNA vaccines introduce a small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in young males.

However, there is NO EVIDENCE that mRNA vaccines cause increased risk of heart disease other than the aforementioned myocarditis / pericarditis risk.

Billions of doses of mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have already been administered worldwide in the past 12 months.

If the Gundry abstract is correct, we should have seen MILLIONS of people keeling over from heart attacks in the last year or so. That is obviously not the case at all.

 

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Did WHO Advise Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines?

Did the WHO advise people against taking the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines?

Take a look at the viral claims and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : WHO Advised Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines!

Antivaxxers have sharing videos of WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan saying that “there is no medical evidence that a third dose is necessary” and that it is a “data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix-and-match” of vaccines is concerned.

There are a few videos being circulating, so we shared one example, together with two examples of messages that accompany the videos.

WHO said there is no medical evidence that booster shot is necessary and advised against the mix and match of vaccines – calling it a dangerous trend since there is very little information on doing so.👆🏻

👆WHO advised not to mix the vaccine, as there is no enough data on this mix and match.

 

Truth : WHO Advice On Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines Out Of Context!

This is yet another effort by antivaxxers to discourage people from protecting themselves against COVID-19.

The truth is – WHO’s advice on the booster dose and the mixing of vaccines was taken out of context.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Video Was Recorded On 12 July 2021

First, it is important to note that the video was a slice of the COVID-19 Virtual Press Conference conducted by the WHO on 12 July 2021.

It is now the end of November 2021. Things have changed since then – there is more data on vaccine breakthrough, and the mixing of vaccines (heterologous vaccination).

It is irresponsible and misleading to resurrect an old video to convey a narrative that is contrary to what we know today.

Fact #2 : Viral Messages Are False

The accompanying messages are deliberately lying to you about what the WHO actually said.

You will realise that if you read the entire transcript of the 12 July 2021 WHO press conference, like I did.

  • WHO did not say that there is no medical evidence that booster dose is necessary
  • WHO did not advise against the mixing and matching of vaccines

I will provide more context in the next two segments…

Fact #3 : WHO Called For Sharing Of Vaccines Over Booster Dose

The WHO’s position at that time was that the limited supply of vaccines should be used to vaccinated those who are unvaccinated, rather than used as booster doses.

In that press conference, Dr. Ann Lindstrand pointed out that while there is a decline [in antibodies], you still have good protection as long as you have a full course of any WHO EUL vaccines.

She also said that it is “more important to be able to vaccinated a larger global population” than “to use the limited supply of doses” as booster doses.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan agreed with Dr. Lindstrand and pointed out that the booster dose programme for the 11 high and upper-middle income countries will take up 800 million doses of vaccine at a time when many front-line and healthcare workers remain unvaccinated in other countries.

Read more : Fact Check : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

Fact #4 : WHO Advised INDIVIDUALS Against Mixing Of Vaccines

The WHO’s position at that time is clear – individuals should not mix and match their vaccines as they please.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was specifically referring to “people who say they’ve taken one and they are planning to take another one“.

She goes on to say that, “There are studies going on; we need to wait for that and maybe it will be a very good approach“.

And she warned that, “It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who should be taking a second, third or fourth dose“.

She was clearly talking about individuals taking vaccinations into their own hands. She clarified that later in a tweet :

To clarify, I warned against individuals mixing and matching vaccines on their own.

Fact #5 : Some Vaccines Lose Protection Faster Than Others

It is now the end of November 2021, and studies have shown that the protection from some vaccines wane faster than others.

For example, the RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infections dropped significantly for the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines after a few months.

But as I explained before, that drop in efficacy is not really as important as the vaccine’s protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, their data also showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s protection against ICU admissions dropped very low.

So giving Sinovac vaccine recipients a Pfizer booster dose is clearly the right decision.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Fact #6 : Mixing Vaccines Lead To Better Protection

At least three teams looked into the mixing of COVID-19 vaccines – heterologous vaccination, and they all concluded that it produced BETTER protection.

Sweden

  • More than 100,000 people received a dose of AstraZeneca, followed by an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna)
  • Those who received this mixed were 68% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.
  • Those who received two doses of AstraZeneca were 50% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.

Denmark

  • Those who received AstraZeneca + Pfizer were 88% less likely to get infected by COVID-19.
  • This efficacy is similar to two doses of Pfizer.

France

  • Healthcare workers who received a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines had 50% lower COVID-19 infection rates compared to those who received two doses of Pfizer.

Both the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines, are not only SAFE, they offer BETTER protection against COVID-19.

Do not let these lies by antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19.

 

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