I'm sure many of us have been following the controversy over the Center for Disease Control's VAERS database ("Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System"). The CDC says about it:
- VAERS is an early warning system used to monitor adverse events that happen after vaccination. VAERS is the frontline system of a comprehensive vaccine safety monitoring program in the United States. It is one of several systems CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) use to help ensure all vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, are safe.
- VAERS gives vaccine safety experts valuable information so they can assess possible safety concerns related to vaccines, including new COVID-19 vaccines. It is especially useful for quickly detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of health problems (also called “adverse events”) that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine.
- If a health problem is reported to VAERS, that doesn’t mean that the vaccine caused the problem. It warns vaccine safety experts of potential problems that may need investigation and alerts them to take further action, as needed.
- Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines. Other than rare reports of severe allergic reactions, analysis of VAERS reports has not detected any patterns that would indicate a safety problem with COVID-19 vaccines.
Sounds excellent, doesn't it? - until one remembers that this program is run by the CDC . . . the same CDC that insisted on quarantines, shutdowns, mask mandates and other measures that have since been conclusively proven by multiple international studies to have been either useless, or of minimal effect, in stopping the spread of COVID-19, while helping to destroy the foundation of many economies around the world. On the basis of that track record, if you expect me to believe the CDC's assurances about COVID-19 in future, you can think again. My instant reaction to any CDC pronouncement will be suspicion and distrust, and a resounding "Prove it!"
I note that CDC itself says that incidents reported to VAERS are not necessarily caused by the vaccine; that's for further investigation to determine. Fair enough. Nevertheless, there's so much obfuscation that it's dangerous, in my opinion. Tucker Carlson pointed this out last month. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
Some critics have argued for a long time that VAERS undercounts vaccine injuries. A report submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 concluded that "fewer than one percent of vaccine adverse events are reported" by the VARES system. Fewer than one percent. So what is the real number of people who apparently have been killed or injured by the vaccine? Well, we don’t know that number. Nobody does, and we’re not going to speculate about it. But it’s clear that what is happening now, for whatever reason, is not even close to normal. It’s not even close to what we’ve seen in previous years with previous vaccines.
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Most vaccines are not accused of killing large numbers of people. The Menveo vaccine, for example, is given to people around the world, often children, to prevent bacterial meningitis. In this country, only one person died from that vaccine in the entire period between 2010 and 2015. One. So, compare that to what’s happening now. In just the first four months of this year, the U.S. government has recorded more deaths after COVID vaccinations than from all other vaccines administered in the United States between mid-1997 and the end of 2013. That’s a period of fifteen and a half years. Again, more people, according to VAERS, have died after getting the shot in four months during a single vaccination campaign than from all other vaccines combined over more than a decade and a half ... We spoke to one physician today who actively treats COVID patients. He described what we’re seeing now as the single deadliest mass-vaccination event in modern history. Whatever is causing it, it is happening as we speak. So you’d think someone in authority might want to know what’s going on.
If the vaccine injury reporting system is flawed — and it clearly is flawed — why hasn’t it been fixed? And more to the point, why has there not been an independent vaccine safety board to assess what’s happening. And reassure people who stumble across official government numbers on the internet. But amazingly, none of that has been done. No one even mentions the numbers. And in fact, you’re not allowed to. You’ll be pulled off the internet if you do. The people in charge do not acknowledge them. Instead, they warn us about what might happen if we don’t take the vaccine.
There's more at the link.
Tucker Carlson's report was instantly pilloried by every left-wing, progressive outlet on the Internet and in the news media. He'd dared to stand up against the "party line", so he had to be excoriated, denounced, vilified and discredited at all costs. It didn't work, of course, because he could back up every allegation he made . . . but how many Americans never heard about that? They were simply told by the mainstream news and social media that he was lying, or exaggerating, or perpetuating "fake news". There were very few actual analyses of what he said (you can read one example here, which I recommend as a counterweight to his report - you'll have to decide for yourself who you believe). In most cases, it was just a chorus of "Ignore him, trust the authorities, and do what you're told!" That overwhelming reaction, in itself, tells me Mr. Carlson is on to something.
There are those who say, "Oh, death numbers aren't a valid comparison! You need to look at the number of deaths versus the number of people vaccinated. If you take the former as a proportion of the latter, it's minuscule." That may be so - I'm not qualified to comment - but it doesn't alter the dreadful reality of the total number of deaths. It's cold comfort to those who've already died, and even colder comfort to those who feel they're being forced to get a vaccine that they know full well may prove fatal.
Some of the medical reactions to the vaccine that are now being discussed - the spread of "spike proteins" to every organ in the body, effects on cardiac health, blood clots, etc. - are anything but comforting. You can read up on them for yourself; a simple Internet search will provide plenty of links. Unfortunately, the CDC and other authorities are not responding vigorously to these reports. Instead, they talk vaguely of "investigating" them, as if finding out after months or years that they're true or false is an adequate response. To those of us under pressure to get vaccinated, that's hardly reassuring.
To make matters worse, the CDC's lukewarm response may be condemning more victims even as they dither. Consider the alleged effects of vaccination on the heart muscle. Young people - teenagers and early twenties - appear particularly vulnerable to this complication. "Now there is a very real possibility we are going to see some percentage of the vaccinated who will need heart transplants in the next ten to thirty years." Oh, great! In that case, why not pause vaccinations until we know for sure whether there's a link?
There's also the issue that those of us who've already had COVID-19 are unlikely to benefit from being vaccinated.
A recent study finds people who have already had Covid-19 are unlikely to get any benefit from vaccination, because they already have immunity from their infection.
The study was conducted on employees of the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
It's in line with the initial studies by vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer, which also did not find a benefit to vaccinating people who have already had Covid-19.
The findings directly contradict ... guidance distributed by CDC.
Again, more at the link.
In the midst of this blizzard of information, misinformation and disinformation, propaganda and counter-propaganda, who do we believe? Who do we trust? As far as I'm concerned, after the exposure of Dr. Fauci as a lying, deceitful bureaucrat who's deliberately conned the American public for well over a year, I'm not inclined to trust anyone who agrees with him.
I'm not going to get vaccinated unless and until there's clarity on all of these issues, and the ultimate safety of the vaccine is assured - and that can't be assured unless and until the manufacturers no longer insist on legal protection against liability for the consequences of using their product.
I refuse to be stampeded into doing something that might kill me. It's as simple as that.