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A series of comments on the article's PubPeer appears to entirely invalidate the paper's conclusion; the paper commits several classic errors which have been previously discussed on skeptics.se. First is misuse of adverse event databases, exactly as discussed here. These sorts of adverse event databases do not establish causality; it is simply a list of all ...


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I'll address your last question first, starting with the mantra of science and statistics: Correlation doesn't equal causation There is a common anecdote in my home country about the mayor of a coastal city that commissioned a study to understand factors that relate to the number of drownings. One of the factors that the study showed to be strongly ...


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Update (7/9/21): The paper was retracted on July 2, 2021. The retraction cited the same concern that not all deaths reported to national government systems are necessarily caused by the vaccine, while the paper incorrectly assumed that all such reported deaths were caused by the vaccine. Do COVID-19 vaccines cause 2 deaths for every 3 deaths they prevent? ...


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As per context from the Bannon-hosted interview, the claim was made in the context of the US FDA approval for vaccinating the 12-15 y.o., so I'll address it [only] in that regard. The claims is unsubstantiated from what I/we know so far, simply because there were zero deaths in the vaccinated group in the clinical trial that led to this (provisional) ...


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This has been fact-checked extensively: All following quotes are from the Washington Post. It may be a stunning picture, but it’s also a highly misleading and cherry-picked one. The most crucial thing to note at the outset is that just because someone died after getting the vaccine doesn’t mean they died because of it. So when Tucker Carlson says "a ...


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Almost all studies in this arena are correlative-based and not causation-based, so that I would take them all with a grain of salt. I would all suggest that Weiler and Thomas (2020) omit some important data, such as those that die from the disease from which they could have been vaccinated, and these are important data points. You raise some good points as ...


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Does Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty/Tozinameran mRNA vaccine contain anything derived from animals, specifically animal-derived cholesterol, making it non-vegan? No. Neither the cholesterol nor any other ingredient is animal-derived. The UK Department of Health and Social Care published a "Public Assessment Report" last updated on June 4, 2021. In ...


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I think the explanation for "oddity" in those numbers (besides the fact that they don't capture causality) is that in usual circumstances vaccines are mostly administered to children, so most deaths are in that group. From a paper that looked at a similar (albeit not exactly the same VAERS year range): Deaths Reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event ...


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The referenced claim misuses statistics from a study of the vaccines effects based on V-Safe data. The study finds that of 824 completed pregnancies of vaccinated women, 104 of the pregnancies were completed due to miscarriage. The letter to the editor claims that in 700 of the pregnancies, the vaccine was administered after 20 weeks when women are at much ...


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No, the 2012 study says nothing about Covid-19 vaccines. In fact, it's been so over-used by the anti-vaxxers that one of the study's authors was interviewed by Reuters back in February 2021: A video which uses a research paper to argue that mRNA vaccines will make people fatally weakened to other diseases makes untrue claims about the study, according to ...


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The story appears to be mostly true. It was told by the niece of one of the men who participated in the early experiments. Note that these experiments were before there was even an experimental vaccine. They are still working on getting samples of the rabies virus. Any exposure to the rabies virus would have been a death sentence for the exposed person. ...


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Does the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine “boost antibody levels”? Yes, at least in certain cases. Two published studies in patients with solid organ transplants (i.e. people who are immunocompromised) have reported that more patients have an antibody titer after a third vaccine dose compared to before the third dose, and that patients with a low-positive ...


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David Gorski has some (updated) comments about the methodology of the study such as: The authors claim that RIOV “reflects the total number of billed office visits per condition per group, reflecting the total disease burden on the group and the population that it represents,” but no good analysis or references are provided to show that RIOV does, in fact, ...


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Since this Q is going for a more direct comparison of deaths "after" Covid-19 vaccines vs deaths "after" influenza ones (per 1st para in the quote), as detailed in an answer to a linked question, which would have been more fitting to give here, the flu vaccines have a different mandatory reporting standard to VAERS, compared to Covid-19 ...


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CDC, updated Apr 27, 2021: Over 230 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through April 26, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 3,848 reports of death (0.0017%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC ...


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Those numbers might be true but are not comparable. First, VAERS is a self-reporting system, but it's predominantly used by health care professionals who report things that meet certain criteria. https://vaers.hhs.gov/faq.html VAERS accepts reports from anyone. Patients, parents, caregivers and healthcare providers (HCP) are encouraged to report adverse ...


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It is worth noting that almost all of the conditions listed in the chart, unless they are unusually severe, do not need professional medical intervention. Skin rashes, coughs, minor to moderate asthma, many eye and ear infections etc. either go away on their own, can be treated with over-the-counter medicine or, if they become chronic, can be manged with ...


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People have claimed that their bodies are magnetic and attract metal objects for many decades. It's a surprisingly easy trick to pull off. The Science Based Life blog explains: The “magnetic” ability is based entirely on friction. First, the objects that are placed on the body typically have smooth surfaces (such as metal or glass) which have a good amount ...


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tl;dr; Yes, but that in no way implies the vaccines are ineffective at one year because there are immune responses besides simple antibody count (which is what prevents initial infection). Yes, BUT (at least referencing the mRNA) vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in preventing severe illness as a result of infection: The data, involving nearly ...


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First off - I am not professionally involved with science, nor medicine. But I heard the same statement, that "flu vaccine make us more vulnerable to COVID-19" and was also curious. Here are the results of my research. Also - there is a conclusion in the end if you don't want to read the whole post. Research papers that are saying flu vaccine make ...


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Some quick searches shows the author appears to be a legitimate scientist with published papers (however, none about vaccines), a speaker in the field of vaccines, and on the advisory board of Vaccines Summit-2021 (those are both conferences listed by the CDC). He's not a quack. But the "paper" in question is just an open letter. It's five pages of ...


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Is there any evidence that leans towards either 3 or 8 weeks gap as providing better protection than the other to an individual? Providing a second dose earlier is recommended for the individual so that they will experience "full" protection earlier rather than later. As the WHO has noted, spreading out the second dose "enhances peak antibody ...


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Do young Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recipients have 200x the background rate of myocarditis/pericarditis? No. Myocarditis/pericarditis cases appear in male Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recipients between 16 and 24 years old at 5 to 25 times the background rate, not 200 times. How the claim arose: Among males 18-24 years old, 219 cases of myocarditis/pericarditis ...


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It's probably impossible to examine the actual intent, but I think we can look at whether this decision seems unusual in some way. One way is to compare this first interim analysis with the other approved vaccines that came along at around the same time as well as the general reactions by experts at that time. The first planned interim analysis was ...


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It seems to be peer-reviewed, but that's not really conclusive of the study's quality. The article itself admits in its abstract that it's only looking at correlation, not causation: In this study, which only allowed for the calculation of unadjusted observational associations They also used a convenience sample, children that showed up at 3 clinics. And ...


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The attribution in the question is incorrect. This quote from the article: Vaccines based on mRNA […] are still based on animal cholesterol, which has several disadvantages. For the industrial production of vaccines, the cholesterol is extracted from sheep's wool or animal tissue, for example. Here, however, there is a risk of triggering brain diseases ...


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I believe that I can answer my own question, since user "Fizz" already answered almost the same question that I posted on medicalsciences.stackexchange.com - Is there a reason to be anxious about claim that COVID-19 vaccine could turn out to be inducing infertility in females? According to experts quoted by AP: while syncytin-1 and the spike ...


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There's some data that suggests that a third dose increases efficacy. 90 participants received a third dose and antibody titres were significantly higher following a third dose (FRNT50 612 [IQR 351-920]) when compared with the response 28 days after a second dose (FRNT 50 319 [IQR 176-591]. T-cell responses were also boosted after a third dose. ...


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Just doing basic data analysis of the charts shows little relevance between DDT and polio. Polio went up before DDT in most cases, as well as going down before DDT use was reduced, not to mention that polio went down during an increase of DDT use in 1951. Also, polio was dramatically reduced in the late '50's while DDT in the body fat was still climbing. ...


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The reported number of 14 adolescent "deaths from vaccination" is entirely consistent with the expected background mortality in that age group from unrelated medical reasons. The CDC database https://wonder.cdc.gov/ permits designing your own queries. The overall mortality from medical causes (i.e., no accidents, suicide and assault) excluding ...


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