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“ARREST BILL GATES!” – Roaring Massive ‘Super Protest’ Ascends Outside of TED Talk Ahead Of Gates’ Keynote Speech – Media Silent

Alicia Powe
Published April 11, 2022

Thousands of outraged freedom activists surrounded the Vancouver Trade & Convention Center in Canada on Sunday demanding the arrest of Bill Gates ahead of the globalist billionaire’s keynote appearance at TED Talk where he has previously outlined plans for depopulation through the vaccines.

Opponents of COVID-19 mandates have been mobilizing for weeks to publicly shame the billionaire magnate who has religiously promoted experimental gene modification injections that have taken millions of lives around the globe and left others critically injured.

Chris Sky, an ardent freedom activist who has been arrested multiple times while protesting vaccine mandates in Canada, led the massive crowd of protesters to peacefully march to the front door of the convention center.

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“They put up all these barricades and they tried to ostracize us into this little corner here,” Sky warned. “And it makes perfect sense. They’re all about optics. They want to be able to show the world that this TED Talk happened and it had the full support of the city of Vancouver and the people of Vancouver so then it looks like the agendas on the TED Talk also have the support of everyone in Vancouver. So I want to propose a little something to screw with their optics. I want to do a quick march to the front door of the convention center.”

WATCH: 

“Arrest Bill Gates! Arrest Bill Gates!,” scores of fed-up demonstrators thunderously roared.

WATCH: 

“According to various Facebook posts, convoys have been organized from Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, and possibly even Alberta,” Straigt.com reports.

Gates is hellbent on “modifying our DNA,” a demonstrator cautioned during a speech at the “Super Protest,” but, “He is not our God. He is not a doctor. It’s not a pandemic, it’s a pandemic. He’s not elected but he thinks he is more important than the government itself.”

Thailand Pays Out $45 Million to 15,933 People Following Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions

Jim Hoft
March 14th, 2022

From May 19, 2021 to March 8 this year, Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has paid about 1.509 billion baht ($45.65 million) as financial aid to people who suffered adverse reactions after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, local news reported.

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) is responsible for the financial support program.

“In case of death or permanent disability, each family will receive 400,000 baht ($11,900). 240,000 baht ($7,178) is paid for those who lose a limb or sustain a disability which affects their livelihood, and 100,000 baht ($2,990) is paid to those who suffer a chronic illness,” Thai PBS reported.

According to NHSO, a total of 15,933 so far have filed complaints of adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines, 2,328 complaints were rejected.

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Phnom Penh Post reported:

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has so far paid 1.509 billion baht ($45.65 million) as compensation to 12,714 people who developed side-effects after they received Covid-19 vaccines.

The NHSO on March 9 reported that from May 19, 2021 to March 8 this year, a total of 15,933 people had filed complaints of negative reactions to Covid-19 vaccines.

The NHSO said 2,328 complaints were rejected after it ruled that the side-effects were not related to the vaccinations.

Of the rejected cases, 875 complainants are appealing against the earlier decision of the NHSO.

It added that 891 cases were pending consideration.

CDC Director Walensky Admits She Found Out Vaccines were Effective by Watching CNN

Jim Hoft
Published March 8, 2022

Robert Kennedy Jr. tweeted out a report from his organization the Children’s Health Defense on Tuesday on CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s recent talk in St. Louis. Walensky spoke at a Washington University event where she admitted that the medical elites relied too much on the vaccine as a “cure-all” and disregarded treatments.

This is something the rest of us already knew. There was not prescribed treatment for COVID patients and now nearly one million Americans are dead!

Dr. Walensky also said she found out about the effectiveness of the vaccines by watching CNN.
Stunning!

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), became the latest prominent official to contradict key aspects of the official COVID-19 narrative of the past two years.

In a March 3 appearance at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Walensky was interviewed by Dr. William G. Powderly, co-director of the institution’s Division of Infectious Diseases.

During the interview, Walensky said she learned COVID vaccines were effective from watching CNN. She also admitted health officials relied too heavily on vaccines as a “cure-all” of sorts for COVID, and said vaccine makers didn’t warn the agency that the vaccines would be less effective against potential variants.

She also admitted that the science, far from being “settled,” is “gray” instead of “black and white.”

Documents Reveal Hundreds of Media Companies, Including Conservative Media, were Paid by Federal Government to Promote the COVID-19 Vaccines

Jim Hoft
March 7th, 2022

New documents obtained by The Blaze Media through FOIA request revealed that HHS paid major media organizations including cable TV news stations, publications, digital media companies, and many more to promote the Covid-19 vaccine narrative as part of a “comprehensive media campaign.

HHS did not disclose how much money the agency had spent on each media platform to push their narrative and spin positive stories about the experimental vaccines.

According to Emerald Robinson, this is the largest and most comprehensive breach of journalistic ethics in history.

“That is the largest and most comprehensive breach of journalistic ethics that has ever occurred. Almost everybody took the money. Almost everybody lied about the vaccines (knowingly or unknowingly). Almost everybody refused to report anything negative about the vaccines — because they were paid to close their eyes. Almost everybody is implicated,” Robinson wrote.

Blaze Media reported:

HHS revealed that it purchased advertising from major news networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as cable TV news stations Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, legacy media publications including the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, and hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations. These outlets were collectively responsible for publishing countless articles and video segments regarding the vaccine that were nearly uniformly positive about the vaccine in terms of both its efficacy and safety.

Hundreds of news organizations were paid by the federal government to advertise for the vaccines as part of a “comprehensive media campaign,” according to documents TheBlaze obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Biden administration purchased ads on TV, radio, in print, and on social media to build vaccine confidence, timing this effort with the increasing availability of the vaccines. The government also relied on earned media featuring “influencers” from “communities hit hard by COVID-19” and “experts” like White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and other academics to be interviewed and promote vaccination in the news.

The Biden administration engaged in a massive campaign to educate the public and promote vaccination as the best way to prevent serious illness or death from COVID-19.

Congress appropriated $1 billion in fiscal year 2021 for the secretary of health to spend on activities to “strengthen vaccine confidence in the United States.” Federal law authorizes HHS to act through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to award contracts to public and private entities to “carry out a national, evidence-based campaign to increase awareness and knowledge of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for the prevention and control of diseases, combat misinformation about vaccines, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based vaccine-related information, with the goal of increasing rates of vaccination across all ages … to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Read more here.

FDA Releases 10,000 More Pfizer Vaccine Documents. What Will They Reveal?

Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D., Children’s Health Defense
March 6th, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a 10,000-page cache of documents pertaining to the Emergency Use Authorization of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine. An initial review shows the documents containing details about animal studies, adverse events experienced by trial participants, the makeup of Pfizer’s internal review committee … and more.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a 10,000-page cache of documents pertaining to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine.

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The documents provide more insights into the FDA’s process for approving the vaccine, and may also shed more light on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and the number and nature of adverse effects that were observed during the clinical trials and the first months after the EUA was issued.

The documents were made public as part of a court-ordered release schedule stemming from an expedited Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT).

PHMPT, a group of medical and public health professionals and scientists from Harvard, Yale, UCLA and other institutions, submitted the request in August 2021.

The FOIA request asked for the approximately 400,000 pages of documents pertaining to the approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to be made public, including safety and effectiveness data, adverse reaction reports and a list of the vaccine’s active and inactive ingredients.

When the FDA ignored the request, PHMPT sued the agency in September 2021, taking the case to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. On Feb. 2, federal judge Mark Pittman issued an order requiring the FDA to release redacted versions of the documents in question according to the following disclosure schedule:

  • 10,000 pages apiece, due on or before March 1 and April 1, 2022.
  • 80,000 pages apiece, to be produced on or before May 2, June 1 and July 1, 2022.
  • 70,000 pages to be produced on or before Aug. 1, 2022.
  • 55,000 pages per month, on or before the first business day of each month thereafter, until the release of the documents has been completed.

The cache of documents made public on March 1, available on PHMPT’s website, represents the first release of such documents following the issuance of Pittman’s order in February.

However, the FDA released smaller sets of documents in November and December 2021 and January 2022, while the legal case was ongoing.

What do the documents reveal?

The first batch of documents, produced in November 2021 and totaling a mere 500 pages, revealed safety concerns and the fact that more than 1,200 vaccine-related deaths occurred within the first 90 days following the release of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine.

The documents also revealed a nine-page list of adverse events observed during that same period. The list recently was circulated widely on social media and wrongly attributed to the set of documents released March 1.

This may be because the March 1 document release garnered widespread attention among those following the issue, likely delivering traffic to PHMPT’s website, which catalogs all of the documents that have been released thus far.

Major media outlets, however, have not covered the latest release of documents and, as of this writing, there has been only limited coverage by smaller media outlets. That may be due, at least in part, to the vast volume of information and data to sort through.

Endpoints News, a publication focusing on the pharmaceutical industry, published a dismissive article regarding the release of the latest cache of documents.

The publication’s editor, Zachary Brennan, reported the documents contain mundane information that is “typical for any drug or vaccine application” and that “will give readers a good overall sense of the required documentation necessary to apply for a drug or vaccine approval at the FDA.”

Such information includes, according to Brennan, “more than 100 pages worth of anonymous safety-related tables of data” and “unidentified participants’ gender, age and BMI.”

Other documentation pertains to “the standard, nearly $2.9 million user fee payment to FDA from Pfizer” and to “the confidential nonclinical overview for the vaccine,” Brennan said.

Brennan noted some documents included in the cache, such as the fast track designation letter and Pfizer’s request for a waiver from adding a suffix to the vaccine’s name, are “not typically released” to the public.

Triple-Jabbed Queen Elizabeth II, 95, Positive for Coronavirus

JACK MONTGOMERY
February 20th, 2022

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms.

Palace officials said Sunday that the 95-year-old British monarch will continue with light duties.

“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines,” the palace explained in a statement quoted by the BBC.

The Queen has received three jabs of coronavirus vaccine.

Both her eldest son Prince Charles, with whom she has been in contact, and daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also recently been infected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

HERE’S THE LIST: 1,000 Different Studies Show Extensive Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccines Adverse Events

Jim Hoft
February 9th, 2022 

Are you tired of debating with your liberal friends and family on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Informed Choice Australia made a list of ‘peer-reviewed’ medical papers submitted to various medical journals, showing extensive evidence of adverse events in the COVID-19 vaccines.

The list only includes the studies made up to January 20 concerning the adverse reaction from COVID-19 vaccines, such as myocarditis, thrombosis, thrombocytopenia, vasculitis, cardiac, Bell’s Palsy, immune-mediated disease, and many more.

Read the first 48 studies below:

  1. Myocarditis after mRNA vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, a case series: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666602221000409
  2. Myocarditis after immunization with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in members of the US military. This article reports that in “23 male patients, including 22 previously healthy military members, myocarditis was identified within 4 days after receipt of the vaccine”: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2781601
  3. Association of myocarditis with the BNT162b2 messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine in a case series of children: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34374740/
  4. Acute symptomatic myocarditis in seven adolescents after Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2021/06/04/peds.2021-052478
  5. Myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA: practical considerations for care providers: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0828282X21006243
  6. Myocarditis, pericarditis and cardiomyopathy after COVID-19 vaccination: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1443950621011562
  7. Myocarditis with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.056135
  8. Myocarditis and pericarditis after COVID-19 vaccination: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2782900
  9. Myocarditis temporally associated with COVID-19 vaccination: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.055891.
  10. COVID-19 Vaccination Associated with Myocarditis in Adolescents: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2021/08/12/peds.2021-053427.full.pdf
  11. Acute myocarditis after administration of BNT162b2 vaccine against COVID-19: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33994339/
  12. Temporal association between COVID-19 vaccine Ad26.COV2.S and acute myocarditis: case report and review of the literature: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1553838921005789
  13. COVID-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis: a case report with review of the literature: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871402121002253
  14. Potential association between COVID-19 vaccine and myocarditis: clinical and CMR findings: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1936878X2100485X
  15. Recurrence of acute myocarditis temporally associated with receipt of coronavirus mRNA disease vaccine 2019 (COVID-19) in a male adolescent: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002234762100617X
  16. Fulminant myocarditis and systemic hyper inflammation temporally associated with BNT162b2 COVID-19 mRNA vaccination in two patients: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167527321012286.
  17. Acute myocarditis after administration of BNT162b2 vaccine: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214250921001530
  18. Lymphohistocytic myocarditis after vaccination with COVID-19 Ad26.COV2.S viral vector: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352906721001573
  19. Myocarditis following vaccination with BNT162b2 in a healthy male: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735675721005362
  20. Acute myocarditis after Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccination in a healthy male with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1930043321005549
  21. Acute myocarditis after vaccination with SARS-CoV-2 mRNA-1273 mRNA: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589790X21001931
  22. Acute myocarditis after SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in a 24-year-old man: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0870255121003243
  23. A series of patients with myocarditis after vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 with mRNA-1279 and BNT162b2: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1936878X21004861
  24. COVID-19 mRNA vaccination and myocarditis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34268277/
  25. COVID-19 vaccine and myocarditis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34399967/
  26. Epidemiology and clinical features of myocarditis/pericarditis before the introduction of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in Korean children: a multicenter study https://search.bvsalud.org/global-literature-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/resourc e/en/covidwho-1360706.
  27. COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34246566/
  28. Myocarditis and other cardiovascular complications of COVID-19 mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines https://www.cureus.com/articles/61030-myocarditis-and-other-cardiovascular-complications-of-the-mrna-based-covid-19-vaccines
  29. Myocarditis and other cardiovascular complications of COVID-19 mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines https://www.cureus.com/articles/61030-myocarditis-and-other-cardiovascular-complications-of-the-mrna-based-covid-19-vaccines
  30. Myocarditis, pericarditis, and cardiomyopathy after COVID-19 vaccination: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34340927/
  31. Myocarditis with covid-19 mRNA vaccines: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.056135
  32. Association of myocarditis with COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in children: https://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/association-of-myocarditis-with-mrna-co vid-19-vaccine-in-children/
  33. Association of myocarditis with COVID-19 messenger RNA vaccine BNT162b2 in a case series of children: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2783052
  34. Myocarditis after immunization with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in members of the U.S. military: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2781601%5C
  35. Myocarditis occurring after immunization with COVID-19 mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2781600
  36. Myocarditis following immunization with Covid-19 mRNA: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2109975
  37. Patients with acute myocarditis after vaccination withCOVID-19 mRNA: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/fullarticle/2781602
  38. Myocarditis associated with vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA: https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.2021211430
  39. Symptomatic Acute Myocarditis in 7 Adolescents after Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/148/3/e2021052478
  40. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging findings in young adult patients with acute myocarditis after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination: a case series: https://jcmr-online.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12968-021-00795-4
  41. Clinical Guidance for Young People with Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA: https://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/clinical-guidance-for-youth-with-myocarditis-and-pericarditis
  42. Cardiac imaging of acute myocarditis after vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34402228/
  43. Case report: acute myocarditis after second dose of mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine: https://academic.oup.com/ehjcr/article/5/8/ytab319/6339567
  44. Myocarditis / pericarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccine: https://science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_98291.html
  45. The new COVID-19 mRNA vaccine platform and myocarditis: clues to the possible underlying mechanism: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34312010/
  46. Myocarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccination: echocardiographic, cardiac tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging findings: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.121.013236
  47. In-depth evaluation of a case of presumed myocarditis after the second dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.056038
  48. Occurrence of acute infarct-like myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination: just an accidental coincidence or rather a vaccination-associated autoimmune myocarditis?: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34333695/

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CDC Admits Natural Immunity Trumps Vaccine Immunity — 5 Months After Touting Vaccines as Superior

David Charbonneau, Ph.D.
February 2nd, 2022

A Jan. 19 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed natural immunity against COVID was at least three times as effective as vaccination alone at preventing people from becoming infected with the Delta variant.

Overall, the study showed natural immunity outperformed vaccine immunity when it came to preventing infection and hospitalization from Delta.

The results contradicted a previous CDC study, published in August 2021, which concluded vaccination was better than natural immunity. The CDC issued a media statement about the August study, which was widely covered by mainstream press.

When a much larger Israeli study was published two weeks later, finding the opposite, the CDC did not offer any comment or analysis on the new data.

“The CDC is now finally revising its position five months later,” said Dr. Madhava Setty, senior science editor for The Defender. “This is a major problem with the CDC and its data. They have been opaque and late to the game from the beginning.”

Are vaccines interfering with natural immunity?

The latest CDC study examined four categories of people in California and New York between May and November 2021: unvaccinated and vaccinated who survived a previous COVID infection, and unvaccinated and vaccinated who had never been infected.

While the highest case rates were among those who had neither previous exposure nor vaccination, the outcomes with Delta for those who were unvaccinated but previously exposed were substantially better than for those whose immunity came from vaccination alone.

Unvaccinated, recovered individuals had infection rates 14.7 (N.Y.) to 29 (Calif.) times lower than those who had no immunity, while the vaccinated who had no prior COVID exposure had rates 4.5 (N.Y.) to 6.2 (Calif.) lower than those without any immunity.

The results were similar for hospitalization: Those with natural immunity were 2- 6 times less likely to be hospitalized than those with vaccinated immunity alone.

Additionally, the week-by-week hospitalization risk data often showed natural immunity registering lower risk rates than even hybrid immunity (vaccination plus prior recovery from COVID).

During the last three months of the study (Sept. 4 to Nov. 13), the hazard rate of hospitalization for those with natural immunity was typically 20 or more points lower than the hazard rates for those with hybrid immunity.

The report did not offer cumulative, comparative data on hospitalization rates.

“This is potentially a concerning finding in that it suggests the vaccine could be interfering with natural immunity,” Setty said.

Summarizing the data, the CDC made reference to the now well-documented decline of vaccinated immunity during Delta:

“Case rates were initially lowest among vaccinated persons without a previous COVID-19 diagnosis; however, after emergence of the Delta variant and over the course of time, incidence increased sharply in this group [those with vaccinated immunity], but only slightly among both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons with previously diagnosed COVID-19.”

The CDC cautioned the data in question measured results only against the Delta variant and Omicron may present new challenges that could alter the comparison of natural immunity to vaccination.

The authors also emphasized that data clearly indicated the unvaccinated without prior exposure had the highest infection and hospitalization rates.

 Why aren’t we doing ‘gold standard’ testing on natural immunity?

Analyzing the data on his YouTube channel, Dr. Vinay Prasad, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California — San Francisco said:

‘This finally confirms something that a lot of people have known to be true and is supported by Israeli data — but there’s been a lot of fragmentary data on this question — which is: If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, your probability of catching the virus again and getting so sick you require hospitalization is very, very, very low.

“Biden administration officials and some public health experts, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, have repeatedly dismissed the value of natural immunity against COVID-19.”

In fact, the more recent study of people in New York and California is only the latest to indicate that recovery from prior infection can at least rival, if not surpass, immunity provided by vaccination alone.

In December, a South African study found Omicron provided robust immunity against both reinfection and exposure to the Delta strain, and last fall a major study found natural COVID immunity provided 6-13 times better defense against Delta than the Pfizer vaccine.

Summing up his analysis, Prasad praised the CDC study for looking at “clinically relevant endpoints,” but added:

 “What would be even better, would be to run randomized control trials in every single one of these groups randomized to different doses and different strategies of vaccination … to have enough power in these randomized control trials to see interaction by age or comorbidity.

 “That would be the gold standard, and, in fact, companies have a lot of money and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] could have compelled them to do that, but instead we have a very low regulatory standard which is something I have quite a problem with.”

Medical Journal Hints at Facebook Lawsuit for Throttling Investigation of Covid Vaccine Trial

Greg Piper
February 3rd, 2022 

The fact-checking industry, empowered by the vast resources of social media giants, is under sustained scrutiny amid a possible legal battle among the British Medical Journal, Facebook owner Meta and a contractor it pays to flag purported COVID-19 misinformation.

Facebook stopped some readers from sharing a BMJ investigation of “data integrity” issues in a Pfizer COVID vaccine trial, BMJ editors wrote in an open letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November. It also slapped “missing context” labels on posts that went through, warning users they could be penalized for sharing the article.

Contractor Lead Stories seemed more interested, however, in promoting guilt by association and policing political views than checking the facts, the journal’s editors wrote in a blistering New Statesman op-ed last week.

The disputes have major implications for the public’s ability to follow ongoing scientific debates around COVID, especially on masks, vaccines and other treatments. 

Facebook throttled a Reason article questioning a school mask study cited repeatedly by the CDC on the word of a different fact-checker, Science Feedback, which later admitted to falsely attributing claims

Asked about rumors that it was contemplating litigation against Meta or Lead Stories, BMJ spokesperson Emma Dickinson wrote in an email: “The BMJ is considering all available options.” A defamation lawsuit would be easier in the U.K., which unlike the U.S. favors plaintiffs.

Facebook didn’t respond to queries, but Lead Stories editor Alan Duke told Just the News the organization is “very confident about our fact-checking work and stand by everything we’ve written,” including two followup articles in response to the BMJ allegations. “We’ve been very transparent.”

He noted the organization has defeated two fact-check lawsuits in the U.S. by conservative pundits, Candace Owens and Gateway Pundit publisher Jim Hoft.

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BMJ’s November investigation was based on documents turned over by a whistleblower at Pfizer contractor Ventavia, Brook Jackson, whom BMJ describes as a 15-year veteran of clinical research coordination and management. 

The report was one of the final items tweeted by mRNA vaccine pioneer-turned-critic Robert Malone before Twitter kicked him off the platform in December. Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also reprinted it, as he had other investigations written by the author, Paul Thacker.

Lead Stories said the flaws identified by Jackson would not “disqualify” the main Pfizer vaccine trial, but it didn’t question the assertions in the report, the BMJ editors wrote Jan. 29. The fact-check contractor also emphasized that Jackson “does not express unreserved support for COVID vaccines” on her Twitter account, and it later minimized her qualifications.

Two days before the New Statesmen op-ed, Lead Stories defended its choices at length in a blog post titled “Context matters.” It faulted BMJ for opening with a quote by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and mentioning the company “24 times by name” even though the problems were at Ventavia.

Facebook users responded by “wildly misinterpreting and overstating what the article said,” the contractor said: “When your headline or article causes a large number of readers to conclude things you didn’t write, you are doing something wrong.”

When BMJ first protested, Duke passed the buck to Facebook for the “missing context” label, which refers to “otherwise true or real” content, but he also noted the BMJ report was being shared by anti-vaccine activists.

It wasn’t the only credible medical source “affected by the incompetence of Meta’s fact checking regime,” the editors wrote in November, citing a purportedly botched Instagram fact-check of medical research nonprofit Cochrane. 

Thacker, the investigation’s author, previously investigated financial ties between physicians and pharmaceutical companies for the Senate Finance Committee under Republican Chuck Grassley.

“They’re not fact checking facts,” Thacker told the heterodox liberal writer Matt Taibbi this week. “What they’re doing is checking narratives.” 

The significance of the controversy is showing “how easily reporting that is true can be made to look untrue or conspiratorial,” tarring good journalism because controversial figures share it, Taibbi wrote.

BMJ itself was accused of sloppiness with facts shortly before the Pfizer contractor investigation was published. 

It retracted claims about the purported funding source of the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration and its authors’ associations following complaints by one of them, former Harvard Medical School epidemiologist Martin Kuldorff.

Adverse event reports explode

Beyond policing narratives, fact-checkers may seize on one element of a source to discredit or distract from the broader themes of that source.

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler issued “Four Pinocchios” to Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s claim about hearing “story after story” of athletes “dropping dead on the field” after taking COVID vaccines. 

Kessler claimed Johnson was relying on “debunked” foreign sources that lacked or buried disclaimers that correlation does not equal causation, but the fact-checker also buried a counter-example. 

In the 28th of the 42-paragraph article, Kessler noted that a U.S. website’s video “Why Are Healthy Athletes Collapsing?” included a disclaimer that “a causal link has not been established” between the vaccine and athletes’ deaths.

Noting Sen. Johnson routinely cites reports from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, co-run by the CDC and FDA, Kessler said: “Anyone can submit a report to VAERS, and the reports are not verified. The numbers are basically meaningless.”

CDC Vaccine Task Force spokesperson Martha Sharan declined to evaluate Kessler’s characterization, but walked Just the News through VAERS.

More than half the reports for COVID vaccines between Jan. 1, 2021 and Feb. 1, 2022 were filed by manufacturers or healthcare providers, and 35% by patients, she said. COVID vaccine reports (742,007) were about 95% of all vaccine reports (784,483) during that time.

Healthcare providers themselves determine “the cause of serious adverse events,” and the official who completes the death certificate or pathologist who conducts the autopsy determines the cause of death, Sharan said.

File: CDC explains VAERS database.pdf

File: VAERS reports breakdown.pdf

An FDA spokesperson said the VAERS mandatory reporting requirements for vaccine makers and administrators were “highly successful as in 2021, VAERS received over a million reports of adverse events compared to approximately 50,000 reports received in previous years.”

She emphasized reports were required “regardless of the plausibility of the vaccine causing the event” and that it’s “unreliable” to compare COVID vaccine reports to previous years because of this “robust reporting.”

“A more suitable analysis is to use the reporting rate for [a] particular adverse event in VAERS and compare it to the background rate in the general population,” which is how the feds flagged post-vaccine “safety signals” for Guillain Barre Syndrome, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia, myocarditis and anaphylaxis.

File: FDA on VAERS reports.pdf

Kessler’s fact-check did not contest the broad theme of Johnson’s “second opinion” COVID panel discussion featuring military doctors. 

Citing medical billing code data captured by the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database, the doctors found sharp spikes in miscarriages, myocarditis, cancer diagnoses, Bell’s palsy and female infertility in the first 10 months of 2021, when COVID vaccines became widely available.

Asked to elaborate on why VAERS numbers are “basically meaningless,” Kessler referred Just the News to Washington Post PR. Director of Communications Molly Gannon Conway wrote in an email that Kessler was referring to “Johnson’s use of the numbers,” not VAERS itself.

Biden Admin Compiling Database Of Religious Objectors To Vaccine Within Obscure Agency

An obscure agency within the Biden administration, the Pretrial Services Agency, announced an Orwellian tracking scheme on Tuesday that could serve as a model for the entire US government to collect the names and “personal religious information” of federal employees who make “religious accommodation requests for religious exception from the federally mandated vaccination requirement,” according to the Daily Signal.

“The primary purpose of the secured electronic file repository is to collect, maintain, use, and—to the extent appropriate and necessary—disseminate employee religious exception request information collected by the Agency in the context of the federally mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement,” according to the Federal Register.

The announcement does not explain why the agency needs to create this list except to say that it will “assist the Agency in the collecting, storing, dissemination, and disposal of employee religious exemption request information collected and maintained by the Agency.” In other words, the list will help the agency make a list.

The announcement also does not say what the agency will do with this information after it has decided an employee’s religious accommodation request.

And neither does the announcement explain why the Biden administration chose to test this policy in an agency with a majority-black staff, who are both more religious and less vaccinated than other groups. So much for the president’s commitment to “racial equity.” -Daily Signal

The Signal suggests that the Biden administration is using the tiny agency as a test bed for deploying the database across the entire US government – noting that the announcement was relegated to an obscure group and given just 30 days for public comment.

Meanwhile, the US government has treated religious exemptions as a joke.

Take the Department of Defense, for example—which has failed to grant a single religious exemption on behalf of any service members requesting one for the federal vaccine mandate. A group of Navy SEALS was recently successful in its federal lawsuit against the Biden administration on claims that its conscience rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act were violated.

From the outset of his administration, Biden voiced support for passage of the patently faith-hostile Equality Act—a bill that would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act entirely when it intersects with LGBTQ+ protections and entitlements in public accommodations.

The president also swiftly revoked the Mexico City policy that had been reinstated by former President Donald Trump, thereby ensuring that religious Americans would be forced to fund abortions overseas by way of their tax dollars, despite their religious objections to the act. -Daily Signal