Recently, the chatter online about deaths associated with COVID-19 vaccines was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between the dates of December 14, 2020, through July 19, 2021, based on entries into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Apparently, the CDC has shared publicly that the federal health agency has received 12,313 individual reports of actual death among those who have received one of the COVID-19 vaccines—that is, one of the vaccines under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization (EUA). That’s overall a small number when accounting for the 338 million doses of the vaccines administered across America, representing a death rate of only 0.0036%. On the other hand, this is an unprecedented number of fatalities when compared to any other vaccination initiative over the past few decades given it’s only been available for just over half a year.

A system to track safety reports, the cases are open to the public. However, TrialSite has published that about 60% of the VAERS cases are submitted by health care professionals. But it is an open system that is overseen by the CDC in conjunction with the FDA. TrialSite encourages transparency and open dialogue, including scientific debate and a number of OpEd articles questioning the number of deaths associated with the current batch of COVID-19 vaccines.

Interestingly, the website was updated to include 12,313 deaths as is depicted in the image below. A recent visit to the website now declares 6,207 deaths.

Result from Google Search 3 days ago:

Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 … › 2019-ncov › vaccines › safety3 days ago — During this time, VAERS received 12,313 reports of death (0.0036%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC: No Causal Link

The CDC has stated that based on a review of the relevant information, including the death certificates, medical records, etc., the agency has declared that there are no causal links between the reports and the vaccine. Hence the federal government is on record that there are no direct ties between the events.  

Timing of Deaths

Independent analyses have demonstrated that a sizable number of the total reported deaths have occurred within 36 hours of the administration of the vaccine. However, the government won’t acknowledge any correlation—that’s the formal declaration for now. Suffice to say, there are many questions; a more detailed analysis of the government’s findings would be a positive disclosure. Transparency, particularly with novel drugs and cutting-edge vaccines still under investigational classification (e.g. emergency use authorization), is a sound policy following good ethical practices.

TrialSite Staff

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