VAERS Is Broken

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by John Leake, Lew Rockwell:

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) recently issued a report titled: Is the US’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System broken? Phrasing the title as a question is purely rhetorical. Anyone who reads this alarming document will conclude that VAERS is as broken as the BluesMobile upon its arrival at the Cook County Tax Assessor’s Office in The Blues Brothers.

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The report is full of stunning revelations, starting with its opening case study.

Three weeks after receiving a second dose of a covid vaccine, Robert Sullivan collapsed at home on his treadmill. An anaesthesiologist in Maryland, USA, he was a particularly fit 49 year old: the week before falling ill, he’d been happily skiing at altitude in Colorado.

Sullivan was given a diagnosis of sudden onset pulmonary hypertension, which is generally progressive, can be fatal, and in most cases can’t be cured. The condition is rare, especially in middle aged men. Sullivan decided to file a report in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which collects reports of symptoms, diagnoses, hospital admissions, and deaths after vaccination for the purpose of capturing post-market safety signals.

But the submission process was a glitchy race against the clock. “The format is cumbersome and it times you out,” he tells The BMJ. For his troubles, Sullivan received a confirmation by email and a temporary “e-report” number. He learnt from his doctor’s office that a VAERS representative had requested medical records. Then he didn’t hear back for a year.

Given that this was the experience of a medical professional in trying to file a VAERS report, one can only imagine the experience of poor people in medically underserved communities. I believe it’s reasonable to infer that the majority of their adverse events aren’t even initially reported, never mind investigated.

Even in the face of the cumbersome and interminable process of filing a report, the number of events reported still shot up from a multi-year baseline of 60,000 per year to over 1 million in 2021. To quote the BMJ:

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