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Guest Post by Michael Thau, Ph.D.
Established in 1990, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is supposed to be “the nation’s frontline system for monitoring vaccine safety.”
In just five and a half months, the VAERS system has already processed more reports of Americans dying after taking a COVID-19 vaccine than it has for all the other 56 available vaccines combined over a 28 year timespan.
Reports of uncomfortably close calls with death are also flooding the system.
Similarly, the VAERS registry reflects reports of unwelcome medical conditions of all kinds since December 14, when Pfizer started raking in billions selling its version of the vaccine. Recall that the Pfizer vaccine was the the first to employ mRNA nanotechnology to the public on an emergency use authorization from the FDA.
In Part One and Part Two of this series, we explained the VAERS system and explained the VAERS data above in great detail. The picture that emerges is one of, if not deception, then certainly an underestimation of the threat of the Covid vaccine relative to the manner in which government and health authorities present these vaccine data officially.
We noted how strange it is that such a relatively unknown reporting system should be relied upon at all for such a publicized and rushed affair as the Covid vaccine. Why not better publicize the existence of the VAERS database so as to gather a more accurate picture of the vaccine’s effects?
In order to fully contextualize the problems with the VAERS database and the public presentation of its data, it is important to remind ourselves of the general atmosphere of deception surrounding the entire Covid episode.
This concluding installment will touch upon other questionable aspects of the government and health authorities’ response to COVID-19 that support our skeptical approach to VAERS in Parts One and Two of this series.
Accordingly, we now refresh our memory as to health officials’ deceptive accounting when it came to the COVID-19 death rate.
Deliberately Hiding the Real Official Death Rate
According to the CDC’s latest estimates, COVID-19’s survival rate is:
Ages 0–19: 99.998%
Ages 18–49: 99.95%
Ages 50–64: 99.4%
Ages 65 + : 91%
But don’t think the folks at the CDC are lazy.
No siree bob. If you’re a relatively young person (under 50) they’ve put in a fair bit of work to make sure you won’t learn that you chance of dying from Covid is infinitesimally small. Conversely, the very same authorities have invested tremendous energy into encouraging this very same demographic of young people to take the Covid jab.
Instead of presenting the information simply and cleanly as above, in terms of simple percentages anyone can understand, the CDC authorities give the death rate in raw numbers — some of which are quite large — and then force you to look around a bit to discover they’re per million.
Those deceptively large-looking numbers are also saddled amidst a lot of other data that — unlike COVID’s death rate which they have nothing to do with — for some strange reason is presented in percentages, all of which are also fairly large.
Notice, for example, how that ‘20’ representing the number-per-million for ages 0–17 is placed at the end of a line of text for no reason at all while all the higher numbers for other age groups get prominently featured by themselves, making that ‘20’ very easy to miss.
The CDC appears to be making it as difficult as possible to learn that, according to their own figures, people under 19 have a 0.002% chance of dying from COVID-19. If you accurately cite a more or less 0% percent death rate for the 0-17 demographic, anyone checking your reference link won’t find the information in that same form.
Anyone casually looking at the CDC data will, however, immediately see a bunch of much higher percentages and bigger looking numbers.
This deceptive presentation of the same information creates added friction and difficulty when it comes to presenting the facts in an appropriately contextualized manner.
This artificially inflated data also opened the way for extreme policy responses, such as lockdowns, that would have been difficult to justify under any other circumstances.
We now turn briefly to what might be the most destructive dimension of the Covid deception, the lockdowns.
The current fatality estimates are substantially the same as they were back in Sept 2020, when Florida governor Ron DeSantis posted them to Twitter.
The CDC has fiddled with the age brackets somewhat and without explanation — one suspects because it made the data look a little worse.
CDC recently updated estimated infection fatality rates for COVID. Here are the updated survival rates by age group:
70+: 94.6% https://t.co/9RRLgsBHta
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 23, 2020
Nor is Covid’s official death rate much different from when I reported on it way back in May of 2020, in an article titled, New CDC figures show Fauci’s Dishonest COVID-19 Projections Were Garbage.
And if you think I was being harsh, you’re wrong.
l could have truthfully described Fauci’s March 11, 2020 testimony to Congress that COVID-19 is “at least 10 times more lethal than the flu” as homicidal perjury given its influence on policy and the national narrative surrounding Covid.
Indeed, Fauci’s reckless testimony immediately spawned hundreds of dire headlines, giving birth to the mass panic necessary for getting the public to accept the never-before-suggested-in-all-of-history idea of quarantining healthy people by imposing nationwide lockdowns.
When it comes to social distancing, the CDC themselves admit that “direct evidence for these measures is limited.” And by “limited” they mean non-existent. They make you do a tremendous amount of work to find the relevant studies.
I did the work, and not a single one supports the idea that quarantining healthy people was going to do a damn thing to stop a virus from spreading.
And the World Health Organization agreed with that dismal assessment just one year before they assisted Fauci’s propaganda push toward lockdowns.
In fact, in 2019 WHO rejected even quarantining exposed individuals without symptoms because of the “very low quality of evidence” that such measures would prove effective.
— Ivor Cummins (@FatEmperor) November 21, 2020
But if WHO’s original assessment gives cause to doubt the benefits of quarantining and by extension lockdowns, there were always reasons to be concerned about the costs of such policies.
Revolver News was one of the first to expose systematically the human, financial, and health cost of the disastrous Covid lockdowns.
Tucker Carlson Discussing New Coronavirus Study By Revolver News On The Impact Of The Lockdowns
Tucker Also Speaks With Dr. Scott Atlas On The White House's Strategy In Dealing With The Coronavirus & The Media Lying About Him pic.twitter.com/VXcmIFsSmy
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) September 2, 2020
Thousands of doctors and esteemed scientists—including a Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist who described lockdowns as mass suicide—attempted to sound the alarm on lockdowns.
Epidemiologist John Ionnidis described the policy response to Covid as follows:
[Behaving like] like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies. [Stat]
The problem, of course, is that the very same media and tech companies who’d put the elephant in such a sorry state of delusion worked equally hard to muffle the sound of the many alarm bells being desperately rung.
Perjury Begets a Panic
We’ve seen that the artificially inflated fatality rate for COVID-19 helped Fauci terrorize the nation into accepting hitherto unimaginable policy prescriptions.
And it is hard to think that the unprecedented lockdowns would have been possible without a concerted effort on the part of media and corrupt health officials to psychologically terrorize the masses
Fauci and his media mob presented a distorted Covid death rate at a time when only people with the most severe symptoms — and, hence, the ones most likely to succumb — were getting tested. Without appropriate context, they passed this distorted number off to us as the odds a random person would die from COVID-19.
In case you’re skeptical that Anthony Fauci knowingly lied to inflict hardship, misery, and death on the American people, let me remove all doubt.
Fauci himself explained the fallacy to his peers in a New England Journal of Medicine article published just 11 days before he peddled it to con the American people into lockdowns.
And re March presentation of high case fatality rates as if they indicated random infected person's chances of dying, Fauci explained selection bias issue in NEJM article & contradicted his "at least 10 times deadlier than flu" spiel. So we know he's evil. https://t.co/1KwfqCYuVd pic.twitter.com/G62yCjIQc1
— Michael Thau (@MichaelThau) August 25, 2020
Because “the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases,” Fauci told his fellow experts on February 28, 2020:
[T]he overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%). [New England Journal of Medicine]
Yet, just 11 days later — as you can plainly see in the video of his testimony below — Fauci told Congress that if “all the asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic” cases are counted, COVID-19 turns out to be, instead, “10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.” He even went so far as to explicitly address his lies to the American people as “something they can wrap their arms around and understand.”
Deliberately Inflating COVID-19’s Official Death Rate
Both Fauci and the head of Trump’s COVID task force, Deborah Birx, maintained from the very beginning that anyone who gets diagnosed with COVID-19 and dies will be counted among its fatalities. For obvious reasons, this method of accounting would be highly inflationary, and misleading at best.
DR. DEBORAH BIRX: So, I think in this country we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality. And I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks. Prior to that when there wasn’t testing in January and February that’s a very different situation and unknown.
There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death. Right now we are still recording it and we will I mean the great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to market as COVID-19 infection the intent is right now that those if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that as a COVID-19 death. [Real Clear Politics]
According to a public health official in Maricopa County, Arizona, the practice is to count anyone who dies within 60 days of a COVID-19 diagnosis in its official death toll. She too bragged of methods that are bound to make the virus appear massively more deadly than it is.
And we know that all three were as good as their word since road accident fatalities and even gunshot victims are on the CDC’s risible list of COVID-19 “fatalities.”
Reporter asks Orange Co Fla health official if the two COVID deaths listed as in their 20s had any underlying conditions. Reply:
“The first one didn’t have any. He died in a motorcycle accident.”https://t.co/IFUOz4WpbC
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) July 17, 2020
The question isn’t whether COVID-19’s fatality numbers are inflated. It’s by how much.
In fact, it appears that it isn’t just the fatality numbers that were inflated.
The number of Covid cases themselves seemed to be inflated by questionable and unreliable testing procedures.
It is interesting to note that the regime of mass testing that enabled the alarming rise in case numbers was prohibited by the CDC prior to 2020. Up till then, PCR testing was only used to diagnose infection in people already showing serious symptoms as a means to help narrow down the cause. In fact, Kary Mullis, who won a Nobel Prize for inventing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was adamant that PCR cannot be used as the sole means to diagnose viral infection.
Turns out during all 4 epidemics prior to COVID-19 since 2000, CDC & WHO were concerned about the high false-positive rates for PCR tests & issued guidelines to try and minimize them. But for C19, both somehow forgot all about PCR false-positive rates.🤔https://t.co/XC4w46G62V pic.twitter.com/xfxXedyt9j
— Michael Thau (@MichaelThau) August 30, 2020
Neither Citizens Nor Subjects But Cattle
Just as no one knows the true number of people who’ve died after getting jabbed for COVID-19, no one knows the true number of deaths the virus itself has caused or even the true number of people who were infected.
All we know for sure is that we were intentionally bombarded with figures that massively exaggerated our impressions of these numbers.
What’s worse is that neither the news outlets which control the national dialogue nor anybody in charge seems to care about the real numbers.
For whatever reason, it appears that the government and health officials’ chief concern has been making us believe the virus is as deadly as possible while pretending that the lockdowns have been necessary and largely harmless.
And now they’re doing everything in their power to make sure everyone thinks the same thing about the vaccines by suppressing any data that might suggest otherwise and attempting to destroy anyone who’s aware of it but refuses to play along.
This dire situation forces us to ask why no one in Congress, Republican or Democrat, is pushing for an investigation of any of these heinous deceptions that have rained down more death and destruction on the heads of the American people than our worst foreign enemies could have dreamt of accomplishing?
Something monstrous has been done to us. It’s still being done to us and shows no sign of ever ending.
And no one in power of either political party gives a damn.
A fake crisis was manufactured and used to destroy American small businesses and spiritually cripple its people with social isolation and mandatory face coverings while enriching global corporations with no allegiance to the American people.
Some of the biggest beneficiaries of this monstrous scheme like Google, Facebook, and Twitter are the ones who’ve made sure hardly anyone heard the thousands of doctors and esteemed scientists who tried to sound the alarm.
Now the Big Tech Bullhorn is being used to bully everyone into taking minimally tested experimental drugs that turn their cells into human-virus hybrids or infect them with a man-made virus which, even if they are safe, are completely unnecessary.
Any information that would make people rebel from this monstrous program is withheld and anyone who tries to alert the public destroyed with every imaginable kind of lie.
The awful facts have been accumulating for over a year now. But even those of us aware of them take each one in, never stepping back to look at the whole horrific picture, perhaps as much because it’s too much to bear as anything else.
But it’s time to look our monstrous persecutors in the eye and acknowledge the horror they are, for whatever depraved reasons, inflicting on us.
The people running our government and controlling the flow of information no longer regard us as citizens. We’re not even subjects to them. We’re cattle — on some factory farm in some far-off place they’ve never even visited.
But the worst part of it all is that, so far, in our relative silence, we’ve been proving them right. It’s time they heard us.
Michael Thau is a columnist at RedState. He has a PhD in philosophy from Princeton and has been writing extensively on COVID-19 since this nightmare began.