- More than 90.8 million shots have been administered worldwide
- The U.S. has administered 28.9 million doses, including an average of 1.3 million doses per day over the past week
- 8.8 doses have been administered for every 100 people in the U.S., and 59 percent of the shots delivered to states have been administered
- 5.02 million people in the U.S. have completed the two-dose vaccination regimen
- The Dakotas, Maine, Alaska, New Mexico, and West Virginia continue to see the highest rates of vaccination
- Nevada, Idaho, and Alabama have the lowest rates of vaccination
- Globally, Israel continues to far outpace other countries; 50 percent of its population has received the vaccination
- The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom have also seen rates high rates of vaccination in their populations
VACCINE UPDATE: INJURIES & DEATHS. Each week, we have been reporting on the health implications of Operation Warp Speed, former President Donald Trump’s deal with Big Pharma to rapidly accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was established in 1990 and is overseen by both the CDC and the FDA.
According to the CDC’s website, “VAERS serves as an early warning system to detect possible safety issues with U.S. vaccines by collecting information about adverse events [possible side effects or health problems] that occur after vaccination.”
The website HPV-Vaccine-Side Effects.com provided a snapshot of the updated VAERS report last Thursday. It showed that in the U.S., as of last Thursday, there were 320 deaths and 9,845 significant side effects as a result of COVID-19 vaccination.
The data was broken down into age groups. Of those who died, over 50 percent were 75 and older, about 13 percent were 65 to 75, and 15 percent 44 to 65.
Of those injured, the frequency and age group were quite different: almost half of the injuries reported were in the 17-to 44-year range.
According to the CatholicCitizens.org website, VAERS shows that in the U.S., “people have reported 96 life-threatening events following COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as 24 permanent disabilities, 225 hospitalizations and 1,388 emergency room visits.”
As of 15 January, some 10.5 million Americans have received at least one COVID vaccination.
Severe Allergic Reactions: Much Worse than Flu Vaccine
After two of the first group of U.K. citizens receiving a COVID vaccination suffered severe allergic reactions, the U.K. health authority issued a warning that anyone with a “significant history of allergic reactions” avoids getting the shot.
Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on 6 January that “severe allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines were happening at a rate of 11.1 per million vaccinations, compared to the rate of 1.3 per 1 million flu shots.”
She was reacting to the article published earlier that week in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which analyzed 21 cases of anaphylaxis occurring after a COVID-19 vaccination. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can cause death. Symptoms range from minor afflictions such as itchy rashes to more serious reactions including tongue swelling, trouble breathing, and a sharp drop in blood pressure.
Ms. Messonnier stated that despite concerns over allergic reactions, “I would say it’s still a good value proposition for someone to get vaccinated.”
The CDC recommends to all sites where the vaccinations take place that they should be prepared to quickly handle anaphylaxis cases. They suggest anyone getting vaccinated be monitored for at least 15 minutes and expand that to a 30-minute observation of anyone with a history of allergies.
An article published by Science magazine on 1 January stated:
“Severe allergy-like reactions in people who received the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech in December 2020 may be due to a compound in the packaging of the messenger RNA (mRNA) that forms the vaccine’s main ingredient, scientists say. A similar mRNA vaccine developed by Moderna also contains the compound, polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEG has never been used before in an approved vaccine, but it is found in many drugs, some of which have occasionally triggered anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening reaction.”
TRENDPOST: As noted in last week’s Trends Journal, when we reported on the death of baseball legend Hank Aaron, who died some two weeks after receiving a COVID vaccine, those who believed his death was vaccine-related were demeaned by the mainstream media.
One of Newsweek’s Presstitutes wrote,
“Following Aaron’s death, a number of conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers shared the Braves legend’s death as a warning about perceived dangers of the COVID vaccine. Children’s Health Defense [a non-profit founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.], an organization that has shared other anti-vax propaganda, highlighted Aaron’s vaccination and indicated that a cause of death was not shared.”
TREND FORECAST: We maintain our forecast that major anti-vax, anti-tax, anti-immigration, anti-establishment political movements will emerge in nations across the globe.
X-RAY TECHNICIAN DIES SHORTLY AFTER RECEIVING VAX. The Orange County Register reported that a 60-year-old California X-ray technician died after falling ill at South Coast Global Medical Center, hours after receiving a second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tim Zook, a married father of three who worked at the center, had announced his vaccination on Facebook. “Never been so excited to get a shot before. I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd Pfizer dose.”
The technician’s rapid health decline death left his wife searching for answers. “We are not blaming any pharmaceutical company,” his wife said. “But when someone gets symptoms 2 1/2 hours after a vaccine, that’s a reaction. What else could have happened?”
WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ASKS CDC TO STUDY VACCINE-RELATED DEATHS. Officials have been assuring the general public that they aren’t concerned the approved Covid-19 vaccines are having adverse effects on large numbers of recipients. But the White House COVID-19 task force has now charged the CDC with conducting a study to determine how many Americans have died since receiving the vaccine and the circumstances leading to death.
According to reports, the goal of the study is to provide the federal government a more complete picture of mortality in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even as the study was ordered, officials gave caveats about what the data might reveal. It was pointed out that statistically, about 3 percent of 75-year-olds die within their next year of life. With millions of elderly receiving the vaccine, they say it stands to reason that some will die within a matter of weeks or months, for reasons that may not have anything to do with COVID-19.
Presently, the CDC and FDA only track deaths or adverse events that occur after vaccinations, by using a “self-reporting” method. People can enter information into the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) database. The system is widely considered to be inadequate.
More than 9,000 reports of adverse events have been recorded through the VAERS system since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began. Though that represents a small percentage, considering overall vaccinations administered, the call for the CDC study on vaccine deaths signals that authorities don’t consider VAERS data to accurately capture the whole story.
The new study would almost certainly have to gather information from state health departments. But many of them say they are already swamped with data collection requirements related to COVID-19 testing, case positivity, hospitalizations, and vaccine distribution.