Experts discussed vaccine development, vaccine composition, data from insurance and adverse event systems, and other topics.
Insurance Experts Record Jump in Excess MortalityEdward Dowd, a former BlackRock analyst now with the Humanity Project, showed data from the Society of Actuaries 2021 Group Life Insurance survey that showed a jump in excess mortality among young and middle-aged adults starting around the time the vaccines began being administered.
The only thing that changed at the time, Dowd said, was "vaccines and mandates."
"Why are our health authorities still pushing this vaccine if other countries are backing off?" Dowd asked.
Representatives from major U.S. health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were invited to the discussion but did not attend.
Doctors Report Increase in Heart Inflammation Since Pandemic StartedSeveral vaccines have been linked to side effects such as myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation that can turn deadly.
Doctors testifying during the panel said they've seen an increase in patients with the inflammation.
"It's been very high," Dr. Renata Moon, a clinical associate professor at the Washington State University College of Medicine.
Moon said she saw a handful of cases in her 20 years of practicing before the pandemic. The number has jumped since the pandemic started, she said.
Dr. Kirk Milhoan, a pediatrician based in Hawaii, said he's also seen more cases.
Moderna and Pfizer have not responded to requests for comment on heart inflammation.
The studies show that the spike protein, which the vaccines cause the body to make, is "cardiotoxic and cause the heart to be inflamed," Milhoan said. "Let that sink in, the current public health plan is asking our own body to make a cardiotoxin."
Young People at Little Risk From COVID-19Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, presented data from the CDC that show young people face little risk from COVID-19.
The share of infection among those aged 0 to 17 that led to death, for instance, was just 0.01 percent through September 2021, while the share was 0.05 percent among those 18 to 29.
"When you have such low or nonexistent mortality in these low age groups, the potential severe adverse effects of the vaccine will surmount the nonexistent mortality of these age groups and therefore, what we've been told, that everybody has to be vaccinated ... had no reason to be there in the first place, because there was no mortality they were trying to prevent," Risch said.
The share was much higher among older people. Among those 85 and older, for example, the share was 24.6 percent.
No Strong TrialsAs the vaccines have performed worse and worse against infection, health officials say they should still be taken to protect against severe disease.
But McCullough, chief scientific officer of The Wellness Company, said that no randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown the vaccines reduce hospitalization or death.
Such trials, known as RCTs, are generally considered the highest form of evidence for a drug.
Both the emergency authorization and approval for the vaccines have been on the basis of preventing infection. In fact sheets, prospective recipients are told the vaccines "have been shown to prevent COVID-19." There's no mention of severe illness or death.
Dr. David Gortler, a former official with the Food and Drug Administration, said that the best way to prove a drug has efficacy is long-term studies, which have not yet been performed on the vaccines because they're so new.