‘Colossal Failure’: Did This Just Become the Worst Public Health Disaster in History?
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Dr. Restef Levi, a risk assessment professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has recently issued a public statement, calling for an immediate stop to COVID-19 vaccination programs.
We asked Levi to explain to us the evidence that has led to his position.
Mounting research shows that current mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are causing serious harm and deaths at rates higher than previously accepted thresholds.
And this is giving rise to another, unintended crisis.
Join Dan and Dr. Levi as they discuss the implications of mandated experimental vaccination.
DR. RETSEF LEVI:
One of the striking facts is that we are talking about, you know, really a colossal failure. I mean, the biggest failure of any medical product, both in terms of efficacy, and definitely about respect to safety.
I think that this is going to go down as one of the most, if not the most, public health disasters in history.
Dr. Retsef Levi is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. One of his specialties is risk management in healthcare systems. He’s the guy that dives deep into the medical data, analyzes it, and lets you know if something is putting your health at risk.
Early on in the pandemic, Dr. Levi was involved in advising U.S. state administrations on the best course of action. But once the mRNA vaccines rolled out, his attention shifted to his home country, Israel.
The government there was the first to fully vaccinate the majority of its citizens against Covid.
Based on Pfizer’s and Moderna’s clinical trials, it was already known that these vaccines could cause myocarditis. But the data showed that the risk was small. And the health officials probably expected it would stay that way once the shots were out in the real world.
But that’s not what Dr. Levi discovered. Together with his colleagues, they analyzed the period in time (2021) when the vaccines rolled out in Israel. They began seeing a 25 percent rise in emergency calls of people having heart attacks and cardiac arrests. And these weren’t just anyone. These were young Israelis. People under the age of 40 (18-39).
So these scientists published their findings in Nature Scientific Reports on April 28, 2022.
Their conclusion was that the 25 percent increase in cardiovascular events was closely related to the COVID-19 vaccination program. But at that time, the team didn’t have enough data to confidently link those cardiac events to the mRNA vaccines. And they were very clear that it was only a correlation. Their intention was to say, hey there’s a safety signal here. Someone should immediately investigate this.
Today though, the climate is changing because more and more credible, peer-reviewed evidence is being published in respected journals. And risk assessment experts like Dr. Levi now have the confidence to say that these vaccines need to be shut down immediately. His new position went viral on twitter:
DR. RETSEF LEVI (via TWITTER):
They should stop because of the mounting and indisputable evidence that they cause unprecedented level of harm, including the death of young people and children.
So we reached out to Dr. Levi to tell us more about the evidence. Which is coming from diverse scientific teams around the world.
This study, for example, made some big waves last August. This research team was led by a U.S. clinical scientist Joseph Fraiman. What they did, is they reanalyzed the data from the clinical trials conducted by Pfizer and Moderna.
A clinical trial is a necessary step to get the vaccines on the market. The FDA looks at the trial results to determine whether it makes sense to allow these products on the market. And of course we all know what happened. These products got an emergency use authorization. Meaning the FDA reviewed the clinical trials from Pfizer and Moderna and concluded that the benefits of mRNA vaccination outweigh the risks of COVID-19.
Unfortunately, that’s not what Dr. Fraiman’s team found. And they were extremely thorough with analyzing the data from these trials.
Turns out that the clinical data actually showed that the risk of serious adverse events after vaccination was higher than the reduction of COVID-19 hospitalization. That’s compared to the placebo groups both in Pfizer and Moderna trials. Look at these numbers.
In Pfizer, excess risk of serious adverse events* after vaccination was 10.1 per 10,000, but reduction in risk for a COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group was 2.3 per 10,000 people.
So more people suffered serious harm from the vaccine, than the number of people who actually got protection against hospitalization. It was similar for Moderna.
Excess risk of serious adverse events was 15.1 per 10,000, but reduction in hospitalization risk was at 6.4 per 10,000.
DR. RETSEF LEVI:
And in fact, it’s a statistically significant, higher harm at the level of one harmful event per 800 vaccines. So, here, we come to the point where we need to ask ourselves, what is the right metric to assess the efficacy of a vaccine like that? And I think that we were led to focus on whether it does a good job in preventing death and severe illness from Covid.
But frankly, speaking, what matters is the overall health impact on the people that are getting vaccinated. And when you actually look at the overall health impact, what you see from the clinical trial, which is the best highest quality evidence, you see that there is a clear prediction that if you launch these vaccines to the broad population that was represented in the clinical trial, you are likely to see more harm than benefits.
Now fast forward. When we look at population level data over 2021, and even over 2022, we see excess mortality in most developed countries. This includes the U.S., UK, Europe, Israel, which is increasing from 2020 to 2021. And then increasing even further from 2021 to 2022, which is a very rare event.
People have to understand, what is excess mortality? Extra mortality is the comparison between the observed number of deaths, compared to what you would expect. And typically when you look at data like this, it usually goes in some ups and downs. Because if you had a bad year, when you add excess mortality, the pool of people that are likely to die, has shrank, right?
So in the next year, in all likelihood, you’re not going to see excess mortality. But here we see three years of excess mortality. And it’s going up. It’s not only expediting, excess mortality magnitude is going up. And now you have to ask yourself, what is causing that?
When you look at the pattern of increase, they are very temporarily correlated with the vaccine campaigns and the timing of the different vaccine campaigns. So that should make you at least very worried.
So let’s recap the evidence we talked about so far. Thanks to Dr. Fraiman’s team, we understand that about 1 in 800 people may experience serious harm from the mRNA vaccines. And the number of serious harm has been found to outweigh the number of hospitalizations that are prevented. So that challenges the narrative that these vaccines are effective.
Meanwhile, Dr. Levi’s research has found that more young people are having cardiovascular events in Israel following a vaccination campaign. And he began seeing these same patterns in the UK, Scotland, Germany and Australia.
DR. RETSEF LEVI:
We actually have now two studies that are really pivotal, right. And these studies, one from Thailand and one from Switzerland, really test people before and after they are vaccinated. And they [tested] cardiovascular indicators, to see what is the impact of the vaccine on the same individual. The individual is basically being tested before they received the vaccine and after.
And what they found there is striking. They find that there’s a major rate of cardiovascular negative indicators, but specifically, they find that in one to 50, and one to 30, there is what we call elevated troponin, which is the number one indicator for heart muscle damage.
And you cannot diagnose myocarditis just based on elevated troponin, but it’s definitely one of the primary indicators. And in fact, they actually see that many of these people do not have any visible symptoms.
And that’s what’s most concerning. A person might not feel there’s anything wrong in particular, even though there is damage to the heart tissue. That’s how people suddenly die from cardiac arrest while going about their daily routines.
DR. RETSEF LEVI:
So now we are at the point that when you think about the rate of myocarditis among young individuals, you have to think about rates that are much higher than the agreed upon clinical rates that the CDC, the Ministry of Health, everybody [agreed on]. One in anything between one in 2,500, to one in 5,000, depending on the age group, right? This is kind of the clinical rates. What we understand now, the subclinical rates could be up to 50 to 100 times more.
And that’s each time. I want people to understand, every time you take this vaccine, it’s a Russian Roulette. You might end up with heart damage. We currently don’t know what the mechanism is. We don’t know who is more prone or who is less prone, we know that probably boys are more prone. The study from Switzerland actually showed that women are just as likely to potentially be harmed.
So at this point, and again, I think that one of the tactics that people that try to maintain the narrative of “safe and effective vaccines” is they isolate every evidence and they claim, “oh, you cannot conclude from that anything.”
But my point is, when you have a lot of trees, you have to see at some point the forest. And the forest that we have is amounting to very strong evidence that these vaccines can kill. And they are killing. And the only question is, what exactly is the rate by which they kill? And what is the long term impact? There are open questions there. But it’s definitely beyond any reasonable acceptable threshold that we have known in the past.
We took off the market vaccines that killed one in 100,000 people, in one is a million even. This is not even close, right? And we are talking about young people and children that have minimal to zero risk from COVID-19, especially with the current variant, and especially after they were exposed. So at this point, if you don’t stop, when are you going to stop?
So when are we going to stop? Well, in the U.S. things are happening at state level.
Florida’s surgeon general now recommends against mRNA COVID-19 vaccination of men between ages 18 to 39.
In Idaho, republican lawmakers have just introduced a bill that would criminalize the administration of any mRNA based vaccine.
Even congress is moving the needle along. A Republican-chaired Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is looking to investigate how covid vaccines were developed and approved. And since the republicans are now the majority, they now have subpoena power to call in witnesses who refuse to testify.
But legislation takes a long time. Meanwhile, a bigger crisis may be looming for America.
DR. RETSEF LEVI:
The loss of trust that I think the public now has, in public health authorities, is really a problem. And I’m very concerned as a scientist, as someone that actually does believe in medicine as a way to save lives for people to make them live their lives.
But I think that, to resolve this, in the long run, we have to think about what is wrong with our systems? What is suboptimal about our regulatory systems? What is suboptimal about the relationship between pharmaceutical industry and academia, science, and regulatory authorities? What is wrong about our social media, and tech companies? We need to think very deeply about what has gone wrong here. So we can put in place the right processes, the right systems, including the legislation that will hopefully ensure that this isn’t going to happen again.
Because I think that if we want to keep the democracies, we have to live under public sentiment that health authorities are making scientific decisions cautiously with the best intention that puts the health of people at the center. And I don’t think that this is the public sentiment [that] is currently in most countries. And that’s very dangerous.
So what do you think? Is Dr. Levi right? Do you still trust our health authorities? And if no, what would it take to gain your trust back? Leave us a comment below. And please share this video with one of your friends.
This is Frontline Health, I’m Dan Skorbach, stay healthy America.
* Serious adverse events that we cite from this study (Fraiman et al., 2022) are referred to as “serious adverse events of special interest” (AESI). They include: Bell’s Palsy, Encephalitis/encephalomyelitis, Acute kidney injury, Acute liver injury, Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Coagulation disorder, Myocarditis/pericarditis, Other forms of acute cardiac injury, Generalized Convulsions, Abscess, Arthritis, Cholecystitis, Colitis/Enteritis, Diarrhea, Hyperglycemia, Hyponatremia, Pancreatitis, Psychosis, and Thyroiditis.
This transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity by Anna Varavva.
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