US government had reviewed Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System cases of post-vaccine myocarditis when CDC’s director falsely claimed, “we have not seen any reports”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging everyone six months and older to get the newest COVID-19 booster. The benefits for children and young people far outweigh the risks, argues CDC Director Mandy Cohen. “Teen boys have been up to five times as likely to have heart inflammation after having a COVID infection than after getting vaccinated,” Cohen said.
But the best available evidence does not back up Cohen’s claims. The CDC director is relying on a highly flawed study published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly (MMWR).
It’s true that this study found teen boys ages 12-17 had two to six times greater risk of heart complications after COVID infection compared to after vaccination.
But the study only looked at electronic health records, which were limited to teenagers who had been admitted to the hospital or who visited a doctor. This means the subjects of the study were not representative of the total number of teen boys who got COVID, the vast majority of whom never went to the doctor.
And other papers show vastly different results.
A study from the American Heart Association on myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) found that, “In men younger than 40 years old, the number of excess myocarditis events per million people was higher after a second dose of mRNA-1273 than after a positive SARS-CoV-2 test.”
A Nordic study of 23 million people found that for young men ages 16 to 24, post-vaccination myocarditis rates were six to 28 times higher than myocarditis rates after COVID infection. The study also found that there were zero myocarditis cases after COVID infection in males ages 12-15.
The consequences of vaccine-caused myocarditis can be serious. A review of clinical records found that ninety-six percent of people under 30 diagnosed with post-vaccination myocarditis were hospitalized. For some patients, symptoms persist. In one study from the US military, seven out of 23 myocarditis patients “continued to have chest discomfort” weeks after vaccination.
Although Cohen insists that children are at high risk of serious illness, the mean Infection Fatality Rate of COVID for people under 20 years old is 0.0003%, and hospitals have grossly inflated the reported number of children with severe COVID. One paper found that hospital records overcounted the number of pediatric COVID hospitalizations by at least 40 percent.
The CDC’s recommendation that everyone aged 6 months and older get another booster is simply not scientifically or medically sound. The agency received but did not respond to Public’s requests for comment about its misrepresentation of myocarditis risks.
What’s more, a mounting body of evidence shows that the CDC and the White House chose to ignore and cover up evidence of a significant myocarditis safety signal in early 2021, putting young people at risk of serious adverse events. How did this happen?
The CDC Cover-Up
Outgoing CDC Director Rochelle Walensky testifies during a hearing held by the House Oversight and Accountability Select Coronavirus Pandemic Subcommittee on June 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Walensky, whose last day is June 30, has been head of the CDC for a little over two years. (Photo by Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)
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