CDC and media scramble to deny bivalent booster causes strokes


Friday night’s headlines re STROKE RISK from the bivalent booster have morphed and become benign. The WaPo, for example, tells us the following right now:

Extensive review affirms covid booster is safe after system flagged risk

A deep dive into several large databases has failed to confirm the preliminary information, according to the CDC and FDA

Okay. But what did the original headline on this article say? I went to archive.org and typed in the WaPo URL for Fri night and Sat am and got the following message for both:

But I had no problem accessing the Wayback’s copy of the article from a copy it saved today

By the wee hours of Saturday morning (the story broke Friday 1/13 end of day) the NY Times had discovered it was all just a mirage.

But 25 months ago, on December 10, 2020, I took screen shots of Nancy Messonier, MD, then head of vaccines and respiratory infections at CDC, telling the VRBPAC vaccine advisory committee of FDA how extensively the COVID vaccines would be examined for safety. Here’s the screenshot. Look at all the databases they have to study. And BEST and PRISM include a variety of additional databases. V-safe is the data Aaron Siri just got through a FOIA lawsuit. The FDA-CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) database includes 90% of over 65 year olds, including 650,000 who live in long-term care facilities. I think we’d like to know what that database showed regarding strokes.

Why have FDA and CDC consistently hidden these databases, and why have they gotten away with it?

Nancy Messonier also told us about a group of 10 true, independent experts that would be reviewing the safety studies. The VaST sub-group, with additional members from 8 federal agencies. Where are their analyses?

If it was really a mirage, show us the data. Put up or shut up CDC.

Oh, I forgot the best part, the first few paragraphs of the NYT article:

Jan. 13, 2023

Fears that the Covid booster shots made by Pfizer-BioNTech may increase the risk of strokes in people aged 65 and older were not borne out by an intensive scientific investigation, federal officials said on Friday.

“It is very unlikely” that the risk is real, the officials said. They urged Americans 6 months and older to continue getting booster shots. Federal officials decided to disclose the concern and the results of their investigation despite worries that the revelation might fuel anti-vaccine sentiment.

“We believe it is important to share this information with the public,” a joint statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said.

Officials declined requests to discuss details of their investigation.

Apoorva Mandavilli

Originally published by Meryl Nass

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