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Child vaccination must be halted until MHRA clarifies its confusing new under-18 fatality reports


According to Table 11 of the latest Medicines and Health products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) ‘Coronavirus vaccine – summary of Yellow Card reporting’ update, it appears that six children have died from the vaccine. 

The MHRA slipped out these shocking figures in a new table last Thursday without any explanation or highlighting in the accompanying text. Nothing about when these children died or what age and sex they were, or what the catalyst was, for example myocarditis or a thromboembolic event and no indication given as to whether there have there been inquests into these Yellow Card reported children’s deaths.  All that appeared to be communicated was contained in one new, inadequate and confusing table, copied below, from the sub-section Reports with a fatal outcome:

Table 11* /* *: Number of UK reports with a fatal outcome received for the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer/BioNTech, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna and Vaccine brand unknown by patient age up to and including 27 July 2022

** ‘-’ denotes no reports received. ‘^’ denotes censored data field for privacy reasons as the number of reports with a named vaccine is 5 or less.

It was the first time in the MHRA updates (published regularly since the start of the vaccine rollout) that fatality numbers have been added for under-18s. Though the table is unclear it reads that ‘Brand unspecified’ equals a total of SIX deaths which at first glance looked to include 1 x Moderna plus 5 x Pfizer or AZ (exact numbers retracted), as below:

Under 18

AZ – fewer than 5 fatalities – retracted for privacy (could be zero, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 depending on Pfizer total)

Pfizer – less than 5 fatalities – retracted for privacy (could be zero, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 depending on AZ total)

Moderna – one fatality

However another interpretation was that the (website) table is incorrectly aligned in which case the MHRA may have meant it to read: the 1st column Astra-Zeneca  ^ (ie 1-4), 2nd column Pfizer also ^, 3rd column Moderna ‘-‘ (ie 0), then 4th column is Brand unspecified =1 and 5th column becomes the total =6. 

It made more sense as the totals add up correctly across all the different age groups and also that the bottom row total for ‘brand unspecified’ (currently in the Moderna column) for all ages would equal 49 which is the same as in the assets report of individual AEs as of published data 4th Aug.

Further searching today indicates that this latter interpretation looks indeed to be the case. The PDF of the Summary text that they publish as well as the web page shows the table, presumably correctly aligned, on P38 here.

But this is not all that is unsatisfactory. Looking further at the table it is possible that the child fatality rate could be far worse than indicated as per the (incorrectly) aligned UNKNOWN row (spliced here):

It shows 344 non-age classified deaths in the latest update total of 2,226 vaccine associated fatalities.

We know that SIX fatalities of the 2,226 are under 18, but what about the 344 UNKNOWN? Under 18 fatalities are not explicitly excluded from this part of the tabulation so could make up some of these numbers too. Why don’t the MHRA know the age breakdown; or why can’t they tell us? We urgently request the MHRA to bring clarity to the information provided here. It is imperative that this data is clear and understandable for the public.

There is a broader context for concern. It is the scandalous inadequacy of child vaccine adverse event information published by MHRA since the under-18 rollout began. They say they are monitoring reactions carefully yet provide no evidence to suggest that they are.  The MHRA are still not reporting the 4,000-plus child adverse events to the public in the same way they do as with the adult data. No breakdown of categories (whether cardiac, nervous or skin disorder for example) is provided for children. It is as though they are of less importance and there is no need for us to know. 

There is also a lack of transparency regarding their vaccine-related fatality reporting over all. They still don’t specify whether booster-related figures are included in or excluded from certain totals, or whether there have been any booster-related fatalities for adults and children. Why, apart from just one identified fatality ‘disorder category’ (thromboembolic events (blood clots) with concurrent thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts) ) comprising 80 deaths do they not provide any specific or across-the-board age breakdown data? 

There were also 4 such deaths for Pfizer but no age breakdown was provided beyond an 18-91yrs age bracket. (Up to 27 July 2022, the MHRA reports it had received Yellow Card reports of 32 cases of major thromboembolic events (blood clots) with concurrent thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts) in the UK following use of the COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer/BioNTech. These events occurred in 13 females, and 18 males aged from 18 to 91 years, and the overall case fatality rate was 13% with four deaths reported.)

Their failure to provide age-related data for the Seven suspected myocarditis or pericarditis reports with a fatal outcome reported following the COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer/BioNTech and six reports with a fatal outcome following the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca’ is deeply worrying. This is of key concern given the special warnings circulated to healthcare professionals of the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in children, raising the question of whether any or all of these 13 myocarditis deaths were in the under-18 age group. We still do not know.

But the question now that looms above all others is why have these ‘Under-18’ deaths in the new Table 11 only now been reported and included?

We have to assume, if the table says what it appears to say, that all six deaths have not just happened in the last two weeks. Was the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation kept informed as each Card came in? Will it, as it should, demand an urgent moratorium on and halt to the child vaccine programme given this public uncertainty? If these are longer known fatalities then every mainstream media outlet ought to be asking just how long.

My concern is whether the MHRA’s stated decision to turn from vaccine watchdog to vaccine enabler has made this body more dismissive of the data they are duty-bound to report and clouded its judgement on what should be a priority – that is to take all Yellow Card reports extremely seriously. The main emphasis of all the accompanying text to their injuries and fatalities tables is to underplay them and say the Yellow Card reports indicate nothing more than ‘a temporal association’ and not causality. Well, it is one heck of a lot of temporal associations, affecting nearly half a million people, to be sanguine about.

Dr June Raine, the MHRA’s chief executive, has some serious explaining to do.

For, if, as the MHRA themselves state, Yellow Cards are likely to be under-reported by a factor of ten, the real figures are very much higher and if the six child fatalities tabulated are indeed such, then some 60 children may already have died from a vaccine they never needed in the first place and which has demonstrably proved to be neither safe nor effective.

Text updated at 10.25 am to include aligned PDF Table 11

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Kathy Gyngell
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