The writer is in New Zealand.
EARLY on in the pandemic, our government appeared to decide to ignore the safety recommendations of Pfizer itself. Pfizer was advising that vaccine exemptions be granted to anyone with injuries subsequent to inoculation or with a health history of allergic reactions or adverse responses to other vaccines. Our government began by refusing almost all applications for vaccine exemption from people in these categories.
Simultaneously the government publicly maintained that mRNA vaccines were entirely ‘safe and effective’. GPs who told patients of risks and advised caution put themselves at risk of public censure and expulsion from the medical profession. Some were struck off.
Our Ministry of Health delayed warning District Health Boards of the risk of myocarditis until mid-December 2021 (nine months after the start of the vaccine rollout in late February 2021 and at least six months after they were first made aware of the problem). This MoH warning incorrectly described vaccine-induced myocarditis as rare and generally mild.
As a result, there was an obvious incentive right from the start of the vaccine rollout for GPs and medical staff at hospitals to ignore alarming cardiac symptoms and fail to order necessary investigative tests. Instead they blamed ‘anxiety’ and sent patients home with ibuprofen.
As of November 2022, there have been 13,000 cases of chest pain and 7,500 cases of shortness of breath (both known symptoms of myocarditis) reported to CARM, the Centre for Adverse Reaction Monitoring. Reporting is voluntary and Medsafe (the NZ counterpart of the UK’s MHRA) itself estimates that only 5 per cent of reactions are reported. Medsafe has still not acknowledged a connection between these reported reactions and mRNA Covid vaccination (except in a very small number of cases of myocarditis).
The reports include 184 deaths. As of November 2022 only two of these deaths have been acknowledged as connected to myocarditis due to vaccination. The rest have been vaguely labelled as ‘unlikely’ to be connected to vaccination.
Up to December 2022, the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) has received 3,326 claims for vaccine injury. Forty per cent (1,349) of these have been accepted and 60 per cent rejected. Only 152 of the accepted claims are for cardiac injury, among the rest approximately 450 (a third) appear to be due to accidental injury as a result of errors in administering the vaccine.
Up to this point, the MoH has admitted injury rates of three in every 100,000 vaccine recipients. These extremely low figures are in stark contrast to those reported in a preprint paper published two weeks ago in the Lancet by the NZ Ministry of Health. This found statistically significant rates of myocarditis and acute kidney injury (AKI) due to mRNA vaccination. There were 1,778 extra kidney injuries involving hospitalisation and 229 extra cases of myo/pericarditis involving hospitalisation within 21 days of receiving a shot. That is a startling injury rate of approximately one in every 2,000 vaccine recipients. Accordingly, the study points to a rate of injury 16 times higher than previously acknowledged, but that covers only injuries involving hospitalisations within 21 days of the jab. Injuries emerging over a longer term remain uninvestigated by the MoH.
Why did NZ adopt this extreme position and ignore early warning signs of high rates of vaccine injury? The alarming Pfizer post-marketing vaccine assessment was completed and distributed by Pfizer at the end of April 2021 to governments with whom they had contractual arrangements. We presume this includes NZ.
Why did the public hear nothing about it? We can only speculate. Early in the pandemic, PM Jacinda Ardern described daily discussions over breakfast with former PM Helen Clark. On July 9, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) appointed Clark as co-chair of a panel reviewing the WHO’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the response of governments to the outbreak.
Throughout 2021, Clark was a high-profile proponent of universal Covid vaccination. As late as September 2021, Clark was strongly advising the NZ public that the Covid vaccines were completely safe and universally effective.
Ardern met Bill and Melinda Gates during a trip to New York in 2019. In November 2020, Melinda Gates furthered the association, making an impassioned plea to Ardern to support Covid vaccination. The pair teleconferenced. Melinda Gates said that ‘the US, and the world, saw New Zealand’s response and PM Ardern’s leadership as an exemplar’. Ardern replied: ‘I am happy to assist.’
Was the extreme position on vaccination taken by Ardern and her government a response to Gates’s request that NZ become an exemplar? Was the kudos enough to push Ardern towards the world’s most coercive mandates? Was this the reason for withholding information about vaccine injury from the public?
Whilst Ardern became the global poster child of universal vaccination and extreme lockdowns, she didn’t do it alone. All the opposition parties, in awe of Ardern’s poll support and the high rates of vaccination, joined in with calls for more extreme measures, including Chris Luxon, leader of the opposition National Party and James Shaw, co-leader of the Greens. Director General of Health Dr (now Sir) Ashley Bloomfield personally made it his business to refuse vaccine exemptions in most cases. In fact the few exemptions granted were only postponements. Covid response minister Chris Hipkins (now NZ PM) exceeded Ardern’s doctrines (the two-tier society and the one source of truth) with his own threat to hunt down the unvaccinated. No one from Parliament met the protesters who were demanding transparency, instead turning the hoses on them and calling in riot police to disperse an entirely peaceful and lawful protest.
Andrew Little, former Minister of Health, and Dr Ayesha Verrall, current Minister of Health and Minister for Covid Response, have both failed to institute investigation into unprecedented rates of excess all-cause mortality (rates which are still continuing). With the data available to them, it would have been very easy to settle any controversy by comparing excess deaths with vaccination status. They were requested to do so on many occasions, but nothing has been done.
We thought we had a culture of openness and transparency in New Zealand, but the government has reversed this. Now is the time to speak up and demand it be restored. Almost 90 per cent of the population got vaccinated in good faith or were coerced by mandates; they mostly remain in ignorance of the injury they risked and in many cases suffered. Many believe erroneously that the government were following international Covid science publishing: they weren’t. They were pursuing a political agenda and ignoring growing international evidence of the negative impact on public health.
Withholding information and failing to investigate are policies of repressive regimes. The government has failed to publicise the results of the latest Ministry of Health investigation of adverse effects of mRNA Covid vaccination in New Zealand. The responsibility to do so now falls squarely on the shoulders of our recently appointed Prime Minister Chris Hipkins. For three years he has been closely associated with Covid policy. So far he has maintained a stiff silence. That is not sufficient to put things right. It does not do justice to those injured or to accepted standards of public health. This has become a defining issue of the modern era. Silence will not draw New Zealand together again as a nation.