Tucker Carlson angered many in the scientific community on Wednesday night when he used raw government data to claim that “ about 30 people die every day ” after taking a coronavirus vaccine.
The Fox News host expressed his anger at President Joe Biden’s encouraging people to get vaccinated, saying the “ social pressure is immense. ”
The CDC says 148 million Americans have now been vaccinated, with tremendous health benefits for the nation.
Carlson said many viewers had their chance – “and good for you” – but said people weren’t being told enough about the potential risks.
“Here’s a very simple question: How many Americans have died after taking the COVID vaccine?” he asked his three million viewers on a show that is regularly the most watched on cable.
Health experts pointed out that the risks have been researched and are considered minimal.
Tucker Carlson on Wednesday evening condemned the ‘social pressure’ to get vaccinated
Carlson then quoted data from the Vaccine Adverse Reaction Reporting System (VAERS) – a site operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which records any adverse reactions to a vaccine.
Carlson pointed out that, according to VAERS statistics, 3,362 people died after receiving a COVID vaccine in the United States between December and April 23.
“That is an average of about 30 people a day,” he said.
He claimed far fewer deaths had been reported after other vaccines, such as the flu shot, and suggested that the Democratic government currently in power should investigate what’s going on.
“Vaccines are not dangerous,” he said.
“That’s not a guess, we know quite convincingly from the official figures.”
But he said more research was needed on the COVID shots.
“Obviously, what is happening now, for whatever reason, is not even normal,” he claimed.
‘It doesn’t even come close to what we’ve seen in previous years with previous vaccines.
“Most vaccines are not accused of killing large numbers of people.”
The CDC said, “CDC and FDA physicians review every death case report as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further review reports.
“A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths.”
A woman will receive her COVID injection in Aberdeen, Maryland on Wednesday
The VAERS website emphasizes that their data has not been verified and does not suggest a causal relationship
Public health experts were quick to contest Carlson’s conclusions.
They pointed out that the VAERS database is full of disclaimers, pointing out that someone who dies after receiving a vaccine is not the same as someone who dies from a vaccine.
Anyone can upload data to the VAERS site, which means that the conclusions are not necessarily correct.
In addition, the VAERS site states that the system “did not detect any patterns of cause of death that would indicate a safety concern with COVID-19 vaccines.”
They also stressed that Carlson did not know when the deaths were: The first people to be vaccinated were the elderly and the most vulnerable, who were always more likely to die at some point.
Dr. Dana Mazo, an assistant professor of medicine specializing in infectious diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Reuters it was important to distinguish between association and causality when looking at deaths after vaccination.
“The idea is that we will vaccinate millions of people,” said Mazo.
“And unfortunately, if you look at 96 million people, some of them could die, and they would have died had they not been vaccinated.”
Dr. Joël Belmin, head of geriatrics and vaccination coordinator at l’hôpital Charles-Foix in Paris, said in a WebMD address: “A significant amount of spontaneous death is expected in older people because of their high vulnerability.
‘One in five people dies in a retirement home every year. It is therefore difficult to attribute these deaths directly to the fact that these people were vaccinated. ‘
The CDC estimates that about 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered to residents in long-term care facilities on Jan. 18.
In comparison, VAERS had received 129 reports of deaths following vaccination with COVID-19 in residents of long-term care facilities during that period.
Dr. Gregg Montalto, a Chicago pediatrician, said Carlson didn’t ask basic statistical questions.
Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician based in New York, described Carlson’s conclusions as “ pure, absolute stupidity. ”
He pointed out that COVID’s death rate plummeted during the vaccination campaign, saying, ‘Did some of them die the day before they were supposed to be vaccinated? Yes.’
Carlson’s segment echoed videos circulating on Facebook, such as a video that was viewed 21,000 times entitled: ‘COVID19 VACCINES DEATH TOLL CLIMBING !!!’.
It shows a person scrolling through a VAERS data set of death reports and saying, “This is the list of all the people who have died from vaccines.”
The narrator clicks on random entries, including a 38-year-old in New Mexico and a 65-year-old in Ohio who have both received the Pfizer vaccine, before saying that “ the vaccine itself will kill you. ”