UK’s medical watchdog is accused of ‘disturbing obfuscation’ of Covid vaccine death toll by two prominent Oxford University experts
- The experts criticised the watchdog’s ability to analyse Covid jab deaths reports
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Britain’s medicines safety watchdog was today accused of engaging in ‘disturbing’ practices regarding the investigation of Covid vaccine deaths.
Two prominent Oxford University researchers — renowned in the field of evidence-based medicine — branded one of the systems used to collate adverse side effects from the jabs as being a ‘mess’.
Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr Tom Jefferson claimed that chiefs at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) invested almost £2million in an AI-based system to extract data from the agency’s Yellow Card reporting system.
This database allows the public, and medics, to report any suspected side effects of Covid jabs and other medications.
So far, it has seen 2,743 deaths linked to Covid jabs logged.
Two prominent Oxford University researchers Dr Tom Jefferson (left) and Professor Carl Heneghan (right) branded one of the systems used to in the UK collate adverse side effects from the jabs as being a ‘mess’
The contract, reportedly paid to data-tech company Genpact in September 2020, aimed to create a better system to process Yellow Card reports relating to Covid vaccines.
Yet the pair of experts, writing in their own blog, said ‘we can’t find a single analysis or publication’ from the AI-based system’s involvement.
They also highlighted how minutes from a meeting of the MHRA’s expert advisory group on Clinical Trials, Biologicals and Vaccines in October 2020 has yet to be released due to advice being ‘confidential’ until ‘a final decision is made’.
Professor Heneghan and Dr Jefferson wrote: ‘What are we to make of all this?
‘Contradictions galore and the absence of a gizmo to identify deaths. Yes, deaths, not arcane events.
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‘Obfuscation and fragmentation sounds like a Cold War thriller, but we are the payers and recipients of the products licensed by MHRA.
‘Where is the taxpayers’ money gone, our money, if they have to manually collate reports, and where are at least the late summary reports? What final decision is the MHRA referring to?’
Covid vaccines, which have been rolled out in their millions, have repeatedly been proven to be, overall, both safe and effective in preventing people from becoming severely ill as well as stopping the endless lockdown that crippled the nation.
Although the MHRA Yellow Card data lists reports of Covid vaccine deaths, the latest confirmed official count of jab fatalities stands at 75.
This includes Brits who died after being struck down with a blood clot triggered by an extremely rare reaction from AstraZeneca’s jab missed during the original vaccine trials.
These deaths, as well as any other harms, are meant to be picked up by the MHRA’s Yellow Care reporting system, where the public and medics can report any suspected side effects from Covid jabs and any other medication.
The MHRA then investigates these reports to determine if the medication could be responsible, or if the event was unrelated or a coincidence.
Experts have said the 75 figure is likely to be a slight undercount given that some fatalities could have been missed or still be under official investigation.
However, anti-vaxxer claims that thousands have died from the jabs are considered to be way off the mark.
The authors criticism was labeled at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and its Yellow Card reporting system which allows people to notify them of adverse reactions potentially linked to medications like the Covid vaccine
The MHRA said the blog contained a number of inaccurate claims.
A spokesperson said the AI-based system aimed to streamline how reports were processed, not perform any analysis.
‘The AI tool was introduced to reduce the amount of manual coding for each report, thereby saving resource in processing cases and ensuring they are rapidly available for scientific analysis,’ they said.
‘The tool was not used for assessment of data, but to help ensure that all the information from the reporter is well structured to support analysis and subject to robust quality assessment. ‘
They added the AI tool is now no longer in use as per the terms of the contract.
The MHRA spokesperson also robustly denied the body was unable to identify and follow-up deaths reported from Covid vaccines, stating a dedicated team of scientists ensure ‘all fatal reports are followed up’.
They also highlighted how the MHRA had published regular reports on Yellow Card data covering Covid vaccine injuries throughout the pandemic.
Jab-injuries in the UK have come under increasing focus after families of those killed or disabled by VITT decided to take AstraZeneca to court over the harms they have suffered.
The issue has also highlighted what campaigners have labelled the ‘cruel flaws’ of the Governments own vaccine injury scheme which only dishes out £120,000 under a strict eligibility criteria.
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