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Covid-19: Norway investigates 23 deaths in frail elderly patients after vaccination

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 15 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n149

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Agency failure? (27% of all fatal reports on VAERS, started in 1990, are for Covid vaccines in the last 4 months)

Dear Editor

I respond to the letters of Doshi[1], Arby [2] and Fujito [3]. In order to give an idea of the magnitude of the current problem I made a search on VAERS using the National Vaccine Information Center website, Medalerts [4]. The search found 11,895 adverse events “where patient died” for all vaccines since the database opened in 1990 to 16 April 2021, of which 3,186 were from Covid vaccines, or 27% of all cases in the space of just 4 months from these novel products [5,6]. This is quite likely the tip of the iceberg: a report on the database in 2010 stated “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported” [7].

The failure of US government agencies to pick up a signal in the face of an unprecedented level of fatal reports is disturbing.

[1] Peter Doshi, ‘ FDA response to BMJ reports of death after covid-19 vaccination’, 21 April 2021,

[2] Surya Arby, ‘ A little story about Covid-19 vaccine safety, CDC and FOIA’, 22 April 2021,

[3] Alison B Fujito, ‘ Accountability and FDA's response to BMJ’, 23 April 2021,




[7] Lazarus et al, ‘Electronic support for public health - Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System’ , p6,

Competing interests:, an on-line daily journal, concerns itself with the potential environmental sources for the proliferation of autism, neurological impairment, immune dysfunction and chronic disease. I receive no payment as UK Editor. I also moderate comments for the on-line journal ‘The Defender’ for which I am paid. I am also a member of the UK Medical Freedom Alliance

24 April 2021
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22