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

Dear Editor

While it may not be possible to substantiate Lazarus et al’s figure for reporting to VAERS of “fewer than 1%” [1,2] in the given instance there are obviously factors which would lead to under-reporting. For instance, people do no know it is there, they are frightened or apprehensive about reporting, they are emotionally numb and have not the focus or energy, they are stressed out and there is no benefit, they are not competent (actually the website is not particularly user friendly), it could compromise insurance.

I also note that with many months to prepare the FDA failed to modernise its reporting systems in an appropriate way as highlighted in the New York Times [3]. The real data is not being collated.

[1] John Stone, ‘Agency failure? (27% of all fatal reports on VAERS, started in 1990, are for Covid vaccines in the last 4 months)’, 24 April 2021,

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

[3] Sheila Kaplan, ‘ The F.D.A. is struggling to start up its comprehensive monitoring system for vaccinations.’, 12 February 2021,

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

27 April 2021
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22