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Weekly News Update, June 26, 2021

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COVID-19 experimental injection in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Among the advice given to expectant mothers is to avoid alcohol, limit fish intake, and choose wisely when consuming cheese. But there is no such caution provided when it comes to taking the latest experimental COVID-19 injections. Pregnant women were not included in the original clinical trials to test COVID-19 vaccines for safety. So when the first vaccines were offered to health workers in the United Kingdom, for instance, health authorities did not recommend vaccinating women who were pregnant or breastfeeding. In a section called “Fertility, pregnancy and lactation,” the [ten page UK Government] guide says there is “no or limited data” on the vaccine. Therefore, it is not recommending its use for pregnant women. “Animal reproductive toxicity studies have not been completed. COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 is not recommended during pregnancy,” the guide states in section 4.6.”

However on June 9, 2021 the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) released a joint statement about COVID-19 Vaccinations for pregnant women.

RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby. Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy.

Limited Data Are Available 

According to the CDC there is limited data available on which to base a decision such as important as this.

However, despite clearly stating this fact, the CDC continues to promote this experimental vaccine as “safe” to pregnant women despite growing evidence there can be serious and detrimental effects both to the mother and baby. The US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) has so far had 692 reports of miscarriage, and it is well known that approximately 1% of vaccine injury is ever reported, so the true numbers would be significantly higher.

The Children’s Health Defense outlines the known issues of taking the Covid injection for pregnant women and explains how fear is used as a way to push this medical procedure:

Documented risks of vaccination during pregnancy include miscarriage as well as neurodevelopmental problems arising from maternal immune activation (an inflammatory response in the mother that can harm fetal brain development). However, as psychiatrist Peter Breggin has written (describing the seven-decade-old branch of public health science focused on fear appeals), behavioral scientists know that “fear is a powerful motivator and can drive humans to be more easily manipulated into doing things they would ordinarily resist doing.”

A subsequent article by the Children’s Health defense discusses the “devastating outcomes in pregnant and lactating women following experimental Covid Vaccines.”

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In this article Steve Kirsch reports an 82% miscarriage rate in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy following Covid vaccination with 10%  the normal rate. He struggles to understand how the CDC says that it is safe for pregnant women to take this shot when it is clearly not the case. He cites a family member’s experience of miscarriage following Covid-19 vaccination:

She miscarried at 25 weeks and is having a D&C on 6/9/21. She had her first shot 7 weeks ago, and her second shot 4 weeks ago. The baby had severe bleeding of the brain and other disfigurements. Her gynaecologist had never seen anything like that before in her life. They called in a specialist who said it was probably a genetic defect (because everyone buys into the narrative that the vaccine is safe it is always ruled out as a possible cause). No VAERS report. No CDC report. Yet the doctors I’ve talked to say that it is over 99% certain it was the vaccine. The family doesn’t want an autopsy for fear that their daughter will find out it was the vaccine. This is a perfect example of how these horrible side effects just never get reported anywhere.

The recommendation that Australian pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy came from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

The Australian Government Department of Health has produced a “decision guide” for pregnant and breastfeeding women, which does not include any information about the growing body of evidence showing the risks of the vaccines. This contradicts the Australian Immunisation Handbook which states it must be made clear “what adverse events are possible” and it must be given voluntarily in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation.”

So what do we know about RANZCOG, ATAGI and the individuals involved who recommend Australian pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy?

RANZCOG

From the website

Ranzcog is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the establishment of high standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health. The College trains and accredits doctors throughout Australia and New Zealand in the specialties of obstetrics and gynaecology so that they are capable of providing the highest standards of healthcare.
The College also supports research into women’s health and acts as an advocate for women’s healthcare by forging productive relationships with individuals, the community and professional organisations, both locally and internationally.

ATAGI 

Consists of 15 members who advise the Minister for Health on the medical administration of vaccines available in Australia, including those available through the National Immunisation Program (NIP)

Provide advice to research organisations on current immunisation research and areas that need more research.

Provide industry sponsors with pre-submission advice for potential submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) on vaccine effectiveness and use in Australia. ATAGI advice must be sought prior to a sponsor making a submission to the PBAC (see parallel processing requirements for PBAC vaccine submissions and pre-submission advice for industry sponsors wishing to make a PBAC submission).

Consult with relevant organisations to produce the Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Consult with relevant organisations in implementing immunisation policies, procedures and vaccine safety.

In the words of Australian Vaccine researcher Elizabeth Hart, in Vaccination committees – power, influence, and ‘conflicts of interest’…

Vaccination committees provide advice to governments on vaccine products and ‘recommend’ the addition of new vaccine products to national vaccination schedules.

These groups wield enormous power.  The members of these groups are part of a process that results in effectively mandating medical interventions (i.e. vaccinations) for healthy people.

The decisions these people make affect not only children and adults in their own countries, but can also impact internationally as the ripple effect of their decisions spreads around the world.

As the decisions of these vaccination committees result in massive sales of vaccine products for pharmaceutical companies, it is vital that the process of adding vaccine products to national vaccination schedules is open and transparent, and that any potential ‘conflicts of interest’ of the members of these groups are accessible for public perusal.

For example, a register detailing the history of any relationships with the vaccine industry, e.g. research grants, consultancies, honorariums, plus any shareholdings in vaccine companies, royalties received, directorships etc, must be publicly accessible.  If a member indicates they have no potential conflicts of interest, this must be clearly recorded.

At this time, publicly accessible information on potential conflicts of interest for members of vaccination committees and groups is severely lacking.

However there is a very informative article published on the Informed Medical Options Party which lists many individuals involved in making public health policy and their potential COI.

One of these is Professor Allen Cheng, a member of ATAGI, one of the two committees responsible for recommending this vaccine for pregnant women. He is Co-Chair, Epidemiology, Public Health.

You can read his potential COI here

  • Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health [140], which has received payments from vaccine manufactureres Biocryst, George Clinical, Gilead, GSK and Merck [2], and has an appointment in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University [140].
  • Co-Chair of ATAGI [1]. Refer to ATAGI section below for detailed COI.
  • Member of the COVID-19 Vaccine & Treatments for Australia – Scientific & Industry Technical Advisory Group [3].
  • Co-Chair of ATAGI’s COVID-19 Working Group [148] which provides advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.
  • Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria [126] and influential on coronavirus policy.
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Advisory Committee on infectious diseases and biostatistics [3]. Refer to TGA section below for detailed COI.
  • Site Investigator for a number of infectious disease studies via Alfred Health, which has received payments from vaccine manufactureres Biocryst, George Clinical, Gilead, GSK and Merck [2].
  • Chief Investigator for influenza surveillance (FluCAN Surveillance System) [3].
  • In 2018 Chair of the Influenza Working Party which prepares advice for ATAGI [30].
  • His team has recently received $1.7M from federal governments National Health & Medical Research

Other ATAGI members with conflicts of interest include Dr Tom Snelling

  • Member of PBS/PBAC [63], which receives funds from Cost Recovery Fees & Charges from vaccine manufacturers [84].
  • Member of ATAGI [1]. Refer to ATAGI section below for COI.
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance [133].
  • Head, Infectious Disease Implementation at Telethon Kids [87], which is partnered with vaccine manufacturers GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Sanofi [88].
  • Former investigator on pneumococcal vaccine for the National Immunisation Program [3].
  • Investigator on Pertussis vaccine [3].
  • Member of ATAGI’s COVID-19 Working Group [148] which provides advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.

A/Prof Christopher Blyth

  • Co-Chair of Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) [1]. Refer to ATAGI section below for detailed COI.
  • Investigator on a pneumonia/meningitis study in Papua New Guinea. Grant received by employer (The University of Western Australia) from Pfizer [2].
  • Co-Chair of ATAGI’s COVID-19 Working Group [148] which provides advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.
  • Member of COVID-19 Vaccine & Treatments for Australia – Scientific & Industry Technical Advisory Board [3]
  • Co-Director of Wesfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases; Telethon Kids [147], which is partnered with Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Pfizer, Novartis, GSK and Sanofi [88].

 Prof Katie Flanagan

  • Is affiliated to Monash University [141].
  • In the last 10 years has been involved in research projects awarded in excess of AU$30 million, includes grants from NHMRC and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation [142]. Refer to their sections below for COI.
  • Former member of Influenza Vaccine Advisory Board, travel paid for by vaccine manufacturers Sanofi and Seqirus [3].
  • Member of ATAGI’s COVID-19 Working Group [148] which provides advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.
  • Presenter at a number of conferences in clinical infectious diseases sponsored by vaccine manufacturer Pfizer [3].
  • Former member of a number of vaccine advisory boards for the influenza vaccine [3].

A/Prof Nigel Crawford

  • Currently Director of Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination in the Community (SAEFVIC) at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute [42], which has received funding from Vaccination and Immunisation Research Group from Novartis Vaccines, GSK and Sanofi [71] & [4].
  • In 2014 was appointed to ATAGI [42].
  • Member of ATAGI’s COVID-19 Working Group [148] which provides advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.
  • Previously Director of The Influenza Specialist Group [2], which received funding from vaccine manufacturers Abbott, GSK, Seqirus, Pfizer, Roche and Sanofi [69].

See: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST in Australian Vaccination Policies

IMOP states:

Not only should conflicts of interest be permanently disclosed in all government websites and literature, but ALL specialists and institutions who have a financial conflict of interest, should refrain from the promotion of vaccination, advice to government or involvement in vaccination policy formulation.

This needs to be addressed and swiftly…

And now for this week’s death and injury reports from the TGA

In the week of 14-20 June 2021 we received 2,018 AEFI reports for COVID-19 vaccines.

Since the beginning of the vaccine rollout to 20 June 2021, the TGA has received 318 reports of death in people who have recently been vaccinated.

Since last week’s report, a further five reports of blood clots and low blood platelets have been assessed as confirmed or probable TTS likely to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine and; review of additional clinical information has led to a previously reported probable case now being considered unlikely to be TTS.

To 20 June 2021, the TGA has received 38 reports of suspected Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) following approximately 4.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. GBS is a rare immune disorder that causes nerve inflammation and can result in pain, numbness, muscle weakness and difficulty walking. In many cases it resolves within months but can sometimes take up to two years.

Since last weeks’ report (13–20 June 2021), the TGA has received four new reports – three reports of suspected myocarditis and one report of suspected pericarditis following immunisation with the Comirnaty vaccine. These reports will be considered as part of TGA’s ongoing investigation.

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