Temporary removal: A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in Association with COVID-19 Injectable Biological Products,” by Jessica Rose and Peter A.McCullough, which was published in Current Problems in Cardiology on October 1, 2021.

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Curr Probl Cardiol. 2021 Oct 1 : 101011. doi: 10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2021.101011 [Epub ahead of print]PMCID: PMC8483988PMID: 34601006

TEMPORARY REMOVAL: A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in Association with COVID-19 Injectable Biological Products

Jessica Rose, PhD, MSc, BSc1, and Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH2Author informationCopyright and License informationDisclaimer

Abstract

The Publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated.

The full Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal can be found at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8483988/

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COVID-19 vaccines myocarditis

The terse statement from Elsevier for the retracted article says:

The Publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated.

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Paper claiming COVID vaccines and myocarditis link is RETRACTED

Conflicts of interest Part 1. The authors claim that they had “nothing to disclose.” That would be nice if it were true, but it isn’t. Jessica Rose is affiliated with Institute of Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK), Public Health Policy Initiative (PHPI). IPAK is run by anti-vaccine quack James Lyon-Weiler, about whom we’ve written extensively. Lyon-Weiler and his anti-vaccine “institute” have no vaccine scientists involved with it and have no serious credibility in the world of science. This is most definitely a conflict of interest, and Dr. Rose should know that.

Conflicts of interest Part 2. Rose’s co-author, Peter McCullough runs the Truth for Health Foundation, a COVID-19 and vaccine denial group that pushes faith-based medical treatments. Along with Rose, they have serious anti-vaccine credentials which qualify as conflicts of interest.

Conflicts of interest Part 3. Both Rose and McCullough are affiliated with America’s Frontline Doctors, another anti-vaccine, anti-mask, COVID-19 denialist group. They prefer pseudoscientifically-based treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. They cannot be trusted with vaccine data.VAERS again. Once again, we have Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) dumpster diving. Anti-vaxxers love to create “gotcha” moments by diving into a database that provides nothing more than testimonials and reports that do not establish correlation, let alone causation. Real vaccine researchers, such as this one, use the Vaccine Safety Datalink, or VSD, to ascertain correlation (and possible causation). VSD allows the researcher to access medical records, making case-control and cohort studies so much easier to develop and analyze. But VSD is not so good for those who prefer pseudoscience – finding evidence to support their anti-vaccine pre-ordained conclusions.

Bias statement 1. The authors wrote “dose 2 is generally administered 3 weeks following the first dose assuming the individual survives dose 1 without any major complications, including death.” They’re showing their anti-vaccine bias.

Bias statement 2. “The BNT162b2, mRNA-1273, Ad26.COV2.S products have not been approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having been authorized instead for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 16 years of age and older.” We have covered this nonsense about an Emergency Use Authorization – vaccines that get an EUA are still reviewed as thoroughly as any other vaccine.

Bias statement 3. Rose and McCullough write “it has recently been shown that the spike protein itself systemically traffics inducing damage within cells, at the cell surface, and through circulation with endothelial damage and thrombosis.” I have not seen any evidence of this, although it is possible that the virus, which uses the spike protein to attach to the cell may cause this. But that would be for the whole virus, not a piece of it.

Bias statement 4. They also write, “The clinical implications of acute myocarditis in younger individuals as a result of uncontrolled production of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein within cardiac myocytes and cardiac support cells is unknown. If myocarditis has developed after the first injection, then second administrations and boosters should be avoided.” They provided no citations to support this claim, yet they write it as if it were factual. It isn’t. Boosters are needed, and they are demonstrably safe.

Confounders. One of the problems with the VAERS database, amongst many, is that you cannot establish confounders, Was there something about the myocarditis group that made it different from those without myocarditis, such as smoking or obesity? The authors did not even mention confounding variables – it’s like they missed one of the basics of epidemiology, but then again, I have no indication that either have ANY background in epidemiology.

Citations. Oh my, the citations. I didn’t go through all of them, but some of them actually debunk what was written.

Summary

It’s amusing, but the article finds that myocarditis is extremely rare, even when diving into the VAERS database. The problem is that VAERS doesn’t provide a control that is, well, controlled.
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Rose and McCullough just wanted to write an article to “prove” that the COVID-19 vaccine causes harm. But we know that there is a link between the COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis, but it is a very rare event. And their speculation that somehow this indicates some serious condition when it mostly is not, was what made their article so worthless.

Citations

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2 Responses to Temporary removal: A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in Association with COVID-19 Injectable Biological Products,” by Jessica Rose and Peter A.McCullough, which was published in Current Problems in Cardiology on October 1, 2021.

  1. jessica rose says:

    It was not retracted. What on earth are you even saying here?

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