RETRACTION, Dec. 17, 2021: The Western Journal has retracted this commentary due to Dr. Peter McCullough’s reliance on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, often called VAERS, for much of his relevant data. The first paragraph on the VAERS website states: “When evaluating data from VAERS, it is important to note that for any reported event, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Reports of all possible associations between vaccines and adverse events (possible side effects) are filed in VAERS. Therefore, VAERS collects data on any adverse event following vaccination, be it coincidental or truly caused by a vaccine. The report of an adverse event to VAERS is not documentation that a vaccine caused the event.” It is therefore not possible to draw any conclusions from VAERS data, which is what McCullough attempted to do during this interview. We are therefore retracting this commentary in its entirety.
CORRECTION, Dec. 16, 2021: This story’s headlines originally incorrectly suggested the study in question found COVID vaccines were more dangerous than the COVID-19 virus itself. The study argues, however, that “predicted excess cases of vaccine-associated myocarditis/pericarditis would exceed COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths under the ‘worst case’ scenario” among 16 and 17-year-old males, and that among males aged 12 to 15, “the rate of [cardiac adverse events] is 3.7-6.1 times higher than their 120-day COVID-19 hospitalization risk.” This story’s headlines have been updated accordingly.
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