New Revelations About COVID Vaccine Injuries and Lawsuits, Examining Big Pharma Corruption, and Media Censorship
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37 year-old O’Brian Pastrana was a dedicated firefighter for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for almost a decade. In the wake of the COVID vaccine mandates for NYC workers, he got vaccinated. His first Pfizer shot landed him in the emergency room three times due to severe allergic reactions. Complying with the city wide mandate, he got his second Pfizer dose which landed him in the hospital again. A few months later, Pastrana was nearly in heart failure. He was diagnosed with myocarditis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the cardiac muscle. Now suffering from permanent heart damage, he was told he could never be a firefighter again, and was forced to retire. He was given a non-line-of-duty pension, which pays out less than half of his salary plus overtime.
Pastrana is currently undergoing a legal process for accidental disability pension benefits. In the meantime, he has been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety due to the damages from the COVID vaccine and government mandate. He is unable to play catch with his 12-year-old daughter or help his wife around the house. President of the FDNY Uniformed Firefighter Association Andrew Ansbro expressed solidarity with Pastrana. The city “held his job over his head and forced him to choose between a vaccine that he did not want, and feeding his family,” he told The New York Post.
Pastrana's tragic story is part of a growing call for a nuanced discussion on the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccines. This includes the vaccine mandates that followed its rollout, where those questioning vaccine safety were punished and ridiculed on a massive scale. Whether or not the COVID vaccines saved lives and regardless of where each of us stand on the subject of vaccines, a real science-based approach would be to follow the evidence wherever it leads. Undisclosed safety risks and harms must be investigated, even if those investigations produce inconvenient findings. This is especially important in a time where top leaders in medicine and science, including editors-in-chief of leading journals, are speaking out about how science is being manipulated by powerful interests.
Currently, there is minimal mainstream dialogue about the harms and injuries associated with the COVID vaccine. Instead, we’re told that vaccine injuries are rare. Yet public backlash against the COVID vaccine, including landmark lawsuits, is beginning to emerge. More importantly, the people speaking out aren’t MAGA conspiracy theorists. They’re also not “vaccine misinformation superspreaders,” a derogatory label for the “12 people behind most vaccine hoaxes on social media,” as NPR claims.
Those speaking out are a growing number of everyday people who stepped up to get the COVID vaccine, suffered serious injuries and deaths, and were abandoned by the medical and media systems. Mainstream media portrayals of COVID vaccine harm ignore the growing mountain of evidence supporting dissenting views. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, "24% of American Adults say they know someone personally who died from side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine."
The numbers speak for themselves. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a voluntary government reporting system that only captures a portion of the actual injuries. Vaccine adverse event numbers are made publically available, and currently show 2,543,974 COVID vaccine injury reports, 36,501 COVID Vaccine Reported Deaths, and 211,257 COVID Vaccine Reported Hospitalizations.
Recent findings by The BMJ, a renowned medical journal, reveal that the VAERS system presents an incomplete and incorrect picture of vaccine injuries.
Albert Benavides is a VAERS researcher who recently wrote a comprehensive Substack piece investigating the corruption and dysfunction of the VAERS system, including how the VAERS system even deleted dead Pfizer Trial patients:
Current and former FDA advisers and academics recently asked the FDA to make critical changes to official COVID vaccine product labels, citing a range of significant adverse events and injuries post vaccination. This included multiple autopsy studies on lethal vaccination-associated myocarditis, multi system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), pulmonary embolism, sudden cardiac death, neuropathology and autonomic disorders, decreased sperm concentration, heavy menstrual bleeding and detection of vaccine mRNA in breast milk. Four months later, the agency denied almost every request.
While former CDC director Rochelle Walenksy claimed that the US government had not seen any reports of myocarditis, internal CDC emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal multiple threads discussing myocarditis, including a US government memorandum from March 2021 that acknowledged there were cases of myocarditis reported in the US VAERS system. This memo was a response to an email from the Israeli Ministry of Health, who addressed the CDC and FDA in concern about a large number of reports of myocarditis following the Pfizer vaccine, particularly in young people. As journalist Alex Gutentag writes in a Substack piece, “The CDC has not released complete, updated data on myocarditis. The agency’s cover-up of adverse cardiac events has had profound consequences and represents a major breach of trust and abuse of authority."
The Rise of COVID Vaccine-Related Lawsuits
The legal front of this issue is beginning to take shape. The US Justice Department has started hiring attorneys in anticipation of a surge in COVID vaccine lawsuits. People injured by the COVID vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccines, etc) are suing the US federal government over the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), a process that shields drug companies from lawsuits and deprives people of their right to a jury trial. The plaintiffs blame the COVID vaccine for causing a wide range of ailments including Bell’s palsy, blood clots in the brain, vertigo, vascular inflammation, chronic fatigue syndrome, small fiber neuropathy, heart palpitations and more. Currently, the CICP is the only avenue through which those with a COVID-19 vaccine injury can seek compensation.
In the UK, a legal landmark case alleges significant injuries and damages from the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. Claimants include Jamie Scott, a father-of-two who is now unable to work due to a blood clot shortly after receiving the vaccine, which left him with permanent brain damage. Another claim is being brought by the widower and two young children of a 35-year-old woman Alpa Tailor, who died shortly after taking the AZ shot.
Undisclosed risks of the COVID vaccine are part of a larger story of Big Pharma corruption.
Vaccine pharmaceutical giants are reaping billions of dollars in profits. In 2021 and 2022, Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, and Sinovac enjoyed $90 billion in profits on their COVID-19 vaccines and medicines. By relentlessly pursuing profits from the technologies and medicines they produce, these corporate entities also downplay the significant risks these products have on human health.
Many of us have a hard time believing that our government agencies would allow such harms to occur at the hands of corporate elites shaping medicine and health. Yet this may not be a surprise to those who have studied the Big Pharma playbook. America's opioid industry operated like a drug cartel, reaping billions in profits while countless Americans suffered the cost. In late 2020, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to penalties of more than $8 billion for its role in the opioid crisis.
Kim Witczak, an FDA advisory committee member who reviews new drugs coming to market, began investigating the US drug safety system after her husband unexpectedly took his own life while taking the antidepressant Zoloft. What she found was industry-wide corruption and compromised regulatory agencies. Corporate profits were put ahead of science. Drug safety and clinical trial integrity suffered as a result:
Vioxx was an anti-inflammatory and arthritis drug introduced by Big Pharma giant Merck, which was approved by the FDA in 1999. Eventually, deadly health risks associated with the drug came to surface and Merck agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle nearly 27,000 lawsuits. In a congressional hearing over the health risks of Vioxx, FDA analysts estimated that Vioxx caused between 88,000 and 139,000 heart attacks, 30 to 40 percent of which were probably fatal, in the five years the drug was on the market.
Going further, Merck made a “hit list” of doctors who criticized Vioxx, which was revealed in a Vioxx class action case in Australia:
Strategies to silence, censor, and defame those who challenge mainstream narratives is a core aspect of how COVID vaccine giants are downplaying the risks associated with the shots. A new investigation by independent journalists Lee Fang and Jack Poulson has revealed the surveillance strategies of pharmaceutical giant Moderna, and their efforts to shut down vaccine “misinformation” with the help of former law enforcement and public health officials.
With the help of a drug industry-funded NGO called Public Good Projects (PGP), Moderna has been using AI to “monitor vaccine-related conversations across 150 million websites in nearly 200 countries.” Here are some of the key findings of their investigation:
• Through internal emails from Twitter, PGP’s misinformation team frequently communicated with Todd O’Boyle, a lobbyist at Twitter, and sent him periodic Excel sheets with accounts to amplify or censor.
• PGP is financed through a $1,275,000 donation from the Biotechnology and Innovation Organization, which lobbies on behalf of Pfizer and Moderna.
• PGP had “backdoor access to Twitter data, known as the ‘firehose,’” and played a key role in helping Twitter curate its pandemic-related speech policies.
• Moderna’s corporate intelligence and marketing team has collaborated with PGP and the American Board of Internal Medicine to “help healthcare workers identify medical misinformation” called the “Infodemic Training Program.”
• The article quotes Aaron Kheriaty, a bioethicist and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center: “This is an interesting peek behind the disinformation industry, what it actually does. It’s about controlling a narrative, controlling the flow of information, controlling how people think about public policy, like the vaccine mandate, and how people think about a particular product that a corporation is profiting from. It’s deeply disturbing.”
Missouri v. Biden revealed "disturbing coordination" between government officials, public health leaders, and social media companies in censoring narratives that didn’t conform to the official story. Judge Terry Doughty ruled that this was unconstitutional, and government officials should be held responsible for their censorship.
If vaccination was indeed the most effective way to end the pandemic, a democratic and pro-science society would still seek to understand the risks of the COVID vaccines. Many of these risks are only beginning to come to light. The bedrock of democracy is the open flow of debate and information, which includes the process of exploring what's left out of any single narrative.
Censorship is a tool to hide exploitation and injustice. The suppression of dissent creates the "illusion of consensus" in medicine, leading to a society that unquestioningly trusts official narratives at the expense of countless injuries and deaths. What gives Big Government, Tech, and Pharma the right to censor and ridicule information that opposes their interests? What are we to do about what some consider "misinformation" today, but not on examination later?
If there is any risk to these medicines and vaccines, there must be choice and informed consent–not harsh mandates, censorship, medical gaslighting, and cancel culture. The silencing of alternative narratives weakens our collective muscles to collaborate and solve problems across our differences.
I believe in a better version of humanity than that. And I know most of us do too.
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