A new study claims that the under-reporting of side effects associated with COVID-19 vaccination is driven by clinical, political, systemic and media factors. The peer-reviewed study published in the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research claims that this lack of information has led to misleading recommendations by authorities. The study is titled “The Blind Spot in COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: Under-Reported Adverse Events.”
According to The Epoch Times, Patrick Provost, a professor in the Department of Microbiology at Laval University in Quebec City, says his study is based on the side effects of two scientists who were in good health prior to the vaccination. He claims that they have experienced various side effects (AEs) after getting COVID-19 vaccines and are still suffering the consequences.
“Their concern for their own health, given their background knowledge, education and investigative mindset, placed them in a unique position to testify to deficiencies in AE reporting following COVID-19 injections,” Provost said in the study. One of the scientists developed five different side effects, including ocular migraines, skin rashes and diabetic imbalance. The other visited the emergency room three times with heart problems and was diagnosed with myocarditis and orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a circulatory disorder.
Provost says the doctors treating these scientists refused to admit that there could be a connection between the injections and the side effects. Provost, who studies micro-RNA, small molecules that regulate genes, claims the mRNA or messenger RNA vaccines can be internalized by the body’s cells and cause the immune system to turn on itself, leading to the development of autoimmune diseases .
Health Canada says that of the 96,432,067 COVID-19 vaccine injections administered as of Jan. 20, side effects were reported by 53,611 people. That’s about six people in 10,000 people who reported one or more side effects. Of these, 0.011 cases of all doses administered were considered serious.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says side effects are rare after the vaccines, but found a small but increased risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) after mRNA vaccines, especially in male adolescents and young adults. in a study conducted between December 2020 and August 2021. Most patients who experienced myocarditis or pericarditis (inflammation of the outer layer of the heart) after COVID-19 vaccination responded well to medications and rest and felt better quickly, the CDC says .
Provost’s study outlined a number of factors that explain why he believes AEs are underreported. Clinically, he says doctors have a lack of openness to consider the impact of COVID-19 injections and a belief that they cannot be held responsible, says The Epoch Times. Other factors, he says, include the tedious procedure doctors must follow to report AEs, and the mass publicity that the rapidly administered injections of mRNA are as safe as traditional vaccines that have been tested for decades.
He chooses what he calls the “safe and effective mainstream narrative” forced upon the public by authorities and the media, without allowing individuals to challenge the theory. Provost notes that colleges can threaten and suspend members who get out of line. Provost was suspended for eight weeks by Laval University last summer after publicly saying it’s not really helpful to vaccinate kids against COVID-19. His union filed a complaint about the suspension, declaring it “an attack on academic freedom,” said Simon Viviers, vice president of the faculty union at Laval University. “Allowing a university to publicly review a college professor’s comments and penalize him in this way is problematic,” he added, according to CBC News.
Provost’s views were challenged by many experts, including Dr. Mathieu Nadeau-Vallée, a physician-in-training at the University of Montreal who holds a Ph.D. in immunology. He said Provost is not an expert in the mRNA technology used in the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or in the vaccination of children.
“This person doesn’t really have the expertise to talk about this,” says Nadeau-Vallée. ‘He’s a biochemistry professor; he’s not studying messenger RNA, he’s studying small RNA. It’s not the same area of research at all. So this is a person speaking out on a subject that he is not really an expert on and speaking against the scientific consensus on that subject.” Nadeau-Vallée said COVID-19 vaccines and public health measures have saved lives.
“Academic freedom means we can speak on any subject, but it doesn’t mean we can say false things,” he said, adding that if someone wants to speak against scientific consensus, they must present scientific evidence.
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