FDA Withholds Autopsy Results of Those Who Died After COVID Shots

FDA Withholds Autopsy Results of Those Who Died After COVID Shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to release the autopsy results of people whose deaths were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) after receiving a COVID-19 shot. The FOIA request was submitted by The Epoch Times newspaper.1

“VAERS is a centralized vaccine reaction reporting system that was among the safety provisions secured by parents of DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccine injured children in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986,” explains Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). It is jointly operated by the FDA and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).2 3

According to The Epoch Times, the FDA declined to release any autopsy reports of VAERS deaths, even redacted copies, citing FOIA section (8) (A) which allows federal agencies to withhold information from the public if an agency “reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption,” with the exemption being “personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”1 4

FDA Refusal to Provide Autopsy Info Attributed to Concerns Over Personal Privacy

The FDA reportedly also cited federal law that blocks the release of “personnel, medical and similar files the disclosure of which constitutes a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”1 4

One possible reason for the FDA’s reluctance is that neither officials at the FDA nor at the CDC have found (or at least openly admitted)  a “causal association” between the COVID shots and the post-COVID vaccination deaths reported to VAERS. A study published last year in the journal Clinical and Experimental Vaccine Research stated:

These regulatory agencies have not found a causal association, and there is no reason to state that the COVID-19 vaccine causes death. Data from the VAERS and available clinical information (death certificates, autopsies, and medical records) does not establish cause and effect between deaths and reported deaths. Deaths following vaccination equated to deaths caused by vaccines are irresponsible, misleading and scientifically inaccurate.5

To release autopsy reports of people who died after receiving COVID shots might lead to uncomfortable questions about the conclusions reached by FDA and CDC officials and raise the specter of a national re-evaluation and lots of second opinions regarding the safety of the shots.

That does not appear to be a conversation these and other public health officials at the helm of government agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and, specifically, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), appear anxious to have.

Those responsible for operating these federal agencies, not to mention countless doctors, scientists and politicians around the country, have staked their reputations on assuring the American public that the COVID shots do not cause harm, much less death. Why indeed would they want to investigate and give space to a conversation asking legitimate questions and offering dissenting views?

More Deaths After COVID Shots Reported in VAERS Than Any Other Vaccine

It must already be difficult enough having to acknowledge the 16,516 deaths in the U.S. reported to VAERS after COVID vaccinations as of Sept. 14, 2022.1

Still, it is a public conversation that should be allowed to take place. After all, it is no minor thing that, as Fisher notes, “There have been more deaths reported to VAERS following COVID-19 vaccinations than for any other federally recommended vaccine since VAERS became operational in 1990.”2

All of the FDA’s stated concerns about protecting privacy seem rather bogus, as the autopsy results sought through the FOIA request could be released with personal information blacked out. “The personal information could easily be redacted without losing the potential learnings from [the] autopsy,” said Kim Witczak, a drug safety advocate who serves as an adviser to the FDA.1

Besides, Witczak logically points out:

If someone submits their experience to VAERS they want and expect to have it investigated by the FDA. This includes autopsy reports. Autopsies can be an important part of postmortem analysis and should be done especially with increased deaths following COVID-19 vaccination.1

Why is transparency on this issue such a stumbling block for the FDA?


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38 Responses to "FDA Withholds Autopsy Results of Those Who Died After COVID Shots"

  1. Donna   October 10, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Personal information could easily have been redacted and the autopsies released. The Epoch Times should appeal this decision by the FDA in court.

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  2. Donna   October 10, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    People whose family members have died due to the shot and have legal ownership of the autopsy results should contact the Epoch Times to release the results.

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  3. Antonia   October 10, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    This is reasonable, because non-medical professionals aren’t qualified to determine certainty about whether the vaccine was actually causative to the deaths or not.

    I contracted mild tinnitus for the first time the morning after my 2nd Covid vaccine. But because I’m aware of the frequency of coincidence with *apparent* cause and effect, I did go forward and get the 1st booster. It did worsen my tinnitus slightly; this was demonstrated by a hearing test after the 2nd vaccine and another hearing test after the 1st booster. The tinnitus has now returned to its very mild baseline, as predicted by the hearing/tinnitus testing center. This is what they’re finding with people who get tinnitus from the vaccine. The later vaccines can temporarily boost the tinnitus, but it generally returns to baseline.

    I knew enough about science, although I’m not a scientist, that I recognized my 2nd Covid vaccine and my tinnitus onset, timed so closely together, could truly have been coincidental.

    Not enough people know about this and so therefore, they think that if someone gets a vaccine and they soon have something bad happen to their health, it had to be connected to the vaccine. This isn’t necessarily the case, although in the midst of distress and upsetment, the emotions we experience lead us to search for causes to blame, and the vaccine is a convenient target.

    Only medical professionals can ascertain this.

    It isn’t in the nation’s or the world’s best interest for people already suspicious of the vaccine to see numbers of people who died following the vaccine. They won’t be able to determine if the vaccine was causative or not for each individual report, and they will freak out and say the vaccine is killing too many people.

    When, in reality, the vaccines have saved the lives of many, many millions of people. The people looking at VAERS to find fault with the vaccine will publicize the numbers of deaths, claiming a vaccine causation, but will distinctly NOT publicize the numbers of lives saved by the vaccine. They have an angle to push, a bias, and will be toxic to the country and to the world with their one-sided, unscientifically-based claims.

    Do you see why the FDA needs to not give out this information?

    I know you think they’re protecting vaccine makers, but the vaccine makers are already exempt. They’re protecting the country and the world from horrific numbers of Covid deaths.

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    • Ginny   October 10, 2022 at 5:31 pm

      Daddy State has no power to withhold crucial information about public health from the public, “for our own good.” That’s why the FDA didn’t use it to justify their actions.

      Besides, it’s not true that only “medical professionals” have the expertise to draw conclusions from autopsy results–even if that were a legitimate reason for the FDA to withhold them, which it’s not. Even most “medical professionals” wouldn’t have that expertise, whereas some lay people do.

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    • Donna   October 10, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      Antonia, you say non-medical professionals aren’t qualified to determine certainty about the causation of adverse effects of drugs, but although you yourself are not a medical professional, were able to determine your 2nd Covid shot and tinnitus onset could have been coincidental? Nothing in this life is impossible, but if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck and looks like a duck, the odds are heavily favored it is a duck.

      The only ones who have this large amount of data to review is the government, who has formed an unholy menage a trois wth the FDA, Pharma and the largest social medias.

      This is not about protection of the vaccine makers, but protection of ourselves.

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    • Peace   October 10, 2022 at 8:19 pm

      Yes people have died from Covid. But it has been overestimated. Do the research. I don’t agree with your comment overall. How do you explain they have gotten sick after receiving vaccines? It’s not a coincidence. Look up Real not Rare link. I’ve researched on vaccines over 2 decades, not only Covid vaccine. I’m not a scientist either. Too many damages, failures and injuries from other vaccines besides Covid historically. Covid vaccine is very reactive. Ok?

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    • MaryLS   October 10, 2022 at 9:54 pm

      “When, in reality, the vaccines have saved the lives of many, many millions of people”
      .
      Nonsense. Your claim cannopt be verified. In truth,not would be hard yom9rove the ” vaccibes” saved anyone.

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      • Donna   October 11, 2022 at 1:22 am

        I’ve always wondered why people don’t ask for proof how “many, many millions of lives were saved”. People just naively accepted it as pure gospel truth.

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      • covIDIOTS   October 12, 2022 at 4:31 pm

        To MaryLS:
        Exactly. It’s like the same illogical statement I hear being parroted over and over by those who were duped into getting the inoculation and then got a severe case of “covid”, “Oh but it would have been worse if I didn’t get the shot.”

        How do you know that? Easy, you don’t. You just believe what so called “authority figures” parrot on TV.

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  4. Cathy   October 10, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Your opinion piece is exactly why the autopsy reports should be released and studied by qualified scientists to get to the truth. Your personal anecdote is no better than the FDA and CDC’s biased “safe and effective” stance.

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  5. Michael   October 10, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    Antonia, Beg to differ. Medical professionals, have been reluctant, discouraged from reporting adverse events precisely because vaccinations have an undeserved religious status which amount to medical dogma. When looking at the various data sets that are not as redacted, not politicized, mRNA vaccines will go down as the worst medical experiment ever perpetrated on trusting, gullible public.

    When the medical community prefers to remain deaf, dumb and blind, then it becomes the providence of lawyers. So hold on to your hat, accountability is coming.

    “At the end of the day, the crime that was and is COVID-19 will be revealed. We will win this fight and there will be accountability. There will be accountability for the disease, the hospital murders, the jabs, the lockdowns, and everything else and we will do everything we can to ensure that EVERY single person that profited from this crime against humanity pays the price.”

    “I end this article with this: for all of you that have made the trillions of dollars off of the death and carnage that is COVID in ANY sort of corrupt way, know this, it may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but we the people are coming for you. We will not deviate from our peaceful path towards accountability and you WILL be held accountable. So enjoy your ill-gotten wealth for today but make sure you NEVER stop looking over your shoulders because the millions dead demand accountability and whether from me or my betters, you will pay.”

    https://tomrenz.substack.com/p/justice-accountability-is-coming?utm_source=email

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  6. Nancy   October 10, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Antonia, you are associating ringing in the ears with death. Perhaps some would like to make informed decisions about their own lives and whether they want to get vaccines or boosters.
    If there is nothing to hide from the people they would release the autopsy results so everyone may as well take it as they don’t want us to know. Your reasoning is absurd and I might have some amazing land for sale in some beautiful lush tropic isles where you don’t even have to work. INTERESTED?

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  7. Just Me   October 10, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    “They’re protecting the country and the world from horrific numbers of Covid deaths.”

    Really, you actually believe this? Maybe you missed all those increased deaths/averse effects from those having taken the jab–like athletes who just drop dead on the field in the midst of a play. And it is significant, b/c the insurance industry has acknowledged that deaths went way up in 2021. Then there’s young people dying from strokes, getting myocarditis, heart attacks…Not just one or two either–to the point where there was a campaign in the UK with the byline, “Kids get strokes too.”

    Now ask yourself–what happened in 2021?

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  8. Suzanne Burrall   October 10, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Aaron Siri at ICAN has been through this routine several times. A lawsuit must be filed to get the information you want.
    Watch the latest episode of the Highwire to hear Aaron Siri describe the lengthy process he goes through. ICAN got the Pfizer study documents and data from results of studies.

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    • Donna   October 11, 2022 at 1:17 am

      I had FOIA’d the FDA asking for the studies performed prior to the authorization of the toxic heavy metal “gadolinium” used in MRI contrast, and their answer was none could be found. You would want to believe our government is on our side and looking out for the public’s best interest. The non safety of many drugs is more than likely being covered up. If you see one cockroach, there are more than likely hundreds, probably thousands more that you don’t see. Very concerning.

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  9. John   October 10, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Antonia – Oy vey. So many problems with your claims.

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  10. Howes Tim   October 10, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Antonia, seriously?

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  11. Jerry Woods   October 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Antonia–there were no horrific numbers of covid deaths, there were false positive PCR tests and people dying with a “positive” result of covid, of something else, like a car wreck or heart attack or pneumonia.. That’s just for starters. Everything you say here is wrong. Of course people have the right to know about the many deaths and injuries after the covid vaccines. We don’t live under a totalitarian regime–yet–though people like you make that more likely every day with your willful blindness and calling for censorship of the truth. BTW, to dismiss the signal of not once but twice having increased tinnitus after a medical injection, when many other people are reporting the same, that’s what I mean by willful blindness. That is a signal that needs to be investigated not dismissed.

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  12. Data Detective   October 10, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Antonia is definitely wrong.
    if the data is released and available.
    Antonia should have checked or have the doctor or pharmacy check if tininus was a report advertise effect.
    with Antonia experience and others it was high likely that Antonia titinus was caused by COVID 💉.

    Antonia could have prevented the 3rd 💉 .

    also if 💉💉 fail how does Antonia think 💉💉💉 will work?
    Antonia don’t trust data just marking.

    Also Columbia University study compare death and health of 💉 compared to 🚫💉 of people of same health and age.
    💉 had more ☠️ death and desize than 🚫💉.

    it is odvious that FDA doesn’t want truth.

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  13. Marene Mayer   October 10, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    I’m sure the family could release if they wanted to.

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  14. Kira   October 10, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    @Antonia you said you contracted mild tinnitus for the 1st time after the covid vaccine.. but you don’t think it has any relation to you receiving the vaccine? even though the vaccine clogs your blood and tinnitus can be brought on by a irregular circulation?
    but I am no scientist

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  15. Laura Snider   October 10, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Families have legal rights to the autopsy results so they can get it and they can share it so there is a way around that. It does not surprise me they are suppressing this information as they know this is a huge problem and they won’t even redact info and share it.

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  16. Jim   October 11, 2022 at 2:12 am

    The thing about the Epoch Times is that they are known Trump supporters which is a stigma that can prejudice many courts. I think some of the central planners deliberately played the whole stolen election thing as a distraction to keep the public from uniting and posing a challenge to corporate wealth and power.

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    • Donna   October 11, 2022 at 9:27 am

      The whole plandemic was purposely orchestrated and organized as a political issue in order to keep the country divided, distracted and in a constant state of chaos, while the dirty work of the government, with corporate assistance, was carried out.

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  17. Bill Chaffee   October 11, 2022 at 4:20 am

    When I took a journalism class (in about 1990) I was told that autopsy reports are public records. Apparently that has changed since then.

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  18. Pam   October 11, 2022 at 10:21 am

    I just listened to my local Channel 22 news station (WWLP) this morning. They reported there is (once again) a new strain of covid, first found in California. On this station it said that the new virus is not deterred by any of the covid vaccines we have out now; I assume the latest booster is part of that group, as they did say all. The prophylactics available were found to do little if anything to stop or alleviate health issues from this viral strain. In essence, the news said we are on our own; winter is coming and stock up on covid test kits. But if the virus has mutated that much, will old covid tests be of any use as well? Science thinks it knows everything–tweek a gene here, mess with a protein there, and then sell the newest result to anyone it can. Science is more about greed and hubrus than saving lives in our current time. it offers its own version of the truth, and decries any other information that does not further their cause. The fact that the autopsies for deaths potentially attributed to the last shots have been hidden should be a red flag. About the Epoch Times being “known Trump supporters,” it must be noted that it was Trump who pushed through the first vaccines that everyone initially touted as the end all to Covid. While I may not agree with much of what Trump did or says, he was president and he helped get those vaccines in the pipeline–doing exactly what Americans were clamoring to have accomplished. And now autopsies are being hidden. Get the vaccine, don’t get the vaccine–your choice; but you can’t simply fault the person who did what you asked of them. Can’t have it both ways.

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    • Suzie Smith   October 11, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      I agree with most of what you said except “get the vaccine, don’t get the vaccine-your choice”. I work in healthcare and once the vaccines came out, we were fairly quickly forced to get vaccinated or lose our jobs. Not really a choice if you need to work for a living.

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      • Donna   October 11, 2022 at 10:47 pm

        If it became a choice of my health or my job, personally I would choose getting a different job.

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  20. Doris Steele   October 11, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    My son died of extreme pancreatitis. I believe the covid shot “pfizer” had something to do with it. He was getting so much better to the doctors amazement, then after 1 1/2 months in ICU, he developed sepsis and pneumonia and in a month died. In my heart, I know the covid shot had something to do with his death.

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  21. Doris Steele   October 11, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I know the Good Lord is keeping track of those who choose to cover up the deaths caused by the covid shots.

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  22. FLEM   October 12, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    “Lies come along first, and drag along the gullible. Truth limps in long afterwards, hanging on the arms of time.” — Balthazar Gracian

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  23. Becky   October 12, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    My 74 year old mother had her 2nd vaccine in April 21, after that she lost all sense of smell and tastes for certain foods. She was a smoker of many years who never went to the doctor for anything. So, I’m sure she had plenty of underlying health issues that could have been aggravated by the vaccine. But they don’t ask any health questions when giving the vaccine, so how could she have known the vaccine wasn’t right for her? She died in August 21. They said it was her heart. (ER Dr said her heart was racing, when they gave her something to slow it down, it just stopped) She had a lot of “stuff” in her lungs, not fluid, he said. And her heart was pumping so fast because of this “stuff”. I guess the results of smoking. The coroner showed up and basically talked us out of an autopsy. Said since it wasn’t a suspicious death, we would have to pay for it out of pocket. We were all in shock at that point and just went along. I wish we had gotten one now.

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  24. Peace   October 12, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Here it goes. That’s the best solution.

    Suzie- you may not get what you want exactly if you had found a different job. Sometimes blessings in disguise. My neighbor got fired from her nursing home job because she couldn’t take Covid vaccine. She ended up having a different job at the hobby lobby. She’s been happy as far as I know of. Of course, it’s your decision. I agree with Donna.

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  25. Pam   October 13, 2022 at 10:16 am

    I agree Suzie. So many were not given the option of it being their choice alone regarding vaccination. I should have stated it should always be your choice–not that of government or your workplace, I was really trying to point to the idea that Epoch Times has every right to publish what they research and their conclusions, even if being associated with a politician with whom some disagree. Freedom of Speech means everyone gets to speak. Sadly, I also know of people who were given no chance to decide. A family member lost a long-standing job because of that vaccine mandate. I have friends who got those shots and developed strange new illnesses and medical professionals still refuse to believe these came from the shots. Those who were hysterical and avid (more like RABID) supporters of the vaccine mandates made life for those, like myself, who did not get any vaccines, almost unbearable at times. It was shameful how some news outlets, Fauci, and Biden et al told us we were unAmerican and “killers of helpless grandparents” for not getting the jab. Like so many periods in our American history, this pandemic vaccine mandate will probably go down in the history books as being one of the most deceitful, intrusive, and devoid of any moral or scientific reasoning events. The European Union representative from the Netherlands who interrogated the Pfizer CEO this week made that personconfess the vaccine was NEVER even tested to see if it prevented the vaccinated from spreading the virus. I consider what went on in government and in the Pharma kingdoms as crimes against humanity, and it deserves the punishment that fits that crime. The likelihood of this happening in our country is almost nil. Given we can only hope a change in House and Senate leadership will help to open up investigations into Pharma, I urge at the upcoming election that we vote out every single politician we can who supported forced vaccination and denied reasonable medical and religious exemptions. If they cannot understand freedom of medical and religious choice, they cannot understand freedom in general. They are not fit for office.The same goes for the medical doctors who publicly stated they would no longer treat or accept unvaccinated patients–just because they refused to get the vaccine. For these uncompassionate and ill-advised individuals, I hope they are investigated fully and forced to close their practices for failing to live up to their Hippocratic Oaths. We don’t need doctors of this morally bankrupt character.

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  26. Brian James   October 14, 2022 at 12:54 pm

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  27. Jack   October 19, 2022 at 1:35 am

    For those of you new to medical reality, autopsy results are public record. It is classified as public health. Just as if you call the police and ask them which crimes are active in your area, they must disclose this.
    Go to your local Coroner/ME’s office and verify what I’m saying. There is no privacy for a public health risk. In fact it’s always been the opposite.
    This is also why Sandy Hook is suspect. Every other autopsy report(save JFK’s) in History is public information. Sandy Hook isn’t. That was the first thing they covered up. If they FDA are following the same path, you can be sure it’s horrific and incriminating.

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  28. Frank   October 19, 2022 at 3:22 am

    Diamond Princess with 3711 souls onboard January 2020, how many “PCR tested” positive? How many died? Where was the “pandemic”!

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