Guillain-Barré Syndrome Linked to the RSV Vaccine
The potential risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) developing after receipt of Pfizer’s respiratory experimental syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine have prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request that Pfizer conduct a post-marketing safety study if the vaccine is approved for use in the United States this spring.1 The RSV vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline […]
Taiwan Compensates Family of Girl Who Died Days After Getting Second Dose of Pfizer’s COVID Shot
The Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan has agreed to pay $114,829 under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to the family of a young girl in Taoyuan, Taiwan, who died of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) within days of receiving the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Comirnaty COVID-19 messenger RNA (mRNA) shot. […]
Shingles May Be Triggered by Covid Shots
A large retrospective cohort study conducted by researchers in Germany and the University of Virginia compared the incidence of shingles among individuals who did and did not get a Covid-19 shot and found a statistically significant difference providing evidence for an association between Covid vaccinations and increased risk for developing shingles or herpes zoster (HZ). […]
South Africa Confirms Second Guillain-Barré Syndrome Death Due to COVID Vaccine
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) confirmed on Sept. 12, 2022 that another person in South Africa has died of a polio-like neurological disorder that causes paralysis known as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) due to receiving Johnson & Johnson/Janssen’s adenovirus vectored Ad26.COV2.S COVID-19 vaccine. SAHPRA said the National Immunization Safety Expert Committee (NISEC) performed […]
Death in South Africa Causally Linked to Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine
On Aug. 4, 2022, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) reported the death of an individual in South Africa shortly after receiving Johnson & Johnson/Janssen’s adenovirus vectored Ad26.COV2.S COVID-19 vaccine. The agency stated that the death was causally linked to the vaccine.1 2 3 4 5 The name and age of the person […]
FDA Grants EUA for Novavax’s COVID Vaccine
Opinion | On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Novavax to distribute its experimental two-dose NVX-CoV2373 (also known as “Nuvaxovid” and “Covovax”) COVID-19 vaccine for use by adults. The decision was expected, given the favorable recommendation by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory […]
Guillain-Barré Syndrome Linked to COVID-19 Shots
A study by the University College London showed that serious Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which can result in temporary or permanent paralysis, is a “small but significant” risk associated with AstraZeneca/Oxford University’s AZD1222 (or “Vaxzevria”) vaccine. Of the 996 cases of GBS that were recorded in the United Kingdoms’ National Immunisation Management System database between January […]
FDA Releases First Set of Pfizer COVID-19 Shot Safety Data
By the end of February 2021, there had been 1,291 reports of adverse events as a result of Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 biologic (also known as “Comirnaty”). The long list of adverse events associated with receipt of BNT162b2 shots were listed as an appendix to a 38-page report reluctantly released by the U.S. […]
Vaccine Damage Claims Related to COVID Vaccinations Reach $146 Million in U.K.
Some 920 applications have been filed in the United Kingdom for compensation related to injuries and deaths of people following COVID-19 vaccinations. Those applications are for financial payouts under the U.K. National Health Service’s (NHS) Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme (VDPS), which allows an individual who has allegedly been left severely disabled by a vaccine to […]
Are Adverse Events in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Under-Reported?
Phase III controlled trials are considered the ‘gold standard’ for assessing vaccine efficacy and safety in humans. These are the trials upon which authorities have assured the public that COVID-19 vaccines are “safe and effective.” The benefits of the vaccines in reducing disease severity and hospitalizations are well-known, but what do we know about the adverse events?Data on adverse events is vital for effective decision-making by regulators, policy makers, doctors, and patients.