Published: Wed 26 Jan 2022 07:47:13 AM UTC
Updated: Wed 26 Jan 2022 08:49:29 AM UTC
This paper is a review of the following cited work
Csefalvay, Chris von (June 13, 2021). "Early evidence for the safety of certain COVID-19 vaccines using empirical Bayesian modeling from VAERS". medRxiv: 2021.06.10.21258589. doi:10.1101/2021.06.10.21258589. ISSN 2125-8589. S2CID 235413778.
It is, as of time of publishing, being used as a citation on the Vacine Adverse Event Reporting System article on Wikipedia which has the following text (highlight is where citation is found):
During the COVID-19 pandemic, raw VAERS data has often been disseminated by anti-vaccine groups in order to justify misinformation and safety claims related to COVID-19 vaccines, including adverse reactions and alleged fatalities claimed to have been caused by vaccines.Websites such as Medalerts (published by the
anti-vaccine group National Vaccine Information Center) and OpenVAERS (which published a tally of vaccine adverse events and fatalities allegedly linked to COVID-19 vaccines based on VAERS data), have been linked to this misinformation. Comparative studies of VAERS, which look at relative reporting rates, have found that the data does not support these claims. _____________
The paper uses an algorithm to get a value (data-set from beginning of data to 28 May 2021, beginning of data I assume to be December 20, 2020) to produce a metric called EBGM.
"Of the 12,477 [VAERS reports for the time period], only 24 had an EBGM mean value exceeding 2.0, commonly regarded as the lower bound for identifying a safety signal."
"Of the 24, 7 (29.17%) are entries for tests conducted and/or normal results and 3 (12.5%) are product- or administration-inherent reports (e.g. temperature excursion during product storage)."
"Of 1,242,557 distinct reports of symptoms from COVID-19 vaccines during the examined period, only 3,768 involved death. It is important to note at this juncture that these reports are not verified, nor is casual attribution performed. The number of deaths (regardless of reporting confidence and lack of attribution) must be seen in the context of the fact that these reports arose from over 300 million doses of vaccination, putting the reporting likelihood at approx. one report of a death for every 79,500 doses administered."
The CDC reports that in May 22, 2021 only 255,200,373 persons received their injection by May 22, 2021.1 That is 54 million persons short, a significant amount to round.
The current checker page by the New York Times2 (updated daily) states the following:
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday about 251 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including about 210.5 million people who have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna."
So currently, the numbers for single-injection have stagnated, with the reported current approximation actually less than the previous report's claim.
Something thing one has to assume that this Wikipedia citation is incredibly out of date with an incredibly small window of time for analysis as it is comparing a roughly similar amount of injected persons with an amount of reports from May 2021. The previous analysis of 3,769 reports of death from 1,242,557 reports is incredibly obsolete.