Pharmacovigilance gone to the dogs
To be treated as animals would be an improvement
Today, the ABC reports that an animal vaccine has been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer following eight reports of adverse events and one death in vaccinated dogs.
Quoted in the article, vet and Queensland president of the Australian Veterinary Association Ben Brightman said,
"With these reports of these illnesses after the vaccine, they're just being cautious”
"We still don't have evidence that the vaccine has caused these. But there is just that sort of time correlation with it."
If only this level of precaution was taken with vaccines for humans, and particularly the hallowed Covid vaccines.
As it stands, there are nearly 140,000 adverse events and over 1,000 deaths reported in relation to Covid vaccines in the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) pharmacovigilance database, the DAEN.
These products remain either provisionally or fully approved, even AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria, which is responsible for 13 of the 14 deaths that the TGA admits are "likely to be related” to Covid vaccination.
Nor have any of the manufacturers taken it upon themselves to officially recall their products following reported deaths. Of all the Covid vaccines, AstraZeneca’s is the only one no longer available in Australia.
However, a TGA spokesperson advised DDU in March of this year that the reason Vaxzevria is no longer available is simply because the product expired, and AstraZeneca opted not to make any more. AstraZeneca did not respond to my request for comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the TGA maintains that in spite of over 1,000 reported deaths, “The protective benefits of vaccination far outweigh the potential risks.”
Aside from the questionable accuracy of this statement, it appears we have a distinct lack of humanity in the Australian bureaucracy responsible for vaccine safety.
I would be in strong support of a professional development scheme requiring TGA bureaucrats to attend a Forest of the Fallen at least annually. The Forest is a roving pop-up vigil honouring the injured and the deceased by displaying their picture and story on placards. Passers-by can wander through the Forest reading stories, free to engage with the volunteers who put it up, or to move through in silence.
I was privileged to participate in my first Forest of the Fallen in Randwick last weekend, when I was in Sydney for the inaugural conference of Australians for Science and Freedom. I met Phil (pictured), whose brother Barry died after his Covid vaccination.
I was struck by the number of random passers-by who said they had a family member or friend who had been injured by their Covid vaccination. As is always the case when I talk with members of the public about vaccine injuries, some had not been reported. I cannot stress enough how important it is to report your injury following vaccination to the DAEN. If you don’t report it, they think your injury doesn’t exist.
In response to the news of the dog vaccine recall, Covid vaccine injured scientist and founder of injured support non-profit COVERSE Rado Faletic posted, “Why are our drug safety agencies treating us worse than dogs?”
I suspect the answer lies somewhere between capture and incompetence. I am encouraged by several lawsuits that have filed ,or are about to file, which might create a disincentive for the TGA, related Departments and stakeholders to be so cavalier about harms to Australians in the future.
On that note, a Class Action working group is seeking 20-30 Covid vaccine victims who remain mildly to severely injured, and who continue to require medical attention, to take part in a Victims Survey Seminar this Monday 27 November at 12pm Western Australia time / 3pm AEST. If you are willing to participate, please reply to this email or leave your email address in the comments so that I can send you more information.
Correction: This article has been updated to remove mention of AstraZeneca in relation to Barry’s death.
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