Alex Berenson was great early in the pandemic opposing lockdowns and other epidemic insanity. Then the vaccines came along and he decided to extend his new-found fame by making up crap about their safety. He is still doing it, claiming that there are excess deaths and implying that they are due to the vaccines. This is the worst garbage ever.
I don’t know how many times I have to explain this–if there were any significant number of deaths related to the vaccines, the very large electronic medical record systems and health claims systems would have identified them. They haven’t. The other thing the anti-vax nuts ignore is that at this point, because the vax were not greatly effective against infection, around 80% of vaxed people have been infected, at least once, and growing every day. There is research connecting being infected with a subsequent higher risk of mortality. So ask yourself why the anti-vaxers blame the vax and not the infection for the deaths. It is purely irrational.
I have also made the point several times that these claims of excess deaths are often founded on lousy reasoning and statistical methods. This article at the website Daily Skeptic, not exactly the home of vax love, points that out very clearly in regard to supposed recent excess deaths in England. If you mis-identify your baseline you will come to the wrong conclusion. And if you don’t recognize that the population has aged, that one of your baseline years from pre-epidemic had an unusual spike in deaths, etc. It is apparent from the article and accompanying charts that nothing unusual is currently occurring in regard to deaths. (DS Article)
There are other effects which pull in different directions that should be considered. One is a “pull forward” effect. The epidemic primarily led to deaths in the elderly and particularly the frail elderly. They were often likely to die in a few months or a couple of years. CV-19 supposedly contributing to their earlier deaths means there could be fewer deaths than expected in the periods in which they would otherwise likely have died. Sweden, which had very limited epidemic restrictions, is seeing some evidence of this effect.
The other thing which I am 100% certain is occurring are more than the average number of deaths in certain health-care sensitive conditions, like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and heart disease, due to the terror campaign waged during the epidemic. A lot of health care, diagnoses and treatment were missed. I think we will pay for that for years. And many people with dementia in particular died because their limited social interactions were cut back even more.
The chart which I have published and updated several times, coming directly from the CDC deaths data, shows the clear effects of that in Minnesota. These are non-CV-19 deaths. And they are deaths above expected. This is your fault little Timmy Walz and Jan Malcolm. You are responsible for every one of these deaths. Waiting for your apology.