It is not true that the covid vaccine is 98 times more dangerous than the virus

It is not true that the covid vaccine is 98 times more dangerous than the virus
It is not true that the covid vaccine is 98 times more dangerous than the virus

“Shocking. Scientists from Harvard and John Hopkins University found that what they call the “corona vaccine” is 98 times more dangerous than the virus itself! Well, this is worse than we conspiracy theorists assumed.” a certain Maja Marić announced yesterday on Twitter.

This tweet has been retweeted over 130 times so far, and has collected around 500 likes.

As proof, she attached a screenshot from the anti-vaxxer site “The Gateway Pundit” which makes the same claims in the title. It is a conservative American website that normally publishes fake news and misinformation regarding the covid vaccine, and promotes the antiparasitic drug ivermectin in the treatment of this disease.

This time “The Gateway Prundit” in the first paragraph of the text states that it is “a new non-reviewed study conducted by nine experts from the largest universities showed that covid vaccines are 98 times more harmful than the virus, and mandatory booster vaccination of students is ethically unjustified”.

In the text, there is a link that leads to the mentioned study: “Booster doses of the covid vaccine for young people: assessment of risks and benefits and five ethical arguments against mandatory booster doses in universities”.

The study was written by nine co-authors, including from Harvard, Johns Hopkins University and Oxford, and it is a statistical estimate of the benefits of vaccination, based on the available data.

As it is written in the introduction of the study, students at North American universities are threatened with expulsion if they are not vaccinated with the mandatory booster (third) dose. The authors consider this problematic for several reasons, primarily because their data show that the risks of the third dose in this young population may be greater than the benefits.

“According to our estimates, to prevent one hospitalization, 22,000 to 30,000 previously uninfected people aged 18 to 29 must receive the third dose of the mRNA vaccine.” (…) We find that the mandatory third dose can cause harm: per one hospitalization prevented (…) we predict 18 to 98 serious side effects”, the study states.

This, therefore, does not mean that the vaccine is “98 times more dangerous than the virus” as claimed on Twitter, but that the risks to a certain extent may outweigh the benefits of revaccination in this healthy and young population.

The study’s co-author, Alison Krug, explained to Lead Stories, a fact-checking portal, that “The Gateway Pundit” “turned” possible harm into real.

“This study estimates how many serious adverse reactions COULD occur if all 30,000 students on a college campus received a booster dose. Our risk-benefit analysis considered a university cohort because the topic is whether mandatory booster vaccination is ethically justifiable. We used this population to show the potential for harm”she stated.

Krug also pointed out that “The Gateway Pundit” omitted the two key words “booster” and “youth” from its headline, implying that covid-19 vaccines are harmful to everyone, even though the research focused on the 18-29 age group , and to students who were not previously infected and who have no associated diseases.

“We do not want misrepresentations of our work to imply that those at risk due to health conditions or age should avoid vaccination,” stated Krug for Lid Stories.

The authors pointed out that the study has a number of limitations – they note that the reports (say from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that they used as the basis for this statistical assessment have certain omissions, indicate that there are relatively few reports on booster vaccines as well as that it is possible that one person reported more side effects.

It is, by the way, a “pre-print” document, that is, a preliminary version that the scientific community has yet to analyze and approve, before publication in a scientific journal. In other words, the study has not yet undergone scientific peer review and its conclusions cannot be considered definitive.


The article is in Serbian

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