Response to Christy Crow's letter to the editor:

There are two sides to a subject with extremely different conclusions. For example, Republicans vs. Democrats; Holy Bible vs. Koran; Fox News vs. CNN News; Israel vs. PLO; prosecuting lawyer vs. defense lawyer; the South's version of the War Between the States vs. the North's version; face masks are necessary to fight COVID-19 vs. face masks do no good; lockdowns work vs. lockdowns do not work; Dr. Fauci has told lies vs. Dr. Fauci is COVID-19 expert; Faye Gaston's reputable news sources vs. Christy Crow's reputable news sources.

I resent being basically called a liar by Christy Crow for my article in the July 21, 2021, Herald, "Shot Heard Around the World." I did quote some sources: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), Eagle Forum of Alabama; doctors' quotes from America's Frontline Doctors, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Christy Crow misquoted me, saying her "preposterous statement that vaccine deaths are higher than COVID-19 deaths in the United States cannot be supported by any reputable news source."

My article actually said, "Vaccine deaths are higher than COVID-19 deaths in the United States THIS PAST WEEK" (July 21, 2021, Herald). I have provided some COVID-19 statistics for Bullock County and Alabama from the Department of Public Health on the front page of the Herald every week.

I have written many articles about COVID-19, the most recent being the new law in Alabama regarding COVID-19 vaccinations announced by Alabama's Attorney General. (July 28, 2021, Herald).

Other headlines are: Vaccinated People are Urged to Continue Wearing Face Masks (Delta Variant) (July 7, 2021, Herald); State of Emergency to End July 6, 2021, Governor Ivey's Press Conference, (June 16, 2021, Herald); Doctors Filed Lawsuit in Alabama Regarding Vaccines for Children; etc. I wrote other articles about the National Guard "sanitizing" the local nursing home and a team of over 80 giving the shots in Union Springs.

Christy Crow wrote that she could not find a news source to support Faye Gaston's figure of "9,195 vaccine deaths." The source written for that figure in my article was the "Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System' (VAERS).

However, as of July 23, 2021, the figure of vaccine deaths is 11,940, as reported by the "National Vaccine Information Center."

There is much information about the vaccine. A recent announcement is that the nasal-swab-up-both nostrils test for COVID-19 is being recalled because it could not tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu.

The flu deaths numbers were way down this year when thousands die from the flu every year. Even so, this nasal test is to continue to be used until December 31, 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admits there are more deaths from the COVID-19 vaccine than all vaccines from the last 15 -20 years. CDC also states, "vaccinated may be as likely to spread COVID as unvaccinated as reports of serious injuries after vaccines surge."

A friend of mine in Bullock County got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated. Celebrity Reba McIntire got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated (Fox News). CDC Director told CNN the vaccines can't prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Vaccine "manufacturers" cannot be sued for any adverse effect from vaccine shots, even death. However, on May 19, 2021, "America's Frontline Doctors" filed a lawsuit against the "Federal Government" in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama seeking a temporary restraining order against the use of the experimental emergency COVID-19 vaccines on United States children. "America's Frontline Doctors" (AFLDS) filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal Court against the University of California (UC), targeting "the university's system's plan to mandate COVID vaccination for all students regardless of natural immunity." Internal CDC document reveals vaccinated, even if not sick, can spread the virus. Other lawsuits have been filed, but none can be filed against the ones who made the vaccines.

"The Defender" reported: "Pfizer (manufacturer of that vaccine) now projects $33 billion in COVID vaccine revenues, a sharp increase over earlier projections. The vaccine maker anticipates booster shots, a vaccine designed for the Delta Variant, and pending authorization of COVID vaccines for children will drive sales even higher next year." Others are also making huge amounts of money from the sale of COVID-19 vaccines.

There are many theories about COVID-19 and the vaccine that I have not included. One is that these are used to "depopulate the earth." I hope that is not true. It is called an "experimental gene-therapy vaccine," and quotes from doctors call it "experimental DNA altering vaccine." The vaccine was not fully tested ---NOR APPROVED BY FDA.

As we know, in these modern times, news has been censored, whether it is for political reasons for votes or to keep their jobs.

Some short-term side effects of COVID-19 and the vaccine are known, but the long-term effects of either one are not known.

-----Faye Gaston

(1) comment

Chrissel

Someone who “resents being called a liar” should do a better job of telling the truth. I did not read your article, but this response includes the following false information (a.k.a. “lies”).

Calling the deaths reported in VAERS “vaccine deaths” is not just ignorant and irresponsible, it shows a complete lack of ethics.

Per HHS/VAERS:

“Some adverse events might be caused by vaccination and others might be coincidental and not related to vaccination. Just because an adverse event happened after a person received a vaccine does not mean the vaccine caused the adverse event. VAERS accepts reports of adverse events following vaccination without judging the cause or seriousness of the event. VAERS is not designed to determine if a vaccine caused an adverse event, but it is good at detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of reporting that might indicate possible safety problems that need a closer look.”

Anyone looking at the individual VAERS reports would immediately be able to tell that some of the information is wrong, some is clearly false and some would need much more investigation to determine causation.

For example, one of the “deaths” was a suicide by firearm. By a 1 year old. So, a toddler, not covered by the EUA for the vaccine, managed to get vaccinated, become terribly depressed as a direct result, learned how to access and operate a firearm, and shot themselves the following day? Another example is a lady who self reported her April death by vaccine. In July.

Then you can consider the fact that every death post-vaccine is supposed to be reported in relation to the fact that we immunized all the oldest and frailest people in the country first. Yes, a 96 year old woman died of a stroke 3 months after getting the vaccine. Would you honestly look at anyone with a straight face and blame that on the vaccine?

So, yes. I would agree that if you claimed that “vaccine deaths” outpaced COVID-19 deaths, anywhere, at any point of time, that is false. Citing VAERS proves you are wrong and does not support your claim.

Oh, my. And in the next paragraph, you double down on this bad data by citing to a known anti-vaccine group. Please review the definition of “confirmation bias,” okay? You could use a refresher.

While the dictionary is open, you also should look up the difference between “recalled” and “discontinued.”

The nasal swab tests you say are being recalled, are not. They are being discontinued so that manufacturers will make their own tests rather than the CDC. The existing tests can be used until December because that’s likely when they’ll expire, and it gives manufacturers enough time to ramp up production.

The announcement itself disproves what you say about it “being recalled because it could not tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu.” They are encouraging manufacturers to use the same testing methods specifically because they CAN detect both COVID-19 and influenza. https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs/2021/07-21-2021-lab-alert-Changes_CDC_RT-PCR_SARS-CoV-2_Testing_1.html

You say the CDC has admitted there are more deaths from this vaccine than any other in the past 15-20 years. I haven’t found a source for that. The CDC does say:

“Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination are rare. More than 346 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through August 2, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 6,490 reports of death (0.0019%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS, even if it’s unclear whether the vaccine was the cause. Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.“

Of the VAERS reported deaths, exactly 3 have been confirmed as related to the vaccine according to the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

You go on to talk about how the vaccine manufacturers can’t be sued for injuries (not new or really relevant, and why an alternative program for vaccine injuries was developed which you forget to mention, but okay). Then I honestly can’t figure out what the point of the rest of the paragraph is.

Yes, the extremely weird group calling themselves AFLD filed a nuisance suit about colleges requiring vaccinations (do you not have children or do you just not send them to school? Again, this is not really new.) Then you jump back to the CDC saying “vaccinated, even if not sick, can spread the virus” and end with “Other lawsuits have been filed, but none can be filed against the ones who made the vaccines.”

While all of that may be technically true, it makes very little sense. Why would anyone sue a drug manufacturer for a school requiring vaccination?

Your next paragraph seems to complain that a company is making money? Dozens of pharmaceutical companies across the globe dropped everything when this virus appeared. They all sunk enormous amounts of money into research & development in the dual hopes of (1) finding something to stop the spread of a deadly disease and (2) winning the vaccine profit lotto. It’s called capitalism not conspiracy.

Ending by patting your back for not including other conspiracy theories is at the very least disingenuous, since you go on to describe those very theories. The one comment of your win in the middle of it - that the vaccines have not been fully tested - is also completely false. Unless you also consider things like aspirin “not fully tested.” All the vaccines available in the US completed phase 3 trials long ago. FDA paperwork takes time. It’s important that it be done right. And frankly, comments like yours are worrying.

I WANT FDA to take their time & be meticulous about their review. But if people begin using “it’s not FDA approved” in things like news articles that read more like blog posts and lawsuits about vaccination requirements at schools, they may feel rushed.

One last comment on what seems to be your overall misunderstanding of the way vaccinations work. Yes, you can still spread the disease and even catch it. Obviously, if someone catches it, we are seeing they are much less likely to get seriously sick or die. That’s a good thing. Of course, to catch it in the first place, they have to be exposed to it. The more people in your circle who are vaccinated, the less likely you are to be exposed to it. And just like catching the disease itself, that likelihood decreases exponentially.

We all need to do and be better at this. Turning a health crisis into political issue has, and continues to cause, needless deaths.

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