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“A Reappraisal is Long Overdue”: Scientists, Doctors, Parents Speak About Harms of COVID-19 Vaccines

by Jennifer Margulis and Joe Wang

Just one day after she got a COVID-19 booster shot, Regan Lewis, a 20-year-old nursing student studying at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, had a heart attack.


Her mom, Connie Werth Lewis, desperately asked for prayers for her daughter in a public post on Facebook.


“I can’t say for sure that there is a link, but our beautiful 20 year old healthy daughter … had a Covid shot yesterday so she could participate in her clinicals,” Connie Werth Lewis wrote. “Today she went into cardiac arrest and has been flown to Kearny. She is on a ventilator and is fighting for her life. PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!”


That night, Regan Lewis died.


Not An Isolated Incident


As of December 9, 2022, 32,828 vaccine deaths have been reported to the CDC and FDA via the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), a passive post-market surveillance system designed to help government officials and researchers pick up safety signals about vaccines.


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “adverse events from vaccines are common but underreported, with less than one percent reported to the Food and Drug Administration.”


Other peer-reviewed scientific articles, including a 2012 study published in the journal Human & Experimental Toxicology, have similarly shown that only a fraction of adverse events following vaccines are reported to the government.


In addition, recent research, published by an international team of scientists in the journal Vaccine, found that Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with a much higher excess risk of serious adverse events compared to baselines established by placebos.


At an October 2022 conference for front-line doctors who have been treating COVID, held in Sedona, Arizona, Peter McCullough, M.D., a cardiologist, immunologist, and scientific researcher, said that deaths and other adverse outcomes following vaccines have been “grossly underreported.”


Sudden Deaths Continue


It appears that there has been a rise in excess deaths in industrialized countries around the world. For example, the Australian government has released provisional mortality statistics that show a dramatic rise in excess deaths. In June in Australia, a country of only 26 million people (making it smaller than the population of the entire state of Texas), there were 2,410 deaths above the historic average.


At the same time, as several physicians at the Sedona conference, including Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a physicians based in Cleveland, Ohio, and Dr. Jeffrey Barke, a medical doctor in private practice in California, mentioned, there has been a growing number of “unexplained” sudden deaths among young people who have received COVID-19 injections as well as booster shots.


These untimely, age-inappropriate deaths, the speakers pointed out, were often the immediate result of heart dysfunction, blood clots, or seizures.


But, they said, where there is a history of prior COVID-19 injection, the health condition that ostensibly led to death may actually have been caused by the shots.


Dr. McCullough cited the case of Illinois representative Sean Casten’s teenager. As Casten wrote in a statement, his 17-year- old daughter, Gwen, died in her sleep in June.


The same statement asserts that Gwen “was fully vaccinated, and quarantined after occasional positive, asymptomatic COVID tests during the omicron wave. She had just come home from an evening with friends, went to bed and didn’t wake up.”


According to the statement, Gwen Casten was “at the wrong end of random chance.”


But McCullough and other experts argue that it may not have been “random chance” that killed Sean Casten’s daughter.


“As with any other new medical product, the burden of proof must be on the vaccine,” McCullough insisted.


A Pro-Vaccine Cardiologist Speaks Out


British cardiologist would likely agree. Dr. Aseem Malhotra has outspokenly defended vaccines throughout his entire medical career.


“Vaccines are the safest of ALL drugs,” Malhotra wrote in a Tweet at the end of November of 2020. “Far safer than any other drug people are taking on a regular [basis],” the tweet continues. “The vaccine safety concerns are totally disproportionate to reality.”


Malhotra initially believed that the COVID-19 vaccines were crucial to ending the spread of SARS-CoV-2. In fact, when the COVID-19 vaccines became available, Malhotra was among the first to take them.


In February 2021, Malhotra even appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend COVID-19 vaccine safety. He told the host then that there was “clearly irrational reasoning behind why people don’t want to take the vaccine, which is based on very blatant false information.”


However, when his father died suddenly of cardiac arrest just five months after that television appearance, Malhotra started researching the safety and efficacy of these vaccines in more depth.


When dove into the medical research and spoke with medical colleagues, scientific researchers, and investigative health journalists, he became increasingly disturbed by what he uncovered.


Based on his scientific research and clinical experience, Malhotra has said, he no longer recommends the vaccines.


Moreover, he now insists that there is a strong scientific, ethical, and moral evidence that the current COVID-19 vaccine administration must stop and that the raw data submitted to approve the vaccines must be subjected to fully independent scrutiny.


Not Safe or Effective


When Malhotra was interviewed for the newly released documentary film, Safe and Effective: A Second Opinion, he reiterated that he has “reluctantly concluded that this vaccine is not completely safe and has unprecedented harms.”


Malhotra has also shared this view in a new peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Insulin Resistance. The study, “Curing the pandemic of misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine, Part 1,” shows that the risk of serious adverse events from the vaccines is greater than the risk of being hospitalized from COVID-19.


The real-world safety data, coupled with an understanding of the plausible mechanisms of harm, “are deeply concerning, especially in relation to cardiovascular safety,” the study found.


“It cannot be said that the consent to receive these agents was fully informed, as is required ethically and legally,” the study concluded. “A pause and reappraisal of global vaccination policies for COVID-19 is long overdue.”


In Part 2 of Malhotra’s study, published in the same journal, he concluded that, “There is a strong scientific, ethical and moral case to be made that the current COVID vaccine administration must stop until all the raw data has been subjected to fully independent scrutiny.”


According to Malhotra, not only do we need to halt the current program, we need to make sure that profits do not take precedent over people’s health in the future.


The path forward is to put human health over personal profits.


“Looking to the future the medical and public health professions must recognise these failings and eschew the tainted dollar of the medical-industrial complex,” Malhotra argued. “It will take a lot of time and effort to rebuild trust in these institutions, but the health—of both humanity and the medical profession—depends on it.”


A slightly different version of this article first appeared in The Epoch Times.


About the Authors:


Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and book author. A contributing writer at The Epoch Times, she also has a popular Substack channel, Vibrant Life. Joe Wang, Ph.D., was a molecular biologist with more than ten years of experience in vaccine industry. He is now the president of New Tang Dynasty TV and a columnist for The Epoch Times.


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