Pfizer and Moderna have not even bothered to follow up with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain information regarding reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) of children dying after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine.
At an ACIP meeting in April, the Chief Medical Officer for one of the three companies with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine explained that the only way for the company to follow up on reports of serious adverse events reported to VAERS is through a request made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). VAERS is co-administered by the CDC and FDA.
ICAN wanted to confirm that Pfizer and Moderna in fact followed up on VAERS reports of children dying after receiving one of their COVID-19 vaccines. Therefore, ICAN, through its attorneys, submitted a FOIA request to the FDA for documents produced or transmitted to Pfizer and Moderna concerning VAERS reports of children dying after receiving one of their COVID-19 vaccines.
The FDA responded to ICAN’s request and stated:
After a thorough and diligent investigation, a search of our records did not locate any FOIA requests where any of the VAERS reports listed in your FOIA request were sent to vaccine manufacturers under the FOIA.
After ICAN’s attorneys followed up with the FDA regarding this response, the FDA again confirmed in an email that it did not provide any documents to Pfizer or Moderna concerning any of the listed VAERS reports of children dying after receiving one of their COVID-19 vaccines.
It is troubling that Pfizer and Moderna do not even bother to investigate VAERS reports of children dying following receipt of their COVID-19 vaccine products. Then again, since they cannot be held financially liable for any of these injuries, there is only a financial downside for these companies to investigate these deaths. This moral hazard could explain why they cover their eyes and ears to these serious adverse reactions.
It is also why everyone must have a choice when it comes to these products. As always, ICAN will continue to fight for improved safety surveillance of all COVID-19 vaccines and for everyone to have the right to informed consent.