Tucker Carlson makes outrageous claim that 30 people every day are dying from vaccines (they aren’t)

Tucker Carlson makes outrageous claim that 30 people every day are dying from vaccines (they aren’t)

Outspoken Fox News host Tucker Carlson has again created controversy after claiming that dozens of Americans are dying each day from Covid-19 vaccinations.

On Wednesday’s edition of his show, Carlson poured speculation on the effectiveness of the vaccine, which has been rolled out at a rapid pace in the United States.

However, despite this Carlson told his viewers not to trust the vaccines despite the numerous safety tests that they would have had to have gone through as apparently, more than 3,000 people have died since taking the vaccine in the US.

The Fox host said: “Between late December of 2020 and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the Covid vaccine in the United States. That is an average of roughly 30 people every day. So, what does that add up to? By the way, that reporting period ended on April 23, and we don’t have numbers past that.”

He added: “Not quite up to date, but we can assume another 360 people at that rate have died in the 12 days since. You put it all together, that is a total of 3,722 deaths, almost 4,000 people who died after getting the COVID vaccine. The actual number is almost certainly higher than that, perhaps vastly higher than that.”

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Most of Carlson’s figures for this segment appear to concentrate on something called the VAERS system, which is short for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. This is an official government database that is run by the CDC and is primarily there to monitor new medications and vaccines.

Although it is a valuable source for experts it has, within recent months become as PolitFact puts it “a breeding ground for misinformation” especially amongst the anti-vax community as anyone can freely submit unverified reports.

That isn’t to say that VAERS is acting irresponsibly as the website does come with a number of disclaimers, one of which reads: “Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.”

However, the CDC has said that there is no link between those reported deaths and the vaccine. The CDC reported on 27th April that: “A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.”

Carlson has received widespread criticism for his claims with many medical experts calling him out for his report.

Carlson’s claims were also pushed back on, on his own show by guest Martin Kulldorf, a professor at Harvard Medical School. Kulldorf said VAERS is “not a good system for looking at adverse events after vaccines” and that it is “only useful for things that happen within an hour or so after vaccinations.”

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