Once again I feel compelled to respond to Fred Johnson’s op-ed of last week in which he spread misinformation and deceits on COVID vaccines and treatments.

This kind of misinformation he presents is dangerous and is causing hundreds of thousands of serious illness and deaths; and, because of the vaccines the vast majority (over 90 percent) are among the unvaccinated. Some insights are needed into the numbers and sources of same that he provides.

He quotes Thomas Renz and a “whistleblower” (more and more used as a credible source by antivaxxers) as providing the number of 48,465 deaths within 14 days of receipt of their vaccine. First, Thomas Renz is a lawyer that just passed the Ohio bar in November 2019, after five previous attempts, has limited litigation experience (hardly a legal dream team) was fired from a nonprofit he worked at, and was accused of sexual harassment/assault by several women.

He seems to be following in the footsteps of other wannabe right wing celebrity lawyers, and may well follow the path that has happened to Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others as they have been sued, sanctioned, suspended and possibly lost their law license to practice in certain states because of their misrepresentations, deceits and lies about the 2020 election.

Renz has a request for donations on his website, even though he can’t articulate anything that it would be spent on other than “the legal fight.” Just another grifter trying to con the gullible. Maybe Mr. Johnson should research his sources a little more thoroughly.

Regarding that 48,465-death number. This comes from a “whistleblower” complaint based on a supposed analysis of data from the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).

I have read several articles on this system in the past and how their data is collected. Their figures are collected as follows: Health care providers are required by law to report to VAERS; however, it is a passive reporting system, and anyone, parents, patients can submit a report. On their site they clarify that all events reported does not mean that the vaccine caused those events. Some of those might be coincidental and not related to the vaccine.

Just because an adverse event happened does not mean the vaccine caused the event. VAERS does not judge the cause or seriousness of the event. It is not determinative of that question; it is good at detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of reporting that might indicate safety problems that might warrant a closer look.

Regardless, VAERS reported that of 396 million doses of the vaccine between the end of December 2020 and Oct. 4 of this year, 8,390 deaths (or 0.0021 percent) were reported among people who received the vaccine. Again this does not mean all of these deaths occurred as a result of the vaccine.

FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID vaccination, period. Highlighted by VAERS: Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem. Review of clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy and medical records, has not established a casual link. There are many people vaccinated who have comorbidities or existing health-related issues who receive these vaccines.

Regarding Remdesivir, in looking at NIH data, they have some pooled mortality figures that is aggregate data from 21 medical research organizations, those listed on their website. From aggregate data, it showed an overall 11.3 percent mortality rate after Remdesivir.

The highest from one study was 14 percent; the lowest showed 7.1 percent. There was an average four-day reduction of hospital stay, and 31 percent shorter recovery time compared to placebo cases. Remdesivir cases had a 33 percent shorter recovery time compared to placebo cases. Remdesivir cases had a 33 percent shorter recovery compared to placebo cases and a 33 percent increased odds of shorter hospital stays.

Lastly, Mr. Johnson quotes as a source LifeSiteNews. Per Wikipedia, LifeSiteNews is a Canadian Catholic far right anti-abortion advocacy and news publication that has published misinformation and conspiracy theories and in 2021 was banned from some social media platforms for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Enough said.

Please do better research. You have a platform, but your misinformation on everything COVID is helping to kill thousands of your ideological compatriots, because over 90 percent of deaths are among the unvaccinated. I saw a recent poster on one site that gave an analogy about America’s response to COVID at this time. At this point, I believe it’s true.

A ship is sinking: (America on COVID)

Liberals: We’re going to need to throw some people overboard.

Linda Jeanes,



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