https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-dr-mccullough-testifies-in-court-that-cms-data-potentially-signal-much-higher-vaccine-death-toll

Maine is a small state. Typically, if just a handful of people die within the 30-day window of regulatory concern following an experimental treatment, it induces a flurry of frantic investigations from the relevant government agencies. Yet after 661 people died within 28 days of taking the shots in the small state of Maine, nobody seems interested in investigating how many were due to the shot, even though the vaccine is being mandated.

Dr. Peter McCullough, perhaps the most high-profile epidemiologist to raise concerns about the side effects of these shots, testified last Friday in a lawsuit brought by the Alliance Against Healthcare Mandates against the state’s requirement that all health care workers receive one of the COVID shots. During his testimony, McCullough revealed that 661 people just among the Medicare beneficiaries in Maine died within 28 days of taking the shot. That is primarily among people 65 and older and doesn’t account for any potential vaccine-related deaths among non-Medicare recipients.

While this data doesn’t prove conclusively how many people died of the vaccine in Maine, since inevitably some died of natural causes, the high number, coupled with the circumstances and types of injuries, is very concerning, according to McCullough.

“In this table, 661 Maine CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] recipients have died within 28 days of receiving the vaccine,” said McCullough, one of the most cited cardiologists in academic literature, during the Friday hearing before a Maine judge.

Here is a copy of the table from Thomas Renz’s law firm, which prepared a PowerPoint presentation obtained by TheBlaze, based on the CMS billing codes.

According to McCullough, these deaths and ailments are among “patients who did not have any of these serious conditions prior to the onset of the vaccine program who developed or died within 28 days of receiving a [COVID] vaccine.” The data was quarried to rule out anyone who had a record of any of these ailments since Jan. 1, 2020. Thus, these are not people who were sick with some of the blood disorders listed in the table. It doesn’t mean that all of them died of the vaccine, but it sure is suspicious.

As McCullough noted, “Twenty-eight days within the administration of any investigational drug or product is within a regulatory window of concern” and is therefore “of interest” to regulators.

Although there is no way to prove definitively, absent an investigation, that all or most of them were due to the vaccine, McCullough asserted that it is concerning given that some of the other reported injuries seem to align with some of the known side effects from the vaccine. For example, 216 suffered an embolism and 201 developed a low platelet count. “These are well-known syndromes that can occur after the vaccine,” noted the doctor. “In fact, there is a disease now called vaccine induced thrombocytopenic purpura, which is serious – it’s related to thrombosis, related to severe anemia, related to organ dysfunction like kidney failure, and this has occurred in 201 individuals in Maine within the vaccine. This is not something that has any spontaneous occurrence at this level.”

Unlike VAERS data, CMS Medicare data comes directly from billing codes and is not reliant upon spotty self-reporting. Thus, it makes sense that the data would signal a much greater field of death and injury than VAERS. If we were to extrapolate 661 Maine deaths to the nationwide population, it would net over 155,000 deaths. Obviously, some of these inevitably were natural deaths. On the other hand, this only factors in the above-65 population and 28 days from either shot. Thus, while we can’t really say how many people likely died from the vaccine, these numbers at least lend some preponderance of evidence to the claim by Steve Kirsch that the death toll is closer to 150,000 than the 16,000+ currently reported on VAERS.

It is astounding that state and federal bureaucrats have no concern about these death numbers. According to the CDC, only about 14,715 Mainers die per year, which is only 1,226 per month. For 661 of the deaths to have taken place within a 28-day window from one’s vaccination throughout the year so far — and thousands of illnesses to be recorded among those with no recent prior record of such ailment — should be of grave concern. Shockingly, Maine’s CDC director, Dr. Nirav Shah, testified that his office only investigated 31 of the 661 deaths — those involving myopericarditis, or inflammation of the heart, most commonly caused by viral infection.

The onus should not be on the people to confirm with certainly the exact level of unprecedented risk associated with the shots. The onus should be on the government to rule out an unprecedented level of risk before even promoting the shots, much less mandating them. While we don’t have an exact number of how many people died or incurred debilitating injuries over and beyond the unprecedented number already reported to VAERS, the preponderance of evidence paints a grim picture. Clearly, most senior deaths following the vaccine are never proven, much less reported.

As part of Renz’s PowerPoint that he is using in his lawsuits, he quarried data from CMS that nets 47,465 deaths within 14 days of either the first or second shot.

Again, some of these deaths were likely natural, but according to the CDC’s definition of case counts, none of them will be counted as vaccinated individuals until after the 14-day cutoff. As such, we are definitely missing a lot of senior vaccine deaths in VAERS.

Several months ago the Norwegian Medicines Agency published a study that examined the first 100 nursing home patients to subsequently die after having gotten the Pfizer shots. They found a causal link between the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and death to be “likely” in 10 of the 100 cases, “possible” in 26 cases, and “unlikely” in 59 cases. The remaining five were deemed “unclassifiable.” That’s 10% of the first 100 presumed natural deaths in nursing homes likely due to the vaccine and many more they couldn’t rule out. If even a fraction of those deaths were legitimately caused by the vaccine, it would harmonize with the macro data signals we are seeing from the Medicare data in the United States.

Similarly, in July, Peter Schirmacher, chief pathologist at the University of Heidelberg, found that toxicology reports indicate that 30%-40% of a sample of 40 people who died within two weeks of vaccination indeed died from the vaccine. The Federal Association of German Pathologists has urged more autopsies. It is simply indefensible that our own government has not attempted to study any of these ubiquitous and unexplained deaths of seniors that we have all seen anecdotally in in the CMS data.

Something is not right, and it’s time we get to the bottom of it before it’s too late.

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