A panel of experts has been appointed to a committee by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to review evidence regarding the relationship between Covid vaccines and specific adverse events that occur after vaccination. Some of the adverse events to be studied include sudden death and fertility.
According to NASEM's website, "The committee will make conclusions about the causal association between vaccines and specific adverse events." To do so, the panel will establish methods, review the literature, draw conclusions, and issue a report containing its findings.
Kathleen Stratton, a NASEM official, noted during a recent meeting that while the committee is funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the committee's report will be published for the public without first being reviewed by the CDC or HHS.
"What that means is that if a sponsor doesn't like what the committee has to say - the conclusions of the committee -... the sponsor can't prevent the report from being made public," Stratton said. "That is a very powerful tool that we have," she added.
A CDC official, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, recently told the committee that the CDC would assist the panel with locating studies and data from the agency.
"We very much value your expertise and your independence. We look forward to working with you, look forward to seeing the results of your findings," Dr. Shimabukuro told the committee.
The meeting will be held over 2 days on March 27 and 31, with public comments being allowed during the latter meeting. The remainder of the committee's time together will be held privately behind closed doors.
The group already held 2 meetings, one on January 25 and a second meeting on February 1.
Dr. George Reed Grimes, the official in charge of the HHS Division of Injury Compensation programs told the panel, "Your conclusions will help inform injury compensation recommendations and decisions when assessing whether specific adverse events are causally associated with vaccines.
The committee's report is expected to be published a year from now, in March 2024.
Officials from HHS requested NASEM convene the panel to review "the epidemiological, clinical, and biological evidence" needed to assess whether or not Covid vaccines cause specific conditions.
The adverse events being reviewed include several that have already been linked to the vaccine, including myocarditis, which is the potentially fatal inflammation of the heart, along with thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, which is an often-fatal condition that has been caused by the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine.
Other conditions and adverse events the committee will review are:
The last time a NASEM panel produced a vaccine adverse event report was in 2012. That report was almost 900 pages in length.
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