Tucker Carlson’s crusade against vaccines took an even more dangerous turn than usual on Wednesday, as he began baselessly speculating that COVID-19 vaccines cause death after people are injected.
There is absolutely no scientific evidence that supports this, but Tucker continued to peddle his misinformation anyway, speculating that people who died sometime after getting the vaccine died because of the vaccine.
Tucker Carlson has admitted on air that he has been fully vaccinated, but then continued to speculate on whether the vaccine kills people.
Tucker referred to VAERS, or the Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System, which is run by the Centers for Disease Control and tracks people’s reactions to the vaccine doses. He didn’t put a number to it, but told Fox viewers Wednesday night that there are people dying after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and implied this is an issue that’s being ignored.
In fact there is data on this topic, and it proves that there’s a minuscule portion of the vaccinated population who have had adverse reactions to the drug. Reuters recently fact-checked this issue, and found that out of over 130 million people who have received COVID-19 vaccines so far, only 0.0017% have died. It is also unclear what led to those deaths but health officials say there’s no evidence they died because of the vaccine.
Reuters interviewed Dr. Dana Mazo, an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, who said that some people who died after receiving the vaccine most likely perished from unrelated causes. But Mazo argued that the risk of dying from the virus without being vaccinated at all is much higher.
“The idea is that we are vaccinating millions of people,” Mazo told Reuters, “and, unfortunately, when you look at 96 million people, some of them might die, and they would have died if they hadn’t been vaccinated.”
The CDC reviewed “available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records” of that small percentage of people who died after the vaccine and found “no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths.” There’s also no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause autoimmune disorders.
Still, Tucker stuck to this misinformation, telling Fox News viewers that the coronavirus vaccines could pose a deadly risk.
On its website, the CDC says “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. To date, VAERS has not detected patterns in cause of death that would indicate a safety problem with COVID-19 vaccines.”
As always, it’s very important to remember that in 2020, a federal judge ruled that Tucker isn’t a credible source of news. Keep that in mind before listening to his false claims about the vaccines.
Watch the clip at the top of the page, and check out some reactions to Tucker’s comments below.