Article «World Week»No, the ‘confidential data’ does not show that vaccinated people are more likely to contract Covid
In an article titled Weltwoche, Philip Gott claims that vaccinated people are more likely to be infected than unvaccinated people. In doing so, he makes many errors of reasoning. 20 minutes are up.
- Daniel Graf
- Fairy Annabelle Ribling
Multiple vaccinations They get more corona than those who are vaccinated less and those who are not vaccinated. According to an article in «International Week» (paid article) supposedly proves confidential data of the German Bundeswehr. But the data passed on to Philip Gott, author of “Weltwoche,” is not confidential, nor are the conclusions he drew. It’s not Gut’s only misconceptions.
According to a spokesperson for the German Medical Services Command, the supposed “classified data sets” on which Gut bases his argument are classified information, intended only for official use and not for the public: “They are classified as such, so that the data does not reach third parties without comment and extraction.” Incorrect conclusions from them ».
The fact that the data has now reached third parties does not come as a complete surprise to the Bundeswehr, “because a relatively large group of people have access to it.”
“The conclusion is manifestly unacceptable.”
In his article, Gut compares the number of casualties among 181,976 soldiers of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) (According to the Bundeswehr there are 182,963), which had a vaccination rate of “about 100 percent,” with the general population having a much lower vaccination rate. His result: As of November 18, 55 percent of the soldiers had been infected, but only 43 percent of the total population. This indicates that people who have been vaccinated are more likely to be infected.
For Antoine Flahault, Director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, this conclusion is clearly unacceptable: “In the army, there are many people in a small space and in constant contact with other people, and the virus can easily spread. In addition, vaccinated soldiers , knowing that they are well protected from dangerous diseases, will behave differently from the rest of the population.
“It was clear to us that more cases would be detected in the Bundeswehr.”
In addition, according to a Bundeswehr spokesperson, tests are carried out significantly more in the army than in the rest of the population: “Tests were always taken in the Bundeswehr – when he went to the courses, the soldiers moved from A to B and when they showed symptoms.” This was also the case when testing capacities in civilian areas declined. yet where Testing for the general population has always been voluntary and subject to a fee, the testing regime of the Bundeswehr is more stringent. “The number of unreported cases in civilian life is likely to be much higher than in the Bundeswehr.” Gut don’t take this into account. The higher test frequency was also confirmed by two members of the Bundeswehr compared to 20 minutes.
According to the spokesperson, it was clear even before monitoring the number of cases, that due to the rigorous testing in the Bundeswehr, far more cases would be reported from their own ranks than from the general public. “We accepted that because you can always explain it.” Weltwoche did not give them such an opportunity. As a result, data classification is now missing. Accordingly, the article in Weltwoche is a good example of what happens if circumstances are not taken into account in the interpretation.
“If we wanted to cover up something, we wouldn’t test anymore.”
In addition, the German military is well accused of playing “a game of confusion and hide, similar to military camouflage” with regard to “information about the side effects of vaccination”. The reason for this was the deletion of an article on the Bundeswehr website, which was still in May 2022 saying that already vaccinated Bundeswehr members did not report any serious side effects or deaths, which according to Gut is “clearly wrong”.
According to a spokesperson for the Bundeswehr, there can be no scope for trying to hide: “You have to see everything over time: at first there were no cases of vaccination complications. At some point there were and then the information is no longer updated and it has been deleted. It’s not about coverage.” On one thing, it’s about publishing current information.”We collect our data very accurately and scientifically valid, and there is no room for a cover-up.”
The discovery of Gut is nothing new
The finding presented by Gut as new that the Covid 19 vaccination does not protect against infection is not new either. Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) At the beginning of November, the Coronavirus FAQ on Infections was updated accordingly. But as early as the winter of 2021/22, when vaccine breakthroughs occurred frequently with the emergence of the first omicron variant, the topic became a focus of attention, as Flahault also says: “Otherwise we wouldn’t have had this sequence of waves twelve months ago, even though all of us were vaccinated. Approximately eligible European population.
Due to its many mutations, the Omicron is better able to evade the body’s immune response than previous variants, an aspect Gut ignores in his analysis (see box).
“The seriousness of the issues has not been investigated.”
Flaholt criticizes another point in the article: “The most important question not addressed in the article is the question of difficult courses. It does not matter at all whether soldiers suffer from milder forms of Covid if they are hospitalized less often. This is what the vaccine aims for in the first place.” the first “. Long covid also has not been addressed. Did vaccinated soldiers suffer less from Long Covid? The authors don’t seem to care at all.”
A spokesman for the German army can answer the question of how dangerous the cuff is: “We can count the difficult courses among our soldiers on our hands. In this regard, we can confirm that vaccination prevents severe courses. However, one must also take into account that these only include people up to the age of 65 who do not belong to the group of people most at risk of severe cycles. Of course, that could also play a role.
‘I don’t know a single soldier who would want to reverse the vaccination’
Gut ends his article with a recommendation to the Bundeswehr: “If you want to protect your soldiers, remove mRNA injections from the catalog of mandatory vaccinations.” “Over-vaccinating, vaccinating, vaccinating, vaccinating” increases the risk of infection and leads to more disease-related failures. It was a “sure shot in the knee”.
However, those who meet the requirements for vaccination by the German army see things quite differently: “In Afghanistan, I saw how Covid-19 affected the population there. Without vaccination and with practically no hygiene standards, the virus moved there like a knife.” Through warm butter, ”said a soldier in 20 minutes. I do not know a single comrade who would want to go back in time and undo his Covid 19 vaccination.
Weltwoche editor’s comments
Finally, Antoine Flahault found clear words for Weltwoche’s article: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen journals publishing data directly in their own sections without being pre-screened by scientists.” Such is the case with this information published in Weltwoche. “Slipping into this new direction seems very dubious, to say the least, and I am categorically against it. What Weltwoche is doing here is plain misrepresentation.”