Precipitous falls are showing up in fertility data across the developed (and highly vaccinated) world. Japan recorded only 811,604 births in 2021, the lowest number of births since data began to be collected in 1899, and a 3.5 per cent decrease from the previous year.
The fertility picture also looks bleak in Taiwan where the number of babies born in May 2022 decreased by more than 23 per cent compared with the same month in the previous year.
In the US, there have been declines in fertility of between 5 and 12 per cent in various states comparing April 2022 with April 2021. In Europe there have also been marked declines in the most recent fertility data published in a number of countries. In Sweden there was a 10 per cent decline in April 2022 compared to April 2021. In the UK, there was a decline of 10 per cent in the most recent data available, for February 2022 compared with February 2021.
What could be causing this? Stefan Homburg, Professor of Public Economics at Leibniz University in Hannover drew attention to a decline in births in Germany of 13 per cent in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the first quarter of the previous year. He also noted that this came around nine months after people aged 18-59 began to be vaccinated in May 2021.
Could Covid vaccines be the culprit? Certainly, the countries are highly vaccinated but Germany’s Federal Office of Statistics tweeted there was no connection between the plunge in fertility and the vaccines. The New England Journal of Medicine went one better, publishing an article in June that blames climate change for spontaneous abortions and stillbirths.
Are the vaccines safe for pregnant women? Who knows since pregnant women were excluded from the original clinical trials. A randomised controlled trial in pregnant women won’t be completed until next month. Instead, Pfizer relied on a study on the safety of the vaccine in 42 Han Wistar rats conducted by ten scientists, nine of whom were employed by, and held stock in, Pfizer or BioNTech. The scientists said their report should be ‘coupled’ with data from the US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which now shows the risk of a miscarriage following a Covid vaccine is at least 16 times greater than after a flu vaccine.
The scientists claimed the study shows no effects on female rat fertility but a freedom of information (FOI) request to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) revealed that the person assigned to assess the Pfizer study didn’t agree. They recommended that information about an increase in birth defects in the vaccinated rats be displayed in the vaccine’s product information.
In particular, the assessor recommended the deletion of a statement by Pfizer which claimed that, ‘Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to pregnancy, embryo/foetal development, parturition or post-natal development,’ and that it be replaced with a statement that said, ‘A combined fertility and developmental toxicity study in rats showed increased occurrence of supernumerary lumbar ribs in foetuses from COMIRNATY-treated female rats’. This was not done.
The assessor also recommended that the Pfizer vaccine should be categorised ‘Pregnancy B2’, a rating which indicates that ‘Studies in animals are inadequate or may be lacking but available data shows no evidence of an increased occurrence of foetal damage’. Instead, the TGA designated the vaccine, ‘Pregnancy B1’ which makes no mention of the fact that the studies are inadequate or lacking and simply states that ‘Studies in animals have not shown evidence of an increased occurrence of foetal damage’.
It doesn’t seem to have occurred to Pfizer to investigate the impact of the vaccine on male fertility however a retrospective Israeli study of sperm samples found that sperm concentration was reduced for three months after donors were vaccinated. The good news is that it then returned to normal, and semen volume and the ability of sperm to swim (motility) was not affected. The not so good news is that presumably male fertility is affected each time a man has a booster shot.
Other disturbing data has also emerged suggesting that the vaccines might not be so benign. In February, Josh Guetzkow, a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reported that data from the Rambam hospital in Haifa revealed a stillbirth, miscarriage and abortion rate of 6 per cent among women who never received a Covid-19 vaccine, compared to 8 per cent among women who were vaccinated with at least one dose (and never had a SARS-Cov-2 infection), suggesting the risk for the vaccinated was 1.36 times higher that for the unvaccinated.
Guetzkow reported this week that in Germany, data recently released under freedom of information laws showed that there has been a dramatic increase in stillbirths starting in April 2021 and rising to a 25 per cent increase between December 21 and January 22. This is consistent with a similar increase in stillbirths and neonatal deaths reported in official data in Scotland.
In a study in the UK last year which looked at disturbances to women’s menstrual cycles post vaccination, 35,000 women reported disturbances to their cycle of at least one month and there were frequent reports of heavy and/or irregular bleeding.
Has there been a fall in fertility in Australia? It’s still too early to say. Most 20 to 49-year-olds were vaccinated between September and December 2021 so if there is a drop in fertility it might only be starting to emerge over the next three months. In addition, the lag in reporting national fertility rates means that the Australian Bureau of Statistics won’t report on fertility data for 2022 until December 2023!
Ironically, the fall in fertility has emerged at the same time as ‘progressives’ rage against the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the judgment on Roe v. Wade, which returns decisions on abortion to state legislatures in the US.
That has provoked outrage, even in Australia, despite the fact that state legislatures have always determined abortion rights here. For men and women of childbearing age a fall in fertility – temporary or more enduring – would be far more consequential than Roe v. Wade.
Yet so long as vaccines are implicated as a possible cause, don’t expect to hear about it in mainstream media any time soon.
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