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White House Lacked Plan to Compensate People Injured by COVID Shots, as FDA Sped Up Approval

By Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D.


The Biden administration didn’t have an adequate plan for compensating people injured by COVID-19 vaccines before it mandated the shots, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) told The Defender, following last week’s hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Wenstrup, chair of the subcommittee, said:

“We also heard concerning testimony that it appears the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] accelerated the COVID-19 vaccine approval process to seemingly meet arbitrary mandate timelines set by the Biden administration.

“We also were able to delve deeper into why public trust has eroded in public health, particularly when it comes to vaccine safety.”

The Feb. 15 hearing examined the approval process for the COVID-19 vaccines, deficiencies in government vaccine safety surveillance databases and a backlog in vaccine injury compensation cases — but critics say key issues remained unaddressed.

Ray Flores, senior outside counsel for Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and an expert on the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), was critical of the proceedings. He told The Defender:

“This hearing was predominately a disgusting hug box by pharma shills who spoke without candor or compassion by exhibiting willful ignorance of the true depth of the dumpster fire that is the COVID-19 vaccine and CICP in a face-saving display that skillfully misdirected the discussion to figure out how to more efficiently buy off a ‘handful’ of dead for a pittance.

“This was not about vaccine safety or transforming compensation programs, it was about damage control. Don’t forget, COVID-19 vaccines are still covered by the PREP Act until at least the end of this year.”

Dr. Joel Wallskog, a Wisconsin orthopedic surgeon who no longer practices due to injuries he sustained from the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and co-chairman of React19, a nonprofit representing vaccine injury victims, told The Defender:

“React19 and the COVID-19 vaccine injured community … are very disappointed with the hearing. Most representatives used … their allotted time to pontificate and not ask tough questions.”

Wallskog said the questions “failed to go into any needed detail” and witness statements “were easily taken at their word” without any supporting evidence.

Brianne Dressen, founder of React19, attended Thursday’s hearing. She said it was “obvious” that addressing the problems with compensation is “not a priority” for the health agencies.

“The ‘massive avalanche of reports to VAERS’ should indicate the need for further research and surveillance that is being ignored,” she Dressen said. “Both sides really failed to dig into the true purpose of the hearing.”

Dressen said she submitted questions she wanted the witnesses to respond to during the hearing, but her questions weren’t asked.

Kim Witczak, a member of the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, said she was “not surprised” by the “pretty predictable” testimony.

“[Peter] Marks and others avoided or skirted around the tough questions [and] continue to engage in revisionist history,” she said. “Congress should not accept ‘I don’t recall’ when it comes to the safety and efficacy of products; they must push for answers.”

During questioning, Marks did acknowledge a sped-up timeline for the vaccines’ approval, Witczak said.

The hearing featured testimony from three key public health officials:

  • Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).
  • Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
  • Dr. George Reed Grimes, director of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Division of Injury Compensation Programs — which administers the CICP, the agency responsible for handling COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation claims.

During the hearing, the three witnesses sidestepped problems with government vaccine injury databases, such as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and V-safe, and with the CICP, but praised what they described as the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The witnesses also avoided talking about injuries and severe adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccines and did not acknowledge vaccine-injured people in attendance…


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