Analysis suggests Russia faked Covid-19 vaccine trial results
Russia faked vaccine trial results, says analysis Australian and Singaporean researchers believe Kremlin fabricated efficacy of the data. Russian scientists said the jab worked across five age groups last year.
Some experts said the results were ‘too good to be true’ given the few infections in each cohort. The trial’s authenticity has been tested 50,000 times. 0.02 percent chance of replication across five age groups. Before the 2020 trial, Russia approved Sputnik V. New analysis led by Dr. Kyle Sheldrick of UNSW.
Many signs point to data tampering in the study. Sputnik may have immunised millions. 70 countries placed £7bn orders before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Simulating trial data 1,000 times showed how often studies produced the same results. They couldn’t replicate the results in 1,000 attempts.
In 2–4 tries, the team replicated Western vaccine results. 511 of 1,000 attempts duplicated Moderna’s results. In a phase three trial, AstraZeneca’s Sputnik was 92% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infection. Comparable to Moderna (94%) and Pfizer (95%), and higher than AZ jab (79 per cent).
Dr. Sheldrick’s team analysed phase 3 clinical trials of Australia’s Covid vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AZ, Johnson and Johnson, and Sputnik). One group got a vaccine and the other a placebo in all five trials.
Symptomatic Covid rates in the jab and control groups determined vaccine efficacy.Compared to Western jabs, the Russian vaccine had 21,000 participants.
Dr. Sheldrick told MailOnline fewer volunteers can skew efficacy rates. Other vaccine studies used two or three age groups, but Russian scientists used five.
Dr. Sheldrick said the Sputnik trial was bold at the time. ‘Say you have one 18-to-30-year-old infection with 90% efficacy. Your efficacy drops to 75% if one more person gets infected. The numbers can vary greatly if one person gets a different result.
Dr. Sheldrick called Sputnik’s subgroups’ 90% efficacy ‘too identical to be possible’ and the vaccine’s consistency ‘ridiculous’
Comparing Sputnik’s trial results. In a phase three trial, AstraZeneca’s Sputnik was 92% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infection. Comparable to Moderna (94%) and Pfizer (95%), and higher than AZ jab (79 per cent)
Researchers analysed vaccine efficacy and infection rates from five cohorts. They ran the trials 1,000 times to see how often the same results emerged. In 2–4 tries, the team replicated Western vaccine results. Covid lockdowns are a “global mental health crisis,” says WHO.
UN report: Two years of restrictions have “significant mental health consequences” for teens. Over a billion people have mental health disorders, a quarter more than pre-Covid. The rise could be due to school closures, it said.
Report: Covid curbs caused social isolation, disconnectedness, and future uncertainty. WHO praised China’s pandemic lockdowns and warned that lifting them too early in Britain could cause a ‘deadly resurgence’ in 2020.
Students had to learn at home twice during the pandemic. Over 100 countries closed schools during the first wave. World Mental Health Report was published by WHO on June 16. It uses the latest data and patient case studies to improve global mental health.
Since the pandemic began, 25 percent more people have mental health conditions. Autism, anxiety, and depression are prevalent. Bullying and abuse at home rose, and children were isolated during school closures, officials said. They couldn’t duplicate Sputnik in 1,000 attempts. 50,000 Russian trials yielded 3,846 identical results.
The team wrote, ‘The distribution of alleged Sputnik vaccine efficacies by age in the phase-III trial is very unlikely to occur in genuine experimental data, though the number of patients , overall infection rate vaccine, and efficacy are true and there is no primary disparity in vaccine effectiveness by age.’
Dr. Sheldrick first questioned the trial results to The Lancet a year ago. The Lancet called the claims ‘interesting,’ but there wasn’t enough evidence to fake the results.
A Lancet reviewer told MailOnline, ‘I agree with the author that it would be good to see the data, but I don’t see the failure to provide these data (yet) as strong evidence of the original authors’ wrongdoing.’
They said uncovering bad trials was important, but the analysis was ‘blunt’ The email said, ‘Accusing researchers of fraud stinks.’
American Journal of Therapeutics published their study.Dr. Sheldrick’s analysis doesn’t mean the vaccine is ineffective, but he wouldn’t take Sputnik. ‘I think the vaccine probably works, I don’t think it was made up,’ he told MailOnline. Trial results are suspect. I’m out when they’re combined.
Around 80 million Russians have been vaccinated with Sputnik, and 70 mostly developing, Middle Eastern, and eastern European countries have ordered billions of doses.
Russia’s vaccination data is scarce, so it’s unclear if there have been side effects. After Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, several countries cancelled vaccine deals.
Putin was accused of trying to boost Russia’s international standing by developing a vaccine in 2020. Sputnik was named after the world’s first satellite. It teaches the body to fight Covid by using a weakened cold virus, like AstraZeneca’s vaccines. Russia stole UK jab data from Oxford labs in 2020.
UK’s cyber security watchdog believes ‘Russian intelligence agencies’ attacked drug companies and research groups. It also attacked the US and Canada. Unknown if the Kremlin accessed medical data.
Numerous investigations and reports found evidence of Russian vaccine interference. The US State Department said Russia spread ‘propaganda and lies’ about Pfizer and Moderna jab in April 2021.
The following month, the EU’s ministry of defence cautioned that Russia was controlling the social media, including diplomatic accounts, to spread propaganda. EEAS said Russia’s efforts involved state authorities, state companies, and state media.
The ministry said Sputnik’s Twitter account undermined medical regulators’ trust. The Kremlin uses Sputnik to attack Western critics.
Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines killed more people than reported on April 23, 2021.
Professor Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington called them “nonsense statistics” and said “no one with any quantitative understanding would do this unless trying to deceive.”
The ‘Sputnik V study’ questioned the safety of any Western vaccine recipient who died. The study found more demises following Pfizer vaccine than AstraZeneca vaccine.