Studies and data that justify the implementation of the vaccine passport system.

Anna McAfee made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Anna McAfee

Dear Ministry of Health,

Please provide the NZ public with the studies and data that justify the implementation of the vaccine passport system.

Please provide peer reviewed, independent studies (with no conflict of interest, or association with Pfizer, OR Otago University), showing a statistically significant reduction in viral load carried by vaccinated persons when compared to unvaccinated persons.

Please provide evidence that the benefit's of dividing the population into (vaccinated and unvaccinated), outweigh the risks;
Including the documentation of the process that the ministry has undergone, to way up these benefits and risks (including the consideration of social harms).

Please provide evidence of any international success in the reduction of case numbers, and mortality following the implementation of the vaccine passport system.

Yours faithfully,

Anna McAfee

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Chuck Schooner left an annotation ()

MOH will be unable to provide any of this - it has also come out this administration did not seek legal consultation when implementing this. This does not pass the bill of rights in anyway and anyone discriminated against should take this straight to the Human Rights Commission or a laywer and sue the business so this is rectified and it goes higher up. Couple that with the vaccines being ineffective
- The vaccine does not provide immunity of stop transmission
Any case for these is dead in the water on the above fact alone. MOH and Medsafe continue to fail this response.

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victor left an annotation ()

Auckland university and IMAC TPM and any department associated with the business is compromised and conflicted through funding and grants information available publically.

This has been true for some decades.

It is appropriate to highlight and call out Otago University given that outfit is conflicted by every major private organisation involved.

Naturally the conflicts dominate government agencies which became industry aparatchiks 20-30 years ago most obviously.

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Chuck Schooner left an annotation ()

Recent study published by New England Journal of Medicine conducted in Israel using actual data found out immunity against Delta Variant waned within 2-3 months of the second dose. Medsafe don't like to use their own data which given the case numbers coming through would likely back this up. This shows vaccines are next to useless and the passports are even more useless than that. But hey this government has destroyed thousands of lives and livelihood for a pharmaceutical company with a hardly glowing track record. They should all be so proud with the handling of this pandemic to date.

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https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NE...

finding:
"Our findings are in line with findings from the randomized trial of the BNT162b2 vaccine, which showed a reduction in vaccine efficacy against symptomatic infection from 96% in the first 2 months after vaccination to 84% at 4 to 7 months after vaccination, when averaged over all age groups combined"

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https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2635

Certifications for a product by the industry's most convicted criminal corporation with a record including bribery, trial fraud and killing vulnerable humans ?

For a product which the ministry states in OIA response H202009440.

"there is currently no evidence to suggest that the vaccine can stop transmission of sarscov2"

The ministry will need to respond on grounds of all failings the contracts have bound inside and why the ministry continues to proceed.

Whose names are on the contracts ?

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Kia ora Anna,

Thank you for your email. 

As no vaccine is 100% effective against preventing infection, some people
who are vaccinated will still get infected and can pass on the virus to
others. This is why measures such as masking, using basic hygiene (e.g.
hand-washing), and practising physical distancing are still recommended
for vaccinated individuals. Earlier studies carried out by researchers
showed that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine
substantially [1]reduced transmission of the virus. Emerging data on the
Delta variant suggest that the Pfizer vaccine reduces onwards transmission
by around 50-63% ([2]here and [3]here), depending on vaccination status of
the contact, although this effect might decrease with time after the last
dose of vaccine. While peak viral loads have been [4]found to be
similar in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with a high prevalence
of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant, this is based on qPCR data taken at one
point in time and does not reflect that fully vaccinated individuals have
a [5]faster rate of viral load decline, meaning that they are considered
infectious and able to transmit the virus for a shorter period of time
than unvaccinated individuals.

In the New Zealand setting, a [6]recent paper has shown that most new
infections are caused by unvaccinated individuals, and a vaccinated
traveller infected with COVID-19 is nine times less likely to seed an
outbreak than an unvaccinated traveller infected with COVID-19. It is on
this basis that we’ve been able to reduce our length of stay in managed
isolation facilities for fully vaccinated returnees from overseas. It is
important to note that the reduction in transmission by the COVID-19
vaccine is in addition to individual protection against infection. This
means that vaccination significantly reduces the chance of becoming
infected and substantially decreases the likelihood of transmitting the
virus if a vaccinated person becomes infected.

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From: Anna McAfee <[FOI #17607 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 17 November 2021 11:19
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Studies and data that justify the
implementation of the vaccine passport system.
 
Dear Ministry of Health,

Please provide the NZ public with the studies and data that justify the
implementation of the vaccine passport system.

Please provide peer reviewed, independent studies (with no conflict of
interest, or association with Pfizer, OR Otago University), showing a
statistically significant reduction in viral load carried by vaccinated
persons when compared to unvaccinated persons.

Please provide evidence that the benefit's of dividing the population into
(vaccinated and unvaccinated), outweigh the risks;
Including the documentation of the process that the ministry has
undergone, to way up these benefits and risks (including the consideration
of social harms).

Please provide evidence of any international success in the reduction of
case numbers, and mortality following the implementation of the vaccine
passport system.

Yours faithfully,

Anna McAfee

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Amy left an annotation ()

The key study which is relied upon (reference 6 in the reply) to justify the segregation is a pre-print that has not been peer reviewed. Follow the doi link here https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/..., which is available in the link they provided you, so that you can see this and note in particular, the bold caveat that "this should not be used to guide clinical practice."

The other references you've been given don't seem to really answer your core request. The ONLY one that seems to assess 'risk' (as you requested) in the New Zealand context is reference 6, and given its status (pre-print) there are questions as to why it was relied upon to inform decisions.

I also noted, the date which the pre-print was published looks very close to when one might expect Government decisions to have been taken on the vaccine passport system, which I understand are largely available (with redactions) on the covid19.govt.nz website. So I can't tell even if this information was used to inform decisions. Your line of inquiry seems valid so far, interested to see how this wraps up.

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