Informed Consent #27 - Miscarriage and still birth rates

Annie Weston made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Ministry of Health should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Annie Weston

Dear Ministry of Health,

The NZ public are referred to Medsafe’s Pfizer data sheet that states:


“There is limited experience with use of COMIRNATY in pregnant women. Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to pregnancy, embryo/fetal development, parturition or post-natal development (see Section 4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation, Fertility).

Administration of COMIRNATY in pregnancy should only be considered when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risks for the mother and fetus.”

Medsafe’s Pfizer risk management plan states:

Table 1: List of important risks and missing information

Missing information - Use in pregnancy and while breast feeding

You have based your advice to pregnant women on a study of rats that doesn’t show the public information on miscarriage and still birth rates.

As of 19 November 2021, 3071 miscarriages had been reported to the US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).

Preliminary US data published in April 2021 shows miscarriage occurred in 82-91% of women who got a Covid vaccine during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

My questions please:

1) What are the miscarriage rates in NZ in 2019, 2020, 2021 to date.
2) What are the still birth rates in NZ in 2019, 2020, 2021 to date.

By the time you answer this question I imagine it will be next year. If so then please provide the death rates to the end of 2021.

Yours faithfully,

Annie Weston

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