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Could a simple error in the administration of Covid vaccines explain the rise in post-vaccination heart problems?

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It is truly incredible to believe that the surge in heart problems, notably myocarditis and pericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle and of the outer heart lining respectively), witnessed in young people in the last year could be due to the faulty administration of vaccine injections. But such appears to be the case.

Kudos to Prof. Niels Hoiby, an eminent Danish microbiologist, for being the first to identify the error. As the vaccination campaign took off in Denmark in early 2021, Hoiby watched the way the injections were being administered and was appalled to see that they were being given without prior aspiration. Even the vaccine administered to the Crown Prince of Denmark was administered without aspirating!

Now, a basic tenet of nursing studies (I have learnt) is that when giving an injection, a nurse must make sure to aspirate first – meaning to withdraw the needle in order to make sure that there is no blood – before administering the injection. The presence of blood would indicate that the injection has penetrated a vein. This is to be avoided on all counts, since it would allow the material being injected to enter directly into the bloodstream, causing dangerous side effects such as blood clots and sepsis. Today’s Covid vaccines are designed to be administered into a muscle thus preventing such a phenomenon. But unless the administrator takes the precaution of aspirating first, there is no guarantee that the vaccine will not enter the bloodstream.

Other indicators served as a red light for Prof. Hoiby. He noted an article in the Lancet describing the case of a patient who suffered severe inflammation of the liver, spleen and lungs following a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “I sensed that this could only have happened if the vaccine had gone directly into the bloodstream,” he said.

Hoiby averted the Danish authorities and they quickly rectified the problem, instructing all vaccine administrators to aspirate first before giving the injection. Astonishingly, most Western countries, including the US and the UK, do not instruct Covid vaccine administrators to aspirate. “There is no need to aspirate,” declared former British vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi.  In contrast, vaccine administrators in Taiwan, which has a low Covid mortality rate, methodically aspirate before administrating the injection. “We always aspirate,” said a Taiwanese nurse to an American patient who requested the measure, “because it is dangerous not to aspirate.”

Hoiby was baffled as to why Western countries have dropped this precautionary measure. After researching the matter, he found that the decision was based on just one scientific paper from Canada which showed that administration of a vaccine on 4-6 month old children caused less pain if aspiration was not conducted.

There is another possible explanation. One patient in the Netherlands was told by the nurse administrating the Covid vaccine that the reason why they do not aspirate first is economic: “if aspiration is conducted and blood is found, meaning the injection entered a vein instead of a muscle, then the vaccine dose must be thrown away and that would lead to unnecessary expenses.” There have also been numerous reports of patients experiencing a taste of metal in their mouths following a vaccine injection. This, says Hoiby, is an indication that the injection was given intravenously and, when this happens, systemic complications can occur within seconds.

One theory as to why so many top-rank athletes have been stricken with cardiac arrest or other heart problems soon after receiving a Covid vaccine (see Dec. 28 article on this subject) is that, since they have larger deltoid muscles and even larger veins than most people, this would put them at greater risk of receiving the injection in the vein.

Intrigued by the possible ramifications of administrating Covid vaccines without aspiration, Prof. Hoiby decided to compare the incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis between Denmark and Norway. To its credit, when the Danish government was alerted by Hoiby, it quickly changed its policy and Covid vaccines have been administered with aspiration in Denmark since March 2021. In contrast, in Norway, the vaccines are administered without aspiration. Hoiby’s research showed that the rate of post-vaccine heart inflammation was three times higher in Norway than in Denmark. “The study showed a very clear statistical difference between the two countries,” says Hoiby.

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