“There have been 483 percent more miscarriages in Israel SINCE THE COVID” vaccination campaign “” – is claimed in a Facebook post (archived). A photo of a newspaper article in Hebrew serves as evidence in which “483%” and “550%” appear (in Arabic numerals) next to the picture of an apparently crying, pregnant woman.
The claim is wrong. The link between vaccinations and miscarriages is a misinterpretation. The alleged evidence in the form of the photographed newspaper article is exactly the opposite: a fact check that refutes the connection between increasing vaccination rates and miscarriages – and which is not about Israel, but about Great Britain.
The text, which is supposed to serve as evidence, comes from the Israeli business newspaper »Globes«, or its fact check section »Mashrokit« (English: »the whistle«, German: »die Pfeife«). Under the name “The Whistle”, the department is part of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN, archived here) to which the dpa is also a member.
A reference to the authorship of the fact checker can be found in the picture itself: the email address “[email protected]” can be read there. The full article can be found at globes.co.il (archived).
In this article the Israeli journalists refute the assertion of an explosive increase, as it had been spread by “The Daily Exposure” (archived) with reference to public sources. The online medium, which according to its own information (archived) was founded “for lack of alternatives to the lying mainstream media”, bases its claims on data from the British authority “Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency”, or MHRA for short.
In the MHRA “Yellow Card” database, health care workers and individuals can voluntarily report events and complaints that have arisen after a vaccination or as a result of a drug. Reports in the system are not evidence that it is really a side effect of the vaccine or drug. However, patterns in the reported suspected adverse reactions may be a reason to investigate further.
Data from different time periods are compared to claim that the number of miscarriages has increased by 483 percent. The period from December 9, 2020 to January 24, 2021 is compared by “The Daily Exposure” with the much longer period from December 9, 2020 to March 14, 2021. With the figures contained there for the vaccines from Pfizer / Biontech and Astrazeneca, the incidence of miscarriages is calculated by 483 percent.
In fact, as of January 24, only six vaccinated women reported having miscarried, compared with 35 women from January 24 to March 14, an increase of 483 percent. However, the conclusion about miscarriages is based on a misinterpretation. The numbers from the UK database cannot be compared. Because in the second, significantly longer and the first including period, proportionally and absolutely significantly more women of childbearing age were vaccinated.
Miscarriages also occur outside of a pandemic or a vaccination campaign; a causal connection to corona vaccinations has not been proven. “A miscarriage occurs in about one in four pregnancies in the UK, most of them in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy,” reported the MHRA Politifact. “So it is to be expected that miscarriages will also be reported in vaccinated women because of this probability alone.”
Reports from databases such as the British Yellow Card Scheme, the European EMA or the American VAERS are regularly misinterpreted as proven side effects of a corona vaccination. The German Press Agency has already refuted such reports several times in fact checks (here, here and here). The authorities, as the operator of the databases, also explicitly point out this fact, including Yellow Card: »The program is based on the voluntary reporting of suspected side effects or incidents with medical devices by health professionals and the public, including patients, carers and parents, must be reported. “
The German Press Agency has already refuted (archived) a false claim based on the same comparison – only at a later point in time – and comes to the same results as the Mashrokit fact checker.
In another post (archived), these themselves point to the spread of the fact check in the wrong context: “We found that Mashrokit’s test for claims about the quality of vaccines against Corona had become an instrument to validate these claims in the To spread abroad «- and specifically mention» anti-vaccination opponents from Germany «whose posts the editorial team became aware of.
Mashrokit explains how the photo was taken out of context. “In the printed version of Globes, a quote, a screenshot of the fraudulent post and the” misleading “rating stamp appeared at the top of the test.” The page was photographed in such a way that the rating stamp that marked the claim as “misleading” no longer appears can be seen in the picture. This has been shown to completely change the context of the quote: “Instead of looking the way it should look – a statement that has failed a fact check – it looks like a headline in a newspaper.” dpa
Facebook post (archived)
International Fact-Checking Networks (archiviert)
1. Article by Mashrokit (archived)
Article from The Daily Exposure «(archived)
Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency« (archiviert)
Yellow Card database (archived)
MHRA report December 9, 2020 to January 24, 2021
MHRA report December 9, 2020 to March 14, 2021
VAERS disclaimer (archived)
Yellow Card-Disclaimer (archiviert)
dpa fact check: numbers on miscarriages misinterpreted (archived)
2. Post by Mashrokit (archived)