Sen. Johnson to HHS, FDA, CDC: Deaths Per Million Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccines are Significantly Higher than the Flu Vaccine

WASHINGTON  On Dec. 21, 2023, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Ranking Member Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Mandy Cohen regarding concerning information on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

The senator revealed that deaths per million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are significantly higher than the flu vaccine. Sen. Johnson wrote, “Using the midpoint assumption that 70% of distributed flu vaccines were administered, the 25.5 deaths per million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine represents a 55 fold increase over the flu vaccine deaths per million doses. This is a shocking difference and only adds to the growing evidence of safety signals that are screaming to be taken seriously.” 

Sen. Johnson also questioned the health agency officials on their awareness of a recently released study that some researchers have claimed raises additional safety concerns about COVID-19 vaccines — specifically relating to the production of “off-target” or incorrect proteins.

In addition, the senator reiterated previous requests for data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.

“When it comes to responding to my data requests on the adverse events associated with the COVID-19 vaccines, your arrogant lack of transparency has been unprecedented, irresponsible, and completely unacceptable. Over the course of the last 32 months, I have raised questions, sent formal requests, and conducted oversight on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. Instead of addressing my legitimate questions and requests for information, you and other public health officials continue to promote the COVID-19 vaccines as safe and effective and often use the number of vaccine doses administered as support for that misleading claim,” Sen. Johnson noted.

The senator requested a response by Jan. 18, 2024. 

The full text of the senator’s letter can be found here.