Conspiracy site claims 1 in 300 experience serious COVID-19 vaccine injury

An article on a conspiracy news site claims to use data from the German government to conclude that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe and cause serious injuries in 1 in 300 vaccine recipients. The source of this misinterpreted statistic is the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, the health regulatory body that collects self-reported suspected vaccine adverse events, similar to VAERS in the U.S. and Yellow Card in the U.K. Paul-Ehrlich-Institut reported that 0.2 serious adverse events were reported per 1,000 vaccine doses. The article then arbitrarily claims that vaccine safety monitoring systems underreport adverse events, suggesting that the actual serious adverse event rate is 1 in 300 doses.

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