The CEO of one of Germany's largest health insurance companies was abruptly fired last month after he released data suggesting German health authorities are significantly underreporting COVID-19 vaccine injuries.
The data, released by Andreas Schofbeck of BKK/ProVita, have since been scrubbed from the company's website.
Schofbeck, who noticed an unexpected jump in vaccine-related health insurance claims, in February notified the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) — the German equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — that BKK billing data indicated the PEI was underreporting adverse events to COVID vaccines.
In his letter to the PEI, Schofbeck wrote:
"If these figures are extrapolated to the whole year and to the population in Germany, probably 2.5-3 million people in Germany have received medical treatment for vaccination side effects after Corona vaccination."
Dr. Dirk Heinrich, chairman of NAV-Virchow Bund, an association of private medical practitioners in Germany, said PEI and BKK would be working closely to examine the billing code data. Heinrich also stated that the conclusions from Schofbeck's letter are "complete nonsense."
According to some experts, however, insurance company data may ultimately prove to be the most telling when it comes to accuracy about adverse events and deaths from COVID vaccines — that's because insurers are highly motivated to carefully track any anomalies in their data that could profoundly affect their profits and losses.
The BKK data, in concert with U.S. insurance industry data and adverse event reports collected by a survey conducted by the Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH), reveal an emerging pattern of underreporting of COVID vaccine-related injuries and deaths.
BKK data revealed alarming safety signals
According to Schofbeck's Feb. 21 letter to the PEI:
- Data from 10.9 million people were analyzed.
- According to physician billing data, 216,695 were treated for a vaccine AE during the first 2.5 quarters of 2021.
- Figures extrapolated over an entire year for a population of 83 million people means that 2.5-3 million people likely received treatment for an AE.
- 4-5% of vaccinated people received treatment for an AE.
"Our first assumption is that, since no compensation is paid for reporting vaccine adverse events, reporting to the Paul Ehrlich Institute is often not done because of the great expense involved. Physicians have reported to us that reporting a suspected vaccine adverse event takes about half an hour. This means that 3 million suspected cases of vaccine adverse events require about 1.5 million working hours of physicians."
Schofbeck concluded the data present a "significant warning signal" and that "danger to human life cannot be ruled out."
Although the PEI publicly announced it would work with BKK to review the data, as of Schofbeck's termination from the company, authorities hadn't launched an investigation into Schofbeck's claims about underreporting.
Data from non-government sources reveal emerging pattern of underreporting
Before the BKK data disappeared, Florian Schilling, a German researcher and physician, took a deeper look at it, comparing it to existing reports from the PEI.
According to Schilling's analysis:
- PEI's reported numbers for 2021 were 7 times lower than BKK's calculations.
- PEI's reported numbers were 13.86 times lower than BKK's projections when compared to the 14 month period since the vaccine rollout.
- Using this factor, Schilling calculated more than 400,000 serious AEs and over 31,000 deaths from AEs have occurred since the beginning of the vaccination campaign.
That number approximates Crawford's original estimations, made in August 2021.
How could so many potentially fatal complications from COVID vaccines escape the attention of the CDC?
According to Crawford, the CDC chose to identify risk by using an obscure computation called Proportional Reporting Ratio (PRR). As the name implies, this system is based on ratios of different event types and is utterly blind to the absolute rate of such events.
The result of using such a formula is that even if a vaccine is associated with substantially higher risk of injury, no alarm will sound if the vaccine raises risks of different types uniformly, no matter to what degree.
In other words, if the risk of myocarditis from a Covid-19 vaccine is, for example, twenty times higher than from other vaccines, the PRR for myocarditis will not be any higher than with previous vaccines if other adverse events associated with the Covid-19 vaccine are also twenty times higher. No safety signal will be raised.
Methods of extrapolating data, adverse event reporting categories and billing code descriptions will vary by country, agency and within the private sector, making direct comparisons difficult.
However, a pattern of underreporting is evident.
For example, an Israeli MOH survey generated reliable underreporting factors. The MOH conducted an active survey of booster shot recipients to collect data on adverse events associated with booster doses, then compared the survey data to the data available from the country's passive reporting system.
The survey concluded Israel's passive reporting system was grossly underreporting adverse events.
In the U.S., Scott Davison, the CEO of OneAmerica, an Indiana life insurance company, reported his company's data showed a "stunning" 40% increase in the death rate among 18- to 64-year-old adults compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Davison also described a major uptick in both short- and long-term disability claims.
The insurance executive rated the extraordinarily high death rate as "the highest ... we have seen in the history of this business," adding the trend is "consistent across every player in that business."
A December 2021 article in Fortune noted that life insurance companies are seeing the highest payouts in 100 years.