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A person receives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in Federal Way, Washington, December 20, 2021
After an estimated half a million cases of adverse effects, Professor Harald Matthes called on doctors to "take action"

Professor Harald Matthes of Berlin's Charite University Hospital said on Tuesday that he has recorded 40 times more "serious side effects" from Covid-19 vaccinations than official German sources have acknowledged. As Matthes called on doctors to speak up for those allegedly injured, US pharma giant Pfizer released a tranche of data apparently showing its jab was far less effective than claimed.

Matthes has been conducting a study entitled 'Safety Profile of Covid-19 Vaccines' for a year, and after surveying 40,000 vaccinated people, he has noticed that one in every 125 have struggled with "serious side effects," Germany's MDR television network reported on Tuesday.
"The number is not surprising," Matthes explained. "It corresponds to what is known from other countries such as Sweden, Israel or Canada. Incidentally, even the manufacturers of the vaccines have already determined similar values ​​in their studies."
However, Matthes claimed that this risk profile is 40 times higher than that noted by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), the health ministry agency in charge of the country's vaccine rollout. The PEI currently states that serious reactions occur in just 0.2 out of every 1,000 vaccine doses administered.

Some of the effects Matthes' team have recorded include muscle and joint pain, heart inflammation, dysfunction of the immune system and neurological disorders. With 179 million vaccine doses administered in Germany thus far, Matthes claimed that there could be as many as "half a million cases with serious side effects."

The researcher, whose hospital is regarded as the best in Germany and has treated former Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that doctors need to take action and discuss the prevalence of such side effects "openly at congresses and in public without being considered anti-vaccination."

In the US on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released 90,000 pages of documents from vaccine manufacturer Pfizer relating to the safety and efficacy of its Covid-19 shot. Preliminary analysis of the document dump suggests that during the pharma giant's own studies, 1,223 people out of 29,914 suffering adverse events died following vaccination, and that the jab reduced the absolute risk of dying from Covid-19 by less than one percent, a point that has already been highlighted by research published in The Lancet medical journal.