Germany’s Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach — a former adjunct professor at Harvard University — this week admitted that COVID-19 vaccine adverse events are prevalent and that those suffering from severe vaccine injuries are being ignored.
Lauterbach, one of Germany’s foremost voices in favor of strict COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates, made the comments in a March 12 interview on ZDF, Germany’s national public television broadcaster.
As recently as February 2022, Lauterbach claimed COVID-19 vaccines are free of side effects.
Lauterbach’s admission came amid allegations he previously falsified his academic credentials.
A historic moment on the 12th of March 2023: German health minister Karl Lauterbach has to admit, that there are people with #vaccineinjuries. In the months before, the #Covid_19 vaccines were *always* called “sicher und wirksam”. #COVID19 #Biontech #Pfizer #Vaccinesideeffects https://t.co/YfOlTomtkl
— Julian Brandtner – Baden-Württemberg (@otrador) March 13, 2023
1 in 10,000 incidence of severe adverse events from COVID vaccines
During the interview on ZDF’s “Heute Journal,” Lauterbach admitted the incidence of severe adverse events from the COVID-19 vaccines was 1 in 10,000 people.
“According to the latest research data, severe vaccine injuries are very rare. The incidence is less than 1:10,000 vaccinations.
“I’ve always been aware of the numbers. They have remained relatively stable. … 1:10,000: some may say that’s a lot, and some may say it’s not that much.”
Despite describing the incidence of severe adverse effects as “very rare,” Lauterbach backtracked on earlier claims that the COVID-19 vaccines did not cause side effects.
On Aug. 14, 2021, Lauterbach tweeted that the COVID-19 vaccines had “no side effects.”
ZDF journalist Christian Sievers confronted Lauterbach on his previous claims, stating, “You’ve always given the impression that side effects aren’t really a thing.”
Lauterbach replied that his 2021 statement “was an exaggeration that I once made in an ill-considered tweet,” adding that “it did not represent my true position.”
However, Lauterbach had repeated this same position in a February 2022 interview, when he said the COVID-19 vaccines are “more or less free of side effects.”
In admitting to his “unfortunately” worded tweet, Lauterbach said some people who sustained severe adverse events from the COVID-19 vaccines will remain permanently disabled.
The injuries are unique and often not responsive to traditional medical interventions, Lauterbach said, adding that more research is needed to determine the appropriate treatment for these injuries.
He also said government agencies must do better at recognizing injuries related to the COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Lauterbach, German government compensation programs for vaccine injury victims are in poor shape. “I can see why the people here are making complaints.”
He said, “We are slowly gaining a clearer understanding of the situation,” in relation to COVID-19 vaccine injuries, noting that the vaccines are still in their initial phase 3 clinical experiments….