In an interview with Unherd, Christine Stabell-Benn , a professor from Denmark with 30 years experience reported that mRNA vaccines did not reduce deaths from Covid. She also said she would not recommend Covid vaccines for children or anyone under age 50 due to her findings regarding the known risks. She also said that certain types of vaccines work better than others.
Stabell-Benn studied mortality rates related to vaccines and placebos. Her previous research was in the area of nonspecific effects of other vaccines such as measles . Nonspecific effects are unplanned, unexpected effects, either good or bad. For example, it was discovered that the measles vaccines reduced the death rate for causes other than measles.
She recently studied the nonspecific effects of Covid vaccines. In her opinion more research is needed on the safety of mRNA vaccines and live vaccines are the way to go.
The study results found a significant difference in mortality risk between adenovirus vector vaccines and mRNA vaccines, with the vector ones being safer.
In his review, Kulldorff pointed to the clear implication of the results of the Danish paper. When both mRNA and adenovector vaccines are available, it’s better to take the vaccine with good randomized evidence of reductions in all-cause mortality rather than taking a vaccine where we cannot tell from the best evidence whether it reduces mortality.
At the very least, the plain implication (since both sets of vaccines are available) is that public health authorities should have recommended the cheaper adenovector vaccines over the mRNA vaccines all along for most patients.
Interestingly, in countries that used the AstraZeneca vaccines a lower death rate has been reported, even though use of that vaccine was halted in some countries after a rare side effect was reported.
Not surprisingly, this study has not been widely disseminated and it has been criticized as anti-vaccine by some even though Stabell-Benn supports using a vaccine program to reduce death by all causes.