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Covid—or whatever—in Norway: 'Experts' and Officials Absolve the Injections by Claiming it's Population Growth that Causes Excess Mortality
You probably won't believe it, but please join me venturing down this particular rabbit hole to learn how 'experts' lie by omission and legacy media continues to intellectually bed-wet by not asking…
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Three days ago, I brought a recent news item to your attention that showed a bunch of ER doctors and, of course, public officialdom tripping over themselves as they tried to ‘splain as to why overflowing ERs wouldn’t have anything to do with the Covid injections:
Yet, within 24 hours of this piece going live, the very same pencil pusher, a valiant employee of state broadcaster NRK by the name of Jan-Eirik Wilthil, felt the need—or was told to—publish a follow-up piece.
Hat-tip to reader and commenter ‘RQ’, who posted the below comment quite quickly after seeing my posting:
Nakstad is worried, and while he can't tell you what is causing it, he can absolutely tell you what is not causing it [link here]
This posting has two parts: first, I’ll translate the NRK piece for you to see the ‘intellectual gymnastics’ Norway’s deputy Health Director Nakstad is engaging in to ‘splain the rapidly ensuing ‘speculations’ about the role of the Covid injections. Note the curious non-journalistic behaviour of Mr. Wilthil who, true to his creed, fails to ask the appropriate questions and/or provide essential context (I shall do so in the ‘bottom lines’ below).
A note to those of you who read German: please venture over to tkp.at, if you like to read both the above-linked piece and this one in German (as always, emphases mine).
Many More People Are Getting Ill and Die--The Vaccine is Not the Cause
More people are being admitted to ERs, and excess mortality is rising in Norway. ‘There’s no reason to suspect the Covid vaccine’, says deputy director of public health, Espen Rostrup Nakstad.
Yesterday, NRK reported on the situation at emergency departments in Norwegian hospitals. Alarms are sounding due to an increased influx of patients, and the capacity has been put to the test.
Head of the Norwegian Association for Acute and Outpatient Medicine., Jørn Einar Rasmussen, described the situation as disturbing and inexplicable.
The news has caused many speculations whether the Covid vaccines could be the cause of so many falling ill this year. Both on social media and in messages to NRK, many raised doubts whether the vaccines are actually safe.
There is little reason for that, according to deputy director of public health, Espen Rostrup Nakstad.
Absolution for the Vaccines
‘We are experiencing an increase of 4% in ER admissions this year, compared to 2019. This is distributed geographically unevenly. In Northern Norway and Central Norway there is almost no increase. If the vaccine was the explanation, we would see an increase across the country’, says Nakstad.
He explains the increased flow of patients with population changes.
‘This probably has the biggest connection with the fact that we have become more people. Population growth has been greatest in South-Eastern Norway. We also see the most admissions there. In addition, more and more of us are getting older’, says Nakstad.
Unintended side effects of the Covid vaccines have been discovered. Can the vaccines be fully acquitted in this context?
‘The vaccines are monitored through a notification system in all countries, and possible side effects are monitored very closely. So far, no excess mortality has been recorded, but we have seen some mild side effects, which were expected. This will be monitored for several years to come’, says Nakstad.
Nor does Institute of Public Health [IPH; of course not, because the Nat’l Medicines Agency, or Legemiddelverket, collects and analyses that data] find any connection between multiple admissions and the vaccine.
‘Healthcare personnel are obliged to report to IPH [incorrect, because the Legemiddelverket does the collecting] about serious adverse events, which are suspected to be related to the vaccines. Reporting of adverse events has decreased, and it has remained consistently low since March 2022. Fewer than ten cases a month have been reported, when it comes to adverse events among those admitted to hospitals’, says head of department Are Stuwitz Berg at the Institute of Public Health.
According to Berg, there has also not been an increase in adverse events due to boosters or the new variants of the vaccine. High mortality is probably due to Covid.
Official data from Statistics Norway show a dramatic increase in mortality in Norway in 2022.
[in the original posting from three days ago, the following illustration was inserted at that point in time; I’ll reproduce it here:]
So far this year, 3,250 excess deaths have been registered compared to the same period in 2019, which results in excess mortality of over 10%.
‘This may also be explained by natural causes’, believes Nakstad: ‘In total, over 4,000 Covid deaths have been registered across Norway. Many of these have occurred this year, and this has an impact on mortality.’
According to Nakstad, there was under-mortality during parts of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
‘Those who have not yet been affected by the pandemic have become older, and are thus more vulnerable’, he says.
Figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health show that 4,208 people have so far lost their lives as a result of Sars-Cov-2. Most people who die are over 80, and 60% of them live in nursing homes.
Bottom Lines: Questions Legacy Media Didn’t Ask
I don’t know where to being, but I know what to say: if that’s not a rather extreme case of gaslighting galore, I don’t know either. Let’s start at the beginning:
First, legacy media fell supremely on its face. Again. Take, say, the ‘data’ Mr. Nakstad cited. Right, there wasn’t any. We’re left with what Mr. Nakstad ‘believes’ to be the case. It might be of interest to point out that Mr. Nakstad is a trained jurist and doctor (internal medicine, respiratory infections) who was brought into public health in spring 2020. Still, although qualified, why don’t you ask him about, say, data or studies? I mean, this is the third autumn/winter of/with Covid, and we’re still throwing softball questions?
Next, data, in particular excess mortality (which would’ve been a good question): we note, almost in passing, that Joel Smalley had done an analysis of Norwegian mortality data—ten years worth of it (2012-21)—and shown, using Statistics Norway’s own data, no less, that a significant change in mortality trendlines occurred at different points in time spread out across different age brackets in spring and summer 2021. In other—Joel’s—words, these were curious as…
Excess mortality for 70 to 74 year olds rose only since August 2021
Excess mortality for 75 to 79 year olds rose since late June 2021
Excess mortality among 80+ year olds rose only since September 2021
All these data points to the moment in time (data) when mortality rose above 2020. Here’s Joel’s comment:
What’s weirder still is that each individual age group has a different inflection date (Figure 16):
Third, seasonal variance of Sars-Cov-2 or Covid-19: isn’t it extra weird, dear legacy media narrative pushers and public health officials, that the apparently highly seasonal respiratory infection yields such out-of-season changes in mortality trends? Don’t you think this would have warranted a question or two, such as, for instance, why would there be this rather conspicuous change in the mortality trend that, on top of it, differs from age bracket to age bracket?
Official data, such as the Institute of Public Health’s public data tracker won’t let anyone easily come to questions like this one; yet, once one ventures over to Our World in Data—which uses the IPH’s own data, by the way—one gets to see the below charts of the equally staggered injection uptake (content continues below):
Fourth, if you’ve made it so far, we may as well ponder together as to why legacy media just won’t ask the IPH’s Mr. Berg about these adverse event reports mention in his none-too-subtly worded, if no less guarded, statement:
Reporting of adverse events has decreased, and it has remained consistently low since March 2022. Fewer than ten cases a month have been reported, when it comes to adverse events among those admitted to hospitals.
Easy for Mr. Berg to say, for I know something I think he knows, too: according to the last available publicly disclosed data adverse events data set—courtesy of the Norwegian Medicines Agency’s adverse events report dated 18 Jan. 2022—we can see two key pieces of information (on p. 3):
Hospitals and health-care worker-submitted adverse events (the blue line) have been essentially flatlining since spring 2021.
By contrast, patient-submitted adverse events (the orange line) have been steadily rising since—incidentally—July 2022.
Now, if one goes back to the Norwegian Medicines Agency’s adverse events report dated 20 July 2021, one would be reading (on p. 4) about 21,724 adverse events.
Fast-forward to the point in time mentioned in the NRK piece, ‘since March 2022’, things get a bit more interesting, though. In the Norwegian Medicines Agency’s adverse events report dated 1 March 2022, we learn that there were 57,858 AE reports (p. 4). In the last available report dated 20 Sept. 2022, we read of 60,500 AE reports (p. 4).
With the difference being 2,642 AE reports, we can now make the following back-of-the-envelope calculation: according to Mr. Berg from the IPH, there were ‘fewer than ten cases a month have been reported, when it comes to adverse events among those admitted to hospitals’—so, let’s be generous here and do two things:
count the period from 1 March through 20 Sept. 2022 as six full months;
and assume that each of these six months saw the full ten AE reports from hospitals;
This provides us with 2,642 AE reports in the Norwegian Medicines Agency’s adverse events reporting system, of which max. 60 (in words: sixty) would have been filed by health-care workers in hospitals. This constitutes 2.27% of the total, which, to me at least, finally leads us to the fourth question: why on God’s green earth wouldn’t anyone in legacy media ask the vaxx pushers about this admittedly none-too-subtle difference in reporting patterns?
Fifth, we may also question as to why no-one appears to be bothered by the fact that legacy media—specifically, state broadcaster NRK—already in May 2022 reported that (back then) 80 children and adolescents under age 18 have suffered in part ‘severe’ (alvorlige) adverse events.
That was in May 2022; please note that, according to the most recent report dated 20 Sept. 2022, that number had risen to between 97-100 (p. 4; note that the range derives from the fact that the number for ages 5-11 is given as ‘<5’ plus 96 in the 12-17yo category). The corresponding numbers for ‘light adverse events’ (lite alvorlige meldinger) would be <20 for 5-11 and 560 for the 12-17 age brackets.
Here’s a question to ask, dear pencil-cum-drug pushers: how many more children and adolescents have to suffer before you start thinking about what you’re doing?
As a reminder, back in 2009/10, during the ‘Swine Flu Pandemic’, the number of adverse events that caused the entire mass vaccination campaign to grind to a halt overnight was: one.
You read that correctly: back in 2009/10, the same public health officials in Norway—the Institute of Public Health’s Dr. Preben Aavitsland and the Norwegian Medicines Agency’s Dr. Steinar Madsen, but the mainstream media is equally complicit as politicians of all stripes—cancelled the mass vaccination campaign against Swine Flu overnight because there was one (!) report of an eight year-old girl who came down with narcolepsy.
See the full treatment here:
Today, we merrily keep marching on while we’re endangering our children.
Please let me emphasise this: we’re seriously harming children with conditions like myocarditis, unknown long-term impacts on reproductive health, and a vast number of other medical problems at a rate that is 80 (!) times higher than a decade ago.
Finally, according to Statistics Norway, the country’s resident population rose from 5,328,212 (2019) to 5,425,270 (right now). Yes, Mr. Nakstad is correct, the latter is a higher number than the former, but keep in mind that his ‘argument’ about the uneven spread of overflowing ERs ‘only’ affecting south-east Norway is also highly misleading: throughout the ‘pandemic’ (scam), there were much, much higher infection and other rates in the Oslo metro area.
How much higher? Well, just to pick one date at seemingly random, back in week 16 (2022), there was a 10X (yep, an order of magnitude) differential between ‘south-east’ and ‘northern’ Norway, with the former witnessing 1,397 Covid-related hospitalisations between 23 March and 20 April 2022 vs. 121 in the latter; full treatment over here:
I for one would really like to see the data Mr. Nakstad, Mr. Berg, and their ilk are looking at when they make these statements.
Bottom line: shame on you, gentlemen.
I shall keep the receipts, you know, just in case.