Did COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Excess Deaths?

No. The terrible science behind equally awful headlines.

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd
7 min readJun 12, 2024
Pictured: deaths. Photo by Janne Simoes on Unsplash

The COVID-19 vaccines have been, almost across the board, quite miraculous. Within a year of the start of the pandemic, against a completely novel virus, researchers developed immunizations that prevented the vast majority of deaths from the disease and even had some remarkable benefits against infection and transmission. At the beginning of the pandemic, we set the benchmark for a useful vaccine at a 50% reduction in diagnosed disease — the vaccines we ended up with surpassed this threshold by leaps and bounds.

Which makes it strange that recently there have been a slew of headlines proclaiming that the COVID-19 vaccines might have caused excess deaths across the world. According to a wide range of reporting, new research has emerged showing that the COVID-19 vaccines were associated with more death than the disease, in a stark contrast to the many thousands of research papers already published that show precisely the opposite.

Fortunately for us all, the claim that COVID-19 vaccines caused excess mortality is based on extremely shoddy science. In fact, the data shows that the immunizations have saved countless lives.

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