A leaked World Health Organization video has caught out the chief scientist in a contradiction about the safety of vaccines.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, M.D. chief scientist of the World Health Organization made claims in a public service video that “vaccines are very safe,” and can “prevent disease without risks.”

However, at a vaccine summit, she has been caught out telling the WHO audience, “We really don’t have very good safety monitoring systems” and, “[we] learned about adverse events only after the drug’s been licensed and introduced into the population. So I think that risk is always there …” reported The Washington Standard.

Below are both transcripts, one from the promotional video, and the other from the chief scientist from WHO discussing the dangers of vaccines at the WHO Global Vaccine Safety Summit.

TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, M.D.Chief Scientist, W.H.O., Pediatrician – Promotional Video, Nov 28, 2019

Vaccines are very safe. If someone gets sick after vaccination, it is usually either a coincidence and error in administering the vaccine or very rarely, a problem with the vaccine itself. That’s why we have vaccine safety systems. Robust vaccine safety systems allow health workers and experts to react immediately to any problems that may arise. They can examine the problem rigorously and scientifically look at the data and then promptly address the problem. W.H.O. works closely with countries to make sure that vaccines can do what they do best: prevent disease without risks. New vaccines against malaria, meningitis, and encephalitis in Asia and Africa are now being thoroughly monitored with support from W.H.O. Vaccines are one of the safest tools we have to prevent disease and ensure a healthy future for all children.

TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, M.D.chief scientist, WHO, pediatrician – WHO Global Vaccine Safety Summit, Dec. 3, 2019

I think we cannot overemphasize the fact that we really don’t have very good safety monitoring systems in many countries and this adds to the miscommunication and the misapprehensions because we’re not able to give clear-cut answers when people ask questions about the deaths that have occurred due to particular vaccine, and this always gets blown up in the media. One should be able to give a very factual account of what exactly has happened and what the cause of deaths are. But in most cases, there’s some obfuscation at that level and therefore, there’s less and less trust then in the system. Putting in place the mechanisms, whether they’re cohort studies or whether they’re Sentinel Surveillance sites, to be able to monitor what’s going on and report back and then for corrective action to be taken because unexpected things could arise after introduction. And one always has to be prepared as we’ve seen, you know, in the history of many drugs you’ve heard about– I mean, learned about adverse events only after the drug’s been licensed and introduced into the population. So I think that risk is always there and the population needs to understand that and feel confident that mechanisms are being put in place to study some of those things.

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