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House Republicans: Biden Regime Mandated COVID-19 Shots Without System in Place to Compensate Vaccine Injured

The Biden Regime mandated the COVID-19 shots without an adequate system in place to compensate Americans who suffered adverse side effects, the Republican-led House Oversight Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has determined. Committee Republicans also accuse the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of rushing “the COVID-19 vaccine approval process” to meet arbitrary mandate timelines set by the Biden regime.

The committee held a hearing on Thursday to examine the U.S. government’s grossly inadequate Vaccine Injury and Compensation Systems.

The witnesses included Peter Marks, director Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Daniel Jernigan, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and George Reed Grimes, director of the Division of Injury Compensation Programs for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Under questioning from Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), the FDA’s Marks acknowledged that the vaccine injury reporting and compensation systems were not prepared to handle the “avalanche” of injury claims caused by the COVID-19 shots.

“We tried to be prepared for that but the avalanche of reports was tremendous,” he said.

 

Grimes testified that “to date, approximately 13,000 claims alleging a COVID-19 countermeasure injury have been filed with the CICP for various countermeasures, including not only vaccines but also medications, ventilators, or other equipment.” Of these, 9,682 are claims of injury or death due to the injections, according to the HRSA.

“The caseload for the CICP [Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program] is orders of magnitude higher than it was prior to 2020,” Grimes said. “At the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, we had not had a direct appropriation with the CICP. We also had only four staff,” the program’s director said.

Grimes said more staffing was needed to handle the claims.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) blasted the director, saying “I’m not a doctor, but I have a Ph.D. in recognizing bullshit when I hear it.”

The Georgia Congresswoman rattled off the latest Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) numbers from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

“Deaths: 18,372,  permanent disability: 17,842, hospitalizations: 86,452,  emergency room or office visits: 315,048, serious adverse events: 113,449,” she said. “All kinds of injuries: miscarriages, heart attacks, myocarditis, permanent disabilities, neurological problems, and it going on and on and on,” she continued. “These are the reports from people being forced to take vaccines.”

V-Safe data released in Oct. 2022 show more alarming numbers of vaccine injuries.  For instance, of the 10 million people in the system, 782,913 checked the box saying they went to the emergency room after receiving the jab. Overall, more than two million adverse reactions were recorded.

Data from around the world, including data in VAERSV-Safe and the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database, suggest the COVID shots are, by far, the deadliest in the history of vaccines.

Out of all these alleged vaccine injuries, however, only 10,640 COVID countermeasure claims are currently pending or in review by CICP, Greene noted.

She added with disgust that of these 10,640 pending claims of injury or death, only 40 were considered eligible for compensation and only eleven people have thus far been compensated.

“Only eleven people have been compensated!” Greene exclaimed.

She went on to note that the average amount of compensation people received was a paltry $3,700, while the average Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) payout over the past 35 years is approximately $490,000.

Greene, who did not pose any questions to the witnesses, accused Marks of ignoring the plight of the vaccine injured.

Greene recognized one such person who was in the room, Brianne Dressen, a mother of two who was disabled by the AstraZeneca shot during its clinical trial and is now vaccine injury advocate.

“She met privately with you Dr. Marks about her vaccine injuries,” Greene said. “She participated in a clinical trial, she was injured, and then she was dropped from the trial for the COVID-19 vaccine,” Greene explained. “Her medical expenses are $433,000 a year. She filed with CICP and has gotten no response.”

“Dr. Marks, you admitted to her that vaccine injuries are real … although you rushed through the authorization and now you’ve authorized that children should receive these vaccines and even babies as young as six months old. That is shameful!”

She continued: “The National Institutes of Health [NIH] also saw Ms. Dressen for her neurological complications that have been quite severe. They studied her and then they dropped the study and asked her to be quiet about it.”

Greene concluded her remarks by noting that people continue to die of heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots, and “it’s time to stop giving them out to children.”

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) highlighted a tragic story from her district involving a man who was required by his employer to receive the COVID shot.

“It resulted in him developing paralysis determined by his medical team to be caused by the vaccine. He has yet to hear back on his claim to the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) more than 2 years later,” Lesko said.

Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of creating further mistrust in vaccines by standing up for the vaccine injured.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) asked Marks if he recalled “seeing safety signals regarding myocarditis in young men” during the rollout of the COVID injections.

“There were yes. There were safety signals known and they were placed on the label,” Marks replied.

An email obtained by Epoch Times shows that the CDC drafted an alert in May of 2021 regarding the myocarditis safety signal,  but never sent it.

Two senior scientists ended up resigning because the FDA refused to do a thorough review of the safety data.

Despite the safety concerns, Marks said he worked to get the Pfizer countermeasure approved by August 20, 2021.

It was ultimately approved on August 23rd.

“And just for the record, the military mandate was issued on the 24th,” Comer pointed out. “And that is interesting timing.”

On Jan. 10, 2023, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memorandum that rescinded the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

 

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research within the Food and Drug Administration, gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)