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Australia’s Drug Regulator Hid Vaccine Deaths from the Public

20 February 2023

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) was concerned that ‘disclosure could undermine public confidence’. The hidden deaths include two children, 7 and 9 years old, who both suffered fatal cardiac arrests which the TGA assessed as causally linked to Covid vaccination.

Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Dr Melissa McCann reveal that the TGA appears to have hidden numerous vaccine-induced deaths from the public view, including those of two children.

Dr McCann shared the shocking revelation in her address at the Covid Vaccine Conference, hosted by Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party over the weekend in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The event featured leading ICU physician Dr Pierre Kory, cardiologist and epidemiologist Dr Peter McCullough, and McCullough’s collaborator, author John Leake.

Addressing sold-out crowds, Dr McCann shared the extraordinary lengths she had to go to extract causality assessment documents relating to the TGA’s investigation of reported deaths after Covid vaccination, which were obtained under FOI request in a process that took six months. Dr McCann lodged the request after seeing an unexpectedly high number of patients coming through her clinic experiencing adverse events after immunisation (AEFIs). She also noticed a high number of serious AEFI reports in the DAEN database, including the reported death of a 14-year-old in October 2021.

In her original FOI request, Dr McCann requested causality assessments for all of the reported deaths in the DAEN database. This request was denied due to the large scope, and in negotiation with the TGA, Dr McCann agreed to revise down the request to the 11 documents that were eventually handed over, of which 10 related to DAEN death reports.

When the documents were finally provided to Dr McCann in July 2022, she was dismayed to find that there were multiple reports that the TGA had assessed as causally linked to Covid vaccination, but, with the exception of one death, had not been reported in the TGA’s regular Safety Reports.

Following is a list of deaths that the TGA’s own reports assessed as causally linked to Covid vaccination:

21-year-old female
Case 729139, Document 1
Moderna booster. Fatal AEFIs, including myocarditis, cardiac arrest, renal impairment, femoral artery embolism, spinal cord infarction.
Assessment outcome: ‘Causal’
* Initially determined as ‘unclassifiable’. VSIG (FOI 4049 Doc 5) updated the assessment outcome to ‘causal’.

9 year old
Case 724023, Document 2
Pfizer vaccination. Fatal AEFI, cardiac arrest.
Assessment outcome: ‘Causality assessment outcome’

24-year-old female
Case 718277, Document 3
Pfizer vaccination. Fatal AEFI, cardiac arrest.
Assessment outcome: ‘Causality’

7-year-old male
Case 719838, Document 5
Pfizer vaccination. Fatal AEFI, cardiac arrest.
Assessment outcome: ‘Causality’

21-year-old male
Case 644148, Document 6
Pfizer vaccination. Fatal AEFI.
Assessment outcome: ‘? causality’

Of the above five listed deaths, only the first (21-year-old female, case 729139) has been published in the TGA Safety Reports.1

The reported deaths are listed in DAEN, but the causality assessment is not visible to the public.

Australians have been falsely and misleadingly advised by the TGA and official health representatives, that out of 973 reported deaths, only 14 have been assessed as being causally linked to the Covid vaccines (13 following Astra Zeneca, 1 following Moderna).

The causality assessment reports released under FOI 3272 prove this statement to be a lie.

TGA Covid Vaccine Safety Report 15 December 2022

TGA Covid Vaccine Safety Report 15 December 2022

The November 2022 TGA Safety Report states, “There have been no deaths in children or adolescents determined to be linked to COVID-19 vaccination.” But the assessment reports indicating the causal role of the Pfizer vaccine in the cases of the 7 and 9-year-old children were released to Dr McCann in July 2022.

The causality assessment reports released under FOI 3272 prove this statement to also be a lie.

TGA Covid Vaccine Safety Report 3 November 2022

TGA Covid Vaccine Safety Report 3 November 2022

On reading the causality assessments provided to her under FOI 3727, Dr McCann felt both shocked and confused. “Why has this information not been provided to health professionals and the public who are making consent decisions? Children are continuing to be vaccinated and this is something that parents deserve to be able to weigh up,” Dr McCann told Dystopian Down Under.

It gets worse. Dr McCann was surprised to find that documents 1-10 out of a total 11 documents from FOI 3727 had not been uploaded to the TGA’s public disclosure log, per regular protocol. She emailed the TGA to query why documents 1-10 had been withheld from the disclosure log and was advised in a communication on 24 August 2022,

“The decision maker for this request decided not to publish documents 1-10 pursuant to section 11c(1)(a) of the FOI Act as they contain sensitive personal information about deceased persons. As you would appreciate, consultation with the families of the deceased was not considered appropriate, and, as such, consultation was not undertaken with those families. Further, the decision maker determined that disclosure of the documents could undermine public confidence and reduce the willingness of the public to report adverse events to the TGA.”

Natalie, DAEN case number 729139

Natalie, DAEN case number 729139

The TGA seems to have assumed that families of the deceased will not want to hear from them. On the contrary, Deb, mother of 21-year-old Natalie (case 729139), told Jab Injuries Australia that the lack of contact from the TGA was “disgraceful treatment of a grieving mother who could have made a meaningful contribution to their investigations.” Deb says that she has never been contacted by the TGA, and only discovered the causality assessment outcome of her daughter’s death via the TGA’s Safety Report (23 September 2022), which she accessed online.

As for the TGA’s assertion that disclosure of the documents could undermine public confidence — one could very well argue the opposite case. Perceived lack of transparency drives public distrust. The last thing the TGA needs is public suspicion that they are burying vaccine deaths. Full transparency is the only way to create and maintain trust in public health. Dr McCann made this argument in a further communication, but the TGA’s decision against uploading documents 1-10 to the public disclosure log was final.

During this time, Dr McCann, in partnership with other concerned doctors, repeatedly wrote to the Health Ministers and Adjunct Professor John Skerritt of the TGA to advise them of concerns about vaccine safety, and to call for immediate suspension of the vaccine rollout until an urgent review of adverse event reports could be undertaken.2

Letter from Dr Melissa McCann to Health Minister Greg Hunt, 20 March 2022

Letter from Dr Melissa McCann to Health Minister Greg Hunt, 20 March 2022

These correspondences were met alternately with silence, obfuscation, or blanket assurances that the TGA was closely monitoring safety, and that the vaccines were safe and effective.

Letter from Adj. Professor John Skerritt to Dr Melissa McCann, 22 November 2021

Letter from Adj. Professor John Skerritt to Dr Melissa McCann, 22 November 2021

Is this the tip of the iceberg?

The TGA consistently reports that only 14 of the 973 reported deaths have been causally linked to vaccination. But the contents of FOI 3727 raise questions:

  • How can the TGA’s statement be true? The TGA’s own causality assessments provided in FOI 3727 indicate that there are at least four more deaths that TGA has causally linked to vaccination (two adults, two children) which remain unaccounted for in the official count of 14.
  • How many of the 959 (973-14) deaths that the TGA implies are not causally linked to vaccination have even been investigated? Are 900 reports ‘in progress’? How many have been determined as ‘not causally linked’? Dr McCann asked the TGA to state the number of causality assessment reports that had been completed, but her request was denied.

Dr McCann is concerned about the implications for public health and safety:

“If everyone is working on the basis that all of these deaths have been investigated and have been determined as not causally linked, well we can’t be sure that that’s the case.”Dr Melissa McCann

For now, Dr McCann is turning her efforts to a Covid Vaccine Class Action, which is expected to file within the month. The Class Action has received over 350 expressions of interest, and the number is still growing.

“Hopefully this class action will force some transparency so that there will be more clarity around how adverse events are reviewed, and how many are likely to be linked to the vaccines,” says Dr McCann.

This is not the first time Dr McCann has stepped up as a national hero.

The Courier Mail reported Dr McCann’s efforts at turning her Whitsunday Family Practice into a makeshift hospital in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, in 2017.

Dr Melissa McCann Cyclone Debbie

Dr McCann has uncovered much more than this through the FOI process, but further revelations will be saved for another day. This is enough apparent malfeasance to swallow in one sitting.

Credit to Jikky (Twitter) and Senator Gerard Rennick for their roles in partnering with Dr McCann to bring light to the TGA’s behaviour in relation to Covid safety surveillance and regulation.

Yesterday, Federal MP Russell Broadbent (Liberal Party) added further pressure to the TGA, referring to Dr McCann’s FOI 3727 in parliament, “Why has the TGA not responded to doctors who raised these issues with you six months ago, including drawing your attention to those case reports? This information is extremely alarming and demands an immediate response from the TGA.” (Statement at question time, 14 February 2023). An answer is yet to be supplied.

Sydney lawyer Tony Nikolic, of AFL Solicitors, has represented parents of children who are disputing the necessity of having their child vaccinated against Covid, and is now seeing cases related to Covid vaccine injury in children as well. Mr Nikolic told Dystopian Down Under,

”In circumstances where child deaths and serious long-term injuries are listed on the TGA DAEN database relating to new and unsatisfactorily tested vaccine technologies, there should be no other response than a complete suspension of injections until independent lawyers and medical professionals conduct a thorough investigation, which should consider any civil wrongs, crimes or other wrongdoing associated to the roll out of injections across Australia.“

Australian parents who have concerns that their child has been vaccine injured or is subject to coercion to take a Covid vaccine are invited to contact Mr Nikolic at

The TGA has been contacted for comment, and this post will be updated accordingly as correspondence is received.

FOI 3727 Documents:

Document 1 Ar

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Document 2 Ar

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Document 3 Ar

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Document 4 Ar

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Document 5 Ar

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Document 6 Ar

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Document 7 Ar

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Document 8 Ar

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Document 9 Ar

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Document 10 Ar

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FOI 4026 Document 5 (VSIG report, Case 729139):

Foi 4029 05

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1 Case 729139 was added to the TGA Safety Report on 13 Sept 2022, bringing the total reported deaths up from 13 to 14.
2 Letter addressed to Health Minister Greg Hunt and Adj. Professor John Skerritt, 18 November 2021; Letter addressed to Adj. Professor John Skerritt, TGA, 20 November 2021; Letter 20 March 2022 addressed to Minister Hunt with copy to Adj. Prof Skerrit, Dr Cook TGA medical advisor, Prof Cheng of ATAGI and the members of the TGA Advisory Committee on vaccines; Letter addressed to Health Minister Mark Butler, Adj. Professor John Skerritt, Dr Robyn Langdon of the TGA, and Prof Cheng of ATAGI, 26 August 2022.


Rebekah Barnett reports from Western Australia. She holds a BA (Hons First Class) in Communications. Find her work at Dystopian Down Under.
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  1. Kaylene Emery 20 February 2023 at 7:48 am - Reply

    “ when you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
    Thomas Sowell.
    Thank you for your diligence and integrity and may God bless you and those you love.

    • H Harrison 20 February 2023 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Good quote. It is the truth that sets us free. This is the tip of the iceberg. The real questions to ask are why? Exposure needed. So much is hidden. Thankyou for your stand. God Bless with His protection and love and peace and truth.

  2. Stan Beattie 20 February 2023 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I thank Dr McCann and all those involved In bringing this information Into the light.
    I declare blessings on you all in the name of Jesus
    I declare all the deception be exposed and truth revealed
    I declare the tearing down of the powers of darkness behind the deception in Australian health care and Government, by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony

  3. Jim Twelves 20 February 2023 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Rebekah, thank you so much for this forensic research. I am trilled to hear of MP (LP) Russell Broadbent’s stand and I have just written to him thanking him too. I think its so important to stand with those who are taking a stand, it is such a lonely place at times and I thank you from the bottom of my heart Rebekah, well done!

  4. STEPHEN 24 February 2023 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    well done Rebekah..confirming some of the many questions raised that needed answers to red flags that have come to many people’s attention ..thank you again

  5. Simon Barnett 26 February 2023 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Great work Rebekah, thank you for getting the truth into the open. Dad

  6. Leonie Robson 3 March 2023 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Awesome work Rebecca.
    So much damage and deaths still being actively covered up by the government.

  7. Jennifer Mok 3 March 2023 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Well done Dr Mc Cann and Rebekah. Bless you for all you are exposing.

  8. Warwick Marsh 12 March 2023 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Greatly needed article. Fantastic work!

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