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New York Times Forced to Admit It Inflated Number of Children Hospitalized by COVID to 14 Times Higher Than Reality

The New York Times was forced to issue a correction admitting it had inflated the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations of children by more than 800,000.

The Times published an article Wednesday discussing the possibility of single-dose COVID-19 vaccines for children. In the original version, reporter Apoorva Mandavilli wrote that “[n]early 900,000 children have been hospitalized with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.”

On Thursday, the Times corrected the article to say that “[m]ore than 63,000 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 from August 2020 to October 2021.”

The correction represents a hospitalization number that is 14 times lower than the original version claimed.

“How did an error that large happen, @NYTimes?” Pluribus editor Jeryl Bier asked in a tweet on Friday.

It was one of three errors the Times had to correct.

The original article said Sweden and Denmark had begun offering single doses of the vaccine to children. In the correction, the Times said those two countries had, in fact, halted the use of the vaccine in children, which is a stark contrast to the original claim.

“In addition, the article misstated the timing of an F.D.A. meeting on authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children. It is later this month, not next week,” the lengthy correction said in conclusion.

The errors drew mockery and criticism on Twitter.

The question of whether to vaccinate children is a hot-button issue.

Jeremy Brown, an expert in respiratory diseases at University College London, told the Times he could not “make the absolute statement that it’s totally safe to give this vaccine.” He also suggested vaccinating children was morally wrong given our current knowledge on COVID-19 and the vaccine.

“The chance of getting severe Covid in a healthy 12- to 15-year-old is almost negligible,” he said. “Against that, you have to make sure that the vaccine that you’re giving is utterly safe. … You don’t vaccinate a 15-year-old to prevent them infecting other adults — that’s not morally, ethically the right thing to do.”

Despite that warning, Mandavilli wrote that “the United States is not in [the] same position as other countries.” She said some doctors believe the situation in America justifies vaccinating children.

In order to support that claim, the Times reporter used the false statistic about 900,000 children having been hospitalized with COVID-19. The number was eventually corrected to 63,000, but only after the article had been on the Times’ website for a day and many readers had seen the bogus figure.

On Thursday, the Swedish Public Health Agency announced it had halted the use of Moderna’s vaccine for anyone under the age of 30.

“The Swedish Public Health Agency has decided to pause the use of Moderna’s vaccine Spikevax, for everyone born in 1991 and later, for precautionary reasons,” a translation of the news release said. “The cause is signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or heart sac. However, the risk of being affected is very small.”

According to Reuters, Hong Kong, Norway and the United Kingdom are giving just one dose of the vaccine to children because of the reported side effects after the second dose.

Finland has joined the list of countries halting the Moderna vaccine for people under 30, but it plans to continue offering them the Pfizer vaccine.

11 Comments
  • Efraim says:

    The New York Times is caught in a blatant Lie (again). I’m shocked; shocked I tell you.

  • Michael McCallion Sr. says:

    The following comment was censored by Facebook. This is the second time I gave Facebook an opportunity to grow a non-profit business as planned by a retired businessman. The Facebook page swooshed away previously was a result of Five (5) years of effort; including several thousands of dollars spent on Facebook Ads to develop 5,000 Friends with several & more Friends also having 5,000 Friends. I routinely monitored the list to keep, except for personal connections, the number of Facebook friends at a minimum of 100 connections with friends. My minimum reach out when added in the fourteen groups of which I was a Member was approximately 250,000 connections. Plenty enough for a retired, now Octogenarian, interested individual attempting to defend Freedom of Speech. __ A year ago plus a couple of months, I posted an Article by Epoch Times detaining the decades long China Communist Party with the 1st Prime Minister Trudeau. _ P.M. Pierre Elliot Trudeau was congratulated by Mao Tse Dong in 1974 for and I paraphrase; ” thank you for opening the backdoor through North America’s back door into the U.S.A.” __ within seconds, everything accumulated on the Facebook Page at that time was gone ! – Never to be accessed again ! Mike Sr

  • Michael McCallion Sr. says:

    The New York Times is merely following in the foot-steps of the N.Y.T. Founders as Enslavers. __ The process of delaying the Emancipation of Blacks starts with the preparation of false information to make it; –okay to not speak about the cruelty of the Slave Trade. __ This presumably moves forward with the false premise of “we who know best” are here to protect the former savages and therefore it is important to keep a tight control on Their movements and ability to feed their Children. __ The abolishing people were constantly attempting to bring the Truth Forward; But it wasn’t until the poorly arranged effort at Harper’s Ferry*, by John Brown and His Family when the tide of weak -knock knee – politicians were able to resist the steady propgit of the New York City media led by the “Recorder of Record” money. __ The money saved by the North-East slave owners when the –The Other Side of the slave trade ‘property’ were sold down to the Cotton Plantations for “Lash Process” while Cotton was King as documented by Professor Edward E. Baptist after Ten (10) years of research is documented by North -East State by State. __ Frederick Douglas’s regret for not joining with John Browns effort to break the False Propgit — with an exposure of Governance by the Bureacracy backdrop of possible monetary gain and security of employment.__ This is a similar situation being led once again, believe it, by the New York Times, when the false information – Propgit- moves forward with Tyrannical Brute Force to __ Shutter-In-Place; either by financial penalties or imprisonment, __’Freedom of Speech __ and the Individual Rights & Responsibilities of Ordinary Average Persons & the Assault on the once sacrosanct “WE THE PEOPLE …” United States Constitution. __ Remember Canadians the Original Name of Toronto was *York. __ The hometown once known, and maybe still, “HogTown” __ Central Canada Smearedia __ [ If You as a Citizen of the U.S.A. & have not driven to Harper’s Ferry and personally visited the site of __ “John Brown’s – Body lies a mouldering in His** Grave — then You do not know ‘muckets’ of how the Republican supporters rebelled against the Slavery proponents.] __ [ If You as a Citizen of the E.C.L. living in Toronto and have not entered into the Humungous Atrium of CBC next door to the SkyDome — the You do not know ‘muckets’ of how your English Language Culture Tax-payer CDN $ have been spent to satisfy the Greed and Backpatting of the Bay Street Elites in their attempts to have the same access to Tax-Funding as does the Laurentien Elite. ___ ** & His Sons. __ Freedom is not Gift as is vainly said when the Bureaucracies become afraid of their secure access to Tax-$$$ $.
    — This is the censored comment by Facebook , which when I attempted to post here was once again swooshed away. Mike Sr

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