COVID Counterpunch

NM Health Secretary Admits 50% of COVID Deaths Were Vaccinated 

The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday that of the 5,000 COVID deaths in New Mexico in the last two years, 3,000 occurred before January 20, 2021, when vaccines were made publicly available, and “1,000 of the state’s more recent deaths related to the virus likely could have been prevented if individuals had gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.”

“I think you can say that every unvaccinated death is preventable.”

— Acting New Mexico Health Secretary David R. Scrase, The Albuquerque Journal, October 26, 2021

Since the state won’t share the actual numbers on who died, what they died from, what co-morbidities they had, or who among them was or wasn’t vaccinated, we have to take Scrase at his word. 

Do the math, folks. 

If 3,000 deaths were unvaccinated because vaccines didn’t exist yet and 1,000 of the deaths since vaccines were made available “could have been prevented” had they been vaccinated, that leaves 1,000 deaths that on Scrase’s word couldn’t have been prevented with vaccines.

If vaccines work, the only possible explanation for why 1,000 COVID deaths couldn’t have been prevented with vaccines is if they were already vaccinated.

New Mexico reached 2,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in mid-December and then surpassed 3,000 deaths just over one month later — on Jan. 20.

— The Albuquerque Journal, October 26, 2021

Health officials continue to claim that the “overwhelming majority” of COVID deaths have occurred in the unvaccinated, but they refuse to provide the data showing exactly how many. 

Now we know why.

If you’re comparing statistics of the dead to gauge the efficacy of vaccines, you can’t include in your calculation the 3,000 deaths that occurred before vaccines were publicly available. COVID deaths were plummeting long before vaccine distribution began, and it would be disingenuous to say that any of the early 3,000 deaths could have been prevented if you don’t have a control group. Now we do, and the data doesn’t appear to align with the pro-vaccine narrative.


This is why the only news coverage of COVID deaths is anecdotal. The media share individual stories of loss and regret from family members of loved ones who died unvaccinated from COVID because they can’t talk about the literal elephant in the room, which is that obesity and the underlying health problems it causes are at the root of this pandemic.

While anecdotal evidence isn’t actually evidence, even the anecdotes fail to reenforce the narrative the media is trying to spin.

Take the story of Danny McNair featured yesterday in The Journal’s exhaustive coverage of the state’s 5,000 COVID death milestone.

By the photo included in the news feature, McNair was overweight. The article states that he suffered from fibromyalgia, a disease linked with obesity. Early studies of COVID deaths showed that 94% of COVID deaths were among the obese. A study in March 2021 found that 78% of COVID “hospitalizations, ventilation patients, and deaths” were among the overweight or obese. 

McNair’s wife said he saw a “voodoo doctor” who put him on “a wide variety of radical intervention nutrition topics” to treat “underlying conditions of high blood pressure, an abnormal heartbeat and years of a persistent cough.”

McNair also happened to be 71 years old, which is four years under the state’s average life expectancy for men.

There’s a reason life expectancy is calculated using an average. People who are healthy, eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep will generally live longer than those who are unhealthy, overweight, with underlying health conditions.

There are other problems with this particular anecdote. McNair’s passing didn’t mark the 5,000th COVID death in the state, as one might assume given the amount of ink dedicated to his story on the day New Mexico passed this unfortunate milestone. He died a month and a half ago. 

McNair wasn’t even New Mexican. He moved to Taos in December, from Houston. And like most media coverage of anecdotal COVID-related deaths, no weight was given to McNair’s underlying health conditions. His wife blames his “voodoo doctor” and COVID.

That’s not to say McNair didn’t die of COVID. Anyone who dies with COVID, whether they fall off a ladder or have a brain aneurism, is counted as a COVID death. It’s only to say that if 50% of COVID deaths since vaccines became available occurred in people who were vaccinated, there’s no evidence McNair would have survived COVID had he contracted it after getting vaccinated.

In fact, based on New Mexico’s health secretary, his odds were right at 50%.

If you think it’s crass to speak this way of the dead, we agree. Now imagine taking photos of your spouse to the newspaper and publicly shaming him for not pumping an experimental gene therapy cocktail into his body.

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