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(LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) admitted to making a number of false statements about its monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines for adverse effects, though it denies any of its misstatements had nefarious intent.

The Epoch Times reported that it secured the admissions after filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for data on the agency’s vaccine surveillance, starting with the findings of a CDC team tasked with reviewing the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for heart inflammation cases after COVID vaccination.

The CDC initially claimed that the team conducted no reports through October 2021 and that “an association between myocarditis and mRNA COVID-19 vaccination was not known at that time,” but the agency now admits that in “reference to myocarditis abstraction from VAERS reports — this process began in May 2021 and continues to this date.”

Epoch’s inquiry also found that the CDC’s prior statement that “no PRRs [Proportional Reporting Ratio, a type of data analysis] were conducted by the CDC,” despite promising to do so in January 2021, was false, as was an assurance by the agency’s Dr. John Su that PRRs had begun in February 2021 and remain ongoing.

Now, the agency reportedly acknowledges it only conducted PRRs from March 25 to July 31. The agency claims it “misinterpreted” the original question as referring strictly to another type of analysis, Empirical Bayesian (EB) data mining.

“The notion that the CDC did not realize we were asking about PRRs but only data mining in general is simply not credible, since our FOIA request specifically mentioned PRRs and their response also mentioned that they did not do PRRs,” reacted Hebrew University of Jerusalem senior lecturer Josh Guetzkow, who also sought the data. “They did not say ‘data mining’ in general.

“There is also no credible reason why they waited until March 25, 2022, to calculate PRRs, unless it was in response to our initial FOIA filed in December 2021,” he continued, “which was rejected on March 25, 2022 — shortly after they say they began their calculations. It means the CDC was not analyzing VAERS for early warning safety signals for well over a year after the vaccination campaign began — which still counts as a significant failure.”

The CDC has yet to publicly share its PRR or EB data, saying only that the findings from the two methods were “generally consistent” with one another and “reveal[ed] no additional unexpected safety signals. Given it is a more robust data mining technique, CDC will continue relying upon EB data mining at this time.”

The development offers no reassurance to the ongoing concerns millions of people continue to have about the safety of the COVID shots, which were developed far more quickly than traditional vaccines under former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative.

In March, it was found that 11,289 cases of pericarditis/myocarditis after COVID vaccination were reported to VAERS between January 1 and February 25, which is already 47% of the 24,177 reports for the same submitted in all of 2021. An April study out of Israel indicates that COVID infection alone cannot account for such cases, despite claims to the contrary.

COVID shot defenders claim that VAERS offers an exaggerated view of a vaccine’s potential risks, as anyone can submit a report without vetting it, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention researchers have acknowledged “high verification rate of reports of myocarditis to VAERS after mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination,” leading to the conclusion that “under-reporting is more likely” than over-reporting.

But VAERS is not the only data source indicating cause for concern. LifeSiteNews has reported on the forced release of Pfizer data the company had tried to keep sealed until 2076, including reports of 158,893 serious adverse events after vaccination in dozens of countries around the world from December 1, 2020 to February 28, 2022.

Data from the Pentagon’s Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) has been similarly alarming, showing that 2021 saw drastic spikes in a variety of diagnoses for serious medical issues over the previous five-year average, including hypertension (2,181%), neurological disorders (1,048%), multiple sclerosis (680%), Guillain-Barre syndrome (551%), breast cancer, (487%), female infertility (472%), pulmonary embolism (468%), migraines (452%), ovarian dysfunction (437%), testicular cancer (369%), and tachycardia (302%).

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