First, the mRNA vaccine is injected into the upper-arm (the deltoid) muscle. There is no spike protein in the mRNA vaccines; the vaccines contain mRNA wrapped in lipid-nanoparticles (LNPs) – like tiny tapioca balls in bubble tea – that help them enter your cells.
After the mRNA vaccine enters your cells, the cells use the mRNA as instructions to create a piece of the inactivated spike protein. The mRNA does not enter the nucleus of your cell, and does not interact with your DNA – it's one and done, and is destroyed after the protein is created.
Finally, the new proteins move to the surface of your cells, where they can be detected by your immune system. They don't leave your cells like viral proteins – they're stuck to the cell's surface by specially designed anchor regions. Once your immune system detects these proteins, it begins to create antibodies that protect you from COVID-19.
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When Bridle claims “… we never knew the spike protein itself was a toxin and was a pathogenic protein. So by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin …” he is fundamentally incorrect for multiple reasons.
First and foremost, there is no spike protein in the vaccine. But if we assume he means the spike proteins created by your cells are toxic, then he's suggesting that:
Bridle claims he has gained access to a new bio-distribution study through a FOI or Freedom of Information request to the Japanese government.
He further claims that this document demonstrates – for the first time – the distribution of the mRNA vaccines in the body. An image of the relevant table being circulated (variations of which are presented by Bridle), as well as a plot of the data being circulated are presented below. These claims are untrue (or at least, very misleading) for several reasons:
This is the image being circulated. You'll notice the ovaries are highlighted, and this table is often presented as a measurement of spike protein (not mRNA-LNP) to alarm, despite evidence demonstrating the vaccine has no effect on ovarian function. Read more about fertility here.
You'll also notice on the right-hand side of the table, the percentage-dose is available, but not highlighted to further alarm. The accumulation in the ovaries represents at peak 0.095% (that’s 0.00095 of the dose) of the mRNA-LNP injected. Remember, this represents the vaccine – not the spike protein.
This plot – to my knowledge – was created by a third-party. This plot is particularly deceptive because it omits the injection site data series. Viki Male (@VikiLovesFACS) replotted the concentration data, and plotted the percentage-dose to give context to those values (the two lower plots).
The line representing the ovaries is so small, it's almost impossible to see. For more context and a further exploration of other bio-distribution data (e.g. bioluminescence) in the report, @scientistabe does a deep dive into the report, and addresses claims about the blood-brain-barrier. The original report is here, and a translated version (source of translation unclear) is here.
In summary, these results have been highlighted largely to alarm – we see exactly what we'd expect to see. A high concentration (and vast majority) of the mRNA-LNP remains at the injection site, and a very small, transient increase in mRNA-LNP occurs elsewhere in the body, which then dissipates.
There are two important facts about the spike protein Bridle is ignoring:
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a United States government program that collects reports of adverse effects (possible side effects) following vaccination. Canada's equivalent program, the (Canadian Adverse Events Following Immunization Surveillance System) CAEFISS, collects reports of adverse effects in Canada, and incorporates active surveillance to further increase the sensitivity of the system.
VAERS allows anyone – doctors, nurses, and the public – to submit reports of adverse effects. In Canada, anyone can submit a report to CAEFISS via their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This makes the systems incredibly sensitive, but it means submissions can be missing data, can lack detail, and can contain unintentional (and sometimes intentional) errors. In summary, we cannot determine from these submissions that the vaccine caused the reported adverse event.
Bridle's appeal to VAERS without providing context is a common anti-vaccine trope. This article describes the practice in the context of Tucker Carlson's recent vaccine disinformation statements.
For more context, John Oliver's latest video on vaccine misinformation explores the practice of appealing to VAERS, and the tactic of repeatedly "raising concerns" or "just asking questions" from a position of authority without providing answers.
If you'd like to review the data yourself, CAEFISS makes available detailed weekly reports – including visualizations – of the adverse events reported in Canada. If you'd like to learn more about the other parts of Canada's extensive vaccine safety systems, you can do so here, courtesy of the Canadian Paediatric Society. You can also review VAERS data here.
User dr.jon.I is a physician who has a series of videos addressing Bridle's claims, and additional videos addressing other misinformation peddlers.
A full history of Bridle's claims is available here, and will be updated regularly.
Bridle is currently engaged by Elders Without Borders as an expert witness on behalf of Adam Skelly (owner of Adamson BBQ), and has testified against the effectiveness of masks, against lockdowns, and against the "experimental" vaccines (which he reasons are unnecessary with his proposed treatment – ivermectin).
Skelly has been charged with operating his restaurant without a licence (independent of COVID-19 restrictions), for refusing to close his business during COVID-19 restrictions, and has been billed for incurring over $150,000 in policing costs.
Alex Pierson's ON Point is a member of the Global News Radio family. Bridle has been a regular guest of late, appearing on her show several times. For context, her other recent works include:
But it's not just her show that uncritically platforms those spreading misinformation. A concerned listener has documented misinformation on a wide range of topics presented on Global News Radio. They demonstrate the extent of Global News' abdication of responsibility with respect to their radio content.
Pushback against misinformation is not harassment or libel. And no one released his parent's private medical information.
These claims of censorship were made on national TV. After backlash over comments made on a radio interview. After a series of print media articles, and radio appearances. If this is censorship, sign me up.
Bridle has since published additional written reports, appeared on national TV, and appeared on podcasts to disseminate his message and address the critiques against him. They won't be linked here, but you can find them and additional information on GitLab.
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A big thank you to all who take the time to submit feedback, and help further clarify the science.