Numbers are generally meaningless without proper context. One basic way to establish a baseline on the safety profile of a new therapeutic is to look back in history and compare the number of related adverse events and/or deaths to that of other therapeutics. Below is a chart showing major drug and vaccine recalls in FDA/CDC history, and the number of reported deaths associated with those therapeutics based on FAERS (FDA Adverse Event Reporting System) or VAERS:

UPDATE 10/29/21: Chart Updated. Also note that the diet drug “Fen/Phen” was replaced with Meridia (also another diet drug), since Fen/Phen was actually two separate drugs, both of which were FDA approved separately, but the combination of which caused a recall, making it difficult to sort out truly how many deaths were related to the combination rather than the drugs taken individually.



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