Data on Neonatal Deaths from Major Israeli Health Insurer Shows Huge Spikes
Rate of neonatal deaths triples after vaccination drives
A fearless, selfless Israeli researcher named David Shuldman has worked tirelessly to get data released from the clutches of government agencies. He recently obtained data via FOIA request on neonatal deaths from the Israeli health insurance fund Maccabi, which covers about 25% of Israelis.
Neonatal deaths are defined as deaths in the first four weeks of life, from the moment after birth until 28 days later. Recently, he obtained data on the quarterly number of neonatal deaths beginning Q1 2019). Here is what that looks like:
The quarterly number of neonatal deaths is very low, hovering between 4-8 for 2019 and 2020. Then in the second quarter of 2021, it suddenly jumps three-fold to 17, dips again in quarter 3 and then jumps again to 18 in the last quarter of the year.
Since the total number of births changes little from month to month, these spikes are about triple the usual rate of neonatal deaths. (I confirmed this using data from a separate FOIA he filed with monthly data on live births from April 2019.)
In February, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Health started to officially recommend COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters, so the timing of the second quarter spike would coincide with women being jabbed later in their pregnancy 2-4 months prior.
The 4th quarter spike coincides with the booster vaccination campaign in Israel in August and especially September — a drive that aggressively targeted pregnant women. Unfortunately the health insurer claimed not to have information on the vaccination status of pregnant women, so we are not able to differentiate by vaccination status.
However, the spike in Q2 and again in Q4 of 2021 is similar to what I found earlier this year in an analysis of data from a large Israeli hospital (also FOIA’d by David), where we saw a large jump in the rate of stillbirths, miscarriages and abortions (SBMAs) among vaccinated women in Q2 (April-June):
So it is quite a coincidence seeing a spike in the neonatal death rate in the same quarter as we see a spike in the SBMA rate among the vaccinated. (We don’t have Nov-Dec data so we cannot compare Q4 SBMA to neonatal deaths.)
What are the chances that those spikes are just a fluke? A statistical test called Chi-square can help us compare an average quarter to one of the quarters with a big spike. If we look at the average number of neonatal deaths per quarter in 2019-2020 (which is 6) and the average number births (which is 10,882) and compare that with either Q2 or Q4 of 2021, the result is statistically significant: for Q2, you would expect that number of neonatal deaths or more about 2.5 times out of a hundred; for Q4 you’d expect that number 1.8 times out of a hundred. (Anything less than 5 times out of a hundred is considered statistically significant according to conventional standards.)
The significance increases a bit if we do an annual comparison:
Since we don’t have birth data for Q1 2019, I will compare 2020 to 2021. In 2021 there were 47 neonatal deaths out of 45,449 live births. In 2020 there were 24 neonatal deaths out of 42,962 live births. We’d expect such a large difference less than 1.2 times out of a hundred. In other words, this is a once in a hundred year anomaly. If this was due to COVID, we would have expected to see some increase in 2020 over 2019 — but the number of neonatal deaths and overall live births remained nearly constant.
For more on this topic with more shocking days from Israel, see this post by Etana Hecht:
And this one on stillbirths and fertility statistics from around the world, which I update on occasion:
A few commenters wanted to see the full data, including the number of births and the neonatal death rate. Here it is: