NYT wildly overstates number of children hospitalized for Covid-19

The New York Times has issued several corrections to an article by Apoorva Mandavilli.

First, the article incorrectly stated that Sweden and Denmark had begin offering single doses of Moderna vaccine in children after safety issues were raised. Both countries actually halted use of the vaccine in children.

Second, the article wildly overstated the number of U.S. children hospitalized with Covid-19 from August 2020 to October 2021. (It’s unclear whether that number includes children hospitalized for other causes who happen to test positive and are asymptomatic.)

The article stated the number was 900,000. It was actually 63,000. The mistake is by a factor of more than 14 times.

Also, the article had the wrong date for an FDA meeting about approving the Pfizer shot for children.

Photo from: ApoorvaMandavilli.com

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7 thoughts on “NYT wildly overstates number of children hospitalized for Covid-19”

  1. According to the CDC, 499 children under the age of 18 died WITH/FROM COVID-19 … since January 1, 2020. Thats 21 months.

    Also according to the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 28 children under the age of 18 have died and 111 have been permanently disabled after the COVID-19 vaccinations … since children have started receiving them this year … for the small minority of children who have received the vaccinations.

  2. This appears to be a “sourcing” article so that others in the media can use the 900,000 figure in their reports to make their articles appear legitimate.

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