Fact Check: Alberta, Canada DID NOT Inadvertently Publish, Quickly Delete Embarassing COVID Death Data

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: Alberta, Canada DID NOT Inadvertently Publish, Quickly Delete Embarassing COVID Death Data Not In Context

Did Alberta, Canada inadvertently publish, then quickly delete health data exposing that more than half of vaccinated deaths had been counted as unvaccinated? No, that's not true: A spokeswoman for the government of Canada said the claim misrepresents a routine data update on the government website, which regularly changes as new statistics reports are completed.

The claim appeared in an article published by Gateway Pundit on January 23, 2022, titled "Alberta Canada Inadvertently Published (and Quickly Deleted) Health Data Exposing that MORE THAN HALF of VACCINATED DEATHS Have Been COUNTED AS UNVACCINATED" (archived here), which opened:

In yet another absolute bombshell revelation the government of Alberta, Canada exposed itself this week when it accidentally published damning evidence that exposes how the public health authorities have been manipulating the Covid-19 statistics. After seemingly realizing what it had just done, the corrupt Canadian province quickly scrambled to delete the incriminating data off their ...

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Alberta Canada Inadvertently Published (and Quickly Deleted) Health Data Exposing that MORE THAN HALF of VACCINATED DEATHS Have Been COUNTED AS UNVACCINATED

In yet another absolute bombshell revelation the government of Alberta, Canada exposed itself this week when it accidentally published damning evidence that exposes how the public health authorities have been manipulating the Covid-19 statistics. After seemingly realizing what it had just done, the corrupt Canadian province quickly scrambled to delete the incriminating data off their ...

The article offers no proof or named sources to back up its claims.

A spokeswoman for the Government of Alberta, Heather Holmes, wrote in an email to Lead Stories on January 25, 2022, that data is updated regularly on the Alberta.ca website.

In this case, when our public health data team updated the website with new information on the booster doses, they removed that particular table. This allows the team to continue to add new, relevant data sources as our understanding of COVID-19 changes. The vaccination outcomes statistics page still addresses the disparity in outcomes between getting vaccinated and not getting vaccinated, such as Figure 11, showing hospitalization statistics based on vaccination status, and figure 6, hospitalization in the past 120 days by vaccine status. The top of the page also points out the COVID diagnoses within 14 days of each dose.

The charts clearly show unvaccinated patients are the majority in intensive care units and in non-intensive care. Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 1.19.36 PM.png

(Source: https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm#vaccine-outcomes screenshot taken Fri Jan 28 β€β€Ž18:22:15 2022 UTC)

Table 12, here, shows that of those who died, the majority in every age group were unvaccinated.

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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