Update 2 July 2021: The article has been retracted!
Update 28 June 2021: An Expression of Concern has just been published concerning the article by Walalch, Aukema and Klement! I’ve added the text at the end of this post.
Twitter thread on a new publication by ‘the consortium’:
As Leonid Schneider reports in the comments to this post, a retraction is on its way. Just now (28 June) an Expression of Concern has been published, here is the text:
The journal is issuing this expression of concern to alert readers to significant concerns regarding the paper cited above .(https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/9/7/705)
Serious concerns have been raised about misinterpretation of the data and the conclusions.
The major concern is the misrepresentation of the COVID-19 vaccination efforts and
misrepresentation of the data, e.g., Abstract: “For three deaths prevented by vaccination
we have to accept two > inflicted by vaccination”. Stating that these deaths linked to vaccination efforts is incorrect and distorted.
We will provide an update following the conclusion of our investigation. The authors
have been notified about this Expression of Concern.
8 thoughts to “Someone fucked up badly at MDPI Vaccines”
Poznan University of Medical Sciences has cut its ties with Harald Walach: https://twitter.com/PUMS_tweets/status/1412369022969057282
Lots of backgrounds at https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/scientists-quit-journal-board-protesting-grossly-irresponsible-study-claiming-covid-19
See https://retractionwatch.com/2021/07/01/if-the-data-were-not-correct-whose-fault-is-this-authors-of-highly-criticized-covid-19-vaccine-study-defend-it/ for some remarkable points of view of the authors.
Vaccines’ EiC Ralph Tripp to me just now:
“We are currently investigating what happened to the review process, and are currently publishing an Expression of Concern letter and initiating steps to retract the manuscript as soon as possible.”
Youri Albrecht states at https://twitter.com/YoeriAlbrecht/status/1408745589538541570 that all three authors have a PhD. Do you happen to know when and where Wouter Aukema got his doctoral degree?
See also https://pubpeer.com/publications/EFDB755C20C351E0077D38D67B933F
Already two resignations from the Editorial board over this matter:
Katie Ewer https://twitter.com/ProfKatieEwer/status/1409125241142513670
and Florian Krammer https://twitter.com/florian_krammer/status/1408762002512789509
MDPI is where maverick science happens.