NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS ESSENTIALLY INCORRECT - SINGAPORE CHANGED ITS DEFINITION OF STILLBIRTHS. SEE POSTED CORRECTION OF MARCH 2, 2023.
I am leaving it up in the interests of completeness (and because its statistics about the fall in live births are correct), but know that it is wrong.
For two years, mRNA Covid vaccine skeptics have raised questions about whether the shots might damage fertility.
Worse, births are falling fast in many mRNA countries. The trend predates the shots, but in some countries it accelerated nine months after the widespread rollout of the jabs to women of childbearing age.
Still, data have not supported the worst fear of mRNA skeptics - a marked rise in late-term deaths or stillborn babies.
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The Asian city-state of Singapore is small, wealthy, regimented, and very good at collecting and publishing data. Last week, it released full-year 2022 data on deaths, live births, and stillbirths.
Here’s the chart on stillbirths. Official Singaporean government data, nothing less or more. The numbers speak for themselves:
(SOURCE - Table 10 of the Singapore Demographic Bulletin, Q4 2022, which you can download at the link)
73 stillbirths in 2019.
78 in 2020.
78 in 2021.
133 in 2022.
Looks like about a 70 percent jump annual, after three years in which the figures remained essentially flat.
The reality is even worse.
Singapore puts out these reports each quarter. In the first quarter of 2022, it reported only 13 stillbirths, compared to 18 in 2021.
Thus, in April through December 2022, stillbirths doubled to 120 - from 60 during the same period a year before.
This increase in stillbirths from April through December did NOT occur because of a rise in births.
In fact, the opposite is true.
Births in Singapore fell 10 percent in the final three quarters of 2022, a marked shift from the January-March period, when they rose about 1 percent (due entirely to increases in January and Feburary). The decline has not eased, either; births fell 15 percent in December.
In other words, stillbirths doubled from April to December even as live births fell, reversing the early 2022 pattern.
This trend is particularly striking because of what happened nine months before the decline began, in early summer 2021.
Singapore carried out its Covid vaccinations as quickly and efficiently as it does everything.
As this chart demonstrates, nearly every Singaporean adult between 20-39 - childbearing age, essentially - received his or her first Covid vaccine jab in June and July 2021. (More than 98 percent of the jabs Singapore gave were mRNAs, though Chinese inactivated virus vaccines were privately available.)
SOURCE (This link connects to the Internet Archive, as the original link to the Singapore government page no longer works)
The story here is simple.
In March 2022, precisely nine months after mass mRNA vaccinations of women of childbearing age began - births in Singapore plunged, while stillbirths soared.
Are other countries seeing the same trend?
The only other country that I can find that has already published full live birth and stillbirth data for 2022 is Sweden. Sweden had a drop in live births comparable to Singapore in 2022. It also had a similar timing issue, with births rising early in 2022 and then falling nine months after mRNA administration.
But the Swedish rate of stillbirths per live birth was essentially unchanged in 2022, falling about 3 percent.
That lack of a signal is obviously a positive sign, as are results from some other studies. (If you are aware of other countries that have published full or partial 2022 stillbirth data, please email me.)
Still, the Singaporean data are striking enough - both in the size of the increase and its timing - to again raise the question of whether the mRNAs are contributing to an accelerating fertility decline.
Expect governments and scientists to do everything possible NOT to answer this crucial question.