At the end of 2020, there were large public demonstrations opposing severe restrictions on civil liberties, including in Germany1,2 and Great Britain.3 In Denmark, there was a public protest against proposed legislation that would mandate COVID-19 vaccination.4
There is increasing civil unrest in many countries after a year of experiencing the crippling side effects of government public health policies that have restricted autonomy and freedom of assembly5,6 and caused mass unemployment and destruction of small businesses,7,8,9 steep increases in substance abuse, depression and suicide,10,11,12,13 and inadequate treatment for other diseases like cancer.14,15
Since the beginning of 2021,16 demonstrations calling for an end to COVID lockdowns and voluntary vaccination have spanned the globe from Canada17 to the Netherlands18 and Lebanon.19 February and March 2021 saw anti-lockdown protests in Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland20 and other countries.
The Netherlands: ‘Love, Freedom, Stop Dictatorship’
In January 2021, the government of The Netherlands instituted strict lockdown rules that banned gatherings of more than two people, shut bars and restaurants and imposed a 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. curfew, the first since the Nazi’s issued orders to Dutch citizens to “stay at home” during World War II.
People who break the curfew face a 95 Euro ($115) fine. Schools and “nonessential” shops have been closed since December 2020.21 On January 24, 2021, the police used water cannons and dogs to disperse hundreds of protesters opposed to curfews.
Tear gas was fired on a crowd of several hundred protesters in Eindhoven, where there were reports of looting and at least 30 arrests and a COVID testing center was burned in the city of Urk.22 In early March, a test center in another city near Amsterdam was the scene of a pipe bomb explosion.23
On March 14, 2021, Dutch riot police broke up a crowd of several thousand anti-lockdown protesters gathered at The Hague. Water cannons, batons and dogs were used by police after protesters violated social distancing rules and disregarded warnings to disperse. Holding yellow umbrellas and chanting, “love, freedom, stop dictatorship,” about 20 people reportedly were detained by police and two demonstrators were injured.24
Ireland: ‘Let Ireland Live’
On February 17, 2021, hundreds of people gathered in Dublin carrying signs like “End the Lockdown” and “Let Ireland Live” and clashed with police, resulting in 23 arrests.
The demonstration was held after the government extended the country’s third lockdown until April, which meant that all nonessential businesses, restaurants, pubs and gyms would remain shut, with the government recommending people stay at home and placing a 3-mile travel limit on movements.25
On St. Patrick’s Day and on March 20, 2021, the Irish police (Gardai) arrested a number of demonstrators for violating pandemic public health restrictions on public gatherings.26 The majority were not wearing face masks and some carried banners opposing mandatory COVID vaccinations.
Denmark: 1,200 Rally Against Lockdown Restrictions
On February 28, 2021, eight demonstrators were arrested in Copenhagen, Denmark, in front of the Town Hall during a mostly peaceful anti-lockdown rally attended by a crowd of about 1,200 people.
Organized by “Men in Black,” it was the first protest since the government announced the extension of many COVID health restrictions to April 4, which includes the closure of bars, restaurants and most secondary schools and universities. Danish police said the eight demonstrators were arrested for rowdy behavior and using fireworks during the protest.27
Sweden: First Protest Opposing New Public Health Rules
Unlike most other European countries, Sweden did not lockdown at the beginning of the COVID pandemic and there were few social distancing restrictions through most of 2020.28 However, when COVID cases began to rise in later in the year, the government instituted stricter rules.
On March 6, 2021, Swedish police broke up a rally of hundreds of people who had assembled in Stockholm to demonstrate against COVID public health restrictions.29 The rally, which was the first to protest the country’s new public health laws restricting movement, was organized by Freedom Sweden, a citizen group that maintains the new laws violate human freedom.
Switzerland: Protest Against ‘Dictatorial Powers’
On March 6, 2021, 4,000 Swiss citizens walked peacefully in the town of Chur, Switzerland, carrying banners in a protest against use of “dictatorial powers” by the government to implement restrictive COVID public health policies that include the continued closure of bars and restaurants.
In Zurich, police reportedly dispersed several public gatherings that violated the 15-person gathering limit outside (five people limit inside buildings).30
Greece: Lockdown Fatigue Fuels Protests
During the month of March, dozens of demonstrations took place in Athens and other cities in Greece against strict COVID lockdown measures that have included nightly curfews and police patrols on university campuses. There also have been riots protesting police brutality related to enforcement of social distancing rules.
One politician in Greece alleged the government is “taking advantage of the pandemic as a pretext to impose harsh measures, restrict democratic rights and freedoms, and advance an agenda that is damaging the public interest.”31
Australia: This All Ends When We Say NO!
On February 13, 2021, health officials in Victoria, Australia put into effect a hard “circuit breaker” five-day lockdown and told citizens “you cannot leave your home unless you are doing it for one of four reasons: shopping for necessary goods and services; care and caregiving; exercise; and essential work.”32
Protests across Melbourne against the new restrictions resulted in several arrests. The protesters urged Australians to “make your voices heard” because, they said, the people cannot endure another lockdown. One demonstrator held a sign that said, “This All Ends When We Say NO!”33
Canada: March of the Rebellious and Walk for Freedom
On March 13, 2021, in Quebec, Canada, thousands of people chanting “liberte” held a “March of the Rebellious” in opposition to Canada’s COVID strict curfews and other lockdown measures.34 The demonstrators asked the Quebec government to support the need for all its COVID-19 health regulations with published scientific reports and “allow people to make informed decisions about vaccines.”
Several people were arrested and tickets issued for failure to wear masks or to social distance. Hundreds of Canadians in the province of Alberta participated in a “Walk for Freedom” demonstration in Calgary on March 20, 2021. Like the protest in Quebec, their goal was to communicate opposition to ongoing pandemic public health restrictions.35 No tickets were issued or arrests made.
Several hundred residents of North Bay in Ontario, Canada, gathered at the North Bay waterfront holding banners that said “No More Lockdowns” and “No Vaccines” and called for an end to pandemic lockdowns and restoration of people’s freedoms.36
Germany: ‘We Are the People’
On March 20, 2021, more than 20,000 German citizens rallied in protest against pandemic lockdown restrictions in the city of Kassel, clashing with police in riot gear. Many of the protesters were chanting “Wir sind das Volk” — “We are the people” — a slogan that was used by protesters calling for and to the Berlin Wall and communist East Germany.37
According to Deutsche Welle(DW), some protesters tried to break through a police barrier, and police used mace and batons in scuffles with protesters and then used water cannons to disperse some demonstrators outside the area authorized for the rally. Police had warned that the demonstration would be broken up if protesters did not wear masks or social distance.38
Britain: ‘Stop Destroying Our Kids’ Lives’
On March 20, 2021, 10,000 British citizens holding banners with slogans like “Stop Destroying our Kids Lives” and “Fake Pandemic” marched in London against COVID pandemic rules that prohibit groups to gather together and engage in public protests for any reason.39 A number of demonstrators were arrested for violating pandemic restrictions on public protests.
According to AP/AFP, the march took place after “more than 60 lawmakers signed a letter demanding that the government change the law and allow protests to take place even when pandemic restrictions bar other types of gatherings.” The letter was coordinated by Liberty and Big Brother Watch, two civil rights groups.40 There also were demonstrations in Newcastle and Manchester.
According to Britain’s Daily Mail, hundreds of protesters in Manchester marched to police headquarters, characterizing the COVID lockdown as a “crime against humanity,” while one of the groups marching through the center of London, Jam For Freedom, emphasized the need to avoid violence, reportedly instructing its members to: ‘Stay tight, stay aware, stay peaceful and polite.’41
France: Thousands Ignore New Lockdown Rules
On the weekend of March 20, 2021, thousands of protesters gathered in Marseille and Paris to oppose new COVID lockdown orders announced by the government. Many Parisians ignored the order and gathered outdoors in parks and promenades to enjoy the warm spring weekend, while more than 6,500 gathered in Marseille to attend a rule-breaking street carnival.42
Under the new restrictions in France, people are not required to spend most of the day confined at home, but “non-essential” shops are closed and people’s movements are confined to a six-mile radius from their home residence.
Finland: ‘Let the People Speak!’
On March 20, about 400 people without masks marched through city streets to the parliament building in Helsinki, Finland carrying signs like “Let the people speak!” and “Facts and numbers don’t add up.” Police said the marchers protesting the government’s COVID restrictions violated social distancing requirements and crowd limits on public gatherings but was peaceful.43
Romania: Parents, Protect Your Children!
Romania’s capital of Bucharest saw more than a thousand protesters opposing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. According to an AP/AFP report, “the largely maskless crowd honked horns, waved national flags and chanted messages such as ‘Block vaccination’ and ‘Freedom.’ One placard read: “Parents, protect your children! Stop the fear!”44
On December 22, 2020, a nonprofit limited company based in Great Britain that calls itself the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH)1,2,3 published a report titled “The Anti-Vaxx Playbook.”4
It contains false and misleading information about the Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination, which was sponsored by the 39-year-old U.S. nonprofit educational charity the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), and held online in October 2020. Promotion of the CCDH report resulted in the spreading of fake news and misinformation by mainline media outlets in Great Britain and the U.S.5,6,7,8,9
NVIC’s pay-for-view digital conference10 was transparently open to the public and featured presentations by 51 speakers from the U.S. and other countries discussing vaccine science, public health policy and law, informed consent and civil liberties.
Dedicated to “Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century,” the conference was made available on February 2, 2021 for free viewing online. Go to NVIC.org11 to access the conference website and watch all of the presentations.
CCDH Misinformation Campaign Designed to Discredit, Destroy NVIC
Influence Watch, which monitors individuals and groups that influence12 public policy, describes CCDH as a “London-based advocacy group that targets accused ‘hate groups’ and individuals for de-platforming campaigns to remove them from major social media outlets” and “has ties to the left-wing British Labour Party and British left-progressivism.”13
The anonymously funded CCDH also has an office in Washington, D.C. and the defamatory publicity campaign created in December 2020 was designed to not only discredit NVIC’s four-decade public record of working within the U.S. democratic system to secure vaccine safety and informed consent protections in public health policies and laws, but to destroy our small charity.
The misinformation campaign was spearheaded by the CEO of CCDH, who is a political operative14 personally affiliated with Great Britain’s socialist Labour Party.15,16,17
The report deceived readers by describing NVIC’s 2020 conference as a meeting “recently held in private over three days,” which implied secrecy,18 even though the event was transparently open to the public just like the four previous vaccination conferences NVIC hosted in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2009.19
One British tabloid read the report and described NVIC’s public conference as a “private conference call” where “secret plans” were plotted to “launch the largest ever misinformation campaign about vaccines.”20
Last summer, CCDH published their first report alleging that Big Tech companies operating social media platforms make big profits by allowing individuals and organizations criticizing vaccine science, policy and law to message on their platforms,21 and should take stronger action to censor online public conversations about vaccination that do not conform with the “scientific consensus that vaccines are safe.”22,23
That July 2020 report was promoted by mainline media outlets in Britain24,25,26,27 and the U.S.28 However, CCDH’s report published five months later in December 2020, which created fake news and misinformation about NVIC’s conference, contained even more inflammatory rhetoric.
It demonized those who criticize vaccine safety as “malignant actors,”29 and CCDH demanded that companies and governments virtually eliminate individuals or groups publishing information online that fails to align with government and industry narratives about vaccination and public health policy.
In that report, CCDH ordered Big Tech companies and governments to censor and punish dissenters, charging that “anything less than the dismantling of these individuals’ profiles, pages and groups and permanent denial of service, now they know what is happening, is willing acquiescence.”30
On January 18, 2021, the anonymously funded CCDH once again publicly attacked the National Vaccine Information Center, this time for applying for a U.S. Paycheck Protection Program loan to secure the continued employment of NVIC’s 21 workers during massive nationwide unemployment caused by lockdowns.
The British nonprofit company appeared to suggest that the U.S. government should not have been viewpoint-neutral in granting relief loans, but should have applied an ideological litmus test to NVIC’s loan request that was made to retain employees during catastrophic economic hardship caused by lockdowns that have affected donations to charities.31
CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed said, “Lending money to these organizations so they can prosper is a sickening use of taxpayer money.”32 Once again, mainline media outlets in Britain and the U.S. widely promoted CCDH’s allegations.33,34,35,36,37
Six months of orchestrated public attacks on NVIC by CCDH have generated hate mail to our small charity, which was founded and has been led by parents of vaccine-injured children for four decades.38
Strong Freedom of Dissent History in US
I was born into a post-World War II generation in the U.S., a generation known for challenging the status quo and exercising the right to dissent, which is protected under the U.S. Constitution.39
Whether it was advocating for the right to listen to rock ‘n’ roll and joining antinuclear protests in the 1950s,40,41 or marching in support of civil rights and opposing an undeclared war in Asia in the 1960s,42,43 or women fighting for equal opportunity and pay and consumer activists working for environmental protection and car safety laws in the 1970s,44,45,46,47 or mothers protesting against drunk drivers48 and choosing a drug-free birth and breastfeeding for their babies in the 1980s,49,50 the baby boomer generation has been known for exercising freedom of thought and speech.
Contentious social, political and health issues of the 20th century sparked heated debates on college campuses,51 where students could still explore, critique and openly search for truth, and in mainline newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations, where point/counterpoint examination of controversial topics was the hallmark of good journalism because public debate is the hallmark of free speech.
The America where I grew up in the mid-20th century was a beacon of hope for people living behind the Iron Curtain52 and in other totalitarian or authoritarian societies,53 where exercise of freedom of thought, speech and conscience and the right to dissent and peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances had been eliminated, where people had been turned into silent indentured servants working to serve a small ruling class in control of the state.54
Statists, who believe that economic control and planning must be in the hands of a highly centralized government,55 are always afraid of the truth, afraid that people armed with knowledge will act together to challenge control of the state by a powerful and privileged few.
Without Debate, Without Criticism ‘No Republic Can Survive’
I was in junior high school when President John F. Kennedy addressed the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1961. He said:56
“Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.
And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply ‘give the public what it wants’ — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
He closed with these words:
“So it is to the printing press — to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news — that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.”
That speech given 60 years ago was a ringing endorsement for freedom of the press. Yet, in the 21st century, it is becoming clear that there are political operatives and corporations seeking to censor freedom of thought and speech by citizen journalists publishing analysis and perspective on the worldwide web, an electronic communications network that has been the world’s biggest forum for free speech over the past quarter century.57,58
Right to Dissent, Freedom of Speech Under Assault in America
The right to dissent59 and exercise freedom of thought, speech and conscience60 is under assault in America,61 even though these cherished civil liberties are codified into the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. And civil liberties are under assault internationally in other nations with representative democracies, as well.62
Today, political operatives are pressuring government, media corporations and other institutions to eliminate freedom of speech, especially public conversations about vaccine science, policy and law.63,64,65
Spirited public debate about vaccine safety and mandatory vaccination laws has been going on for more than two centuries.66,67 What is the justification for censoring that public conversation now and punishing those who engage in it with economic and social sanctions?68,69
And if the public conversation about vaccination and health can be censored, what topic will be the next one put on the “no fly” list?70,71
NVIC: Working to Reform Vaccine Policy and Law for Decades
I am a co-founder and president of the highly rated nonprofit educational charity established in 1982 and known today as the National Vaccine Information Center.72,73 Our mission is to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education. NVIC does not make vaccine use recommendations. We advocate for the human and legal right to make informed and voluntary decisions about vaccination without being coerced or punished for the decision made.74
Our not-for-profit charitable organization was established for one reason: We were mothers and fathers of children brain injured by the highly reactive pertussis vaccine in the DPT shot and we wanted a safer pertussis vaccine to replace the one that had hurt our children. That goal was accomplished after 14 years of consumer advocacy when a less reactive acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine was licensed for babies in the U.S. in 1996.75
We also wanted parents to have access to accurate and full information about the risks and complications of both diseases and vaccines before children are vaccinated, so parents and pediatricians could work together to identify those children who are more susceptible to vaccine reactions and protect their health.
That is why we worked with Congress to secure vaccine safety informing, recording, reporting and research provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, a law in which the U.S. government officially acknowledged for the first time that vaccine safety should be made a national priority because federally licensed and recommended and state mandated childhood vaccines can and do cause permanent injuries and even death for some children.76,77,78
We are not all the same. We do not all react the same way to pharmaceutical products,79,80,81 which is why our organization has strongly supported research into genetic, epigenetic, environmental and other risk factors that make some individuals more susceptible to adverse responses to vaccination.82,83
We believe every life is important, and that the lives of those harmed by vaccines and infectious diseases should be equally valued and protected.
We believe that consumer advocacy has and should continue to play an active role in holding pharmaceutical companies and government agencies accountable for vaccine product safety, and we are dedicated to working responsibly within the democratic system of this Constitutional Republic to make health policy and law safer and more effective for everyone.84,85,86
Since 1988, I and other NVIC representatives have served as consumer members of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Vaccine Policy Analysis Collaborative and other federal and state public engagement projects discussing vaccine science, policy and law issues with vaccine developers, federal and state health officials, medical trade and pharmaceutical industry representatives, and members of other nonprofit organizations.87,88,89
My 22 years of service as a consumer member on federal advisory committees and public engagement projects includes four years as a member of the Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Forum at the National Academy of Science, where I helped to coordinate public workshops on vaccine science, policy and law issues90 and was an editor for the report on Risk Communication and Vaccination published by the National Academy Press. That report importantly stated:91
“The goal that all parties share regarding vaccine risk communication should be informed decision making. Consent for vaccination is truly ‘informed’ when the members of the public know the risks and benefits and make voluntary decisions.
The discussion of mandatory vaccination at the workshop suggested that it may interfere with informed consent and may damage trust and deter effective communication, and thus needs to be carefully weighed against its benefits.”
We believe the human right to freedom of thought, speech and conscience should be respected, not devalued. As public health regulations and laws are being created during the coronavirus pandemic to restrict or eliminate civil liberties,92 we should be encouraging people to have civil conversations about vaccination, health and autonomy. Americans should be welcomed by legislators to participate in — not be shut out of — the democratic law making process.93
When people feel disenfranchised and believe that those in power do not care about their lives or the lives of their children, that is when trust in government is lost and people let fear, anger and despair control their actions. Empowering people with knowledge and the hope they can help effect meaningful change if they do it in a rational and constructive way has always been one of NVIC’s guiding principles.94
Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination Features Principled, Courageous Speakers
I want to thank the generous sponsors and attendees of the Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination: Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century, who helped to make it financially possible for NVIC to host a virtual conference last fall.95
The conference had been scheduled for two years to be held in October 2020 in a hotel in the Washington, D.C. area. When travel and social distancing restrictions were enacted in the spring of 2020, we had to make a choice between canceling the conference or pivoting to a pay-for-view online public conference.
We chose to hold the conference online because we knew that the controversial issues being debated in the public square this year needed a public forum where well-anchored information and perspective could be presented.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the more than two dozen principled and courageous scientists, physicians, holistic health professionals, authors, attorneys, faith leaders, parents of vaccine injured children and civil and human rights activists, who represent diverse areas of expertise and participated in our conference.96
NVIC Will Not Abandon Our Mission
No matter how many political operatives, corporations and institutions threaten and try to discredit NVIC and our work in order to silence us, we will not abandon our 40-year mission dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the ethical principle of informed consent. We are moving forward with faith and resolve that we can secure a future for America that protects health and autonomy in the 21st century.
Because we know that if the state can tag, track down and force individuals against their will to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individuals’ freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
Be the one who never has to say you did not do today what you could have done to change tomorrow. It’s your health. Your family. Your choice. And our mission continues. No forced vaccination. Not in America.
Dr. Gregory Michael, an obstetrician in private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, received a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020 and died 16 days later of a cerebral hemorrhage (stroke).1
Within three days of taking the shot, he developed symptoms of a severe autoimmune bleeding disorder, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), often referred to as immune thrombocytopenia.2 According to his wife, the 56-year old OB/GYN physician was healthy when he received the COVID-19 vaccine and began exhibiting symptoms of bleeding under the skin within 72 hours.
He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit but none of the treatments were able to stop the internal bleeding.3 The case is being investigated by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner, which is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health.4
According to the Miami Herald, as of January 7, 2021, a Pfizer official said Michael died of a “highly unusual clinical case of severe thrombocytopenia, a condition that decreases the body’s ability to clot blood and stop internal bleeding.”
The Pfizer spokesman added, “We are actively investigating this case but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”5 A CBS report quoted the Pfizer spokesman as saying:6
“There have been no related safety signals identified in our clinical trials, the post-marketing experience thus far or with the mRNA vaccine platform. To date millions of people have been vaccinated and we are closely monitoring all adverse events in individuals receiving our vaccine.
It is important to note that serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.”
Wife: Gregory Michael ‘Loved by Everyone in the Community’
The well-known and popular obstetrician, who was a Miami native, Michael had operated a private OB/GYN practice in Miami Beach for 12 years and also worked as a clinical instructor and faculty member for the physician assistant program at Barry University and Miami Dade College. He was the father of a 15-year-old daughter.
His wife, Heidi Neckelmann, made a heartfelt post online7 calling her husband “the love of my life” who was “loved by everyone in the community, delivered hundreds of healthy babies and worked tirelessly through the pandemic.” When informing her friends about his death, she asked them to share her post so the public is more aware that the COVID-19 vaccine is not risk-free. She said:
“He was a pro vaccine advocate and that is why he got it himself. I believe that people should be aware that side effects can happen, that it is not good for everyone and, in this case, destroyed a beautiful life, a perfect family, and has affected so many people in the community. Do not let his death be in vain, please save more lives by making this information news.”
CDC: ‘Potential Benefits’ of COVID Vaccines ‘Outweigh Risks’
A CBS report quoted Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, as saying, “The known and potential benefits of the current COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks of getting COVID-19. That doesn’t mean, however, that we couldn’t see potential serious health events in the future.”
Reportedly, CDC officials told reporters they had not seen any serious reactions beyond 29 cases of severe allergic reactions — or about 11 cases of anaphylaxis per 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations administered.8
ITP Caused by Autoantibody-Mediated Platelet Destruction
Idiopathic or immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a complex autoimmune disorder caused by autoantibody-mediated destruction of platelets, which are cells in the blood that help stop bleeding.9 Basically, the immune system malfunctions and produces antibodies that attack the body’s platelets. In some cases, T-cells (a type of white blood cell) will directly attack and destroy the platelets.10
ITP has been reported to develop after infections, including SARS-CoV-2 infection;11 reactions to prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications,12 pregnancy, exposure to chemical toxins,13 vaccination,14 or as a complication of autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but all the causes of ITP are still not known.
A normal platelet count is between 150,000 to 450,000 platelets and ITP can drive the platelet count down to less than 10,000 platelets, which causes significant internal bleeding.
Symptoms of ITP may begin with the appearance of tiny red dots under the skin, which indicate very small bleeds, and progress to purple blotches and bruises on large areas of the skin, as well as nosebleeds, bleeding in the mouth and around the gums, and blood in the vomit, urine or stool, which indicate much more serious internal bleeding.
The most dangerous complication of ITP is bleeding in the brain causing a cerebral hemorrhage and catastrophic brain damage or death.15 Treatments that try to slow or stop the destruction of platelets during ITP are limited and include intravenous gamma globulin (IVGG) and platelet infusions, steroids and several other medications, or removal of the spleen.16
ITP in children, which occurs in 1 in 20,000 children, can be more easily reversed than ITP in adults, which occurs in about 1 in 15,000 adults in the U.S. and is more common in women and individuals over age 60.17,18 The majority of children recover from acute ITP but approximately 30% of adults have chronic disease after developing ITP and 5% die from hemorrhage.19
ITP Reported After and Causally Related to Vaccinations
In 1991, an Institute of Medicine committee at the National Academy of Sciences stated in its report titled “Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines” that there were too few scientific studies published in the medical literature investigating ITP following whole cell pertussis (DPT) vaccination or rubella (MMR) vaccination for the committee to determine whether or not DPT or MMR vaccine causes ITP in children.20,21
However, reports continued to be published in the medical literature.22 In 2001, a study was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood confirming a causal association between measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and ITP.
Study authors said, “The absolute risk within six weeks of immunization was 1 in 22,300 doses, with two of every three cases occurring in the six-week post-immunization period being caused by MMR.”23 The CDC’s website currently states:24
“Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a disorder that decreases the body’s ability to stop bleeding. It can happen after both natural measles infection as well as after getting the MMR vaccine.
However, it is usually not life threatening. Treatment may include blood transfusion and medications. The risk of ITP has been shown to be increased in the six weeks following an MMR vaccination, with one study estimating 1 case per 40,000 vaccinated children.”
During the past decade, there have been a number of published studies from the U.S. and other countries that ITP develops after receipt of vaccines, including HPV25 and influenza vaccines,26,27 with authors calling for more research into the association between vaccination and ITP.28,29,30 One group of researchers looking at the relationship between ITP and vaccinations said in 2014:31
“Vaccines may induce ITP by several mechanisms. Vaccine-associated autoimmunity may stem not only from the antigen-mediated responses but also from other constituents of the vaccine, such as yeast proteins, adjuvants, and preservative diluents. The most likely is through virally induced molecular mimicry …
The autoantibodies hypothesis is not sufficient to explain all ITP cases: In the anti-platelet antibody-negative cases, a complementary mechanism based on T cell immune-mediated mechanism has been suggested. In particular, T cell subsets seem dysregulated with an increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, as IFN-y and TNF, and chemokines, as CXCL10.”
An editorial in the October 2020 International Journal of Infectious Diseases titled “ITP Following Vaccination” pointed out that “the term ‘mosaic of autoimmunity’ indicates that immune mediated disorders can involve different sources, including genetics, environmental factors and hormonal or immune defects.”32
The editors noted that vaccination is one of the “environmental triggers” that has been described in the medical literature in association with ITP. The journal editors, who called for more research into the vaccination-ITP association, stated:33,34
“Regardless of the mechanism through which artificial immunization causes ITP, it has been reported following vaccinations against various infectious agents, especially measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), but also Haemophilus influenza [HIB], hepatitis B (HBV), human papilloma virus (HPV), varicella zoster [chickenpox], diphtheria-tetanus acellular pertussis (DTap), polio and pneumococcus vaccines.
A French study that evaluated drug-induced ITP found that around 45% of the cases were post-vaccinal.”
FDA: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Had ITP Case
Pfizer did not report a case of ITP occurring in clinical trials of its experimental COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, which was the vaccine that Michael received.35
However, in a briefing document prepared for the December 17, 2020, Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, where members of the committee voted on granting Moderna an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to distribute its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., the FDA did note a case of ITP in a 72-year-old clinical trial participant who was hospitalized with thrombocytopenia and obstructive kidney stone disease after receiving the experimental vaccine and died of multiorgan failure.
In discussing deaths that occurred in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, the FDA stated:36
“One case was a 72-year-old vaccine recipient with Crohn’s disease and short bowel syndrome who was hospitalized for thrombocytopenia and acute kidney failure due to obstructive nephrolithiasis [kidney stone] 40 days after dose 2 and developed complications resulting in multiorgan failure and death.”
At a virtual press conference held by the World Health Organization December 28, 2020, WHO officials warned there is no guarantee that COVID-19 vaccines will prevent people from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmitting it to other people.1
In a New Year’s Day interview with Newsweek, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), reinforced the WHO’s admission that health officials do not know if COVID-19 vaccines prevent infection or if people can spread the virus to others after getting vaccinated.2
According to U.S. and WHO health officials, vaccinated persons still need to mask and social distance because they could be able to spread the new coronavirus to others without knowing it.3,4
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in December 2020 for Pfizer/BioNTech5 and Moderna6 to release their experimental mRNA vaccines for use in the U.S., the companies only provided evidence from clinical trials to demonstrate that, compared to unvaccinated trial participants, their vaccines prevented more mild to severe COVID-19 disease symptoms in vaccinated participants.
The companies did not investigate whether the vaccines prevent people from becoming asymptomatically infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and/or transmitting it to other people.7,8
COVID-19 Vaccines Designed to Prevent Severe Disease
According to WHO officials, while it appears the vaccines can prevent clinically symptomatic COVID-19 clinical disease, there is no clear evidence COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing asymptomatic infection and transmission. During the press conference, WHO chief scientist and pediatrician Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said:9
“We continue to wait for more results from the vaccine trials to really understand whether the vaccines, apart from preventing symptomatic disease and severe disease and deaths, whether they’re also going to reduce infection or prevent people from getting infected with the virus, then from passing it on or transmitting it to other people.
I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on.”
Swaminathan said the COVID-19 vaccine was designed to first prevent symptomatic disease, severe disease and deaths. Dr. Mark Ryan, MPH, who is executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, agreed with Swaminathan and added:10
“So the first primary objective is to decrease the impact the disease is having on people’s lives and, therefore, that will be a major step forward in bringing the world back to some kind of normal.
The second phase is then looking at how will this vaccine affect transmission. We just don’t know enough yet about length of protection and other things to be absolutely able to predict that, but we should be able to get good control of the virus.”
SARS-CoV-2 Eradication Via Mass Vaccination Is a ‘Moonshot’
Ryan also pointed out that the decision by WHO to try to eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus “requires a much higher degree of efficiency and effectiveness in the vaccination program and the other control measures” and that it is likely the new coronavirus will “become another endemic virus, a virus that will remain somewhat of a threat but a very low level threat in the context of an effective vaccination program.”
Ryan cautioned that, like with measles and polio, there is no guarantee of eliminating the SARS-CoV-2 virus through mass vaccination programs. He said:11
“The existence of a vaccine even at high efficacy is no guarantee of eliminating or eradicating an infectious disease. That’s a very high bar for us to be able to get over. First, we have to focus on saving lives, getting good control of this epidemic, and then we will deal with the moonshot of potentially being able to eliminate or eradicate this virus.”
Azar Says Get Vaccinated but Still Mask Up
In a December 22, 2020, interview, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News that the current “consensus” among health officials is that people who get two doses of COVID-19 vaccine should still mask up and practice social distancing. He said:12
“We’re still studying some fundamental scientific questions though, such as, once you’ve been vaccinated, do you still need to wear a mask to protect others, could you still be carrying the virus even though you’re protected from it …
If you’re getting vaccinated right now, still social distance, still wear a mask, but all these [recommendations] have to be data and science-driven, so we’re working to generate the data there so that as we go forward, we’ll be able to advise people on a foundation of data.”
COVID-19 Vaccine Passports and Mandates May Be Coming
In an interview on CNN in early April 2020 when most states were in some form of a coronavirus lockdown, Fauci told Alyson Camerota, “It’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic, and did not know they were infected.”13
Eight months later, on New Year’s Day 2021, Fauci told Newsweek that in his role as the new administration’s chief medical adviser, there is a possibility the federal government will eventually introduce “COVID-19 vaccine passports” and that some city, county or state governments and businesses will make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory, including in schools.14
“Everything will be on the table,” Fauci declared. A week earlier, Fauci told The New York Times that between 70% and 90% of the U.S. population would need to get COVID-19 vaccinations in order for the country to reach vaccine-acquired herd immunity. He explained why he has continued to shift the “herd immunity” goal post over the past year:15
“When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70 to 75 percent. Then, when newer surveys said 60 percent or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85 … We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent. But, I’m not going to say 90 percent.”
Even as Fauci discussed vaccine passports and mandates in Newsweek, he admitted that proving that COVID-19 vaccines do more than prevent clinical disease but also block infection and transmission has been elusive. He emphasized that persons who get vaccinated still must wear masks:16
“We do not know if the vaccines that prevent clinical disease also prevent infection. They very well might, but we have not proven that yet … That’s the reason I keep saying that even though you get vaccinated, we should not eliminate, at all, public health measures like wearing masks because we don’t know yet what the effect [of the vaccine] is on transmissibility.”
Fauci added, “We don’t know what we don’t know.”
Immunity Passports: Suggested Soon After the Pandemic Began
Government health officials in Israel are getting ready to issue a COVID-19 “green passport” to citizens who have received two COVID-19 shots, which will exempt them from travel restrictions and testing for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus or being required to quarantine after exposure to an infected person.17
Technology companies have been working on creating a digital certificate, which contains personal medical information giving evidence that an individual has been vaccinated and can be used as a screening tool by employers, businesses and owners or operators of services and public venues, such as airlines, theme parks, concert halls, hotels and other places where people gather in groups with other people.18,19,20,21
Immediately after the coronavirus pandemic was declared by the WHO last winter, Silicon Valley businessman Bill Gates began talking about the need for issuing digital certificates proving immunity to the virus and, once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, proof of vaccination.
In a comment posted on Reddit in March 2020, Gates said, “Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.”22
That same month in a TED Talk, Gates explained how lockdowns and resulting “economic pain” will prevent people from getting naturally acquired immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and that immunity “certificates” will eventually be required. Gates said:23
“Now we don’t want to have a lot of recovered people, you know. To be clear, we’re trying through the shutdown in the United States, to not get to one percent of the population infected. We’re well below that today, but with exponentiation you could get past that three million. I believe we will be able to avoid that with having this economic pain.
Eventually, what we’ll have to have is certificates of who is a recovered person, who’s a vaccinated person, because you don’t want people moving around the world where you’ll have some countries that won’t have it under control, sadly. You don’t want to completely block off the ability for people to go there and come back and move around.”
In an April 9, 2020, interview on National Public Radio, Gates returned to the message that some “social distancing” measures have to stay in place “until we get a vaccine that almost everybody’s had.” He said:24
“What I’m saying, what Dr. Anthony Fauci is saying, what some other experts are saying, there’s a great deal of consistency. We’re not sure yet which activities should be resumed, because until we get a vaccine that almost everybody’s had, the risk of a rebound will be there.”
As of January 3, 2021, the CDC had recorded over 20 million COVID-19 cases and nearly 350,000 related deaths.25
Lasting Immunity After Mild, Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infection
A study was published December 24, 2020, in Science Immunology by scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, in which they analyzed antibody and T cell responses in 136 London health care workers and reported that there was evidence of protective immunity up to four months after mild or asymptomatic COVID-19.26
A press release issued by the university stated that mild or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections represent the largest infected group and noted that researchers found T cell responses tended to be higher in those with the classic, defining symptoms of COVID-19, while asymptomatic infection resulted in a weaker T cell immunity than symptomatic infection, but equivalent neutralizing antibody responses.27 One of the researchers commented:28
“Our study of SARS-CoV-2 infection in healthcare workers from London hospitals reveals that four months after infection, around 90 percent of individuals have antibodies to block the virus. Even more encouragingly, in 66 percent of healthcare workers we see levels of these protective antibodies are high and that this robust antibody response is complemented by T cells which we see reacting to various parts of the virus.
This is good news. It means that if you have been infected there is a good chance that you will have developed antibodies and T cells that may provide some protection if you encounter the virus again.”
Fear is a primal biological response to a perceived threat to our survival. Fear triggers momentary paralysis and then a fight or flight reaction before the brain can rationally analyze and calibrate our response to a perceived threat.1
Right now, people around the world are living in fear of being infected or infecting someone else with a new coronavirus that can kill those most vulnerable without warning. Along with confusion and uncertainty, which prolong fear, many of us are traumatized by the authoritarian measures governments have taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that began in China in late 2019.
The “new normal” is disorienting, like we have taken a hit to the gut and then to the head that we didn’t see coming. Maybe that is why so many Americans, who value freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy and the right to work, have given those constitutional rights up, without stopping to think through the ramifications of the larger precedent being set.
We are slowly coming out of shock five months after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control declared a public health emergency on January 31,2 which escalated six weeks later into a social distancing lockdown when the World Health Organization declared a COVID-19 pandemic on March 11.3
Questions About the Lockdown Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
There are lots of questions being asked now about whether the lockdown response to the new coronavirus has matched the threat, questions like:
Why did the U.S. fail to immediately screen people at sea ports and airports for illness as soon as the outbreak was identified in China and got worse in February so they could be quarantined and tested?4,5,6,7,8
At the beginning of the pandemic, why were Americans told masks were useless and to stop buying and wearing them, when now we are told we must wear masks?9,10,11,12
Why were U.S. emergency supply warehouses, which were supposed to be stocked with pandemic preparedness equipment for health care workers, completely empty?13
Why were residents of nursing homes and other crowded medical facilities not effectively screened and tested to make sure the sick were not being housed with the healthy?14,15,16,17
Why did U.S. public health officials persuade lawmakers to almost immediately lockdown and home quarantine most of our population,18 instead of using traditional disease control measures that identify, quarantine and treat the sick?19,20,21,22
Opening Up Conversation About Science, Health and Liberty
As we let go of fear and return to rational thinking, it is opening up a public conversation about science, health and liberty that is going viral, despite attempts by Big Pharma and Big Tech working with governments and mainstream media to censor it.23,24,25,26,27
In the United States of America, we live in a constitutional republic where democratically elected representatives make laws, and state governments are a check and balance on the authority of the federal government.28
American values and beliefs, which have influenced the adoption of human rights in international law,29,30,31,32 are embedded in the 1776 Declaration of Independence33 and codified in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.34
Americans value autonomy and individuality. We believe each person is a unique and independent individual with an inalienable right to life and liberty.35 We value the human right to freedom of thought, expression and belief; freedom of conscience and association; and respect for privacy — all civil liberties that limit the power of government.36
We value equal opportunity for all and mobility within society based on individual initiative and hard work, not on hierarchy, inherited privilege or government permission.37 We are a pragmatic and adaptable people who value the use of common sense and practical solutions to problem solve, achieve and succeed.38
We are a generous people and believe that voluntarily helping others by donating our money and time is a personal choice motivated by charity, not by communal expectation or a legal requirement.39 Above all, we are a self-reliant, optimistic people with an indomitable spirit and faith in our ability to overcome adversity individually and as a nation.40,41,42
Some of the core values, which have shaped our history and defined who we are as a nation, have been put on trial in 2020 because we are paralyzed by fear of a virus that doctors say could be hiding in the breath of every person who comes near us and contaminate everything we touch.43,44
Often described in military and apocalyptic terms as a war for human survival against an “invisible enemy,”45,46,47,48 the authoritarian lockdown approach by governments to the coronavirus pandemic has been framed as a choice between safety and liberty.
In horror, we watched the coronavirus pandemic unfold in February 2020 with Chinese officials either chasing citizens suspected of being infected with the virus into the streets and dragging them away to quarantine camps, or using hammers, nails and blocks of wood to barricade families into their apartments.49,50,51,52
Then, after scientists and U.S. public health officials used mathematical models to warn lawmakers to lock down the U.S. or prepare for between 1.7 and 2.2 million Americans to die of COVID-19,53,54,55 we were filled with an uncommon fear and uncertainty that continues to haunt our lives.
The Fear of Public Spaces and Getting Too Close to Each Other
As most states emerge from months of quarantining people in their homes and shuttering businesses,56 many Americans are still afraid to enter a public space because we are warned over and over again that the invisible enemy will kill us if we don’t stay 6 feet away from each other at all times, even outdoors.57
Parents have been urged not to hug their children if a member in their family has been exposed to the virus.58 In one city, government officials told residents to take photos and report fellow citizens who violate social distancing rules by getting too close to each other outside.59
We see fellow Americans being arrested for not wearing masks60,61 or for walking on deserted beaches,62,63 or for taking their children to empty playgrounds.64,65 Small business owners, who are struggling to feed their families, are being sent to jail for reopening without government permission.66
Food banks are running out of food because families, some who have never stood in a food bank line in their lives, have no other choice.67 It doesn’t feel right, but most of us comply with the new rules, afraid to be the one who gets a dirty look or is yelled at or arrested — or worse — if we don’t comply.
COVID-19 Mortality Estimates Far Exceed Reality
Since the World Health Organization declared a coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and CDC officials predicted it could kill 1.7 million Americans, by May 22, 2020, there had been 335,000 COVID-19 reported deaths among the world’s 7 billion people, with about 96,000 of those deaths reported in the U.S.68
How the death toll would have been affected if global lockdowns had not taken place to try to slow the infection rate and delay population-based herd immunity will be debated for years to come.69
Although the vast majority of COVID-19 infections are thought to be asymptomatic, data show the estimated symptomatic infection-mortality rate in America is currently at most 1.3 %.70,71,72,73 About 90 % of people who die are over 65 years old, with the majority of those people suffering with one or more chronic poor health conditions like heart or lung disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.74
More than 80% of children who die from COVID-19 also suffer with chronic illness and disabilities like immune suppression, obesity, diabetes, seizures, developmental delays and genetic disorders.75,76
We all hope to live long and productive lives, but nobody escapes death and, for some, it comes sooner than expected. The sudden unexpected death of a person for any reason is a tragedy, especially for that person’s family and friends.
The deaths of tens of thousands during this pandemic or any pandemic is a tragedy. The feelings of loss and helplessness are magnified when individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 die alone, separated from their families, denied the comfort of taking their last breath in the company of people they love and who love them.77
Are We Really All in This Together?
Whether the new coronavirus jumped out of an animal in a Chinese live food market78 or escaped from a biohazard lab,79,80 whether the virus kills an estimated 1 to 2% of those symptomatically infected or far less,81 this year billions of people around the world have followed the advice of the World Health Organization, government health agencies and doctors, who tell us that this “invisible common enemy” must be vanquished using any means possible because, collectively, “we are all in this together.”82
Public health officials have persuaded lawmakers to divide the American people into two classes: those who are considered “essential” and allowed to continue working and those who are considered “nonessential” and barred from earning a living.83,84,85,86
Small businesses and services judged to be “nonessential” have been forced to close their doors, including day cares, schools, churches, restaurants, theaters, barber shops and salons, gyms, parks and beaches while, paradoxically, everyone is free to roam through grocery stores, drug stores and big box stores like Walmart, Target and Home Depot, owned by big corporations.
Mass Suffering Generated by Widespread ‘Sheltering in Place’
Tens of millions of healthy Americans have obeyed orders to “shelter in place” and self-quarantine at home for months, sacrificing their jobs and losing their savings,87,88,89 destroying one-third of the small businesses middle class citizens have worked a lifetime to build,90,91 while parts of the travel,92,93,94,95,96 restaurant,97 retail98,99 and personal care industries100 go bankrupt.
By the end of May, there were more than 38 million Americans unemployed, representing almost 24% of the labor force, and most of them are hourly low-wage earners who don’t have savings to pay the rent or buy food while they are out of work.101,102,103
So, the homeless rate in the U.S. is projected to increase by 45% this year, with almost 1 million people homeless by the summer.104 At the same time, Congress is driving up the national debt in an attempt to delay the complete collapse of our economy by using taxpayer money to pay people to stay away from each other.105
Fear of a virus has prevented people sick with heart disease, cancer and other health problems from being treated in hospitals that have been told to only treat patients infected with COVID-19.106,107
Neglected children and battered women have been trapped for months in homes with their abusers, while calls to mental health hotlines from depressed, anxiety-ridden and suicidal children and adults have increased by nearly 900%108,109,110,111 and, in some cities, prison inmates — even those charged with violent crimes — are being released from jail with the justification they should not be exposed to COVID-19.112,113
With our children locked out of classrooms and the faithful blocked from worshiping in churches, synagogues and mosques, fear has stopped most of us from publicly questioning the premise that the price of safety is liberty.114,115,116,117,118,119
Few have challenged the mantra repeated over and over again by doctors and politicians in positions of power that this dystopian reality we are now living in will be the “new normal”120 until we are all tested and everyone is vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccine is available because then, and only then, will it be “safe” for government to give back at least some of the liberty that has been taken from us.121,122,123,124,125
What we have allowed to be done in the name of public health has no parallel in American history or human history.
No Lockdowns for Past Epidemics and Pandemics
The world did not lock down during centuries of epidemics of smallpox, which was a highly contagious virus and had a case fatality rate of 30%.126 Americans did not stop working to prevent epidemics of diphtheria when that contagious disease swept through communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a mortality rate of between 5% and 10% that was even higher for children.127
Societies have not closed businesses and schools to prevent tuberculosis, a contagious disease that spreads the same way as coronavirus and has a case fatality rate still between 20% and 70%.128,129
In 1918, state governors did not order healthy people to shelter in place and put tens of millions of Americans out of work during the Spanish flu pandemic, when that highly contagious H1N1 influenza virus had a case fatality rate of more than 2.5%.130
So, why are the majority of people in educated societies like the U.S. cowering in fear before a virus that does not cause any symptoms or complications in the majority of children and adults under the age of 65, and has a mortality rate of about 1%, which is even lower if all the asymptomatic infections are counted?131
In America, why are we allowing fear to erode cultural values and beliefs that have sustained and defined who we are as a nation for 245 years?
1982: Challenge to Vaccine Science, Policy, Law and Ethics
The profound ramifications of what is happening this year in the name of public health and the slippery slope that has been created is expanding the conversation about science, health and liberty that has been going on for several centuries in academic, philosophical and political circles,132,133,134,135,136,137 but didn’t go public in post-World War II America until 1982, when parents of vaccine injured children challenged the science, policy, law and ethics of mandatory vaccination, the most revered of all medical interventions in the history of public health programs.138
Mothers and fathers, whose children died or were brain injured in the 1970s and ’80s by the crude whole cell pertussis vaccine in DPT, had simple goals: We wanted safer vaccines, more and better quality scientific research to identify those children at high risk for being harmed by vaccination, and the inclusion of informed consent protections in public health policies and laws.139,140,141,142
At first, defensive vaccine manufacturers, public health officials and pediatricians met our request for safer vaccines and better science with anger and dismissal.143 Before Congress passed the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act giving vaccine makers a partial liability shield, but also acknowledging that vaccine safety should be a national priority,144,145 we were patronized. Then, when we refused to go away, we were demonized.146,147,148,149,150
Today, any person who talks about their or their child’s vaccine reaction or criticizes one-size-fits-all vaccine policies is called ignorant.151,152 Any person who points out how low vaccine licensing standards are or how big the long-standing gaps in vaccine safety research are, is accused of being a science denier and slapped with the “anti-vaxxer” label.153,154
If you question the orders of doctors, who believe it is moral to enforce “no exceptions” vaccine laws that sacrifice vaccine vulnerable children in the name of the greater good, you are called “selfish” for defending the ethical principle of informed consent and refusing to offer up your child’s health for herd immunity.155
If you protest against vaccine policies that deny people an education, medical care and employment based on their vaccination status, you are called a danger to society.156 If you criticize information disseminated by the CDC and World Health Organization, you are branded a threat to global health and can be censored on the internet or far worse.157,158,159,160,161
Strategies Creating a ‘New Normal’ During COVID-19 Pandemic
Does this sound familiar? It should, because it is the same rhetoric and political tactics being used during this COVID-19 pandemic to keep the people fearful and compliant.
It is the same strategy that will be used to label you a selfish threat to the public health if you don’t agree to be electronically tagged, tested and tracked by health officials when thousands of COVID-19 “contact tracers” fan out across America to test for COVID-19 infections.162,163,164
It is the same strategy that will be used when you are told you must get an antibody test and obtain an “immunity passport”165 before you are given back your freedom to participate in society — that is until a fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine is licensed and your passport to life and liberty becomes proof you have received a COVID-19 vaccine — perhaps simultaneously delivered and tracked via a microneedle quantum dot tattoo on your skin.166
Will a positive antibody test be accurate167 or does it even matter? Every day, we hear scientists and public health officials arguing about whether or not naturally acquired coronavirus immunity means anything at all,168,169,170,171 while promoting the idea that a COVID-19 vaccine is the only thing that will give us immunity and save us all.172,173
Tomorrow, the “new normal” in America may well include the order to “show me your vaccine papers”174,175 before you can enter a store or restaurant, go to school, attend a football game, get on a plane, train or subway, obtain a driver’s license, be admitted to a hospital or nursing home, get a room at a hotel or walk on a public beach, if health policy and lawmakers do not use common sense to adopt a more balanced approach to dealing with a virus that, so far, has changed everything.176,177,178,179
There is no oversight180 on the decisions we allow scientists and doctors with big titles and even bigger salaries to make decisions for us181,182,183 that can affect the biological integrity of each one of us and profoundly impact the way we live our lives.
Yet, science is not perfect, doctors are not infallible and the risks of having a complication to an infectious disease or a vaccine can be higher or lower depending upon the genes and epigenetic history we inherit, the environments we live in and the life choices we make.184,185,186,187
Health Defined by Absence of Chronic Disease and Disability
The health of a society is not solely measured by the absence of infectious disease but, more importantly, by the absence of chronic disease that destroys quality of life and lowers a nation’s life expectancy because it often leads to premature death.
In America every year, heart disease kills 647,000 people; lung disease kills 160,000; uncontrolled hypertension and stroke kills 146,000, and diabetes kills 83,000 people,188 while millions more suffer cancer189 and other types of immune and brain disorders.190
America has the worst life expectancy,191 the worst infant mortality192 and maternal mortality193 rates and the highest prevalence of chronic illness and disability194 of all developed nations in the world, even though we have one of the most highly vaccinated populations in the world,195 with over 94% of school children having received dozens of doses of vaccines for the past three decades.196,197
Today only 4 adults in 10 are considered healthy, while over 50% have one chronic disease and 30% suffer with two or more.198 An astonishing 25% of all children have a chronic poor health condition199 such as asthma, epilepsy, food allergies, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune disorders, developmental delays, autism, anxiety and depression and diabetes.200
In fact, chronic disease marked by unresolved inflammation in the body201,202 is the No. 1 cause of death and disability in America and is responsible for most of the annual $3.5 trillion spent on health care.203 It is an epidemic that is crippling and killing far more people than COVID-19 or any other pandemic in our history.
U.S. public health officials have no explanation for why the majority of Americans are sick, except to blame the people for making themselves sick by smoking and drinking too much, eating junk food and not getting enough exercise or sleep.204
COVID-19 Mortality in U.S. Impacted by Multiple Failures
Whether or not you buy that explanation, the fact that over 160 million people in our population are afflicted with chronic poor health may be at least one reason why there have been more COVID-19 related deaths reported in the U.S. than any other country.
That, along with the fact that on March 24, the CDC told doctors and coroners to list COVID-19 as the official cause of death for a person, even if that person had one or more chronic health conditions or had never been tested for COVID-19.205
Mortality from COVID-19 in the U.S. has also been impacted by the systematic neglect of well-funded federal health agencies like the CDC and BARDA.206,207 The government was caught totally unprepared for an influenza-like pandemic, despite Congress and three Administrations appropriating billions of dollars to federal health agencies since 2006 to prepare for a pandemic just like this one.208
Instead, warehouses were left empty without emergency supplies of masks, gowns and gloves for health care workers209 and without diagnostic tests, equipment and therapeutic agents to help patients survive complications associated with an epidemic of a viral respiratory disease like coronavirus.210
That is because federal health agencies, which have forged public-private business partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry,211 have given most of the money Congress handed them for pandemic planning to drug companies to build new vaccine manufacturing plants and produce more vaccines for the national stockpile.212,213
As the World Health Organization, the CDC, businessman Bill Gates and NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci keep telling us, using lots of vaccines is the best way to stay healthy and fast-tracking a COVID-19 vaccine to market is the only way the world will ever be a safe place to live again.214,215,216
Pharma, Governments Cut Corners to Develop COVID-19 Vaccines
So, global pharmaceutical and biotech companies are now developing over 100 experimental COVID-19 vaccines, with a handful leading the race after being given billions of dollars in funding from the U.S. government, the Gates Foundation and other organizations.217,218
Some of these coronavirus vaccines being created by scientists will use as yet unlicensed DNA, messenger RNA and nanoparticle technology, oil-based adjuvants and electricity, to genetically manipulate and hyperstimulate strong inflammatory immune responses in the body.219,220
Some companies are skipping animal trials,221 which are an important part of the vaccine licensing process to answer questions about whether COVID-19 vaccines could cause neurological reactions or more severe coronavirus infections in vaccinated animals, or fail to work at all. These are only a few of the short and long term problems that could have devastating consequences for humans being vaccinated.
Some companies are cutting corners by conducting Phase 1, 2 and 3 trials simultaneously, but will they investigate whether half of U.S. adults and a quarter of children suffering with chronic illness are at increased risk for adverse responses to the new COVID-19 vaccines BEFORE they are licensed and mandated?
Other vaccine manufacturers want the green light to deliberately infect human clinical trial subjects with COVID-19 to see how well an experimental vaccine works.222
Enthusiastic “bioethicists” are jumping on board to help advance this type of “new normal” in vaccine research, but parents of vaccine injured children are logically asking why it is ethical to intentionally infect humans with a new virus in a clinical trial when for decades public health officials have insisted that it is absolutely unethical to conduct a prospective clinical trial comparing health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated children to determine whether vaccines are harming far more than “one in a million.”223,224
So, while we are being ordered to obey new rules that require us to give up our constitutional and human rights, drug companies and government health officials are violating old rules that govern ethics and the scientific method for proving that vaccines are safe and effective.225
Jacobson v. Massachusetts: A Ruling With Tragic Consequences
Science is not perfect, doctors are not infallible and vaccines carry risks that can be greater for some than others, which is why voluntary vaccination should have been unanimously upheld in the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.226
Instead, the majority sitting on that high court more than a century ago viewed the notoriously reactive smallpox vaccine as a sacred cow and medical doctors as infallible so they could affirm the constitutional authority of state legislatures to mandate smallpox vaccinations during outbreaks. The court said:
“The matured opinions of medical men everywhere, and the experience of mankind, as all must know, negative the suggestion that it is not possible in any case to determine whether vaccination is safe.”
Using bad logic and bad science while leaning heavily on the pseudo-ethic of utilitarianism, state governments were given the green light to legally require vaccination based on a “common belief” that vaccination is safe and effective, rather than proven fact.
Piously waving the greater good flag to justify throwing civil liberties out the door, the court majority ruled that citizens do not have a legal right to be free at all times because there are “manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subjected for the common good.”
The Court said that state legislatures can exercise police power to restrict or eliminate civil liberties, including freedom of religion, during public health emergencies in order to “secure the general comfort, health and prosperity of the state.”
But the justices also warned that mandatory vaccination laws should not be forced on a person whose physical condition would make vaccination “cruel and inhuman to the last degree.” They said:
“We are not to be understood as holding that the statute was intended to be applied in such a case or, if it was so intended, that the judiciary would not be competent to interfere and protect the health and life of the individual concerned. ‘All laws,’ this Court has said, “should receive a sensible construction.”
One academic activist attorney has said that the 1905 Jacobson ruling “is often regarded as the most important judicial decision in public health.”227 That is not an overstatement because, in 1927, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes used it to issue a eugenics ruling in Buck v. Bell that affirmed the constitutional authority of Virginia to forcibly sterilize a young woman mistakenly judged by state officials to be mentally retarded.228
Justice Holmes declared, “The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the fallopian tubes,” leading the way for mass sterilization of tens of thousands of Americans that doctors and government officials judged to be genetically defective, or morally unfit or otherwise a threat to the public health during the 1920s and ’30s.229
This is the tragic legacy of Jacobson v. Masschusetts,230 an immoral utilitarian ruling that public health officials cling to in order to justify legally requiring people to use vaccines that carry a risk of injury or death and applying societal punishments for refusing to do it.231,232
State Legislators Primarily Make Most Public Health Laws
During this time of fear and confusion, the Jacobson ruling also reminds us that it is democratically elected representatives in state legislatures who make public health laws governing people living in different states. That is because what is not defined in the U.S. Constitution as a federal activity is reserved for the states, which is an important check on federal government power.
Elected lawmakers in your state can choose to mandate a few or many vaccines with or without exemptions, while the federal government has the authority to mandate vaccinations for people entering the U.S. or crossing state borders.233
It was this understanding that prompted NVIC in 2010 to launch our free online Advocacy Portal at NVICAdvocacy.org that monitors proposed vaccine-related legislation and helps Americans educate lawmakers so flexible medical, religious and conscience vaccine exemptions can be secured and protected in public health laws.
Despite aggressive lobbying efforts by vaccine manufacturers, public health officials and medical trade groups, until 2020, vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights have been successfully defended in multiple states over the past decade, even though California, New York and several other states have taken those rights away.234
Now, it looks like voluntary vaccination will be on the line in every state as the Vaccine Culture War,235 which is the tip of the spear in a much larger culture war about values and beliefs going on in this and many other countries in the 21st century, is brought home to every person and every community in America.
Contact Your Legislators Now and Vote in November
You have an opportunity, right now, to contact your elected representatives and let them know how you feel about protecting civil liberties and vaccine informed consent rights in your state. Sign up to use NVIC’s Advocacy Portal to defend voluntary vaccine choices.
And, when you go to the polls November 4, 2020, think hard about who you are voting for and why. If you don’t like the response to the COVID-19 pandemic that your governor or other elected representatives have made, your vote in this and every election beyond this one could affect whether America will continue to value liberty or throw it away.
Because if the state can tag, track down and force individuals to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
Be the one who never has to say you did not do today what you could have done to change tomorrow. It’s your health, your family, your choice, and our mission continues: No forced vaccination. Not in America.
Note: This commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers. The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) told Americans on April 1, 2020 that modeling reports suggested COVID-19 infections could eventually “kill 100,000 to 240,000 Americans,”1,2,3 which was considerably less than the worst case 1.7 million mortality figure the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) talked about on March 13,4 and a fraction of the doomsday 2.2 million mortality figure projected by a scientist at Imperial College London.5,6
The next day, Fauci called for an all-state nationwide lockdown7 and CDC officials instructed Americans to cover their faces with cloth masks if they have to leave their homes to buy food or seek medical care.8
On April 6, University of Washington modeling experts, who influenced the setting of current federal and state “social distancing” policies, lowered U.S. COVID-19 mortality estimates from the worst case 162,000 fatalities they predicted on March 26 to about 82,000 deaths.9,10
Two days later, on April 8, they lowered U.S. mortality estimates even further to 60,415 deaths by August 4, but included the caveat “assuming full social distancing through May 2020.”11 With the U.S. economy in meltdown, Dr. Fauci warned that, until a COVID-19 vaccine is available, we have to prepare for a new normal. He said:12
“If back to normal means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don’t think that is going to happen until we have a situation where you can completely protect the population.
If you want to get to pre-coronavirus, that might never happen in the sense of the fact that the threat is there, but I believe with the therapies that will be coming online and the fact that I feel confident that over a period of time, we will get a good vaccine, we will never have to get back to where we are right now.”
COVID-19 Deaths by the Numbers
By April 12, 2020, there had been nearly 22,000 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the U.S. population of 325 million people and over 110,000 deaths in a global population of 7.8 billion people.13
According to the CDC, most cases are asymptomatic or mild, including in children,14 unless an individual has an underlying chronic health problem like asthma, obesity, diabetes, autoimmunity, immune suppression, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart disease.15,16,17,18
There are large mortality variations among different countries and similar wide variations in mortality among populations living in different states in the U.S.19
At least one study published on April 5 has found that air pollution subjecting individuals to long term exposure to fine matter particulates greatly increases the risk for death from COVID-19, noting that, “The majority of the pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases that are affected by long-term exposure to air pollution.”20
A small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 [fine particulate matter] leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rate, with the magnitude of increase 20 times that observed for PM2.5 and all-cause mortality. The study results underscore the importance of continuing to enforce existing air pollution regulations to protect human health both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
A March 30 report in The Lancet estimated the overall case fatality ratio in China has been 1.38%, but is substantially higher in those over 60 years old.21 Recent published data from the CDC also confirms that mortality in the U.S. is much higher among senior citizens over age 65, rising to 10% to 27% for those over age 85.22
The CDC continues to state that individuals at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 infection are those over age 65 and “people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled.”23
US COVID-19 Mortality Statistics: Science or Assumptions?
On March 24, the director of Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) operated by the CDC issued a COVID-19 memo alert with Q&A instructions informing doctors and coroners that “a newly-introduced ICD code [UO7.1 COVID-19] has been implemented to accurately capture mortality data for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on death certificates.” When determining the underlying cause of death listed on the death certificate, the memo states that:
“The underlying cause [of death] depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”
CDC officials make it clear that on cases where the death certificate indicates uncertainty about the cause of death, there will likely be no follow up and the death will be listed as COVID-19:
“If a death certificate reports terms such as ‘probable COVID-19’ or ‘likely COVID-19,’ these terms would be assigned the new ICD code [UO7.1 COVID-19]. It is not likely that NCHS will follow up on these cases.”
Finally, answering the question, “Should COVID-19 be reported on the death certificate only with a confirmed test?” the CDC’s memo emphasizes that lab confirmation of COVID-19 is unnecessary to list the cause of death as COVID-19 on the death certificate:
“COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.”
In an April 9 NBC Today Show interview, Dr. Fauci was asked whether some deaths are being falsely counted as COVID-19 deaths when they are really due to other causes. He replied:24
“There’s absolutely no evidence that that’s the case at all. I think it falls under the category of something that’s been unfortunate — conspiracy theories that we hear about every time we have a crisis of any sort.
There’s always this popping up of conspiracy theories. I think the deaths that we’re seeing are coronavirus deaths and the other deaths are not being counted as coronavirus deaths … I think there’s more of a chance of missing some that are really coronavirus deaths not being counted.”
Economic and Social Meltdown Continues
More than two months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 in China as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,”25 which was followed the next day by the CDC’s January 31 declaration of a national Public Health Emergency in the U.S.,26 it appears that the government’s pandemic planning efforts spanning four decades failed to prepare federal and state health agencies to respond quickly,27,28,29,30,31 despite federal legislation32 that ensured substantial annual congressional appropriations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) since 2006 for pandemic planning.33,34
Right now, COVID-19 testing kits are slowly rolling into the states but in limited quantities,35,36 and health care workers are continuing to report critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies.37,38,39
With almost every state government following federal guidelines and either requesting or ordering residents to quarantine themselves at home — whether they are healthy or sick — families are facing unprecedented economic losses.40
On April 3, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported huge declines in employment in the leisure and hospitality industries — mainly in food and beverage — but also in health care, social assistance, professional and business services, retail trade, and construction.41
Unemployment in the U.S. rose by almost a full percentage point to 4.4%, the largest over-the-month rate increase since 1975, with the number of unemployed persons rising from 1.4 million to 7.1 million in March. The BLS report said the sharp unemployment increases reflects the “efforts to contain” the coronavirus in the U.S.
Lower income families without savings and dependent upon hourly wages and part-time work in service professions are hit especially hard.42 Understaffed social service support systems are struggling to cope with significant increases in depression, spousal and child abuse, and calls to suicide hotlines.43,44,45
However, some scientists,46,47 doctors48 and politicians49 want quarantines to stay in effect beyond April 31, even though the managing director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva warned on April 9 that the economic fallout of shutdowns is approaching that of the Great Depression.50
We are still faced with extraordinary uncertainty about the depth and duration of this crisis. It is already clear, however, that global growth will turn sharply negative in 2020, as you can see in our World Economic Outlook. In fact, we anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression.
Bill Gates Calls for 10-Week Nationwide Shutdown
In an OpEd in The Washington Post published March 31, Microsoft founder and philanthropist social reformer Bill Gates called for a nationwide federally enforced quarantine for all states that would last “10 weeks or more:”
“Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus. The country’s leaders need to be clear: Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere. Until the case numbers start to go down across America — which could take 10 weeks or more — no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown.”51,52
Several days earlier in a TED interview, Gates talked about how the strict social distancing and quarantine measures in place in the U.S. are designed to prevent a majority of the U.S. population from being infected with and recovering from COVID-19, which confers natural immunity and contributes to herd immunity in human populations.
He also stated there will be a need for people to have “certificates” that prove they have either recovered from the infection or have been vaccinated once a vaccine is produced. He said:53
“Now we don’t want to have a lot of recovered people, you know. To be clear, we’re trying through the shutdown in the United States, to not get to one percent of the population infected. We’re well below that today, but with expotentiation you could get past that three million. I believe we will be able to avoid that with having this economic pain.
Eventually, what we’ll have to have is certificates of who is a recovered person, who’s a vaccinated person, because you don’t want people moving around the world where you’ll have some countries that won’t have it under control, sadly. You don’t want to completely block off the ability for people to go there and come back and move around.”
Fauci Agrees: COVID-19 Natural Herd Immunity Not Wanted
At a White House briefing of the Coronavirus Task Force held April 6, Dr. Fauci confirmed that strict social distancing and quarantine measures are at least partially in place to prevent populations from developing natural herd immunity. He said:54
“One issue that’s going to be important and it has to do with somewhat of a comparison, for example, with influenza. We go through multiple cycles of influenza [and] there’s always a degree of background immunity in a population.
That will ultimately happen [with COVID-19] if we get a situation where we get back to normal. Now, I hope we don’t have so many people infected that we actually have that herd immunity, but I think it would have to be different than it is right now.”
In an April 9 interview on National Public Radio (NPR), Bill Gates returned to the message that some “social distancing” measures have to stay in place “until we get a vaccine that almost everybody’s had.” He said:
“What I’m saying, what Dr. [Anthony] Fauci is saying, what some other experts are saying, there’s a great deal of consistency. We’re not sure yet which activities should be resumed, because until we get a vaccine that almost everybody’s had, the risk of a rebound will be there …
As we follow the numbers into May and see if we can get them down to a very low level, then in parallel, this debate about which things have benefits to society and can be formatted so the infection risk is very low, which things should we resume? I do think manufacturing, construction, a lot of things we’ll do, but large public gatherings may have to wait until we have that vaccine.”
Governments Make Fast-Tracked COVID-19 Vaccines Main Priority
Immediately after the January 30 WHO declaration that a novel coronavirus outbreak in China posed a “public health emergency of international concern,” press releases were issued by the Gates Foundation55 and World Health Organization (WHO)56 informing the world that experimental coronavirus vaccines already in development would be put on a fast track to licensure for global use.
On March 9, WHO released its COVID-19 R&D roadmap that, according to BioWorld, had been endorsed by “400 experts” and included funding from the European Commission (37.5 million euros), German government (10 million euros) and an additional 46 million euros from the U.K. government, with 20 million euros going directly to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) for vaccine development.
CEPI committed $100 million to speed up licensure of COVID-19 vaccines but said it was trying to raise $2 billion more to speed vaccines to market.57
The WHO’s R&D plan stated there was an “urgent need” to fill in scientific knowledge gaps about the “basic biology” of COVID-19 infection and clinical evolution of COVID-19 and its epidemiology, as well as the need to develop appropriate animal models for research because some previous SARS and MERS vaccine studies in animals showed enhanced respiratory disease can occur in vaccinated animals after exposure to the live virus.
The WHO roadmap stated, “Evaluating the potential for enhanced disease in humans is critical before [vaccines] can be assessed through larger-scale studies.”58 By mid-March and early April, the WHO, National Institutes of Health,59 universities,60 and global pharmaceutical corporations61 had announced development of more than 50 experimental COVID-19 vaccines.62,63
Using vitamin and supplement therapies or currently licensed prescription drugs64,65,66,67,68,69 has taken a back seat to an aggressive push to keep restrictive “social distancing” measures in place until fast tracked experimental vaccines are licensed.70,71,72
Maintaining that the only solution to dealing with the new coronavirus is universal use of a new vaccine,73,74 this single solution approach guarantees even bigger profits in the exploding global vaccine market that has doubled over the past decade from $20 billion in 201075 to $42 billion in 2018.76 Dominated by the U.K.’s GlaxoSmithKline, France’s Sanofi and U.S. drug giants Merck and Pfizer, the vaccine market is projected to double again by 2026 to over $93 billion.77
There are already reports from Wall Street predicting big gains in biotech stocks based on multiple companies developing COVID-19 vaccines and new drugs.78
One company, Moderna, which is partnering with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) headed by Dr. Fauci, has seen a 78% increase in its stock price since it announced in February that its experimental messenger RNA vaccine was ready for clinical trials.79 The company’s CEO has become a new billionaire overnight.80
Big Pharma Getting More Money to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines
Responding to the call by public health officials to lockdown the U.S. with in-home quarantines, Congress passed the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 that will cost American taxpayers over $2 trillion. The federal legislation includes $27 billion for development of COVID-19 vaccines, drug therapies and purchase of pandemic medical supplies.
The legislation did not include a cap placed on how much money drug companies can charge and profits they can make on the COVID-19 vaccines and drug therapies they develop with the use of money from the government. Already, there are questions being raised about just how far the price gouging will go when those COVID-19 drugs and vaccines are licensed by the FDA and recommended by the CDC.81
On March 30, the DHHS Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response announced that the government is taking steps to “speed the development and manufacturing of vaccines to prevent COVID-19.”82
The same day, Johnson & Johnson issued a press release stating that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) had awarded J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies $1 billion to establish new U.S. vaccine manufacturing capabilities and additional production capacity outside the U.S and produce a global supply of more than 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine using AdVac® and PER.C6® technologies.83
J&J plans to initiate human clinical studies in September 2020 and deliver the first batches of vaccine for emergency use authorization in early 2021.84
BARDA was created by Congress in 2006 under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act,85 legislation that has given billions of dollars to DHHS since then to develop “bioterrorism” and pandemic influenza vaccines.86 That federal legislation also removed all civil liability from pharmaceutical companies for injuries and deaths caused by vaccines and drugs manufactured in response to declared public health emergencies, such as pandemics.87
According to a March 30 Reuters report, Moderna, Inc. “also signed a deal with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the DHHS. The arrangements are part of the federal government’s effort to encourage drugmakers to be able to produce massive amounts of COVID-19 vaccines even before any are proven to work.”88
Earlier in March, the NIAID headed by Dr. Fauci issued a press release on March 16 announcing that a Phase1 human clinical trial conducted by Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle has begun to evaluate an experimental mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 (mRNA-1273) co-developed by NIAID scientists and scientists at Moderna, Inc, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) helped fund the manufacturing of the vaccine for the Phase 1 clinical trial.89
Moderna and NIAID are conducting human trials of the experimental mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine without first conducting animal trials, which has always been an important part of the vaccine licensing process.90 On March 30, Moderna stated that its COVID-19 vaccine might be ready for emergency use in some people, including healthcare workers, by the fall of 2020:91
“The Company further reported that while a commercially-available vaccine is not likely to be available for at least 12-18 months, it is possible that under emergency use, a vaccine could be available to some people, possibly including healthcare professionals, in the fall of 2020.
Any emergency use would be subject to authorization by the appropriate regulatory agencies, based on the emergence of clinical data for mRNA-1273 that would support use of the vaccine prior to licensure.”
An April 3 Philadelphia Inquirer article trumpeting that “Coronavirus has created a new golden age for vaccines and Philly is at the heart of it,”92 pointed out at least part of the heavy financial investments the U.S. government has made in vaccine development through BARDA since 2006:
“When the original BioShield funding ran out, Congress began a series of annual appropriations totaling about $1.5 billion a year to fund BARDA vaccine development efforts and to build up the emergency medical stockpile. A special $5 billion was appropriated for the multinational Ebola virus fight in 2015.
The [March 2020] CARES Act has multiplied those resources, splitting $27 billion between rebuilding the depleted medical stockpile and BARDA vaccine funding — on top of $6 billion appropriated for those purposes in the first anti-coronavirus bills last winter.”
Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines Using Eight Different Platforms
Coronaviruses are a group of diverse, single-stranded, enveloped RNA viruses that cause a wide range of respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurologic illnesses with varying severity in animals and humans.
Most coronaviruses, including those causing the common cold, are not associated with significant mortality, with the exception of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), which emerged in China in 2002, and the coronavirus causing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), which was identified in Jordan and Saudi Arabia in 2012.93 COVID-19 is referred to in the medical literature as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) or COVID-19.94
Drug companies and government agencies racing to be the first to license a COVID-19 vaccine, are using different technology platforms to create experimental vaccines: inactivated virus; attenuated virus; protein subunit; virus-like particle, DNA, RNA and non-replicating vector.95 Traditional vaccines contain attenuated or inactivated viruses and bacteria or proteins, as well as adjuvants, such as aluminum, to stimulate an immune response that produces artificial immunity.
For example, older viral vaccines for smallpox and measles vaccine contain live attenuated viruses; injectable influenza vaccines contain inactivated viruses; the recombinant hepatitis B virus vaccine is a protein subunit vaccine, while the newer human papillomavirus (HPV) virus vaccine contains virus like particles.
For the past two decades, researchers have been experimenting with new technology platforms, notably ones that introduce foreign DNA and RNA into cells of the body, to develop experimental vaccines for SARS, MERS, HIV and other diseases but, so far, none have been proven effective and safe for humans.96
DNA and mRNA Vaccines: Flying Blind Into Uncharted Territory
Gene-based vaccines encode a viral protein from a pathogen (like COVID-19) in human DNA or mRNA. DNA vaccines deliver pieces of DNA into human cells to stimulate the immune system to create antibodies specific to pathogenic proteins without causing disease.
DNA vaccines require no culture or fermentation for production and no refrigeration after production because they are made in a lab using synthetic processes, and can be produced in large quantities for less money than traditional vaccines.97
Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines inject human cells with mRNA, usually within lipid nanoparticles, to stimulate cells in the body to become manufacturers of viral proteins.98,99
In March 2020, a virologist at Imperial College London told Chemistry World that one advantage of using mRNA technology to make vaccines for humans is that, “Rather than generating proteins in a manufacturing plant and purifying them, you are getting the muscle to do the job and make the protein itself.”100
Like DNA vaccines, mRNA vaccines can be produced in the lab using faster and less expensive process than traditional vaccines. RNA vaccines can be delivered with syringes, nasal spray or needle-free into the skin (patches).
Although neither DNA or mRNA vaccines have been tested in large-scale clinical trials, an April 3 article in Chemical and Engineering News highlights the breakneck speed at which COVID-19 vaccines “are moving new technologies from the computer and into the clinic at an unprecedented rate.” What should be separate pre-licensure phases for proving safety and effectiveness — preclinical animal models, clinical testing, and manufacturing — are now “happening all at once.”101
“It’s like building an airplane when you are flying,” said Inovio Pharmaceuticals CEO Joseph Kim.
“They have been described as the vaccines of the future,” says Dan Barouch, director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “However, they have not yet been pressure-tested … The COVID crisis is a great opportunity for those technologies to be pushed.”
“It will be the first time that they will be tested in so many people,” says Wim Tiest, a former vaccine developer at GlaxoSmithKline now heading up a COVID-19 program at the Belgian mRNA vaccine company eTheRNA Immunotherapies.
But will spending lots of money to cut corners and speed up licensing of COVID-19 vaccines using experimental DNA and mRNA technology — or other types of new technology — end up putting millions of people at risk for vaccine failures and reactions leading to chronic illness?
There are nagging questions about DNA102 and mRNA103 vaccine platforms and they are not trivial. According to a 2011 article in Harvard College Global Health Review, DNA vaccine safety concerns include such potential side effects as:104
“chronic inflammation because the vaccine continually stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies”
“possible integration of plasmid DNA into the body’s host genome, resulting in mutations, problems with DNA replication, triggering of autoimmune responses, and activation of cancer-causing genes”
According to researchers at University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, mRNA vaccines also have potential safety issues:105
Local and systemic inflammation
Stimulation of auto-reactive antibodies
Induction of a potent type 1 inteferon responses, which have been associated with inflammation and potential autoimmunity
Presence of extracellular RNA, which may contribute to edema and pathogenic thrombus formation (blood clots)
Top COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates Being Tested
Following is a selection of companies identified by MarketWatch that are among those leading the race to be the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine licensed for global use:106,107
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (US) — Inovio’s COVID-19 vaccine (INO-4800) is a DNA vaccine that will be tested in 30 clinical trials in the U.S., China and South Korea in April 2020. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Inovio has partnered with Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute, Ology Bioservices, Inc. and Beijing Advaccine Biotechnology Co. in China108 with plans to have 1 million doses of the vaccine ready for further trials or “emergency use” by the end of 2020.
Inovio received a $5M grant from the Gates Foundation to test a delivery device for INO-4800 and a $9M grant from CEPI to accelerate development of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In partnership with Florida-based Ology Bioservices, Inc, Inovio secured an $11.9-million contract with the Department of Defense for upcoming clinical trials and potential manufacturing of the vaccine for military personnel in the future.109 Describing Inovio’s DNA vaccine, Precision Vaccinations states:110
“This one-of-a-kind platform delivers optimized DNA into cells, where it is translated into proteins that activate an individual’s immune system to generate a robust targeted T cell and antibody response.
CELLECTRA uses a brief electrical pulse to open small pores in the cell reversibly to allow the plasmids to enter. Once inside the cell, the plasmids begin replicating, thereby strengthening the body’s own natural response mechanisms.”
Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (U.S.) — J&J is working with BARDA, which has awarded the company $1 billion, to develop on an adenovirus vectored COVID-19 vaccine using J&J’s Advac technology and PER.C6111 (cell line derived by transformation of embryonic retinal epithelial cells with human adenovirus type 5 E1 region gene) for production.
Phase 1 clinical trials of the J&J vaccine are scheduled for September 2020 and the company is planning to have investigational doses of vaccine available for “emergency use” by early 2021.
Moderna, Inc. (U.S.) — In partnership with the NIAID, Moderna’s mRNA vaccine is being tested on adults in Phase 1 clinical trials in Seattle with funding from NIAID, BARDA and CEPI. Moderna plans to have vaccine doses available for “emergency use” by the end of 2020.
Pfizer, Inc. (U.S.) and BioNTech (Germany) — In a joint venture with BioNTech, Pfizer will develop and distribute an mRNA vaccine produced by BioNTech (BNT-162), expected to enter clinical testing by the end of April 2020 in Germany and the U.S. BioNTech is also testing the vaccine in collaboration with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group in China.
Dynavax Technologies Corp. (U.S.) and Clover Biopharmaceuticals (China) — China’s Clover Biopharmaceuticals has developed a protein-based subunit coronavirus vaccine candidate (COVID-19 S-Trimer) and Dynavax, a California based biotech company, is providing technical expertise and the company’s proprietary toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) agonist adjuvant, CpG 1018 for use in Clover’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Dynavax’s CpG 1018 is a synthetic oligonucleotide adjuvant that is used in recombinant hepatitis B vaccine Heplisav-B. Dynavax is also collaborating with Australia’s University of Queensland as part of a CEPI initiative to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
GlaxoSmithKline plc (U.K.) and Clover Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (China) — GSK has an AS03 vaccine adjuvant system platform that it is making available to Australia’s University of Queensland and to Clover Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a Chinese biotechnology company that will use GSK’s AS03 adjuvant in combination with a COVID-19 S-Trimer vaccine. S-Trimer is a trimeric SARS-CoV-2 spike (S)-protein subunit vaccine candidate.
Sanofi SA (France) — Sanofi is working with BARDA to use its recombinant DNA platform to test a preclinical vaccine candidate for SARS to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine. In 2017, Sanofi acquired Protein Sciences, which had been developing a SARS vaccine.
Novavax, Inc. (U.S.) — Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate (NVX-CoV2373) is a stable, prefusion protein made using Novavax’s proprietary nanoparticle technology and the company’s proprietary Matrix-M™ adjuvant will be incorporated into it to stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies.112
According to Novavax, Matrix-M is a sanponin-based adjuvant that contains purified saponin fractions mixed with synthetic cholesterol and a phospholipid to form stable particles that stimulate a strong immune response and “enhancing antigen presentation in the local lymph nodes.”113
Novavax has received $4 million from CEPI to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and Emergent Biosolutions, Inc. has indicated it would support contract development and manufacturing of the vaccine. The company plans to start Phase 1 clinical studies by June.
CureVac AG (Germany) — CureVac, a German biotech company, which has received 80 million euros in funding from the European Commission, has developed an mRNA vaccine for COVID-19. It is planning to test the vaccine in human clinical trials (Phase 1 and Phase 2) this summer and wants to skip Phase 3 trials so the vaccine can be on the market by this fall.114
Vaxart, Inc. (U.S.) — Vaxart is a California based biotech company that has a partnership with Emergent Biosolutions, InC to develop Vaxart’s oral COVID-19 candidate. Based on Vaxart’s proprietary VAAST platform, the vaccine is a room temperature stable tablet that is swallowed and provides mucosal immunity.
Sweden Refused to Lockdown — Sweden, a country with a population of 10 million people, refused to lockdown its country because of COVID-19 despite heavy criticism.
Although Sweden requested its citizens to stay home if sick and practice social distancing when possible, the government did not close businesses, primary schools, restaurants, shops, gyms and recreational facilities, which has prevented the country from suffering the kind of economic meltdown being experienced by most other countries.115
As of April 10, 2020, Sweden has reported 870 deaths from COVID-19 and the nation’s public health agency reported that the numbers of confirmed infections are dropping.
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health are working with a biotech company to quickly start clinical trials of an experimental messenger RNA vaccine and fast track it to licensure.1 The FDA has not yet licensed messenger RNA vaccines that use part of the RNA of a virus to manipulate the body’s immune system into stimulating a potent immune response.2,3
It looks like the coronavirus vaccine will be the first genetically engineered messenger RNA vaccine to be fast tracked to licensure, just like Gardasil was the first genetically engineered virus-like particle vaccine to be fast tracked to licensure.4,5
There likely will be lots of questions about whether the fast-tracked coronavirus vaccine was studied long enough to adequately demonstrate safety, especially for people who have trouble resolving strong inflammatory responses in their bodies and may be at greater risk for vaccine reactions.6,7,8,9,10
However, there is no question about what will happen if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)11,12 recommends that all Americans get the newly licensed coronavirus vaccine.
The government has a national vaccine plan. It is a plan designed to make sure you, your child and everyone in America gets every dose of every vaccine that government officials recommend now and in the future.
1986 to 1996: Establishing and Creating the Plan
Established under the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act during the Reagan Administration,13 the plan didn’t really get traction until Congress funded the Vaccines for Children program in 1993 under the Clinton administration14,15 and gave the Department of Health and Human Services authority to fund a network of state-based electronic vaccine tracking registries16 that can monitor the vaccination histories of children without the informed consent of their parents.
In 1995, then Secretary of Health Donna Shalala used rule-making authority to authorize the Social Security Administration to disclose the Social Security number of every baby born in the country to state governments without parental consent.17
Federal officials explained that “public health program uses of the Social Security numbers would include, but are not limited to, establishing immunization registries” and that new routine use of Social Security numbers would help the government operate “a national network of coordinated statewide immunization registries.”18
By 1996, when Congress established a national Electronic Health Records (EHR) system under HIPPA,19 the stage had been set for a government-operated electronic surveillance system to monitor the personal medical records and vaccination status of all Americans.20,21,22,23
The justification for this big data grab by the government, which clearly violated the privacy of Americans, was to “protect the public by reducing disease.”
Nationwide Electronic Health Records and Vaccine Tracking
Today, the nationwide federally funded Electronic Health Records system captures the details of every visit you make to a doctor’s office, hospital, pharmacy, laboratory or other medical facility; every medical diagnosis you get; every drug you have been prescribed and every vaccine you accept or refuse.
Your Electronic Health Record can be accessed not only by government health agencies like the Social Security Administration, Medicaid and federal and state health and law enforcement agencies,24,25 but also can be shared with authorized third parties such as doctors, health insurance companies, HMOs and other corporations, hospitals, labs, nursing homes and medical researchers.26,27,28
A new Health Information Exchange29,30,31 initiative funded by the government will make it even easier for computerized health and vaccine records databases to tag, track down and sanction Americans who do not go along with the National Vaccine Plan in the future.32,33,34,35,36,37,38
What Happened to the Duty to Prevent Adverse Reactions?
Ironically, when Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to create the National Vaccine Program in the 1986 Act, federal health officials were told to put together a plan to “achieve optimal prevention of human infectious diseases through immunization and to achieve optimal prevention against adverse reactions to vaccines.”39
The plan was not supposed to focus solely on vaccine development and promotion but to equally focus on preventing vaccine reactions. Yet, in the very first 1994 National Vaccine Plan only four out of 25 “objectives” and only two out of 14 anticipated “outcomes” addressed preventing vaccine reactions.40
The 2010 version of the Plan41 also largely ignored the legal duty of HHS to conduct vaccine safety research to fill in long standing knowledge gaps and take steps to make vaccines and vaccine policies less likely to cause harm.42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52
Looking back, it appears Congress was not really committed to funding research and creating substantive initiatives to reduce vaccine risks, regardless of what was stated in the 1986 Act, or there would been congressional oversight and federal agencies would have been directed to follow the law rather than ignore it for more than 30 years.53
Government’s Vaccine Marketing Plan for Big Pharma
Instead, government agencies have brazenly forged lucrative public private business partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment to:
Develop many new vaccines54,55,56,57
Increase public demand for vaccines58
Raise vaccination rates among children to nearly 100%59
Create and expand electronic vaccine tracking registries60,61,62,63,64
Promote global vaccination programs,65,66 even though the primary purpose of the 1986 Act was to reduce vaccine reactions and protect the U.S. childhood vaccine supply,67 not fund and expand global vaccination programs
In fact, federal health officials accurately characterize the U.S. vaccination system in the 21st century as a business. A decade ago they admitted that “The 2010 National Vaccine Plan provides a vision for the U.S. vaccine and immunization enterprise for the next decade.”68
That’s because they know the National Vaccine Plan is really a Vaccine Marketing Plan for the pharmaceutical industry.69,70,71,72
So, if you are wondering why many states are trying to pass laws eliminating all vaccine exemptions and mandate every vaccine the pharmaceutical industry produces and the CDC recommends,73,74,75,76 you don’t have to look any further than the government’s well-financed National Vaccine Plan.
Implementation of the Plan Accelerated in 2011
Implementation of the Plan was accelerated in 2011 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared FDA licensed vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” for the purpose of removing almost all remaining liability from drug companies when vaccines hurt people.77,78
Since 2011, two powerful CDC-appointed vaccine advisory committees influenced by members associated with the pharmaceutical and medical trade industries — the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)79,80,81,82,83 and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC)84,85,86 — have been busy coming up with new ways to meet strategic goals of the National Vaccine Plan.
When highly publicized cases of measles were reported in California’s Disneyland in 201587 and in New York in 2019,88,89 with military precision pursuit of the plan was kicked into even high gear.90,91 During the past five years, California, Vermont, New York, Maine and Hawaii have lost vaccine exemptions, even though tens of thousands of Americans rose up in protest.92
In 2019, the people managed to hold on to exemptions in Oregon, Arizona and New Jersey93 but this year, bills to force vaccine use are already threatening parental, civil and human rights in Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington, Pennsylvania and more.94
Five Main Types of Vaccine Laws Being Proposed in States
These are the five main types of laws being proposed in the states and your state may be one of them:
1. State laws that eliminate all personal belief vaccine exemptions allowing you to follow your conscience or religious beliefs and make it illegal for physicians to grant a medical exemption unless it strictly conforms to very narrow CDC-approved contraindications to vaccination.
National vaccine coverage rates among school children are at 95% for core vaccines like polio, pertussis, measles and chickenpox, yet, government health officials are not satisfied.95 They have narrowed vaccine contraindications so that almost no medical history or health condition qualifies as a reason for a medical exemption.96
If you or your child have had previous vaccine reactions, are vaccine injured, have a brother or sister who was injured or died after vaccination, or are suffering with a brain or immune system disorder that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) does not consider to be a contraindication to vaccination, states like California97,98 denying physicians the right to exercise professional judgment and give children a medical exemption to vaccination are threatening human rights.99
No wonder less than 1% of vaccine reactions are ever reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System100 and doctors feel free to discriminate against and deny medical care to anyone who is not vaccinated according to CDC schedules.101
Laws that eliminate medical, religious and conscience exemptions to vaccination and ban citizens from getting a school education — even a college education — violate civil and human rights and so do vaccine mandates by employers who fire or refuse to hire workers based on their vaccination status.102,103,104
The two professions being targeted first for workplace vaccine mandates are health care105,106,107 and child care workers,108,109 but they certainly will not be the last.110
2. State laws that turn unelected members of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices into de facto lawmakers and automatically mandate all current and future federally recommended vaccines without any public discussion or vote by duly elected state legislators.
Under the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures hold the majority of power to pass public health laws, so vaccine laws are state laws.111,112
If states hand that constitutional authority over to an unelected federal government committee, the people no longer can work through their elected state representatives to make sure laws do not force involuntary medical risk taking and punish citizens exercising civil and human rights.113
It is clear that Pharma and medical trade lobbyists partnering with government officials to implement the National Vaccine Plan are unhappy they have to spend so much time and money trying to strong arm state legislators into mandating every CDC recommended vaccine.
At the same time, some politicians are not happy that a growing number of Americans are showing up in state Capitols to oppose oppressive vaccine mandates. Today, it costs a staggering $3,000 to give a child every one of the 69 doses of 16 vaccines on the federal government’s schedule.114
In addition to coronavirus vaccine, there are more than a dozen experimental vaccines being fast tracked to market for TB, influenza, HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, herpes simplex, strep A and B, E. coli, RSV, salmonella and malaria,115 with several hundred more being developed in a global vaccine market estimated to balloon to nearly $100 billion by 2026.116,117
State laws that automatically mandate all federally recommended vaccines are handing Big Pharma a big blank check and putting an unknown number of vaccine vulnerable children and adults at risk for serious health problems if they are forced to use every one of them.118,119,120,121,122
3. State laws that allow doctors to declare minor children mentally competent to consent to vaccination so children can be vaccinated without the knowledge of their parents.
There is plenty of scientific evidence that children’s brains are not developed enough before or during teenage years to support rational benefit and risk decision-making, especially if they are subjected to pressure.123,124
Giving doctors the legal authority to, in effect, go behind parents’ backs and persuade a minor child to get liability-free vaccines violates the legal right of parents to consent to medical interventions performed on their children.125 It also puts vaccine vulnerable children at greater risk for suffering reactions.126
Parents know their child’s personal and family medical history best and if parents are left in the dark, not only are they blocked from preventing vaccine reactions but there is no way for them to monitor a child after vaccination for signs of reactions so they can immediately take their child for treatment.127
4. State laws requiring schools to publicly post vaccine coverage rates for the purpose of shaming schools that allow students with vaccine exemptions to receive a school education.
Publicly posting school vaccination rates and numbers of students with exemptions creates a hostile community environment by targeting certain schools and families, whose children have vaccine exemptions, for discrimination and abuse.128,129,130
It is an illusion that some schools are safer based on vaccination rates. For example, even schools with 100% vaccination rates and zero exemptions have had outbreaks of pertussis131 and schools with very high vaccination rates have had outbreaks of measles and mumps.132,133
That is because vaccinated children and adults can get infected with and transmit infectious diseases but sometimes show few or no symptoms and are never diagnosed or reported.134,135,136,137,138,139,140 Children and teachers interact with many other vaccinated and unvaccinated people outside of the school setting.
It is discriminatory to require public posting of the numbers of healthy students with vaccine exemptions, when schools are not required to publicly post the numbers of students who are infected with transmissible diseases like hepatitis B and C, HIV, streptococcal, mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus, E. coli, Fifths disease, herpes simplex and more.
5. State laws that operate vaccine tracking registries and integrate them into Electronic Health Records systems without the consent of those being tracked.
The National Vaccine Information Center has a two-decade public record of opposing the creation of national or state based electronic surveillance systems that automatically enroll children and adults without their informed consent to monitor their vaccination status and health histories.141
Not only have there been past security breaches with electronic databases dumping personally identifying information into the public domain,142 but there is legitimate concern that the government should not be conducting electronic surveillance on citizens while pursuing a National Vaccine Plan that encourages punitive societal sanctions, such as the inability to get a school education or a job, for individuals who refuse to go along with the Plan.
Federal and State Police Powers to Compel Vaccine Use
For more information on the history and types of public health laws that allow the federal government and states to use police powers to compel vaccine use, go to NVIC’s website at NVIC.org.
To learn more about vaccine legislation pending in your state and talking points you can use to educate your legislators, go to NVIC Advocacy.org and become a user of NVIC’s free online Advocacy Portal.
You will be put into direct contact with your own state and federal representatives and sent emails when bills that threaten or expand your freedom to make voluntary vaccine choices are moving in your state so you can make your voice heard, including showing up at scheduled public hearings.
Making Government Work for You
In America, we are governed by laws that the representatives we elect make, so it is important to vet all candidates for positions on issues you care about before going to the polls.
Already this year, there have been more than 50 good bills introduced in a number of states that defend voluntary vaccine choices. This is a time for positive action. It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.
Those tiny miracles. God’s most precious gift to us. We hold them in wonder just moments after they are born. We love them in a way we never thought we could love anyone and they love and trust us in a way that no one else ever will. Then one day, we wake up, and they’re as big as we are, ready to go out in the world and make their own way, and hold their own babies in their arms, completing the natural order of life.
But for many children, the natural order of life will never be completed. Some have already died. Some will one day join the ranks of the working disabled. And others will grow old and die in state homes with the bodies of adults and the brains of babies. For these children, the natural order of life has been forever changed by manmade viral and bacterial vaccines they were required by law to use.
We are here today to witness the suffering of children, who have no voice and have no choice except the voice and choice that we, their mothers and fathers, give to them.
We stand here united in our commitment to challenge unscientific vaccine policies1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 and oppose inhumane public health laws that violate civil and human rights.15,16,17,18
Many of us, who made the pilgrimage to be here, know the pain of watching a healthy child die or regress after vaccination and become chronically ill or disabled.19,20,21,22
We know the pain of being marginalized and discriminated against by doctors23,24,25,26,27,28,29 and government officials for standing up, speaking out and refusing to sacrifice our children in the name of the greater good.30,31,32,33,34
We are here because we love and want to protect our children. And there is no power on earth greater than that love.
As mothers and now grandmothers, in 1982 Kathi Williams and I joined with other parents of DPT vaccine injured children and launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America.35 Through the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, our mission since then has been to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defend the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking.36,37
Kathi and I remember this day 33 years ago. We had spent four long years waging an epic David and Goliath battle on Capitol Hill against a rich and powerful pharmaceutical industry blackmailing Congress by threatening to stop producing childhood vaccines when, on November 14, 1986, President Reagan reluctantly signed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act38 into law over the objections of drug company executives and federal agency officials.
To the bitter end, the government and drug companies wanted that Act to eliminate all vaccine injury lawsuits.39,40,41,42,43
Instead, with no personal computers, no cell phones and no Internet, a small group of parents of DPT vaccine injured children managed to protect the legal right of parents to file a medical malpractice vaccine injury lawsuit against negligent doctors and to sue drug companies when there is evidence a vaccine could have been made less harmful.
For parents who did not have the money to sue, the 1986 Act created what was supposed to be a less expensive and time-consuming administrative compensation program alternative to filing a lawsuit.
For the first time, the U.S. government admitted that – just like any other pharmaceutical product – vaccines can cause severe reactions: reactions like brain inflammation, permanent brain damage, paralysis and death.
For the first time, preventing vaccine injuries and deaths was elevated to a national priority in a federal law.
Now doctors would be required to give parents vaccine and disease risk information before vaccinating children; and to record vaccine reactions in medical records and report them to a public Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. And the government would have to fund vaccine science research and make vaccines less harmful.
So, in many ways, November 14, 1986 was an historic day. But we had been fighting for so long to protect the Act from industry greed and government overreach, that we never saw the betrayal coming. On November 14,1986, we did not know that the very same lawmakers sponsoring the Act were already working behind the scenes to dismantle it.
By the end of 1987, without our knowledge, Congress quietly amended the law and handed doctors a liability shield from vaccine injury lawsuits.44
Then, in the early 1990s, Congress added more amendments to weaken the vaccine safety provisions,45 and allowed the Departments of Health and Justice to systematically gut the federal compensation program with rule making so fewer vaccine injured children would be compensated.46,47 And, all along, the vaccine safety studies parents were promised were never done.48,49
The final betrayal came in 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court did what Congress refused to do in 1986. Ignoring the law’s legislative history,50,51 the court majority granted the request by Big Pharma,52 medical trade53 and government54 and effectively shielded drug companies from all legal accountability for harm vaccines do to children.55
Today, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act looks nothing like the one signed into law in November 1986.56,57,58,59,60,61,62 Still, it is the only U.S. law confirming that government licensed and state mandated vaccines can and do injure and kill people.
So what else has happened since November 14, 1986? Four billion dollars in compensation has been awarded to over 6,000 Americans – but two out three vaccine victims are turned away.63
Today, most of the awards go to adults injured by flu shots,64,65,66 while thousands of families whose children have died or suffered catastrophic vaccine injuries are left with nothing but medical bills and shattered lives.67 Clearly, public health officials do not want to concede that the risks of vaccination for children are far greater than 1 in a million.68
About 35,000 bad health outcomes after vaccination, including injuries and deaths, are reported to the government every year.69 That number is less than one percent of the total70 because doctors are not penalized for failing to report.
Since 1986, nine more vaccines have been licensed and mandated for children71,72 and there are twice as many drug companies making and selling them.73
Vaccination forces atypical inflammatory responses in the body to produce artificial immunity74,75 and, today, infants and children are subjected to that process three times as often. The numbers of childhood vaccines have tripled from 23 doses of seven vaccines76 at a cost of $80 per child in 1986,77 to 69 doses of 16 vaccines at a staggering cost of $3,000 per child.78,79
But what has happened to the health of the most highly vaccinated child and young adult populations in our nation’s history?
They are sicker than ever. Millions of children and young adults are filling crowded special education classrooms80 and doctors offices in greater and greater numbers.
They are crippled by an unprecedented epidemic of chronic disease and disability marked by chronic inflammation in the brain and body,81,82,83 which is common in most individuals diagnosed with a developmental, mental, behavior, autoimmune or allergic disorder.
Today, 1 child in 5 is learning disabled;84,85 in 1976, it was 1 in 17.86
Today, 1 child in 6 under age eight,87 1 in 2 adolescents, and 1 in 4 young adults is diagnosed with a mental, behavior or emotional disorder;88
There has been an unexplained 55 percent increase in depression and anxiety in children since 2003;89,90,91
Today, 1 child in 13 has a food allergy,92 often life threatening, and food allergies have increased 50 percent among children since 1997;93,94,95
Today, 1 child in 40 develops autism;96 it was 1 in 2,500 in 1991;97,98
Today, 1 child in 166 has active epilepsy with recurring seizures,99 and epilepsy is mysteriously increasing among both children and adults;100,101
Today, 1 child in 400 has type 1 or type 2 diabetes,102 which increased 20 to 40 percent in one decade,103,104 and has increased 382 percent among Americans of all ages since 1988.105,106
Millions of children and adults are suffering with other types of inflammatory brain and immune system disorders like rheumatoid arthritis,107 lupus, thyroid disease, guillain barre syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease.108
On top of that, America has the worst infant mortality,109 maternal mortality110 and life expectancy rate111 of all developed nations. This is a failing public health report card of historic proportions. Today, everybody knows somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again.
Just like the 1982 TV documentary DPT: Vaccine Roulette112 and the 1985 book DPT: A Shot in the Dark113 were wake-up calls for America 37 years ago, in 2019,Vaxxed: The People’s Truth movie114 and this Vaccine Injury Epidemic event115 are the latest in a long series of warnings that the health of our nation is being destroyed one child at a time.
The biggest public health emergency in America today is not 1200 cases of measles.116,117 It is the one being covered up by government agencies working overtime with industry, medical trade and mainstream media to distract, deceive, stonewall and restrict the freedom of Americans to take back control of their health.118,119,120
There are states in this country today, where children cannot go to daycare or get a school education without five dozen doses of vaccines.121 Pediatricians are refusing to provide medical care to children who are not strictly vaccinated according to the government schedule, even when there is a past history of serious vaccine reactions and injury.122
That is because 99 percent of Americans, including most immune-compromised persons, do not qualify for a medical exemption under narrow federal guidelines.123
Lucrative public-private business partnerships between federal agencies and pharmaceutical corporations124 are making it easy for experimental vaccines to be fast tracked to licensure,125 like ones for HIV/AIDS and herpes, influenza and TB, that will be forced on adults, as well as children.126,127,128
The vaccine status of all Americans is being closely monitored by the government in electronic health records tracking systems129,130,131 to make sure everyone is vaccinated from cradle to the grave with or without consent.
Science is not perfect, doctors are not infallible, and vaccines carry unpredictable risks that are greater for some people.132,133,134
If we do not get up off our knees and stop worshipping scientists and doctors who have too little knowledge and have been given too much power, tomorrow we will not be able to get on a bus, train or plane; enter a store or sports arena; obtain a driver’s license or passport, file our taxes or function in society without getting every vaccine that industry creates and the government orders us to get.
And the ones who know deep in the core of their being that children are in danger, are the mothers, who carry babies inside them for nine months and give birth and are endowed with a primal instinct God gave women so they have the courage to protect their babies from harm until they are able to survive on their own.
That biological imperative is hard wired into our DNA. It is what protects the survival of every species on this earth. And yet, mothers, who know their children best, are being bullied, ridiculed and punished if we use our intellect and listen our gut instincts and refuse to violate our conscience when caring for our children.135
The right to autonomy and protection of bodily integrity is the first human right.136 If you cannot voluntarily decide when and for what reason you are willing to risk your life or the life of your child, your unalienable right to life and liberty has been taken from you.
The right of the state to tell us what to do to our bodies or the bodies of our children ends where our right to protect our lives and our children’s lives begins.
It is time to reject the cruel pseudo-ethic of utilitarianism propping up mandatory vaccination laws that justify child sacrifice by reducing what is moral to a mathematical equation.137,138
When the State considers one of us to be expendable, then we are all considered expendable.
And if the State can tag, track down and force individuals to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
We can throw off the chemical chains making us sick if we act to instill truth, transparency, integrity and compassion in government. We must elect lawmakers who believe in and will act to protect freedom of thought, speech, and conscience and reform public health laws.139
There is no greater calling for Americans in the 21st century than to defend those civil and human rights that protect against tyranny.140,141
We will not be silent.
We will not go away.
We will never give up.
We are the daughters and sons of liberty, and our mission continues:
Witnessing in their own words on the National Vaccine Information Center’s Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall at NVIC.org, the suffering of people being abused by medical doctors enforcing one-size-fits-all vaccine policies is being revealed.
Americans from all walks of life are describing the trauma of being threatened, coerced and punished by doctors violating the informed consent ethic,1,2,3 who have abandoned the precautionary principle of “First, do no harm”4,5 and are behaving more like prison guards than compassionate healers.
When doctors and legislators are taught to consider individuals unable to get vaccinated without being harmed as expendable, and treat people defending informed consent rights like public enemy No. 1,6 the practice of medicine and public health lawmaking has lost its way and become a prescription for prejudice, discrimination and abuse. Here is one mother’s experience:
“When my first child was born, we had him vaccinated on schedule. After a routine visit he had a reaction to one, which we believe was either DTaP or MMR. He screamed all night and it was not his typical fussy cry. He was different.
More than one doctor ignored our worry and never reported the incident. They expected us to continue vaccinating and we were told horror stories at each visit about kids who had died from being unvaccinated.
We stopped vaccinating him at 15 months when he was showing developmental delays. He had some autistic tendencies and a speech delay. He had to go to speech therapy for five years. Thankfully not diagnosed autistic. After we stopped vaccinating him the behaviors got less and less.
When my daughter was born, we decided we weren’t vaccinating her based on my son’s reaction and doing research on vaccine ingredients. After she was born, we were harassed by the nurse because we wouldn’t give our minutes-old daughter the hepatitis B vaccine.
She made a scene and my husband had to stand watch over our baby. We were told if we didn’t catch the kids up on their vaccines within the year at the pediatrician’s [office] we’d be dismissed from the practice.
After 10 years of being patients there, not only were we harassed and kicked out, there was no responsibility taken by the doctors for harming my son. To this day, we have no pediatrician that will accept our unvaccinated yet healthy children.”7
Doctors Are Abusing Their Power and Our Trust
Does the thought of going to the doctor or taking your child to a pediatrician fill you with anxiety or even fear because your doctor refuses to listen to you, makes you feel stupid and doesn’t seem to care about your child’s individual health needs?
Are you concerned that your doctor will threaten or deny you or your child medical care if you decline even one of the dozens of doses of vaccines that government health officials tell your doctor to give to every patient?
You are not alone. Trust is the key to a positive relationship with a doctor, especially if you are a parent doing everything you can to keep the child you love healthy. We are all taught to trust doctors with the wellbeing of our physical bodies and the bodies of our children.
Doctors hold the most power in the doctor-patient relationship, but they should not be allowed to abuse that power. Finding an enlightened, compassionate doctor, who treats you with respect in a personalized patient-centered practice, is one of the most empowering and life-saving actions you can take.8,9
In a study published by the National Institutes of Health in 2015, researchers found that 1 in 3 people in the U.S. avoid seeking medical care because they don’t like the way doctors made them feel and have low confidence in their doctors’ competence.10,11
Struggling with chronic health problems and dissatisfaction with medical advice for how to heal or stay well are the main reasons why between 25% and 40% of Americans and Europeans embrace holistic health alternatives like dietary supplements, meditation, yoga, spiritual healing, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy to maintain health.12,13,14
Polls Show Public Doubts on Vaccines, Big Pharma, Government
Dislike of how doctors treat patients and concerns about the medical establishment’s cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical industry15,16,17,18,19 has definitely eroded the people’s trust in the effectiveness and safety of prescription drugs and vaccines.20
A 2019 Harris Poll revealed that 45% of American adults doubt the safety of vaccines and 27% of those cited either knowledge of past secrets and wrongdoing by the pharmaceutical industry or by the government.21,22,23,24,25
The trust factor is further damaged when people find out that the Food and Drug Administration fast-tracks vaccines to licensure26,27,28,29 and public health officials are electronically monitoring every vaccine they do and do not take,30,31,32 and doctors are being financially bribed or sanctioned by HMOs and government agencies33 to make sure that every child gets every one of the 69 doses of 16 vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control right on schedule.34,35,36
But it is the authoritarian abuse of power held by doctors over patients and parents of minor children that does the most damage to trust. Here is one parent’s description of broken trust:
“My pediatrician, in New York, came highly recommended to me by a colleague. Initially he seemed like a knowledgeable and skilled physician. However, when my daughter approached the CDC recommended vaccine schedule dates and I began asking questions (God forbid!) about vaccine safety and efficacy, this doctor turned into a bully.
He was insistent that the benefits of vaccines outweighed the risks and that my daughter was at risk of hospitalization or worse if I declined. Whether I brought peer reviewed medical journal articles or other questions or information to his attention, the bottom line was I needed to vaccinate.
At one encounter, he outright threatened to remove me from his practice if I didn’t comply with the CDC schedule.
Apparently, the bonus he was to receive for ensuring that his patients all fully complied with the full vaccine schedule was more important than the relationship he had built with me [and] my child. It was more important to vaccinate than to have any kind of role whatsoever regarding my child’s wellbeing. I left the practice after I was threatened.”37
Pharma, Health Care Industry Biggest Political Lobby
The health care industry is the largest employer in the U.S.38 and medical doctors are the highest paid profession.39,40 The pharmaceutical industry, which depends upon medical trade partners to prescribe drugs and vaccines, is the biggest lobby influencing law and policymaking by the federal government41 and state legislatures.42,43
In the past two decades, Big Pharma has spent more than $4 billion lobbying Capitol Hill and federal agencies for special treatment, nearly twice as much as any other industry. If lobbying by hospitals, nursing homes, health professionals, and HMOs is included, it comes to more than $8 billion that has been poured into politically influencing public health policy and regulations in this country.44
Congress has made it easy for federal agencies to develop lucrative public-private business partnerships between the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government.45,46,47
Vaccines Profitable Because of Mandates, Liability Shield
Vaccines, especially vaccines mandated by governments, are among the most profitable pharmaceutical products being sold by multinational corporations in a global $36 billion-dollar vaccine market that some forecasters predict will nearly double in size by 2024.48,49,50
That market is particularly profitable in the U.S. because vaccines, which are licensed and recommended by the federal government, are the only commercial products that state governments legally require every parent to purchase and give to their children as a condition for attending school.51
Plus, vaccine manufacturers are the only corporations selling products in this country that cannot be sued, even when there is evidence the company could have made a product less likely to injure or kill people.52,53 Doctors and medical workers who give children and pregnant women federally recommended vaccines can’t be sued either.54
With no liability, at the very least doctors should feel a moral obligation and have the legal right to protect vulnerable people — especially infants and children — from suffering crippling and sometimes deadly vaccine reactions.
But sadly, state legislatures in California55 and New York56 have passed laws not only eliminating the legal right for parents to obtain personal belief vaccine exemptions for children to attend daycare and school, but they have cruelly taken away the legal right for private doctors to exercise professional judgment and conscience when granting children a medical exemption to vaccination.57,58,59
In 2019, Hawaii became another state prohibiting children from attending school with medical exemptions that do not strictly conform with narrow vaccine contraindications approved by the federal government.60,61
Doctors Becoming Agents of the State Enforcing Vaccine Policy
If the politically powerful Pharma-led forced vaccination lobby gets its way, all personal belief vaccine exemptions will be stripped from public health laws. Doctors employed by state health departments will be given the authority to deny vaccine-vulnerable children a school education if a doctor in private practice has granted a medical exemption to vaccination for a reason that is not approved by the federal government.
The goal is to force all doctors to become agents of the state without the power to depart from government policy, even if implementing government policy will increase the risk of injury or death for an individual.
It means that when you find an enlightened and compassionate doctor, in the future you may not be able to get a medical exemption to vaccination even when you and your doctor agree there are genetic, biological and environmental risk factors that place you or your child at high risk for having a vaccine reaction.62
The plan is to make the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — also known as ACIP — a de facto vaccine law-making body in the U.S. for every state. Who and what is the ACIP?
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Established in 1964, the ACIP is a federal advisory committee of 15 doctors specializing in vaccinology, infectious diseases and related fields, who are appointed to a four-year term by the Secretary of Health to develop vaccine recommendations approved by the CDC for giving FDA-licensed vaccines to children and adults.63
In addition to 15 voting members, there are eight ex-officio members representing federal government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, as well as 26 nonvoting liaison representatives from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and insurance industries, medical trade and public health associations, state health departments and academic doctors employed by major universities that often receive large sums of money from pharmaceutical companies and research grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.64
Over the past 55 years, this federal advisory committee has been given more power by Congress and state legislatures to affect the lives of all Americans. ACIP has voted to increase the number of federally recommended vaccines that doctors routinely give to infants and children from a few doses of six vaccines in 1964 to dozens of doses of 16 vaccines today.65
When ACIP makes a recommendation with the approval of the CDC, medical trade associations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)66 obediently follow suit and adopt those recommendations as “standard of care.”67
When ACIP recommendations are endorsed by other influential vaccine promotion arms of government, like the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC)68,69 and National Vaccine Program Office ((NVPO) and become “standard of care” for all doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities in the country, a very wide vaccination net has been cast for every child and adult in America.70,71
Pharma Taking ACIP Recommendations to the Bank
The cost to comply with ACIP recommendations and fully vaccinate a child has skyrocketed from about $30 in 198372,73 to nearly $3,000 in 2019.74 The pharmaceutical industry literally takes ACIP recommendations to the bank.
In 1986, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act gave vaccine manufacturers partial liability protection for harm caused by vaccines that the ACIP recommends for children.75,76
In 1994 Congress established the Vaccines for Children Program that now, every year, uses $4 billion dollars in taxpayer money to purchase ACIP-recommended vaccines from drug companies and provide them for free to uninsured and underinsured children77 and, in 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act that requires all health insurance companies to provide ACIP-recommended vaccines for free to patients.78
Clearly, every “universal use” vaccine recommendation that ACIP makes — such as giving all children an annual flu shot or multiple doses of expensive vaccines like for chickenpox, HPV, pneumococcal and meningococcal79 — is worth billions of dollars to drug companies selling liability-free vaccines in the U.S., especially when states automatically add ACIP-recommended vaccines to day care and school attendance mandates.
And now that state legislatures are moving to eliminate personal belief vaccine exemptions and put doctors in handcuffs so they can’t give medical exemptions, there is no limit to profit-making as scores of new vaccines are fast-tracked by the FDA to licensure80 that will be recommended by the ACIP for universal use, including genetically engineered vaccines for HIV, RSV, strep A and B, herpes simplex, E-coli, TB and many, many more.81,82
ACIP recommendations are a drug company stockholder’s dream and have become a parent’s worst nightmare.
Conflicts of Interest on Vaccine Advisory Committees
An investigation by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government with a report published in 2000 found serious conflicts of interest between the pharmaceutical industry and voting members of the two most important federal vaccine advisory committees: the ACIP, which reviews and votes on the quality of scientific evidence used to make national vaccine policy, and the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, which reviews and votes on the quality of scientific evidence used to license new vaccines.83,84
Those findings have been independently confirmed by journalists investigating conflicts of interest between the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government.85,86
Today, government-appointed members of both the ACIP and FDA vaccine advisory committees still can be given a conflict of interest waiver by the Department of Health so they can vote on the licensing of vaccines and make national vaccine policy that is turned into public health law.87,88,89,90
So, what is the quality of the scientific evidence that the CDC’s ACIP uses to make national vaccine policy promoted by the CDC, which gets turned into public health law in your state?
ACIP-Approved Vaccine Contraindications Almost Nonexistent
Let’s start with vaccine contraindications, which are health conditions the CDC’s ACIP tells doctors are the only reasons why you or your child absolutely should not get a vaccine.
Basically, under ACIP guidelines, the CDC considers almost no health condition or vaccine reaction history to be an absolute contraindication to vaccination, and that is what your doctor has been taught to believe as well.91
The CDC’s ACIP tells doctors that only pregnancy or severe immunodeficiency is a contraindication to getting live virus vaccines like MMR and varicella zoster, but inactivated vaccines are not an absolute contraindication for pregnant women or people with severe immunodeficiency.92
This is a very important fact because, often, the pharma-medical trade lobby tries to convince legislators that all ACIP-recommended vaccines must be mandated for children to protect pregnant women and the severely immune compromised,93,94 who cannot get any vaccines at all, but clearly that is not true.
According to the CDC’s ACIP, there are only two types of vaccine reactions that are absolute contraindications to getting revaccinated95
A life-threatening allergic anaphylactic reaction that occurs within minutes of vaccination.
Development of encephalopathy, such as prolonged seizures, coma and other brain dysfunction, within seven days of receiving pertussis-containing vaccines — but only if the doctor believes the encephalopathy is “not attributable to another cause.”
CDC’s ACIP Vaccine Precautions: A Short List
The CDC publishes a very short list of health conditions that doctors are told are not absolute contraindications — only “precautions” — because they “might increase the risk of a serious adverse reaction, cause diagnostic confusion, or might compromise the ability of the vaccine to produce immunity.”96
Only one CDC-approved universal precaution applies to all vaccines: if a person has a “moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever.” But that is only a precaution, not a contraindication, and what constitutes a “moderate or severe acute illness” is left up to the discretion of the doctor.
To make matters more confusing, the CDC recommends that hospitalized patients should be vaccinated if they are “not acutely, moderately or severely ill.” Maybe that is why, when I was hospitalized for emergency kidney stone surgery and under heavy sedation, I was grilled twice in the middle of the night by two different teams of doctors and nurses about exactly when I had gotten my last flu shot.
And maybe that is why hepatitis B-negative mothers in the last stages of labor are being badgered about giving their newborns a hepatitis B shot immediately after birth,97 and why sick people in an emergency room are being harassed about catching up on every vaccine the ACIP recommends.
The message the CDC sends to doctors is that 99% of the U.S. population is a candidate for vaccination 100% of the time. To simplify, many doctors, pharmacists and other vaccine providers, who cannot be sued if a vaccine they gave a person injures or kills that person, just ignore precautions because the CDC downplays their significance by incoherently describing vaccine precautions like this:
“A person might experience a more severe reaction to the vaccine than would have otherwise been expected; however, the risk of this happening is less than the risk expected with a contraindication.”98
Say what? Has your once healthy child gotten sick and then slowly regressed into chronic poor health after previous vaccinations and you want to avoid giving more vaccines that could make your child’s health worse? Sorry, no medical vaccine exemption for your child.
CDC’s ACIP Makes It Easy for Doctors to Bully Mothers
The CDC’s short list of vaccine contraindications and precautions is one reason why doctors have been given a green light to emotionally batter mothers trying to protect their vaccine injured children from further harm like this mother, who described her traumatizing experience on NVIC’s Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall:
“Following my son’s first birthday, November 16, 2017 we went to his 12-month check-up. Although we were not fully knowledgeable [about] the effects or damage caused by vaccines, we knew enough to know not to vaccinate all at once, or more than three shots at the time. Suffice to say, our son received three shots that day including the MMR and DtaP.
Immediately thereafter, my son fell asleep after an hour of agonizing cries. That day was the last day my son babbled/talked (said mama, dada); held his bottle; reacted or responded to his name; ate (we would make his food at home from scratch which he loved, especially his veggies, [and] stopped attempting to crawl.
My son had a fever of 104 for almost two weeks, a severe rash on his entire body, cradle cap and thereafter caught an ear infection. We contacted his pediatrician … during this sick visit I explained to our doctor that we believed our son had an adverse reaction to the vaccines and explained all the differences we noticed immediately following the shots.
She quickly dismissed my concerns and responded with, ‘He’s a perfect little guy, he’ll be eating a burger in no time.’ I replied, ‘Yes, my son is perfect but he is no longer the baby I gave birth to — something is not right here.’ I was crying and awfully vulnerable; however, once again, it fell upon deaf ears.
Her response was, ‘He’s up for a vaccine, are you going to vaccinate?’ I looked up at her in disbelief and replied, ‘Over my dead body!’ That was the last time my son visited this doctor, who also did not provide preventive care for my child and neglected to report or make a record of this adverse reaction (vaccine injury) to the vaccines received at her office.”99
It gets worse.
ACIP Directs Doctors to Ignore Signs of Vaccine Reactions
There is a separate, much longer list the CDC publishes entitled “conditions incorrectly perceived as contraindications or precautions to vaccination.”100 This list directs doctors to ignore many signs and symptoms of serious vaccine reactions, current illnesses and brain and immune system disorders that, in the absence of methodologically sound scientific research, could very well increase risks of vaccine reactions for vulnerable individuals.
If your doctor has become one of those vaccination hardliners wielding a syringe like a sword by ignoring vaccine precautions and strictly observing what the CDC describes as “incorrectly perceived contraindications,” then:
If you or your child are coming down with or recovering from a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection and have a fever or are taking antibiotics101,102,103,104 and want to delay getting vaccinated: No medical exemption for you.
If your baby was born prematurely, weighs only 5 pounds, and you want to delay vaccination until your baby is older and stronger:105,106,107,108 No medical exemption for your baby.109
If you are a pregnant health care worker and don’t want to get a hepatitis B shot or flu shot because you have a personal and family history of autoimmunity:110 No medical exemption for you.111,112,113
If you or your child has suffered a fever over 105 degrees F, or a collapse or shock-like state,114 or a seizure,115,116 or persistent inconsolable crying for more than three hours after receiving a pertussis containing vaccine:117 No medical exemption for you.
If you or your child have a serious autoimmune disorder like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis:118,119,120,121,122 No medical exemption for you.
If you or your child has a mild HIV infection:123 No medical exemption for you.
If you or your child has a neurological disorder like cerebral palsy, developmental delays or medication controlled seizures:124,125,126,127,128,129,130,131 No medical exemption for you.
With the CDC’s ACIP telling doctors it is safe to vaccinate 99% of people 100% of the time and that most bad health outcomes that occur after vaccination are “just a coincidence,” it is no wonder that less than 1% of bad health outcomes after vaccination are ever reported to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).132
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court majority declared that FDA licensed and CDC recommended vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe,” so vaccine manufacturers are immune from lawsuits even when there is evidence a manufacturer could have made a vaccine less likely to injure and kill people.133
Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the government has paid more than $4 billion to children and adults who have been harmed by ACIP-recommended and state-mandated vaccines.134
Emerging Science Confirms We Are Not All the Same
Emerging science is revealing that what pharmaceutical companies, medical trade associations and government health officials have taught doctors, legislators and the public to believe is true about vaccine risks and failures135 is not the whole truth. We are not all the same and we do not all respond the same way to infectious diseases or vaccines.
Our responses to infectious diseases and the risk for complications can vary, depending upon our genes, environment, age and health at the time of infection.136,137 That is why malnourished, vitamin-deficient children living in impoverished environments, for example, are at higher risk for complications from measles and other infections.138,139,140
Our risk of having a vaccine can range from zero% to 100%. It depends upon the genes we were born with; our epigenetic history and microbiome DNA; the environments we live in; our age and health at the time of vaccination; and the type of and how many vaccines we get.141,142,143,144
Some of us get vaccinated and still get infected with and transmit infections like measles, pertussis and influenza to other people, sometimes without showing any symptoms at all. So much for vaccine acquired herd immunity.145,146,147
Where Is the Good Science?
Where IS the good science to back up the scientific validity that the extremely short list of ACIP-approved contraindications to vaccination should be codified into law by state legislatures and used to take away the legal right for conscientious doctors to grant school children medical vaccine exemptions?
When your doctor orders you or your child to get vaccinated or be kicked out on the street without medical care, that doctor does not know if the odds will be in your favor or if you will become a vaccine reaction statistic — and neither does the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice.
Your doctor also does not know whether the vaccinations given will actually work, or if you will be become a silent carrier of disease that you can transmit to other people without knowing it.148,149
The disappearing medical exemption to vaccination is a symptom of a much larger problem. A recent Gallup Poll confirmed that the pharmaceutical industry is now the most poorly regarded industry in America and the government and health care industry are a close second and third.150 The people are getting fed up with being lied to and exploited by institutions they have been taught to trust.
It is time for enlightened, compassionate doctors with a conscience to join hands with the people151,152 and push back against one-size-fits-all vaccine policies created by government health officials that are not anchored with good science and are being turned into state law.
We, the people, have the human right and must have the legal right to exercise voluntary informed consent to medical risk taking, no matter what a doctor orders us to do to our bodies or the bodies of our children.
NVIC stands with the tens of thousands of Americans who are defending vaccine informed consent rights in every state in this country. We are committed to protecting freedom of thought, speech, religious belief and conscience because those are civil liberties that define who we are as a nation.
It’s your health, your family, your choice. And our mission continues: No forced vaccination. Not in America.