History, Harms, and Theoretical Benefits of Routine Vaccination in Pregnancy

By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

When my children were conceived and born the miraculous process occurred without vaccines given to the mother. It had been this way since the beginning of mankind. When and why has vaccination begun in pregnant women? What are the threats to health American women posed by diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and COVID-19? Can pregnant women be exposed to the risks of vaccination in order to theoretically pass immunity on to the baby?

Please listen to this monologue and cited conversation I had with Daniel Horowitz, a young father and conservative commentator on Blaze Media Conservative Review Podcast. The CDC ACIP panel to put COVID-19 mRNA vaccines on the routine childhood vaccine schedule as well as recommending them for pregnant women (category X) has drawn our collective attention to the rationale if any, to disturb the natural process of pregnancy and childbirth.

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Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

President, McCullough Foundation


Who Makes the Big Decisions?

A frequently discussed and debated question in medical freedom circles is: Who was in charge of the pandemic response?

Some say that Tony Fauci at NIAID was the chief executive. Others say that Fauci was just playing a role assigned to him by his masters in the defense and intel agencies or in the National Security Council. This raises the question of whether there is a particular individual or cabal within these vast bureaucracies who is pulling strings behind the scenes.

A few days ago I was interviewed about these questions by Dr. Harvey Risch—Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine.

Since I met Professor Risch in the summer of 2021, I have perceived him to be one of the most educated, cultured, and diligent scholars in the entire field of public health.

In our most recent conversation for his podcast on America Out Loud, we talk about the long history of the administrative state going back to ancient Rome. Over the centuries, many commentators have remarked that the administrative state functions in large part by means of procedures, doctrines, and plans that are already in place. This high degree of automation—of standing marching orders in the event of a crisis or emergency—suggests that public policy is not always a matter of directives issued by a particular man or woman.

This sort of automation was the dramatic device in Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War masterpiece Dr. Strangelove and in the excellent 1983 film, Wargames, starring a very young Matthew Broderick.

Dr. Strangelove was a strategic analyst and planner in the Department of Defense

Along with automation comes a commensurate absence of accountability. This explains the rarity of any particular man or woman being held responsible for all of the messes, disasters, and pointless wars abroad that have been caused by the administrative state for as long as I remember.

Please listen to my interview with Professor Risch and share it with your friends.


Film Review: “Protocol 7”

IMDB’s tagline for Protocol 7 succinctly convey’s the film’s two major dramatic elements.

With the catastrophic regression of her adopted son, Lexi, a small-town lawyer, is confronted with the reality of corporate fraud at the highest level. Will she hold a massive corporation accountable in this true whistleblower story?

Readers of this Substack are familiar with Andrew Wakefield’s seminal documentation of children who developed enterocolitis and autism shortly after receiving MMR vaccines. After publishing his findings in the Lancet, his paper was subsequently retracted and he became the subject of what may be the most vicious vilification and cancellation campaign since Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was canceled in the early 1860s for proposing that anatomy students wash their hands with chlorinated lime after dissecting cadavers, and before they examined pregnant women in the maternity ward.

Those who would like to learn more about Wakefield’s life and work will likely be engrossed by my interview with him last year.

Protocol 7 is a medico-legal thriller based on the true story of two Merck lab scientists who, in 2010, blew the whistle on the company’s fraudulent manipulation of lab data to support the company’s efficacy claim about the mumps component of its MMR vaccine. The case has been tied up in courts ever since.

Rachel Whittle plays a small-town attorney and mother of an autistic child. British star Matthew Marsden plays a doctor with a history of being a lone voice in the wilderness about MMR vaccines and autism. Another British actor, Harrison Tipping, delivers what struck me as the film’s best performance —that of a Merck lab scientist who is a willing participant in the fraud, but also one who is tormented by his recognition that he is debasing his work and talent in the service of an ugly lie. Eric Roberts elegantly plays Dr. Errani, the head of Merck’s MMR division, who demands that the lab team figure out a way support the company’s efficacy claim by whatever means necessary.

As with any film that sets out to convey a great deal of information at the same time it tells a story, Protocol 7 occasionally labors under the weight of its ambitions. Nevertheless, it contains much suspense, drama, and poignancy. It is especially effective in showing the unquestioning faith that most of our society and institutions place in vaccines.

So strong is this faith—and so reinforced by vast financial interests—that merely questioning the safety and efficacy of vaccines will imperil one’s career and may even imperil one’s life. As I mentioned to Andy Wakefield at the film’s screening in Austin on Friday, I believe he has been branded and punished not for his heterodox scientific views, but for what is today’s equivalent of HERESY. Protocol 7 reveals high priests of this vaccine religion to be money grubbing fraudsters. Hopefully the film will awaken many people from their dogmatic slumber.

I applaud Andrew Wakefield’s courageous foray into film directing and I recommend that all of our readers refer to the film’s SHOWINGS SCHEDULE to see if it’s coming to your town on its North American tour.


The mRNA-LNP Vaccines – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

For years I have been wondering when institutional scientists would break rank with the orthodoxy and publish on the COVID-19 vaccine debacle and particularly the failure of mRNA as an immunization platform.

Igyarto and Qin from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, published a pointed review on the topic in Frontiers in Immunology questioning the idea of giving synthetic genetic code within a lipid nanoparticle particularly when the code was for the Spike protein which is highly pathogenic and at the same time, was known to mutate rapidly. Thus the vaccines from the start from a mechanistic perspective were doomed to be unsafe and ineffective because SARS-CoV-2 strains would easily emerge to coexist within the hosts who have been injected with the non-sterilizing vaccines.

How safe and effective are the mRNA-LNP vaccines?

“The mRNA-LNP COVID-19 vaccines, based on early analysis of the clinical trial data, were deemed safe and effective across demographics (45, 46). However, recent peer-reviewed research studies, a wide variety of continuously increasing case reports, and publicly available adverse events databases cast doubts on the safety and effectiveness of these products.”


“Thus, these data suggest that these vaccines’ efficacy in decreasing disease severity and death might lie with their previously undiscovered immune suppressive characteristics. These findings further highlight the need for rigorous pre-clinical studies to limit potential unexpected consequences for novel platforms.”

In the central figure, despite vaccine safety data systems being grossly underutilized and cases under-reported, the authors demonstrate a several logarithmic fold increase (compared to all other vaccines) in a wheel or giant array of serious adverse events and deaths.

Igyártó BZ, Qin Z. The mRNA-LNP vaccines – the good, the bad and the ugly? Front Immunol. 2024 Feb 8;15:1336906. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2024.1336906. PMID: 38390323; PMCID: PMC10883065.

Look for more papers like this from academic medical centers in higher impact journals over time. The dam is cracked and more scientists will be coming over to the right side of history.

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Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

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Igyártó BZ, Qin Z. The mRNA-LNP vaccines – the good, the bad and the ugly? Front Immunol. 2024 Feb 8;15:1336906. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2024.1336906. PMID: 38390323; PMCID: PMC10883065.

Irreversible Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein by Lectins

By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

The SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein has wreaked havoc upon the world’s population now suffering from Spike protein related illnesses after infection and mass vaccination. Both load the body with Wuhan Spike protein which trimerizes and has no known catabolic pathways in the human body.

Nangarlia A, Hassen FF, Canziani G, Bandi P, Talukder C, Zhang F, Krauth D, Gary EN, Weiner DB, Bieniasz P, Navas-Martin S, O’Keefe BR, Ang CG, Chaiken I. Irreversible Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 by Lectin Engagement with Two Glycan Clusters on the Spike Protein. Biochemistry. 2023 Jul 18;62(14):2115-2127. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.3c00109. Epub 2023 Jun 21. PMID: 37341186; PMCID: PMC10663058.

The HOT ZONE: Of Bats and Birds

Another week, another front row seat in the Global Public Health Theater of the Absurd. We encourage our listeners to bear in mind that one of our primary objectives with the HOT ZONE is to monitor what our government agencies and their cronies in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Complex are saying.

If our experience for the last four years has taught us anything, it’s that these wolves in sheep’s clothing telegraph their machinations with public announcements that combine fear-mongering and bad faith assurances that the U.S. government just wants keep us safe. Thus, even if we don’t believe a word we’re told doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pay attention to it.

On the contrary, to protect ourselves from human predators, we must keep a vigilant eye on them and listen very closely to their utterances. As our Founding Fathers understood, we mortal human beings must always contend with some measure of danger in the world, but the greatest danger consists over overgrown and imbalanced state power that often presents itself in the guise of paternalistic benevolence.



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