~ Food Has Power ~
I happened upon this old vaccine report from government archives - one that didn't receive public comments. It is a fascinating read. I thought this quote was pretty damning:
"National Institutes for Health (NIH) -
Following the disappointment of the HIV vaccine trial, which really called into question a lot of the scientific theories, NIH has established a new branch in the Division of HIV / AIDS on vaccine discovery. This is a clear indication that they are going back to square one to develop the science for a new generation." (Page 111.)
Interestingly, they eliminated Pregnancy Categories on drug labeling then also! (Page 110.) http://www.drugs.com/pregnancy-categories.html
There is a lot of cross-agency documentation and "collaboration" that hasn't been examined but shines a light on the lack of science and process safety. For instance this quote from the National Vaccine Program.
"NVP Responsibilities include vaccine research; vaccine development; safety and effcacy testing of vaccines; licensing of vaccine manufacturers and vaccines; production and procurement of vaccines; distribution and use of vaccines; evaluating the need for, the effectiveness, and adverse effects of vaccines and immunization activities; coordinating governmental and non-governmental activities; and funding of federal agencies. Dr. Birkhead assumed it was fair to say that the full panoply of these responsibilities had not totally been assumed at this level by the NVP, but it is a work in progress." (Page 111.)
In relation to escalating costs of mandating vaccines and mandating payment for covering vaccine mandates: "The Vaccine Finance Working Group convened a two-day stakeholder meeting in Rockville, Maryland in April 2008. The stakeholder meeting was very broad, including representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, insurance industry, large and small employers, state Medicaid directors, consumer and parent groups, and many other groups." (Page 112.)
"Dr. Sawyer emphasized that a very important group is the 24% under 12 months old who are unvaccinated and ineligible. In his state’s outbreak these statistics held true. He also stressed that there are some very strong feelings among those parents who were inadvertently subjected to the measles because of the decision of others to exert personal belief exemption. He asked that those in a position to emphasize that in their communities to do so because it resonates with a lot of people, and may help to decrease the rate of personal belief exemptions , at least among a subset of that group." (Page 126.)
"Dr. Schaffner, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, assured everyone that his comments were not to divert attention from domestic responsibilities, or to incite an international incident. However, he expressed concern that their colleagues in Europe and in Israel tolerate on-going outbreaks of measles and other childhood communicable diseases." (Page 127.)
"With regard to the issue of economic cost, LCDR Parker responded that containing an outbreak is, indeed, very expensive. Public health officials in San Diego have estimated the cost for that outbreak as nearing $100,000. The public health containment costs alone among the vaccine refuser community in Indiana in the 2005 outbreak was estimated to be $167,000." (Page 127.)
Could we make the point that the disease is so benign that other countries are not spending hundreds of thousands of dollars when Europeans are unfearful of these childhood communicable diseases?
"There currently are a lot of measles in Europe. The issues of how to raise the perception of the seriousness of measles, as well as the need to maintain very high coverage, have been a challenge for many years within the European region, and it is a reality that a number of countries have either not taken measles as seriously as they should or have not been able to do as much as they would like." (Page 127.)
Measles is commonly benign is why!
Vaccine safety starts at page 129.
All in all, it is interesting to mine an old document which seems more forthcoming as the committee didn't have the defensiveness of being watched.
Karen R. Broder, MD Immunization Safety Office Office of the Chief Science Officer (OCSO), CDC:
7 Vaccine Safety Questions, per CDC:
"The seven vaccine safety questions, also not presented in any order of priority and available to the public through the website, are:
Have these safety questions been resolved?