Readers of Health Impact News are all too familiar with news about corruption inside the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is responsible, for example, for protecting the nation's health and ensuring that pharmaceutical products like vaccines are safe and effective. Yet, the CDC is also the largest purchaser of vaccines from the pharmaceutical industry, spending billions of dollars of taxpayer funds every year to purchase these vaccines. Many top executives and leaders at the CDC also leave the agency to take very lucrative positions with pharmaceutical companies, revealing a revolving door policy between the government and Big Pharma. A CDC whistleblower that revealed corruption in vaccine autism studies a few years ago still has not been subpoenaed by Congress to testify, and this scandal at the CDC that is seen by some as "Bigger than Watergate" was the focus of the popular film VAXXED which was released in 2016. There was great hope that with the new administration in place at the White House that the President and his staff would clean things up at the CDC. However, with new allegations of conflicts of interest with the current CDC director, who just resigned, the World Mercury Project Team, led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., issued a press release this week showing that the nation is still waiting for real reform at the CDC.
The focus of this article is how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the vaccine industry control vaccine safety assessments, control the science of vaccines and control the scientific and mass channels of information about vaccines. These primary stakeholders gained control by establishing an elaborate web of collaborating institutional partnerships which they fund. The collaborating institutional stakeholders include: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI, UK), the World Health Organization (WHO -Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS)), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDPC), the Brighton Collaboration and the Brighton Collaboration Foundation, the Cochrane Collaboration, the Institute of Medicine, the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) which is bankrolled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank and others. All of these institutions became de facto stakeholders in promoting vaccination policies while presenting themselves as independent authoritative sources of information about vaccine safety.
Recently we’ve reported on the crony ties between top US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials and beverage giant Coca-Cola. New evidence suggests that the cronyism at the CDC goes far deeper. A group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence, and Ethics in Research (CDC SPIDER) recently submitted a letter to the CDC chief of staff expressing grave concerns about special interest influence being exerted on the agency’s leaders.