COVID-19 vaccines are in the works, but will we be allowed to make informed choices? Action Alert!
Public health authorities have told us that we can expect COVID-19 lockdowns until a vaccine is developed. Efforts to address “vaccine hesitancy” are ramping up because of the pandemic, potentially putting us on the road to mandatory vaccination for COVID-19. The government also appears to have a financial stake in some of the vaccines, setting the stage for corruption. We’re joining our friends at ANH-International in calling for full transparency so Americans can educate themselves before making a decision about COVID-19 vaccination. It’s a shame that such a basic right must be fought for, but such is nature of our broken healthcare system.
It is deeply troubling that government officials who help set vaccine policy have a financial stake in vaccines. This alone warrants full transparency. There is evidence that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) owns half the patent for Moderna’s COVID vaccine, and NIH scientists have filed provisional patent applications that could see each of them collect as much as $150,000 annually in royalties from the vaccine. This arrangement invites corruption, and may help explain why the government let Moderna skip animal trials for the vaccine and infused $483 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to speed its development.
The federal government has, in total, gifted $4 billion to Big Pharma to support the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, including $1.6 billion to a company, Novavax, that has never brought a product to market. If taxpayers are going to support the development of vaccines, then surely we are entitled to the full data on their development, safety and efficacy, and all other pertinent data.
The government is also gearing up for a propaganda war to make sure they get a return on their investment. An article in Science bemoans the fact that only 50% of Americans are committed to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. But don’t worry! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now working on a plan to boost “vaccine confidence” as part of the federal effort to develop a vaccine, named “Operation Warp Speed.” Other groups are strategizing the best ways to convince people to get vaccinated, stressing the need for “better storytelling,” or even recommending phone call reminders to get the vaccine to boost vaccination rates.
The Science article does note that “the frenetic pace of vaccine development may play into [vaccine hesitancy]. Even advocates have worried that the rush for a vaccine raises the risk it could be ineffective or have harmful side effects.”
As ANH-International points out, public health authorities and the mainstream media refer to “vaccine hesitancy” as a public health threat that must be addressed. This ignores that trust has been eroded by these very same public health authorities constantly claiming that all vaccines are 100% safe when that is clearly not the case. The US vaccine court, for example, has paid out over $4 billion to families of children harmed by vaccines (the vaccine court exists because vaccine manufacturers are shielded from liability for their products.)
Informed consent for COVID-19 vaccination is crucially important, especially because development of this vaccine is being fast-tracked by the manufacturers vying to become the first to develop a viable vaccine. According to ANH-International,
The timetable currently being considered by governments and health authorities does not allow sufficient time for the phased evaluation process normally used by regulatory agencies to evaluate effectiveness and safety, that typically includes animal studies (multiple species) and both preclinical and clinical trials.
The expedited development of the vaccine turns us, the patients, into guinea pigs. The manufacturers don’t care—they will likely be shielded from liability. This is exactly why all of the data from vaccine development must be made available to the public prior to a vaccine’s roll-out, so risk/benefit can be assessed and weighed by each individual. This is standard for every other medical treatment, so vaccines should be no different.
Here is ANH-International’s 10-point manifesto we are supporting:
- Full disclosure of raw data from studies and trials to allow independent analysis
- Full transparency in relation to safety and efficacy trials
- Full transparency over the vaccine platform(s) and technology used for commercial vaccines
- Conduct of comprehensive studies evaluating the independent risks from adjuvants (additives)
- Full disclosure of vaccine composition in commercial formulations
- Full transparency of all adverse event data in all studies and post-marketing surveillance
- Clarification of eligibility and criteria for no-fault vaccine injury payments or compensation
- Clarification of nature and extent of government indemnity of manufacturers in the event of vaccine injury
- Public dissemination of extent of naturally-acquired (herd) immunity prior to vaccine roll-out and individual consent
- Involvement of elected representatives in due democratic process should mandatory vaccination be contemplated by authorities
The attack on vaccine choice is just part of a concerted campaign by federal agencies undermining consumer choice for natural health options. The FDA is trying to create insurmountable barriers to access homeopathic medicines. The FDA and FTC and some state’s attorneys general have also recently told doctors they can’t advise both their patients and the public about natural prevention and treatment for COVID-19. This is unacceptable.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and tell them to support vaccine transparency. Please send your message immediately.