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The audacity of the swine flu vaccine manufacturers almost defies belief.

A year ago, with the help of government bureaucrats paid to advance their commercial interests, vaccine manufacturers whipped much of the developed world into a frenzy over a threat that was supposedly going to claim millions of lives around the world. Manufacturing of the vaccine was fast-tracked, an exemption was made to formerly required testing and safety standards, retailers launched a marketing blitz, and people clamored to be injected with a drug known to contain carcinogens and sometimes cause neurological problems.

By early 2010, the panic had subsided and the manufacturers couldn’t give their unused H1N1 vaccine doses away. Investigations were being launched in Europe and elsewhere around the world. Conflicts of interest were being made public. There was talk of incinerating millions of unused doses.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that fewer than 12,000 people in the U.S. had died of the swine flu, compared with 36,000 who die each year, on average, of the seasonal flu. The Great Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009, it turned out, was the Great Pandemic That Wasn’t.

So was that the end of it? Ah, to think so would be to underestimate the tenacity of the pharmacological-industrial complex. They’re coming back, this time telling us we must take a concoction that contains both the regular seasonal vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine. Apparently they don’t need to incinerate those unused doses after all—especially not as long as the public, with its short memory, is willing to queue up and roll up their sleeves.

Well, here at Government Against the People, we don’t believe in watching the truth flushed down the memory hole. That’s why we’re offering this brief summary of events that document what a huge scam the swine flu pandemic truly was.

The spell is broken

By December of last year, people in high places were beginning to ask questions. Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman of the health committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council  of Europe, introduced a motion “on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on the extent of the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on WHO,”  reported Global Research.

The common folk were also asking questions—and raising alarms. A Web site called Canadians for Health Freedom invited Canadians to report their own H1N1 vaccine horror stories. By the end of the summer of 2010, there were about 450 entries.

January was an eventful month in the unraveling of the swine flu hoax. Bloomberg reported that “Governments from the U.S. to Germany are curbing purchases of vaccine to fight the new H1N1 virus after cases declined and the first flu pandemic in 41 years appeared milder than initially feared.” India’s health secretary, K. Sujatha Rao, was among government officials demanding answers from the World Health Organization after it had become obvious that the swine flu pandemic was much milder than the fearmongers had warned.

A columnist for the Huffington Post, meanwhile, posted an article mocking the pandemic that “didn’t fly.” He reported, among other things, that “the Council of Europe launched an investigation into whether the World Health Organization ‘faked’ the swine flu pandemic to boost profits for vaccine manufacturers.” The columnist apparently thought the silly swine flu “pandemic” had been quietly put to rest. Obviously he underestimated the brazenness of the pharmaceutical companies and government bureaucracies—not to mention the gullibility of the public.

Britain’s Daily Mail, also in January, reported that critics at the first of several Council of Europe hearings into the handling of the swine flu pandemic were saying that “drug companies manipulated the World Health Organisation into downgrading its definition of a pandemic so they could cash in on a swine flu outbreak.”

“The great swine flu hoax of 2009 is now falling apart at the seams as one country after another unloads hundreds of millions of doses of unused swine flu vaccines,” reported Natural News. “No informed person wants the injection anymore, and the entire fear-based campaign to promote the vaccines has now been exposed as outright quackery and propaganda.” Natural News, like most news organizations reporting on the swine flu scam, couldn’t conceive at the time that the pharmaceutical companies and health bureaucrats would be back again, promoting the useless and harmful vaccine all over again.

Raking it in

Vaccine manufacturers, meanwhile, were quite open about the profits they were making. According to the Douglass Report, pharmaceutical companies were “boasting to their investors about how much money they’re going to rake in from vaccines in the next few years.” One of them, Sanofi-Aventis, the parent company of the world’s largest vaccine maker, Sanofi Pasteur, was “telling its investors that it plans to double its vaccine business by 2013,” the Douglass Report noted. “In 2010 alone, they’re hoping to sell nearly $5.76 billion in needless needles.”

Speaking of Sanofi-Aventis, the New York Times reported last February that the vaccine maker’s profits for the fourth quarter of 2009 had exceeded analysts’ expectations, thanks mainly to the swine flu vaccine. “Sales of the swine flu vaccine, which in October led Sanofi to raise profit projections, accounted for nearly $500 million of the quarter’s revenue and $638 million for the year,” reported the newspaper of record.

By February, realizing that the jig was up, retailers had become desperate to unload unwanted flu vaccine doses. Walgreens went so far as to slap vaccine stickers on random merchandise in some of their stores, as shown here. (Curiously, the sticker says “H1N1 available here,” as if it’s the virus itself people might want to buy!)

By now, criticism and outright mockery of the swine flu scam had gone mainstream. According to an opinion piece in AOL News in April, the World Health Agency’s “swine flu czar,” Keiji Fukuda, “fessed up” to “agency wrongdoing.” The same article reported that Wolfgang Wodarg, an epidemiologist with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, accused the WHO of creating a “false pandemic” that was “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century.”

More recently, Yahoo New Zealand reported in August that one-third of the experts who had advised the World Health Organization on the Swine Flu scam—sorry, pandemic—were on the payroll of big pharmaceutical companies.

What lessons can we draw from these events? Mainly, that the unholy alliance of pharmaceutical companies and government health ministries will stop at nothing to advance their promotion of unneeded yet harmful drugs.

If the people fall for the hoax this season, we will have learned once again that the public has a tragically short memory and will fall for anything—a development that will surely embolden those who seek to profit from the subjugation and control of the masses to behave even more audaciously in the future.

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Well, no duh. Of course they were being bribed. There never was a swine flu pandemic, and even the WHO now admits that. It was always about selling vaccines. Or, more accurately, it was about getting government agencies to coerce people into taking them.

GENEVA — Five of the 15 experts that advised the World Health Organisation about swine flu pandemic alerts had received support from the drugs industry, including for flu vaccine research, the WHO revealed on Wednesday.

The agency released for the first time a list of the 15 members of the Emergency Committee headed by Australian tropical diseases professor John Mackenzie, who was the only member publicly named during the outbreak.

They came from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America, the list posted on the WHO’s website showed.

Most were scientific researchers and epidemiologists, along with a Senegalese diplomat, public health officials from Thailand and Chile as well as two specialists on international air travel and health. The list can be seen at http://www.who.int/ihr/emerg_comm_members_2009/en/index.html.

Critics had raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest that might have helped the drugs industry influence decisions on huge orders for special vaccines against A(H1N1) flu.

Read more at AFP.

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The beauty of the vaccine scam is that the drug makers always have deniability—they can always say there’s no link between a vaccination and an adverse reaction. As long as adverse reactions are collated informally, as they are on this Web site, the drug makers can dismiss the cases as being “anecdotal” and thus unworthy of a response.

Since the GSK H1N1 vaccine was rolled out in late October, many people are reporting adverse side-effects from the shot. These reports are not being publicized, largely because there doesn’t seem to be anyone collecting them.

Therefore, we decided to collect some data of our own, and created this page to find out what sort of damages are really being done by the flu shot. You are invited to participate, and help others decide for themselves whether or not to accept a flu shot.

Read more at Canadians for Health Freedom.

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