Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he will head up a panel on vaccine safety for Donald Trump.
The president-elect’s transition team spokeswoman later walked that back, saying that he is “exploring the possibility” of forming a panel on autism, but “no decisions have been made.”
Let’s hope Trump drops any idea of a vaccine panel headed by Kennedy. For more than a decade, Kennedy has promoted anti-vaccine propaganda completely unconnected to reality. If Kennedy’s panel leads to even a small decline in vaccine rates across the country, it will result in the waste of untold amounts of money and, in all likelihood, the preventable deaths of infants too young to be vaccinated.
Children around the world are being given three doses of the novel VLP HPV vaccine products Cervarix and Gardasil.
In regards to the three dose HPV vaccine regimen, I recently contacted Professor Diane Harper, an author of the study re the bivalent HPV vaccine (i.e. Cervarix), published in The Lancet in 2004, to ask her if titres were measured after individual doses or after all three doses in that study.
I was surprised when Professor Harper responded that “The titers were measured one month after the third dose.”
Professor Harper’s response indicates that titres were not measured after each individual dose.
So it appears it was not proven that three doses of Cervarix HPV vaccine were required.
In her email response to me, Professor Harper said: “The need for long-term protection drove the fear that three doses would be needed. As we learned one dose of cervarix provides high titers as well and has proven efficacy. It is unfortunate that the WHO would not recommend one dose of cervarix worldwide.”
In regards to Professor Harper’s statement “As we learned one dose of cervarix provides high titers…”, another study re Cervarix, published in 2013 states: “Antibody levels following one-dose remained stable from month 6 through month 48. Results raise the possibility that even a single dose of HPV VLPs will induce long-term protection.” This study was followed up with further analysis in 2015 which also indicates there is no evidence to support the three dose Cervarix HPV vaccine regimen.
It is shocking to discover there was no evidence to support the three dose HPV vaccine regimen.
HPV vaccination has been fast-tracked around the world. Children are being given three doses of novel, turbo-charged aluminium-adjuvanted VLP HPV vaccines which produce unnaturally high titres, i.e. HPV vaccination induces antibody titres that are 80- to 100-fold higher than those observed following natural infection, which seems to be a very unnatural response.[5,6]
Scientists such as Professor Harper admit “the mechanism of immunogenicity from a scientific perspective is poorly understood”. Children are being used as guinea pigs in a massive international experiment – is this ethical? What are the implications here in regards to informed consent?
While the studies I have referred to are about the Cervarix HPV vaccine, this leads to questions about the Gardasil HPV vaccine – what is the evidence supporting vaccination with three doses of the Gardasil HPV vaccine product?
Were three doses of HPV vaccines suggested to justify the cost of these vaccine products?
As for Professor Harper’s suggestion that Cervarix “has proven efficacy”, as far as I am aware, there is as yet no independent and objective systematic review of the efficacy of HPV vaccination in preventing cervical cancer, i.e. untainted by pharma influence or bias.
I suggest the public is being misled about the promoted ‘efficacy’ of globally fast-tracked HPV vaccination. At this time we have no idea of the long-term effects of this very questionable medical intervention, particularly if the risks will outweigh the touted benefits.
In my opinion the benefits of HPV vaccination are being over-hyped, and children and their parents are being grossly misinformed about HPV vaccination. At this time there is no independent and objective analysis validating HPV vaccination, and no scientific basis for the three dose regimen.
This is a massive international scandal.
1. Diane M Harper et al. Efficacy of a bivalent L1 virus-like particle vaccine in prevention of infection with human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 in young women: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. Vol. 364. November 13 2004.
2. Email response from Diane Harper, 11 December 2016.
3. Mahboobeh Safaeian et al. Durable Antibody Responses Following One Dose of the Bivalent Human Papillomavirus L1 Virus-Like Particle Vaccine in the Costa Rica Vaccine Trial. Cancer Prev Res; 6(11) November 2013.
4. Aimee R Kriemer et al. Efficacy of fewer than three doses of an HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine: combined analysis of data from the Costa Rica Vaccine and PATRICIA trials. The Lancet Oncology Vol 16, July 2015.
5. Ian H Frazer. Measuring serum antibody to human papillomavirus following infection or vaccination. Gynecologic Oncology 118 (2010) S8-S11.
6. Diane M Harper et al. Efficacy of a bivalent L1 virus-like particle vaccine in prevention of infection with human papillomavirus types 16 and 18 in young women: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 2004; 364: 1757-65.
7. Diane M Harper. Prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccines to prevent cervical cancer: review of the Phase II and III trials. Therapy (2008) 5(3), 313-324.
The international over-use of vaccine products is going through the roof and we have to challenge this. It is my fear that the long-term consequences of over-vaccination are going to put the over-use of antibiotics disaster in the shade.
The pharmaceutical industry is driving the growth of the vaccine market, with the apparent enthusiastic support of the scientific/medical establishment and governments.
The situation is dire in that vaccination policy appears to be dominated by pharmaceutical companies and academics with conflicts of interest, i.e. associations with the vaccine industry. There is no truly independent and objective formulation of vaccination policy, certainly not in my country Australia.
The mainstream media is also a major part of this shambles, providing little or nothing in the way of critical analysis of vaccination policy. Indeed the media is a major player in vaccine promotion as we have seen in Australia with the Murdoch media’s campaign for compulsory vaccination, i.e. the ‘No Jab, No Play’ campaign, which was obligingly adopted by the major political parties and enacted as the ‘No Jab, No Pay’ law.
The ‘No Jab, No Pay’ law coerces parents to have their children vaccinated to access benefits. This means parents will have to have their children vaccinated with ALL the vaccine products and revaccinations on the schedule for children up to the age of five years, i.e. they are hindered from evaluating the risks and benefits of each of these medical interventions – this directly conflicts with the obligation to obtain ‘informed consent’ before the medical intervention of vaccination.
This is extremely problematic as there are questionable vaccines on the schedule, e.g. the arbitrary second shot of live measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (when many are likely to be immune after the first dose of effective vaccine, which can be verified by antibody titre testing but this is generally not offered as an option to parents), and multiple shots of the aluminium-adjuvanted diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine, which is failing, hence the call for more and more so-called ‘boosters’. And older children are being pressed to have three doses of the very controversial turbo-charged aluminium-adjuvanted HPV vaccine(s), along with yet another diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis shot.
There is also currently persistent lobbying for the aluminium-adjuvanted GSK Bexsero meningococcal B vaccine to be added to the taxpayer-funded vaccination schedule in Australia, despite the fact this product has been rejected three times by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee due to the “multiple uncertainties in relation to the clinical effectiveness of the vaccine”.
The trashing of the right to ‘informed consent’ before a medical intervention, i.e. vaccination, is a most serious development in our liberal democracies, one which has implications for adults as well as children, with the implementation of an adult ‘immunisation’ register in Australia. And yet this major political and ethical issue, which is important internationally, is going under the radar.
The general community is being seduced by the idea of ‘magic bullets’ to prevent disease, i.e. vaccines, but there are problems emerging with failing vaccines and adverse effects of vaccination. The possibilities for ‘unintended consequences’ abound. The long-term cumulative consequences of these excessive medical interventions, including annual flu vaccination, are unknown.
As seen recently in the UK, with the uproar about TV presenter Melinda Messenger’s concerns about the safety of HPV vaccination, the medical establishment quickly rises to stifle any questioning of vaccination safety. The vicious pillorying of Melinda Messenger was disgraceful, including Dr Chris Steele’s arrogant and patronising attitude towards Ms Messenger.
Vaccine industry gatekeepers, such as science writer David Robert Grimes, are given platforms in the media to aggressively promote vaccine products and deride those who have concerns about these burgeoning interventions. Grimes is not an ‘expert in vaccination’, he speaks with no authority in this area. Let’s have those who are accountable for vaccination policy in the frame, make them answer our questions.
Parents are entitled to ask questions about vaccination. This recent episode with Melinda Messenger is an illustrative example of the way parents are being bullied into having numerous vaccinations and denied being properly allowed to consider the risks and benefits of these ever-increasing medical interventions, which are proving to be so lucrative for the vaccine industry.
The medical establishment’s apparent reluctance to acknowledge the possibility of adverse events after vaccination also destroys any confidence in the post-marketing surveillance system. The voluntary reporting system is completely inadequate.
We are facing an epidemic of gross over-vaccination – this is a massive international scandal.
There should be an immediate moratorium on new vaccine products and an urgent review of vaccine schedules around the world. Children are being forced to have too many of these lucrative vaccine products and there may be serious long-term repercussions.
1. November 2014 PBAC Outcomes – Subsequent Decisions Not to Recommend.
2. See for example: “HPV Debate: Melinda Messenger sparks row on This Morning as she’s accused of scare-mongering for not giving her daughter the HPV vaccine”. The Sun, 14 December 2016 and “Melinda Messenger hits back at ‘hostile’ Holly, Phil and This Morning for ‘gagging’ her during HPV vaccine debate”. Mirror, 16 December 2016.
3. See David Robert Grimes’ contribution, as enabled by the Daily Mail, i.e. inset box in this article: “Why I stopped my little girl from having the cervical cancer jab: TV presenter Melinda Messenger is one of a number of mothers worried about the possible side effects of the HPV vaccination”. Daily Mail, published 30 November 2016, updated 2 December 2016. Also see: Grimes’ article: “We know it’s effective. So why is there opposition to the HPV vaccine?” The Guardian, 12 January 2016.
just what is Mr Kennedys medical background. What is his profession. What are his credentials and qualifications for making anti vaccine comments.
Robert, I was working with the FAA in DC just out of Va Tech when John was shot. I cried, and was awakened when the jets flew over Arlington Cemetery near my apt. I have always appreciated and supported your family in political matters. I beg you, PLEASE, PLEASE to not associate your good name in any way with crazy Donald Trump. Bad things are going to happen…… run away, fast! With Great Respect for the Kennedys. Thank you.
I did not bother to read the same old stuff that has been handed out for years by establishment people who cannot explain autism, and why it has exploded over the years into a national issue. They expect people to believe that it is genetic, when the huge increase in cases that tracks the increase in number of vaccines should tell us that genes DO NOT CHANGE THAT FAST. The first case decades ago is actually known by name!
When are we going to have the honest truth told to us, that medical interventions nearly always have a downside as well as a benefit? When are we going to have honest research done so that the downsides can be eliminated or reduced and people do not have to choose between benefit and risk? It is disgusting that this kind of thing has gone on for years and yet defenders, like the person who wrote this piece, still fail to understand that the public deserves the truth–whatever it is–not more trashing of the very people who want to make vaccination safer.
“and why it has exploded over the years into a national issue.”
It hasn’t. This is a lie that anti-vaxxers LOVE to spout.
Unfortunately for you uneducated louts, the truth is that autism rates are similar between the generations when we go back with the same current diagnostic criteria.
let’s face it. Dumb people reproduce more and faster than smart people. Therefore, the lemmings should be encouraged to pursue their shortsighted policies and face the consequences of it. Once, they will be decimated by their ignorance, the balance will be restored in the universe.
Seth Mnookin returns with his lies!
SM: “In his piece, Kennedy completely ignored an Institute of Medicine immunization safety review on thimerosal published the previous year”
Lie! From the article:
“Dr. Marie McCormick, who chaired the IOM’s Immunization Safety Review Committee, told her fellow researchers when they first met in January 2001. “We are not ever going to come down that [autism] is a true side effect” of thimerosal exposure.”
SM:”[Note: Shortly after “The Panic Virus” was published, Salon decided to pull the piece from its site.]”
Salon’s founder agrees you’re a pharma shill, from his letter to Kennedy:
“I know enough about the debate — and about the pharmaceutical industry’s general track record on putting profits before people, as well as the compromised nature of regulatory oversight in this country when it comes to powerful industries — to know that “disappearing” your article was not the proper decision.”
SM: “…and wherever the transcript diverged from the story he wanted to tell, he simply cut and pasted until things came out right. Again and again, he used participants’ warnings about the reckless manipulation of scientific data by people with ulterior motives to do the very thing they were afraid would happen.”
In your attempt to disprove Kennedy’s piece, you end up only validating it by trying to excuse CDC, WHO and AAP officials’ attempts to keep scientific data from the public for the sake of liability – despite the public health implications for children worldwide.
“it was actually “40 percent, not 187 times, greater than the EPA’s limit for daily exposure to methyl mercury””
Include the rest of the clarification you liar:
“As the story states, these single-day doses exceeded the EPA limit by as much as 99 times. Based on the misunderstanding, and to avoid further confusion, we have amended the story to eliminate the forty-percent figure.”
“Only three of those vaccines had ever used thimerosal as a preservative, and all had been thimerosal-free since 2001.”
Lie! Still in flu shots routinely given to infants and pregnant mothers in all trimesters. Read the FDA:
Seth, just accept reality – you’re finished.
Apparently, Seth Mnookin has a squatter in the comment threads who is doing his drive-by attacks for him.
What MPH stands for anyway?
It sound like an horrific STD!
Any vaccine available yet? LOVL
Master of Public Health
Btw, I couldn’t help but notice that comments to me from “Jay Kanta” are gone after I’ve made this observation:
SciAm and Business Insider have now re-posted Mnookin’s entire hit-piece against RFK Jr. without a comment thread – what a surprise!
Just take a look at how real scientists view Jake.
The vaccine apologists, like Seth, have been running rampant with fraudulent vaccine science and misinformation for far too long. When all the public has to do is look in their neighborhood and find evidence of the epidemic of vaccine injury and autism, not even big pharma owned media can hide the truth. Everyone can see the problem now. The only strategies the apologists have left is the ad hominem.
So you have no scientific evidence, you have to attempt to use the bandwagon logical fallacy, as well as psychological projection.
If everyone can “see”, then you can bring credible scientific research to back up your claims of an “epidemic of vaccine injury”, right?
I am not a Trump supporter but the number of vaccines given to children today has gone up 10x since 1992 and many with dangerous chemicals in them. Mr. Kennedy wrote a book on this and appears to be right person to handle the big pharma cartel on vaccines. We should welcome his inputs not bash them. The author of this article takes cheap personal shots at Mr Kennedy, maybe he should disclose his conflicts of interest with Big Pharma so we know who’s opinion he really values.
“and many with dangerous chemicals in them.”
Nope, I’m sorry, this is a lie without any evidence.
Which is just like how Robert Kennedy Jr. operates and why he should be ignored in the national discussion on vaccinations.
Please post: 1) a list of the vaccines administered to children in 1992, and 2) a list of the vaccines administered to children today. If you can’t do that, you misinformed, lying, or both.
Actually, Mr. DNA and Jay, this information can be found by you. It is a common trick for people to demand someone else do their research for them. Do it yourself. This is publicly available information, even from the CDC. Look it up. The number of vaccines has greatly increased over the years. And the autism cases have tracked that increase. But as we know, correlation is not causation. So, what is needed is honest research and accounting for this result, not name calling and ignorance.
@DNA: I can do that. I can also show you the total volume of vaccines and total antigen load is quite a bit smaller today than it was in 1992.
You didn’t actually indicate why more vaccines is a bad thing. You just implied it. That’s sad.
The “too many too soon” ignorance has to stop. It’s getting old and stale.
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