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A Swarm of Anti-Vaxxers in Washington Meet & Greet Friendly Trump Anti-Vaccine Supporters

A Swarm of Anti-Vaxxers in Washington Meet & Greet Friendly Trump Anti-Vaccine Supporters | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

They’re calling it a “revolution for truth.”

 

Activists who reject the robust science supporting vaccinations are gathering here Friday for a protest and march, capped off by a speech from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a noted and vociferous vaccine skeptic (read “Trump Picks Vaccine Critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Chair Vaccine Panel”; http://sco.lt/9J3GFt and “Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccines are Pay Dirt’ for #Pharma”; http://sco.lt/6smHDt).

 

The demonstrations follow a lobbying push on Thursday, in which activists held 80 meetings on Capitol Hill, many of them with staffers for members of Congress, according to Irene Pi, an organizer from Arizona.

 

“We’re being heard, and we’re going to enact change,” activist Jena Dalpez told STAT, just before she headed to her fourth congressional office of the day.

 

Advocates who reject that research have gained confidence in recent months, buoyed in part by the election of President Trump, who has a long history of raising unsubstantiated doubts about vaccine safety.

 

High on the lobbying agenda: Pushing members of Congress to encourage President Trump to establish a new vaccine safety commission. Kennedy emerged from a meeting with Trump in January saying such a commission would be established, and he’d lead it. That announcement set off alarms among public health experts; Trump’s team soon moved to quiet the frenzy by saying no decisions had been made about the panel. Kennedy later said, however, that he was confident the vaccine safety commission would move forward.

 

The activists organizing the “Revolution for Truth” also want Congress to repeal a Reagan-era law that had the effect of moving lawsuits over vaccine injuries out of the civil courts by setting up a separate compensation system. People can get compensation through that system if they’re able to meet strict requirements in showing a vaccine did, in fact, cause their injury. Activists oppose the system in large part because autism is not on the list of recognized injuries that can sometimes stem from vaccines.

 

Other key goals: Getting Trump to take vaccine safety out of the purview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And nudging him to issue an executive order banning the government from purchasing vaccines that use the mercury-based preservative thimerosal. That preservative has never been in many key vaccines and was taken out of other childhood vaccines in 2001. Research shows it is not harmful in low doses.

 

Further Reading:

  • “Vaccines Are Path to Better Revenue Growth for Some #Pharma Companies”; http://sco.lt/582wTZ
  • “When Does It Makes Economic Sense for #Pharma Industry to Develop Vaccines vs Drugs?”: http://sco.lt/7adpSb
  • “Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? ‘Good Luck,’ Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor”; http://sco.lt/4gmHXl
  • “CDC’s #VaxWithMe Social Media Campaign has been updated”; http://sco.lt/8bQcuv
  • “Intelligent, High Income People Refuse Vaccinations”; http://sco.lt/67gVs1
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Vaccine Marketing, PR, Earned Media, Lobbying, and 'Anti-Vaxxers'"; http://bit.ly/29H0UOL
  • “Discredited Anti-Vaxxer Researcher Is “Very Positive” He Has an Ally in Trump”; http://sco.lt/76R4xF
  • “Better to Keep Vaccine Adverse Event Reports Secret, Concludes Study”; http://sco.lt/4gkjhJ
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All the more reason to support the March for Science on April 22, 2017!

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Trump Picks Vaccine Critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Chair Vaccine Panel

Trump Picks Vaccine Critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Chair Vaccine Panel | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Outspoken vaccine critic Robert Kennedy Jr. (read“Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vacines are Pay Dirt’ for #Pharma”; http://sco.lt/6smHDt) said Tuesday that he had accepted a position in Donald Trump’s administration as chair of a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, in what would be the clearest sign yet of the president-elect’s suspicions about vaccines.

 

Kennedy’s remarks followed his meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower and immediately sparked outrage from scientists, pediatricians, and public health experts, who fear the incoming administration could give legitimacy to skeptics of childhood immunizations despite a huge body of scientific research demonstrating that vaccines are safe. Many of those skeptics believe vaccines are a cause of autism.

 

Hours later, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement that the president-elect was “exploring the possibility of forming a commission on Autism,” but said “no decisions have been made at this time.”

 

Kennedy was unequivocal about an offer when speaking to reporters at Trump Tower in New York after the meeting. He also said Trump has doubts and questions about current vaccine policies.

 

“His opinion doesn’t matter but the science does matter and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science,” Kennedy said. “And that everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have — he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I — but they’re as safe as they possibly can be.”

 

Further Reading:

  • “Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccines are Pay Dirt’ for #Pharma”; http://sco.lt/6smHDt
  • “Vaccines Are Path to Better Revenue Growth for Some #Pharma Companies”; http://sco.lt/582wTZ
  • “When Does It Makes Economic Sense for #Pharma Industry to Develop Vaccines vs Drugs?”: http://sco.lt/7adpSb
  • “Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? ‘Good Luck,’ Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor”; http://sco.lt/4gmHXl
  • “CDC’s #VaxWithMe Social Media Campaign has been updated”; http://sco.lt/8bQcuv
  • “Intelligent, High Income People Refuse Vaccinations”; http://sco.lt/67gVs1
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Vaccine Marketing, PR, Earned Media, Lobbying, and 'Anti-Vaxxers'"; http://bit.ly/29H0UOL
  • “Discredited Anti-Vaxxer Researcher Is “Very Positive” He Has an Ally in Trump”; http://sco.lt/76R4xF
  • “Better to Keep Vaccine Adverse Event Reports Secret, Concludes Study”; http://sco.lt/4gkjhJ
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Anti-Vaxxers Emboldened by Trump’s Embrace of Vaccine-Autism Conspiracy Theory

Anti-Vaxxers Emboldened by Trump’s Embrace of Vaccine-Autism Conspiracy Theory | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

President Trump’s embrace of discredited theories linking vaccines to autism has energized the anti-vaccine movement. Once fringe, the movement is becoming more popular, raising doubts about basic childhood health care among politically and geographically diverse groups.

 

Public health experts warn that this growing movement is threatening one of the most successful medical innovations of modern times. Globally, vaccines prevent the deaths of about 2.5 million children every year, but deadly diseases such as measles and whooping cough still circulate in populations where enough people are unvaccinated.

 

In San Antonio, 80 miles southwest of the state capital, Texans for Vaccine Choice convened a happy hour to encourage attendees to get more involved politically. The event was among dozens of outreach events the group has hosted across the state. The relatively new group has boosted its profile, aided by a savvy social-media strategy, and now leads a contentious fight over vaccines that is gearing up in the current legislative session.

 

A leading conspiracy theorist is Andrew Wakefield, author of the 1998 study that needlessly triggered the first fears. (The medical journal BMJ, in a 2011 review of the debacle, described the paper as “fatally flawed both scientifically and ethically.”) Wakefield’s Twitter handle identifies him as a doctor, but his medical license has been revoked. The British native now lives in Austin, where he is active in the state and national anti-vaccine movement.

 

Trump has met with Wakefield, who attended an inaugural ball and told supporters afterward that he had received “tremendous support” for his efforts and hoped to have more meetings with the president.

 

But now immunization advocates are realizing that they can’t let vaccine critics go unchallenged, saying they need voices other than scientists and experts to make the case. They are recruiting teachers and grass-roots groups to explain how immunization protects families and communities.

Pharma Guy's insight:

Further reading:

  • “Trump Picks Vaccine Critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Chair Vaccine Panel”; http://sco.lt/9J3GFt
  • “Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccines are Pay Dirt’ for #Pharma”; http://sco.lt/6smHDt
  • “Vaccines Are Path to Better Revenue Growth for Some #Pharma Companies”; http://sco.lt/582wTZ
  • “When Does It Makes Economic Sense for #Pharma Industry to Develop Vaccines vs Drugs?”: http://sco.lt/7adpSb
  • “Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? ‘Good Luck,’ Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor”; http://sco.lt/4gmHXl
  • “CDC’s #VaxWithMe Social Media Campaign has been updated”; http://sco.lt/8bQcuv
  • “Intelligent, High Income People Refuse Vaccinations”; http://sco.lt/67gVs1
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Vaccine Marketing, PR, Earned Media, Lobbying, and 'Anti-Vaxxers'"; http://bit.ly/29H0UOL
  • “Discredited Anti-Vaxxer Researcher Is “Very Positive” He Has an Ally in Trump”; http://sco.lt/76R4xF
  • “Better to Keep Vaccine Adverse Event Reports Secret, Concludes Study”; http://sco.lt/4gkjhJ
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Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccines are "Pay Dirt" for #Pharma

Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccines are "Pay Dirt" for #Pharma | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joins Jesse Ventura and takes on Big Pharma & the Vaccine Industry - Watch now on Ora.TV/OffTheGrid.

 

No TV network will allow you to talk about [vaccines],” says Robert F. Kennedy Jr, in this frank discussion with Jesse Ventura.The activist and attorney is calling out Big Pharma, stating vaccines are “pay dirt” for the industry.Kennedy proves how far Big Pharma will go - and how deep its pockets are lined - to push unnecessary vaccines on consumers.Watch this interview to learn how far this industry will go, including the CDC, to cover-up the most alarming truths about our health system.

 

Further Reading:

  • “Vaccines Are Path to Better Revenue Growth for Some #Pharma Companies”; http://sco.lt/582wTZ
  • “When Does It Makes Economic Sense for #Pharma Industry to Develop Vaccines vs Drugs?”: http://sco.lt/7adpSb
  • “Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? ‘Good Luck,’ Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor”; http://sco.lt/4gmHXl
  • “CDC’s #VaxWithMe Social Media Campaign has been updated”; http://sco.lt/8bQcuv 
  • “Intelligent, High Income People Refuse Vaccinations”; http://sco.lt/67gVs1
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Vaccine Marketing, PR, Earned Media, Lobbying, and 'Anti-Vaxxers'"; http://bit.ly/29H0UOL
  • “Discredited Anti-Vaxxer Researcher Is “Very Positive” He Has an Ally in Trump”; http://sco.lt/76R4xF
  • “Better to Keep Vaccine Adverse Event Reports Secret, Concludes Study”; http://sco.lt/4gkjhJ
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