This is would be hoot if there was no serious side.
Up to Sunday this week the British press were in full flood about the importance of giving flu vaccines to pregnant women, little children, OAPs. Medical professionals were being openly bullied into it with news stories about it being irresponsible of them not to have the vaccine.
Yesterday suddenly – in a complete volte face [u-turn] the British media report that the flu vaccine is useless and a waste of money. CHS reported this here along with other vaccines which were not working either: Vaccine Programmes Failing Worldwide – Homer Simpson and The World of Vaccines
This was also reported in the New York Times and other US media three weeks ago.
Why should the US media suddenly decide three weeks ago to report that the current flu vaccines are useless? This has been know for years and is well covered in respectable medical journal publications. But the media have not been reporting when they should have been warning the public of the issues of vaccine adverse reactions every year with each new promotion of a government flu campaign.
So what has changed?
Two days ago the US FDA approved a new kind of vaccine technology: AP news story – Flucelvax, A Flu Vaccine Made With Cell Culture Technology Approved By FDA.
Follow The Money
Who is behind this new vaccine technology? The US Department of Health and Human Services has invested in the US$1 billion facility for manufacturing flu vaccines with Swiss drug firm Novartis and using a completely new type of vaccine technology totally different to competitor current vaccines [emphasis added]:
Novartis has partnered with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for the development of the cell-culture manufacturing technology, as well as for construction of the state-of-the-art facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Total public or private investment in the technology development and facility is more than $1 billion. Flucelvax will be produced in Holly Springs once the facility is ready for full-scale commercial production. The facility is the first-of-its-kind in the US and also allows for enhanced domestic pandemic preparedness.
Novartis gets FDA nod for influenza vaccine 21 November 2012 News By BioSpectrum Bureau.
So clearly a great idea for the US DHHS to make sure they trash their competitors products with their new vaccines to be on stream shortly. Would the US DHHS have had some idea three weeks ago the US FDA was going to approve the new vaccine technology they had invested so much money in? Surely they could not have been living in ignorance.
So what was the origin of the news story that existing flu vaccines are useless?
University of Minnesota Press Release and Report
On 15th October a news release was issued by University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP): New U of M led analysis finds urgent need for new influenza vaccine. It was accompanied by a report: The Compelling Need for Game-Changing Influenza Vaccines: An Analysis of the Influenza Vaccine Enterprise and Recommendations for the Future and an executive summary.
As flu vaccination is a big thing with the US CDC and hence the US public, this report was news. The key theme was that current vaccines provide sub-optimal benefits and that
Only with new game-changing vaccines can we ever really be prepared for the next influenza pandemic.”
The news release and report was ignored by the media. Nothing was published. This has the appearance that editors are not willing to run stories critical of vaccines – including vaccines which do not work and are useless and especially ones government agencies engage in active campaigns to promote.
Then it seems, and CHS will be happy to be corrected, that a New York Times blog on 5th November openly reported the story but not in a news report. The story was then picked up by other US news outlets and reported more widely.
Clearly, there was no need for any contact between CIDRAP and any other agency nor is it suggested there was. It could all be coincidental.
At the same time the whole thing has a curious appearance to it. The story was a good news story on 15th October but did not run. It goes out on an NYT blog on 5th November some three weeks later. It then takes another 2 1/2 weeks to get into the British media. And it all coincides with the US DHHS rolling out this new US$1 billion flu vaccine manufacturing facility using what looks like it might be promoted as the kind of “game-changing” technology CIDRAP called for.
Maybe a journalist or three whose work can be trusted might seek to get to the bottom of this. If there is no collusion and it is all coincidental then fine and dandy. But if that is not the case then the US public and people in other countries should be informed.
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