How You’re Being CONNED into Funding Vaccines for the Poor…
August 07, 2010
In June, the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) released its first decennial report on the progress it's made toward getting vaccines for children in Third World countries. Since its start-up a decade ago, GAVI's vaccines have gone to 250 million children in developing nations.
In those 10 years, major industrialized countries, along with the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other agencies such as the US National Institutes of Health, have given GAVI nearly $4.5 billion.
But it's not enough, GAVI says. To continue its work, GAVI wants a total of $7 billion by 2015, with $2.4 billion going toward vaccines for pneumococcal disease and $750 million for rotavirus.
Around 80 percent of GAVI cash comes from a handful of governmental donors – the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the US, Norway, Canada, and the Netherlands through direct contributions, support of an international finance fund, and something called Advance Market Commitments (AMCs).
With AMCs, donors give vaccine makers a guaranteed market and price for their products; in return, drug makers promise to sell the vaccines at low-ball prices to poor countries.
The pneumococcal vaccine is the first to be financed under an AMC. Also on the slate as AMCs are rotavirus, tuberculosis, and malaria. The HPV vaccine is on the list too.
The AMC vaccines target diseases that are severe killers in Third World countries, but not in developed nations. But so far, it's children in developed nations who are being pushed first in line to get them -- all in order to pay for those who actually may need them, in Third World Nations.
Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions
With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY.
National vaccine policy recommendations are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level. It is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact. It is critical for EVERYONE to get involved now in standing up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices in America because those choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip all vaccine exemptions from public health laws.
Signing up for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you immediate, easy access to your own state legislators on your Smart Phone or computer so you can make your voice heard. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest state bills threatening your vaccine choice rights and get practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. Also, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips..
So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.
Share Your Story with the Media and People You Know
If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury or death, please talk about it. If we don't share information and experiences with each other, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.
I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the "other side" of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.
We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.
Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More
I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:
- NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
- If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
- Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.
Connect with Your Doctor or Find a New One that Will Listen and Care
If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination.