Vaccines..., the subject matter surely agitates some, concerns others, and in the source is hailed as the great thing we are always told it is...
especially since the Pharmaceutical industry's job market has many needs in that area.
Yet just a few years ago, vaccines were the unprofitable runt of the pharmaceutical family, primarily due to their market. People must buy blood
pressure or asthma drugs for years, but only one or a few doses of a vaccine in their lives, so sales are low. In addition, vaccines are routinely
bought by public health agencies at a low price.
But there is a conspiracy theory brewing in my mind about the 'surge' in the "vaccine" industry. One that cannot be countered by arguments about
their effectiveness, their 'dire' need, or the idea that they are a detriment to the health of those subjected to them. Those latter issues can all
be countered by the statistically saavy, or the hermetically sealed pharmaceutical test beds that produce the 'validations' the industry uses to
promote vaccinations generally.
The conspiracy to which I am aluding starts here ...
Two factors have turned the industry around. One is an increasing demand for vaccines in developing countries. This is partly due to greater
prosperity in the growing economies of China and India but also because vaccination is being vigorously promoted by various organisations as a route
to economic development. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), which campaigns for greater access to vaccines in developing
countries, has created a booming market for vaccines in developing nations partly by persuading governments to pool resources and make advance
purchase commitments. This helps bring prices to an affordable level for developing countries while still making it profitable for the manufacturers.
As a result, vaccine makers are now working on widespread, previously neglected diseases, such as malaria.
Research is also driving the boom in vaccines, bringing a better understanding of pathogens and immune reactions to them, as well as diversifying the
jobs available in this area. Besides immunologists or virologists, "there are many kinds of scientists entering the field who weren't there before",
says Rino Rappuoli, head of global vaccines research for Novartis in Siena, Italy.
Granted..., this may require some distillation to appreciate:
Factors which turned "Vaccines" into a mainstay revenue source for Big Pharma
1 - Increasing demand for vaccines in developing countries, vaccination is being vigorously promoted by various organisations as a route to economic
2 - Research ... of pathogens and immune reactions
Gear up, we're going in....
As stated above this boom is, "...also because vaccination is being vigorously promoted by various organisations as a route to economic
Now, I am keenly aware that there are many ATS members who are well-versed in how these things work... so I will unabashedly proclaim my intent to
present a scenario to take the form of a question which I am hoping some in the community can answer. The information from the article will form the
basis of the framework for the question.
First, to be fair, I must admit my bias: I am inclined to believe that the aspects and danger of disease burdens to countries can be a matter of
perceptions which can be influenced by marketing, and that revenue (profit) and political expedience become important factors in the approach taken by
a nations governors, especially if those governors are appointed by popularity. In other words, the opportunity for abuse and exploitation is always
A good example of fear-based profit marketing may be found in the article "Link found between infectious disease and IQ"
) which starts:
INFECTIOUS disease is taking an unexpected toll by sapping people's brainpower in the world's poorest countries. So say Christopher Eppig and
colleagues at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, who found that a country's disease burden is strongly linked to the average IQ of its
Now, if I were a government official, such research might be quite an alarming incentive to explore the options available to combat the problem.
Enter the globalist rescue squad....
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), which campaigns for greater access to vaccines in developing countries, has created a
booming market for vaccines in developing nations partly by persuading governments to pool resources and make advance purchase commitments.
Well, who are these alliance types, you may ask?
Let's see there's:
Chair: Dagfinn Høybråten, Leader of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party at the Norwegian parliament. Former Minister of Health, Minister of
Labour and Social Affairs and State Secretary, Ministry of Finance and a Member of the Board of Governors of Norways Central Bank. Also former
Director General of Norway Social Security Administration.
Vice chair: Jaime Sepulveda, Senior Fellow in the Global Health Program, and Deputy to Global Health President Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also a
member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, as well as
architect of effective public health programs in Mexico including the national health surveillance system, the Universal Vaccination Program, and the
National AIDS Council.
Other board members include:
-Wayne Berson, of the international accounting firm BDO USA LLP.
-Dwight L. Bush, former CEO and President of the UTB Bank, and a prominent former Director of Chase Manhattan.
-Ashutosh Garg, founding chairman of, Guardian Lifecare Pvt, Ltd... India's largest chain of heat and beauty retail stores, as well as former
employee of ITC, Lockheed Martin, and Hughes; former member of the think tank "Center for Policy Research"
-Geroge W. Wellde. Chairman of the board of trustees of the university of Richmond, and retired partner and vice chairman of the securities division
of Goldman Sachs & Co.
-Dr. Cristian C. Baeza, Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank; Partner in McKinsey and Company leading the Global Health
Systems Financing group (Health Systems Policy, Financing, and Health Insurance). Also CEO of the Chilean National Health Fund (FONASA), Senior Health
Systems and Health Insurance Specialist for Social Security Policy and Development at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva,
-Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, also was a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
-Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family and Community Health, World Health Organization; Dr Bustreo had assignments at the World Bank,
she speaks 7 languages.
-Amie Batson, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Deputy of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), USAID. she had a 20-year career in
global health that included positions in the WHO, UNICEF, and most recently, the World Bank. She led the World Bank’s efforts in vaccine financing,
including the establishment of new financing mechanisms like the Advance Market Commitment* and the use of donor financing to “buy-down” loans
from the International Development Assistance program.
-Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Office of the GAVI Alliance, former officer of the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller
Foundation. Interned at Harvard, he has been featured on the cover of Newsweek, recognized by TIME magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People
in the World" and by Wired Magazine as among "The Wired 25—a salute to dreamers, inventors, mavericks and leaders."
* - Advance Market Commitment: provides a platform for investing in the development of a sustainable supply of breakthrough vaccines.
This enables developing countries to receive vaccines more quickly than would have been possible if left to normal market mechanisms and at prices far
lower than those paid in developed countries.
i.e. the pharmaceuticals have a contractually obliged buyer at a fixed price.
Now there sure seem to be alot of people who fit nicely into the theoretical roles with a plan to create money by forcing third-world countries to
accpet loans from international banks so they can send that money to vaccine manufacturers, no?
There also seem to be a number of players who control policy about howw a nation may 'qualify' for the loan, as well as from whom the loan will come,
and under what terms.
Is it me, or aren't there a lot of bankers in this crowd?
Considering that UNICEF is the worlds largest consumer of vaccines for third world countries, and the World Bank is, well, a bank; you would think
there's money to be made here....
But their 'partners' bear noting as well.
Crucell supplied the first internationally-available, fully liquid pentavalent (5-in-1) vaccine Quinvaxem™. Over half a billion doses of liquid
pentavalent vaccine have been requested for 2009-2012.
GlaxoSmithKline was GAVI's main supplier of pentavalent and tetravalent vaccine in its first five years and has committed to supply 300 million doses
of pneumococcal vaccine to GAVI over 10 years.
Merck's Foundation provides funding for the Merck Vaccine Network - Africa. Merck donated hepatitis B vaccine in support of GAVI and is providing
rotavirus vaccination for all infants in Nicaragua for a three-year period.
Sanofi Pasteur supports GAVI's Yellow fever initiative for Africa.
Pfizer introduction of pneumococcal vaccine to Rwanda in April 2009, the first use in a GAVI-eligible country. Under a 2008 proposal by Wyeth
(subsequently acquired by Pfizer) committed to donate more than three million doses to immunisation in Rwanda and The Gambia.
That sounds like the "Big 5" doesn't it? It isn't, but they are the 'connected' ones aren't they. They are, in fact, all members of the IFPMA -
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.
I have to say that I keep coming back to the idea of small or non-industrialized nations being 'warned' about epidemics that are 'inbound' and told
they must - if they wish to remian viable participants int he global economy - take out a loan to pay the pharmaceutical companies for vaccines....
This guaranttes the revenue for Big Pharma. And whether or not it is true, they can claim they saved lives.
This has been a bit much, I know, but after some thought, it seemed this shows the subtle reality at work, corporations control the economies of the
globe, based upon their agenda; and they have constructed a framework that makes it nearly impossible to "opt-out."
Thanks for your patience, kind readers.
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