The U.S. government is partnering with Big Pharma in a massive protection racket:
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling the “Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005″(S. 1873), which passed out of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee one day after it was introduced “a drug company stockholder’s dream and a consumer’s worst nightmare.” The proposed legislation will strip Americans of the right to a trial by jury if harmed by an experimental or licensed drug or vaccine that they are forced by government to take, whenever federal health officials declare a public health emergency.
The legislation’s architect, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the HELP Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, told the full HELP Committee yesterday that the legislation” creates a true partnership” between the federal government, the pharmaceutical industry and academia to walk the drug companies “through the Valley of Death” in bringing a new vaccine or drug to market. Burr said it will give the Department of Health and Human Services “additional authority and resources to partner with the private sector to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines.”
The Burr bill gives the Secretary of DHHS the sole authority to decide whether a manufacturer violated laws mandating drug safety and bans citizens from challenging his decision in the civil court system.
The bill establishes the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA), as the single point of authority within the government for the advanced research and development of drugs and vaccines in response to bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks such as the flu. BARDA will operate in secret, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, insuring that no evidence of injuries or deaths caused by drugs and vaccines labeled as “countermeasures” will become public. (Emphasis added.)
Did you get that? The government takes our money, shovels it to the pharmaceutical industry (which trails only oil and banking in profitability), and if your child goes autistic after a mandatory vaccine, you can’t sue.
Meanwhile, thanks to the media’s sudden discovery of avian flu, the public is beginning to demand a vaccine (which isn’t possible because the virus isn’t in a form that transmits human-to-human yet). And the demand for the standard H1 flu vaccine is up over past years because, I suspect, people mistakenly think it will offer some protection against H5N1.
Is the avian flu a threat? Yes, definitely. But let’s keep some perspective here: Only 70 people worldwide have died from the avian flu. In an average year, 35,000-40,000 Americans die of ordinary influenza.
So why has our government proposed handing over 7 billion of our dollars to Big Pharma for H5N1 preparations while simultaneously shielding vaccine makers from liability?
Protection. Pay up and we’ll make it go away. No Seventh Amendment right to take drug companies to trial if the vaccines they cook up are ineffective or do more harm than good.
Big Al woulda been proud.