Documents obtained by the Freedom of Information Act indicate that Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials gave preferential treatment to the Danish grantees (including Dr. Poul Thorsen), and took no apparent action to evaluate the veracity of any of the study data when theft of over $1 million of grant money by Thorsen was made known. In 2009, when CDC officials became aware that Thorsen failed to obtain legally required ethics permissions for the autism bio and genetic data projects, these CDC employees worked with the Danish grantees to hide this fact. Dr. Coleen Boyle, current Director of NCBDDD at CDC, should have shut this grant down immediately upon being informed that ethical clearances were not in place. She should have immediately contacted the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity as well as the Office of Inspector General. Funding should have been discontinued. She should have led the charge to have these papers retracted. There should have been, at a minimum, a press release from the CDC to inform the public. Instead, Dr. Boyle along with Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, Joanne Wojcik and Dr. Diana Schendel worked with their Danish Grantees to ‘fix it’ and retrospectively apply ethics approvals. How can the CDC be trusted with stewarding vaccine safety for the U.S. if this is an example of how ethics are regarded within their ranks? Unfortunately, this is just one of many instances of research fraud and malfeasance within the CDC. CDC officials in the Immunization Safety Office and the Developmental Disabilities Branch have repeatedly omitted data and manipulated statistical results to deny any relationship between vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism.
Readers of Health Impact News are all too familiar with news about corruption inside the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is responsible, for example, for protecting the nation's health and ensuring that pharmaceutical products like vaccines are safe and effective. Yet, the CDC is also the largest purchaser of vaccines from the pharmaceutical industry, spending billions of dollars of taxpayer funds every year to purchase these vaccines. Many top executives and leaders at the CDC also leave the agency to take very lucrative positions with pharmaceutical companies, revealing a revolving door policy between the government and Big Pharma. A CDC whistleblower that revealed corruption in vaccine autism studies a few years ago still has not been subpoenaed by Congress to testify, and this scandal at the CDC that is seen by some as "Bigger than Watergate" was the focus of the popular film VAXXED which was released in 2016. There was great hope that with the new administration in place at the White House that the President and his staff would clean things up at the CDC. However, with new allegations of conflicts of interest with the current CDC director, who just resigned, the World Mercury Project Team, led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., issued a press release this week showing that the nation is still waiting for real reform at the CDC.