President Trump just nominated former chief lobbyist and President of the US division of drug company Eli Lilly, Alex Azar, to be the next Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS). Eli Lilly is the inventor and was the primary manufacturer of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines that is linked to autism and other neurological disorders. Prior to employment at Eli Lilly, under George W. Bush, Azar was general counsel and later deputy secretary of HHS at the time the decision was made to give an expedited efficacy and safety review to Gardasil, a vaccine for human papilloma virus produced by Merck that has enormous safety issues. As general counsel (head attorney) for HHS, Azar participated in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding that denied more than 5000 claims of vaccine injury, even though HHS settled one of the test cases that found that Hannah Poling's autism was indeed caused by vaccine injury. While the head of Eli Lily in the US, Azar was also on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Association, a trade and lobbying association for manufacturers of biological products including drugs, vaccines and GMOs. Azar's career perfectly mirrors the "revolving door" door between regulatory agencies and the industries that they supposedly regulate in the public interest. The revolving door is one of the clearest indicators of government corruption. Azar is exactly the wrong person to head HHS. Azar must be approved by the Senate, and the Autism Action Network will be working hard to stop his confirmation. Please call the White House and politely express your opposition to Azar's nomination at (202) 456-1111
The U.S. military is getting into the vaccine business. And why not? Pharmaceutical companies are desperate to develop new products to recover lost profits from expiring patents on block-buster drugs. Having the U.S. Military purchase vaccines that are not even FDA approved for "biodefense" purposes is a brilliant marketing scheme. Too bad it also subjects our fine men and women in uniform to be guinea pigs in a great billion dollar vaccine experiment! A recently released 122 page report, which was published in 2009 but never released to the media or shared with Congress, states that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is on track to spend billions of dollars "to create flu vaccines and specialized medicines to protect military personnel from germ warfare agents." Wow, what a great market for the pharmaceutical companies! They get to use your tax dollars funneled through HHS to develop new vaccines, and then your tax dollars are used again to purchase those vaccines and distribute to our military, who become basically test lab rats to help them find the next block buster vaccine or drug to unleash on the general population, of whom they have complete legal immunity if anything does go wrong and a bad product gets into the market. It's a win, win, win market for the pharmaceutical industry, and a lose, lose, lose way of life for the U.S. military and American public.