Should We Feel Confident Trusting the CDC?

By Dr. John Reizer

Author of The Target List Audiobook

The question that has been repeatedly asked of me through the years by readers of NoFakeNews is: Should We Feel Confident Trusting The CDC?

I have read numerous articles that have attempted to tackle this subject and of course, I have viewed the movie VAXXED that for all intents and purposes crushes any credibility this regulatory agency claims to have with regards to overseeing the safety and effectiveness of vaccine products that continue to be manufactured by pharmaceutical companies.

According to the CDC, they are a government regulatory agency that works to protect the American public.

The CDC claims it is completely free from the outside influences of corporations and it has no conflicts of interest that could possibly influence its policy-making decisions.

But can Americans really feel confident that this regulatory body is assessing information and writing policy recommendations that affect all healthcare consumers without biases and that the regulatory body is completely free from the outside influences of the pharmaceutical corporations and others that regularly donate monetary funds to them?

The links below give me some reasons to believe conflicts of interest regularly occur:

Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Safety Research – Gayle DeLong

Conflicts of Interest Report in Vaccine Policy Making by Congress

Ethical Violations of the CDC cited by The Office of Inspector General

The CDC Foundation (From Their Website)

“Established by Congress as an independent, nonprofit organization, the CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission.

“The CDC Foundation helps the CDC save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations,, and individuals to protect the health, safety, and security of America and the world. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched approximately 1,000 programs and raised over $740 million. The CDC Foundation managed over 300 CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 130 countries last year.

“Because CDC is a federal agency, all scientific findings resulting from CDC research are available to the public and open to the broader scientific community for review. Funding for CDC’s work provided through the CDC Foundation is not contingent on the outcomes of research or other scientific activity being favorable to one or more partners. The CDC Foundation works with the CDC to ensure that programs will have a meaningful impact for CDC and public health, and complement CDC’s priorities and ongoing work.  The CDC and CDC Foundation each have review procedures in place to safeguard against possible conflicts of interest.”

In my considered opinion, the CDC Foundation seems to be a clever way for corporations, many of which are drug and vaccine makers to influence the regulatory agency with regards to specific products.

Take a few moments to read this article that discusses in great detail the conflicts of interest the CDC had concerning giving advice to healthcare consumers about the anti-viral, Tamiflu.

CDC’s Gift Review Process (From their Website)

“CDC ensures that when we engage with the private sector, we are good stewards of the funds entrusted to us. We maintain our scientific integrity by participating in a gift review process that is rigorous and transparent. CDC’s gift acceptance policy requires a comprehensive gift review prior to accepting a gift. This includes CDC Foundation (CDCF) gifts and gifts given directly to CDC, whether they are monetary or non-monetary. On May 1, 2014, CDC implemented a unified process for reviewing and documenting possible conflicts of interest (COI) related to gifts provided to CDC via CDCF. In April 2015, CDC extended the process to include the review of all monetary gifts directly provided to CDC. In 2016, this process was strengthened and institutionalized in the most recent revision of the CDC’s gift policy. From 2017 to today, CDC has focused on refining its gift review processes to ensure that the acceptance of gifts continues to be legally and ethically sound.”

Are you kidding me? Do people really believe that many of these donors are not influencing the CDC?

 

Funding Received in Fiscal Year 2019.Congressional Appropriations-$7,339,025,000. CDC Foundation-$13,221,109; Direct Gifts-$12,670,712;

 

The list below represents a history of CDC Foundation corporate donors and partners. Notice the incredible number of pharmaceutical companies included within the list. How can the CDC and our government write there are no conflicts of interest taking place?
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • 360 thinc, ltd.
  • 3M
  • 3M Pharmaceuticals
  • AB Biodisk
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Academic Press
  • Accenture
  • ACE Construction Group
  • Acme Cargo Express Singapore
  • ActionSprout
  • Adis International
  • Adobe
  • Advanstar Communications, Inc.
  • Advantage Healthcare, Inc.
  • Aetna, Inc.
  • Affimedix, Inc.
  • AFLAC
  • AG Communications, LLC
  • Agilent Technologies
  • AGL Networks LLC
  • AGL Resources, Inc.
  • AirTran Airways
  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • Alaska Center for Pediatrics
  • Alere North America, Inc.
  • Allergan, Plc
  • AlphaGraphics
  • Alston + Bird, LLP
  • The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Amgen Inc.
  • The Analytica Group
  • Analytic Services Inc.
  • Annar Diagnostica
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Anthem, Inc.
  • Apatel.com, Inc.
  • Appalachian Power
  • Applied BioCode, Inc.
  • Applied Biosystems
  • Arch Chemicals, Inc.
  • Ark Sciences, Inc.
  • Arrowsmith Consulting, LLC
  • Ascend Media
  • ASI Holdings Inc.
  • Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
  • Astra Merck, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • AT&T Corp.
  • AT&T Georgia
  • Atkinson & Associates, LLC
  • Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Aventis Pasteur
  • Aventis Pasteur Limited
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LIST OF DONORS

 

How are healthcare consumers supposed to have confidence in the advice the CDC publishes about vaccines and other pharmaceutical products when the regulatory agency receives funding, either directly or indirectly, from a large consortium of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture products the CDC are writing policies on?