RFK Jr.'s claim that the CDC “Owns over 20 vaccine patents.”
By: Ginger Taylor, MS
Mr. Kennedy is in very safe territory by reporting that the CDC has over
20 patents that create vast, undisclosed conflicts of interests in vaccine
safety. This past week, President-Elect Trump invited Robert F. Kennedy
Jr. to discuss Mr. Kennedy leading a vaccine safety commission. The mainstream
media coverage of the meeting was widespread and furious. The vaccine industry
and its media lap dogs do not want their corruption exposed in any official
forum, and they have pointed their fury at Mr. Trump and Mr. Kennedy.
We have seen
a great deal of media on Kennedy and his vaccine safety and corruption claims
in the last week. The nice thing about that is this - because he has been
in the mercury fight for so long, and started investigating the claims of
moms of vaccine injured children more than a decade ago, his coverage has
returned the spotlight to the corruption that was uncovered in the early
days of the realization that the vaccine program was hurting our kids.
One of these
old pieces of information that has made its way back into the discussion
because of Mr. Kennedy's media attention is the claim that, “The CDC
owns over 20 vaccines patents.”
My vaccine safety
and corruption research began shortly after my son was vaccine injured in
2003, and I have heard this claim circulated since I began advocacy in this
arena, but I have never seen any evidence for this claim.
UPI reporter Mark Benjamin wrote an in depth piece on the conflicts of interest
(COI) in vaccine safety entitled,
“UPI Investigates: The vaccine conflict.” We have Mr. Benjamin
to thank for bringing the patents and COIs held by the members of the CDC
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, including Dr. Paul Offit,
to the public's attention, and for documenting the early years of Offit's
increasingly absurd claims. In this article, Offit
asserts that holding vaccine patents, being funded by Merck and having Merck
buy and distribute, to physicians, his book extolling the virtues of vaccines,
does not compromise his objectivity as a member of the committee that determines
what is and is not sound vaccine practice:
asked, members of the committee told UPI their potential conflicts do
not affect their judgment.
"I am probably just the kind of person you are talking about,"
said Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia, who was a committee member until last month. At the same
time, he shared a patent for another rotavirus vaccine. Merck has funded
Offit's research for 13 years.
"I am a co-holder of a patent for a (rotavirus) vaccine. If this
vaccine were to become a routinely recommended vaccine, I would make money
off of that," Offit said.
I review safety data, am I biased? That answer is really easy: absolutely
"Is there an unholy alliance between the people who make recommendations
about vaccines and the vaccine manufacturers? The answer is no.’"
Merck bought and delivers copies of Offit's book, "What Every
Parent Should Know About Vaccines," to American doctors. The book
has a list price of $14.95.
"Merck Vaccine Division is pleased to present you with a copy of
the recent publication, 'What Every Parent Should Know about Vaccines,'"
says a Dear Doctor letter from Merck. "The authors designed the book
to answer questions parents have about vaccines and to dispel misinformation
about vaccines that sometimes appears in the public media."
Offit said he does not know how many copies of his book Merck purchased.
"I don't have any control over that," he said.”
you to read the entire article.
specifics and number of CDC vaccine patents are not reviewed there.
Kennedy repeated the claim last month in an interview with EcoWatch
saying, “The CDC is a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry. The
agency owns more than 20 vaccine patents and purchases and sells $4.1 billion
in vaccines annually.” Again, no source.
I have been
around long enough to know that vaccine claims have to be checked and rechecked.
And since this is a very old claim, one that I would like to be able to
state (if it is true), I decided to review it.
fortunate to have, as one of my partners in advocacy, fellow autism parent
Mark Blaxill, an Intellectual Property expert who has been employed by billion
dollar corporations to manage their patents. Blaxill was the man who found
out that HHS, through NIH, owns patents on all HPV vaccines, and receives
a percentage of the profits for each dose of Gardasil and Cervarix administered
anywhere in the world. He published the stunning revelation in a detailed
three part expose entitled, “A
License to Kill? Part 1: How A Public-Private Partnership Made the Government
Merck’s Gardasil Partner.”
I contacted Blaxill to ask how to run a patent search, he was kind enough
to do it for me. He found 57 granted US patents with the CDC listed as an
assignee. You can see the search
review of the patents, I found that one did not seem applicable to vaccination,
but merely referenced an article on vaccination. That leaves us with 56
CDC patents to scrutinize.
Here is what
are CDC patents applicable to vaccines for Flu,
Nile virus, Group
A Strep, Pneumococcal
Valley Fever, and chlamydophila
is a CDC patent for
“Nucleic acid vaccines for prevention of flavivirus infection,”
which has applications in vaccines for Zika, West Nile virus, Dengue fever,
tick-borne encephalitis virus, yellow fever, Palm Creek virus, and Parramatta
CDC also has several patents for administering various ”shots”
delivery systems for vaccines.
There's a CDC patent on a process for vaccine quality control by “quantifying
proteins in a complex preparation of uni- or multivalent commercial or research
a CDC patent on a method “for
producing a model for evaluating the antiretroviral effects of drugs and
has a patent for companies who want to test
their respiratory system applicable vaccine on an artificial lung system.
vaccine maker is concerned that their vaccine might contain a human
rhinovirus, CDC has a patent on a process for determining if such contamination
has a patent on an assay to assist vaccine makers in finding antigen-specific
antibodies in a biological sample.
holds a patent that provides vaccine makers with a method of "reducing
the replicative fitness of a pathogen by deoptimizing codons."
Asserting that, "pathogens with deoptimized codons can be used to increase
the phenotypic stability of attenuated vaccines."
agency also holds a patent on adjuvants
for a vaccine used on premature infants and young babies.
There is a CDC patent to cover a vaccine for an infection induced by a
tape worm found in pork.
even have patents that cover vaccines for animal illnesses including Canarypox
virus, Fowlpox virus, Sealpox virus, dog
flu and monkey
Does this seem
like a public health agency making “independent” vaccine recommendations,
or a private company with an impressive portfolio to which one might look
for investment opportunities?
CDC is reputed to be an independent government agency making vaccine recommendations
to the public, only for the public good. They are the agency charged with
vaccine safety oversight, via their Immunization
is how the office describes its charge:
Immunization Safety Office plays a vital role in ensuring our nation’s
immunization policies affecting children and adults in the U.S. depend
on continuous monitoring of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
CDC uses many strategies to assess vaccine safety, to identify health
problems possibly related to vaccines, and to conduct studies that help
determine whether a health problem is caused by a specific vaccine. CDC
also works with other federal government agencies and other stakeholders
to determine the appropriate public health response to vaccine safety
concerns and to communicate the benefits and risks of vaccines.
Immunization Safety Office regularly reports on vaccine safety monitoring
findings and any concerns to CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices (ACIP). This advisory group develops the recommended vaccine
schedule for children and adults in the U.S. ACIP considers the safety
and effectiveness of vaccines before making recommendations to the vaccine
schedule or changing recommendations for vaccine use.”
that they proudly state that they report to the ACIP - the same committee
on which Paul Offit infamously served, as if this reporting somehow adds
legitimacy to their vaccine safety work. The same committee that Congress
has excoriated for their long
history of conflicts of interests.
on the CDC's web site can I find the disclosure that the agency is a profit
partner with the vaccine makers for whom it is supposed to be providing
is in very safe territory by reporting that the CDC has over 20 patents
that create vast, undisclosed conflicts of interests in vaccine safety.
He is understating the problem by more than half.
brief look at current patents held by the CDC deserves an in-depth review
to determine exactly what current financial relationships with vaccine makers
now exist and what the current impact those revenue streams are likely having
on vaccine safety positions. Furthermore, one must closely look at the financial
relationships between the CDC
and vaccine makers it is currently courting, to include the potential
exploitation of new patents for financial gain. These are merely a few lines
of inquiry, among hundreds, needing to be examined and why the potential
RFK commission on vaccine safety must be impaneled.
No wonder the
vaccine industry (and let's not kid ourselves, CDC IS the vaccine industry)
and their media outlets are fighting with such a fury to prevent the #RFKcommission
from being formed.
Mr. Kennedy has already said he will fight this corruption against our children
until his last breath, and we seem to have a new president who doesn't care
what Pharma and the mainstream media throw at him. There is more than 20
years’ worth of documented abuse and corruption in the vaccine program
that, if properly examined, would at the very least force reforms that would
drastically reduce the profits of the industry.
vaccine business is currently a $30 billion per year industry in which organizations
like the World
Health Organization have urged increased investment, projecting that
it will become a $100 billion per year industry by 2025. Thus, it is evident
that the CDC and their business partners need the public to not only be
okay with the 69 doses of recommended childhood vaccines, but to begin to
adhere to the additional 100 plus doses of vaccines recommended by the new
adult schedule, and to be ready to inject their families with the additional
vaccines in the development pipeline.
boom can't happen if the corruption in the industry, and the vast, unassessed
damage that it has done to the health of children (and now adults) is laid
open for all to finally see. The $30 billion per year industry will become
a sub $10 billion per year industry, with a cap on how much it can make.
Because there is a cap on how much the human body can process.
We must continue
to press the Trump administration for comprehensive vaccine safety review
and reform, including the universal right to forgo any and all vaccines
Without a White
House to ignore CDC's abuses and run interference with the American public,
the corrupt vaccine industry may be turning into a paper tiger, and its
media simply a powerless crowd of bullies with a megaphone, broadcasting
“sound and fury signifying nothing.”
Taylor, MS is an advocate at HealthChoice.org and Director of the Maine
Coalition for Vaccine Choice.