Getting the Facts Straight…
by Elissa Meininger – Health Policy Analyst
Donald Trump has made it very plain…… “Vaccines cause Autism”.
He’s been saying that since 2007 – and that’s what he said on the campaign trail. In one of his earliest actions to clean out the Swamp even before his inauguration, he asked Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to head up a commission to get to the bottom of the vaccine science corruption at the CDC.
When the late Roger Ailes of Fox News told Bobby Kennedy he’d never be interviewed on Fox about vaccines, he explained why. 70% of all advertising dollars come from the drug industry. Let me repeat that….70% OF ALL ADVERTISING DOLLARS COME FROM BIG PHARMA!
In short, Ailes told Kennedy, any Fox commentator who interviewed him about the vaccine issue would be fired on the spot to protect critical revenue to the network.
Our nation’s vaccine program is a sacred cow and if, by chance, someone mentions on the air or in the print media, that there is a problem with vaccines, the reporter immediately explains vaccines are perfectly safe and this person must be misinformed, even if the person is a doctor. Only Trump dares to say anything negative about vaccines or any other drug and won’t back down.
Big Pharma spends $5.2 BILLION a year advertising directly to the American public…
The U.S. is only one of two countries in the world that allow drug ads aimed at the public. The other is New Zealand.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the trade group for the $395 billion US pharmaceutical industry defends the ads stating they are useful for informing patients about their treatment options and prod them into taking control of their chronic conditions (read – take more drugs). This is why we don’t see any stories about the problems with drugs, either. You have to go to Joe Mercola’s website to get the truth.
VACCINES – A Big Part of BIG PHARMA’S Big Bucks – $59.2 Billion…
Sales for new vaccines yet to be launched expect to reach $24.8 Billion by 2020. Promotions of vaccines for adult populations is forecast to help boost markets.
Can you envision adults being mandated – no exceptions – to subject themselves to an array of new drugs? The annual growth for sales in vaccines is about 9 percent while standard drugs it is 6.5 percent.
With patent expirations on other drugs, lower sales, lower profits and layoffs, are being experienced, the vaccine section of the industry is a big bright spot. Global vaccine market revenues expect to rise to $59.2 billion.
Big Pharma Controls Washington, Too…
In September of last year, the New York Times outlined just how Big Pharma is the biggest spender in Washington. Over the past decade $2.3 billion has been spent influence peddling among our lawmakers. Open Secrets reports that in 2016, there were 371 Big Pharma clients who hired 1,378 lobbyists and 876 revolvers (former government officials) to help spend $245,842,399 to lobby our public servants.
That means there were over 4.2 Big Pharma lobbyists for each member of Congress.
That does not include all the other ways of influencing elected officials often too hidden to track.
Hillary has routinely received millions from Big Pharma for her various political campaigns over the years, including a big chunk for the Clinton Foundation whose key program was to promote vaccinations by the dozen to kids in the third world. During the 2016 presidential primary campaign, Hillary was happy to collect $336,416 which represented one third of donations to all candidates. Trump received a paltry $1,010.