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NVIC Calls 21st Century Cures Act “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and Urges Presidential Veto to Protect Public Health

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“Congress has handed the liability-free vaccine industry another free pass to make unlimited profits by exploiting Americans legally required to purchase and use inadequately tested vaccines.” — Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center

The non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) says the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which was pushed through the U.S Congress this week with a 94 to 5 vote in the Senate yesterday, is a threat to public health and should be vetoed by the President. The 996 page Act has been promoted by Congress as a consumer friendly bill to fund medical research and make new prescription drugs and medical devices more quickly available in the U.S., but it also lowers licensing standards used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fast track experimental vaccines to market that will be federally recommended and state mandated for use by all children and many adults in America.

“Instead of building a firewall between industry and government to protect the public health and safety, Congress has allowed the pharmaceutical industry to further co-opt the federal vaccine licensing and policymaking process,” said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. “The 21st Century Cures Act is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and should be vetoed by the President.”

The 21st Century Cures Act introduced in 2015 and expanded in 2016 weakens informed consent protections for people participating in experimental vaccine clinical trials. It allows drug companies to use surrogate endpoints to evaluate the effectiveness of vaccines and permits the FDA to accept novel statistical analyses and clinical experience related to a new vaccine’s reactivity, instead of requiring drug companies to conduct large randomized clinical trials to demonstrate safety. It prevents vaccine manufacturers from being sued in civil court if an FDA licensed vaccine given to a pregnant woman causes the injury or death of her unborn child in the womb.

“There is a difference between prescription drugs and medical devices designed to help sick people get well, which are subject to product liability in civil court, and vaccines given to healthy people that are not,” said Fisher. “Congress has handed the liability-free vaccine industry another free pass to make unlimited profits by exploiting Americans legally required to purchase and use inadequately tested vaccines.”

In 1986, Congress gave the pharmaceutical industry a partial civil liability shield from vaccine injury lawsuits in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which created a federal vaccine injury compensation program (VICP) that to date has awarded $3.5 billion for vaccine injuries and deaths. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declared FDA licensed vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and effectively removed all product liability from vaccine manufacturers.

The U.S. government recommends that children receive 69 doses of 16 vaccines between day of birth and age 18 and all 50 states have mandated dozens of doses of at least 10 of those vaccines for children to attend school. Since Congress shielded pharmaceutical companies from vaccine injury lawsuits three decades ago, there has been a 2900 to 3700 percent increase in the cost to vaccinate a child with all federally recommended vaccinations. The current per child vaccination cost is about $2,100 per child vaccinated in a public health clinic and $3,000 per child vaccinated in a private pediatrician’s office.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 200 vaccine bills backed by the pharmaceutical industry and medical trade were introduced in multiple states. Most of those bills mandated the use of more federally recommended vaccines for school attendance and employment, and restricted or eliminated personal belief vaccine exemptions, including those protecting freedom of conscience and religion. All but two state legislatures voted against eliminating vaccine exemptions, but seven vaccine bills have already been filed in the Texas legislature for consideration in 2017 that restrict informed consent rights and threaten vaccine exemptions.

Dawn Richardson, who is NVIC’s director of advocacy and co-founder of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE) in Texas, said, “The erosion of vaccine licensing standards in the 21st Century Cures Act makes it even more important for state legislatures to protect flexible medical, conscientious and religious vaccine exemptions. No state should legally require citizens to purchase and use vaccines or face societal sanctions, especially when vaccine manufacturers have no product liability in civil court and are not required to adhere to high licensing standards.”

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) was founded in 1982 to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and advocates for inclusion of informed consent protections in U.S. health policies and laws, including flexible medical, conscientious and religious belief vaccine exemptions.

Read a referenced video commentary published by NVIC in 2015 after the 21st Century Cures Act was first introduced into Congress.

18 Responses to NVIC Calls 21st Century Cures Act “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and Urges Presidential Veto to Protect Public Health

  1. Vdan Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    TeeJae, you are too optimistic. Writing your congressperson or the president himself is like pouring sand into a bucket with a hole in it. They don’t listen because they are (mostly) bought. They sold out a long time ago, and the real needs of the people don’t get their attention. My congressperson in NC is Richard Burr, one of the scuzziest, corporate funded lackeys in the federal gov. Do you think my writing and calling him will make any difference? NO! When you call his office with a voter opinion on a bill that would actually serve the populace, you can literally “hear” the sneer from them as they hang up the phone. I was poisoned by mercury in vaccinations years ago when I joined Peace Corps and was forced to take a series of mandated vaccinations in order to live in the country where I was assigned. After those vaccines, I never felt well again. After years of suffering with a a compromised immune system, I figured out what happened. Today we know immediately that the vaccines are the problem. I fought back. Over the years I studied natural healing in every venue I could find, and now after 40 years of applying what I learned to my own healing, I am alive and well, having had more than one close call during the process. During that time not one western trained medical doctor was able to help me get well. Only the outlawed medical practices that the AMA suppresses were able to help me (herbs, homeopathy, energy healing, nutritional supplements detoxes, colonics, etc.) When I try to warn people that they are being poisoned by their medical system, their eyes glaze over. And the politicians who have bastardized our government? Do they care? Lost cause. I am seriously looking at leaving this country for a safer world somewhere else. I have run the full gamut in my 66 years from being a patriotic 22 year-old who wanted (and did) serve her country as a peace corps volunteer to today wanting to leave her country because it is not safe to live here. Wake up America!

    • Holly Reply

      December 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Well said!!!!

  2. Serena Nyikes Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I called both my Senators this week to no avail. They both voted for this horrible bill. I just got off the phone with the White House. Be ready for a 10-15 minute hold time but hopefully somebody hears us.

  3. Sprkl Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Actually Trump is not Pro Vac. He doesnt support forced vaccinations. We are all far better off with Trump then Hillary who would have made things much worse than they already are. I think well be seeing some positive changes on the anti vax front very soon.

  4. owldog Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    We need a revolution – and not a phony republican one, like Trump – Corporations have taken over the government. The insane asylum has been taken over by the inmates. Welcome to the USA. The greatest [militarized] country in the world – with a national debt from tax cuts and wars.

  5. Sharon Intilli Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    One silver lining in Trump’s picks for cabinet might be with Tom Price, who reportedly is against mandatory vaccines of any kind. SO perhaps now is the time for NVIC to start working on him to repeal that 1986 ruling that brought limited liability (if any) to the drug manufacturers?

  6. Duncan Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Unvaccinated children are at a loss in finding an unvaccinated mate…

  7. Yvonne Segal Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 11:51 am

    The chiropractors won their day in court when they were being attacked as quacks because they became unified in order to fight back. All the organizations fighting for individual and parental rights to freedom of choice when it come to vaccines and sympathetic doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths etc need to unify and do a class action lawsuit against the FDA, CDC, Federal government for forcing poorly studied vaccines on the human population.

    • Dr steve Reply

      December 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Very well said.

  8. maureen ellis PhD Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 11:46 am

    to “L”: yes, americans have become “just too lazy and stupid” precisely BECAUSE they have virtually all been VACCINATED into a comotose state! This is INTENTIONAL, since lazy + stupid people can be more easily CONTROLLED and MANIPULATED by their corrupt government and their so-called “leaders,” lol.

    • CD Reply

      December 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Vaccines do a lot of harm, but the culprit of creating a dumbed down society is exactly what Adolf Hitler did 1) take control of mainstream media and 2) take control of the government schools. We are over 100 years of very, very subtle dumbing down of the American people and children. I was one of them, but have the God-given gift of using my brain. I woke-up. It took critical thinking skills too. What got those skills in action? 1) one mom planted a seed about mercury in vaccines. She said nothing else, but that. Hmm…I wondered, 2) “People’s Magazine” had an article on a vaccine damaged child. I brought this to my pediatrician and he was defensive about it…hmm? and 3) I wondered why so many people were against them? It’s not like you had 1 or 2 outspoken people, more like thousands. My critical thinking skills wondered what that was all about. Put all that together and I dug in. What saddens me, is how easily dumbed down we humans can be. I unfortunately vaccinated my kids. I believed in the man with the white coat and all the rhetoric I heard growing up how it “saves lives”. I heard a few will be negatively effected or severely hurt by vaccines, yet I followed the stupid crowd and subjected my beautiful kids to vaccines that had the potential to devastate them and our lives. Who in the right mind takes a chance on their kids lives for the “greater good”? I did as most other dumbed down, indoctrinated people. BUT, with a few planted seeds, I woke-up. There is always hope. All of us need to keep trying in any way we can to wake-up the masses. I too feel at times it is hopeless. Yet, I have to believe it can and will turn around. Those whose lives have been damaged or destroyed need to speak out and those who have woken up, need to speak up for them and for the hope to protect future lives. I only wish someone would have said something to me directly about the dangers. My kids seem to be healthy; no immediate damage. Yet, I worry if it could effect their future health in all areas of chronic diseases.

    • Laura wilbert Reply

      December 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Yes, and you try telling your neighbor this stuff and they will think youre crazy. A shame

  9. L Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 11:26 am

    It’s been going on for too long. We’re pretty well doomed.

    The only hope is that enough people might see the truth and revolt. That’s not going to happen. Americans are just too lazy and stupid, and they appear to be taking all of us down with them.

    ….unless you have a better idea?!

  10. William J Ritchotte II Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This is fucking crazy. What can be done about it? Don’t put an article this alarming without some means for people to get back at the Senate for doing this to their people.

    • Dee Reply

      December 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Call your Senators today and also call Pres Obama.

    • Marco Caceres Reply

      December 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      NVIC issued an Action Alert on this legislation last week through the NVIC Advocacy Portal and urged everyone to contact their Senator. The Advocacy Portal electronically connects you to your own Senator so you can give feedback to your state or federal legislators by phone, fax or email. Sign up at http://www.NVICAdvocacy.org. It is a free service provided by NVIC and you will receive Action Alerts whenever vaccine legislation is moving in your state or major federal legislation, like this Act, is being proposed in Congress. NVIC also sent out a press release in July 2015, when the 21st Century Cures Act was first introduced into Congress urging citizens to oppose it.

      Managing Editor, The Vaccine Reaction

    • TeeJae Reply

      December 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      In addition to NVIC’s Advocacy Portal, people can also write their legislators (and the president) directly through their respective websites. Call, write, visit their offices, sign petitions, write letters to the editor of your local (or even national) newspapers… we do have options.

      • Dorothy McFarlin Reply

        December 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

        You can’t possibly believe that the government is going to listen to you let alone consider your views on something that is so political. The pharmaceutical industry owns your representatives, including the president, because they all know that giving the population options or choices will bankrupt them and cause the U.S. economy to collapse. Right now only a small percentage of the population is aware of vaccine (and other drugs) harm, and worse, they don’t see a problem with them. If they are told about it, they simply dismiss it as lunacy and keep on marinating their infants and children with chemicals and substances that could only have one effect – harm to their bodies. So if the parents of precious you children won’t listen or consider it, why would anyone think the bought and paid for government will?

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