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Vaccine Freedom Marches Across Italy Highlight Global Vaccination Agenda

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They are questioning the safety of vaccine ingredients and one-size-fits-all vaccine policies that fail to acknowledge biological differences among children and place some children at greater risk for vaccine reactions, injury and death.

June 2017 saw the biggest public demonstrations against forced vaccination held in Europe since the Victorian era,1 as tens of thousands of Italians of all ages marched for vaccine freedom of choice in Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Cagliani and other cities.2 They marched in opposition to a May 19 decree endorsed by the government’s Health Minister and President mandating that school children receive multiple doses of 12 vaccines or be prohibited from attending school with fines of up to $7500 euro (about $9,700) assessed to non-compliant parents.3 4 5

Wearing white t-shirts and chanting “Libera” (“Freedom”), they held up signs that said “Libera scelta” (“freedom of choice“) and “We are not anti-vax but freedom of choice” and “I decide if and how.” The marchers also pointed out that the government’s decree is a violation of Article 32 in the Italian Constitution, which  states, “No one may be obliged to undergo any health treatment except under the provisions of the law. The law may not under any circumstances violate the limits imposed by respect for the human person.”6

Watch a video from the marches here and here.

According to the Financial Times, a doctor and epidemiologist member of the ruling political party introduced the bill in parliament because vaccination coverage for measles declined from 90 to 85 percent among children between 2011 and 2015.7 The Health Minister said that the new mandate was necessary to address measles outbreaks and falling vaccination rates that she described as “an emergency generated by fake news.” She said that Italy must meet a World Health Organization (WHO) objective that achieves a “level of immunization equal to 95% of the population.”8 9

The new mandate increased the numbers of vaccines required for school entry from four (polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B) to 12 (adding pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, HIB, meningococcal C and B).10

Grassroots pro-education, pro-choice organizations in Italy that helped organize the marches, such as COMILVA (Coordination of the Italian Movement for the Freedom of Vaccinations) founded in 1993, have adopted a pro-vaccine safety, pro-vaccine choice position similar to one in the U.S. created by parent founders of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) in 1982. They are questioning the safety of vaccine ingredients and one-size-fits-all vaccine policies that fail to acknowledge biological differences among children and place some children at greater risk for vaccine reactions, injury and death.

Several regional governments in northern Italy are challenging the expanded forced vaccination law in Italy’s Constitutional Court, calling for an end to “coercive measures.” One regional governor was quoted in the media: “Let’s be clear: We are not against vaccines, we are against making them obligatory….no to sanctions, yes to informed decisions by mums and dads!” Another regional official said, “Children’s health comes before the interest of some pharmaceutical company….freedom of choice works, threats and fines don’t.”11

GlaxoSmithKline a Big Player in Italy

The United Kingdom’s multinational drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is a big player in Italy with strong ties to medical trade and government. In 2014, GSK acquired the global vaccine business of Novartis (excluding influenza vaccines), which included meningococcal B vaccine created by Italian vaccine developer Lino Rappuoli working with Novartis.2 13

In 2015, the Italian government launched a 700 million euro (about $785 million) National Vaccination Plan that began to be implemented in April 2016, the same month that GSK announced a one billion euro investment in Italy over four years, with the majority of the investment going to vaccine research and manufacturing and production plants in Italy.14 15 GSK manufactures and globally markets eight of the 12 vaccines now mandated by the Italian government, including four of the newly required vaccines (HIB, meningococcal B and C, pertussis).

In a 2016 interview in Politico, Italy’s director general of health prevention at the Health Ministry talked about how public health officials, doctors and school officials will implement the government’s National Vaccination Plan to drive up vaccination rates among children. “We have strong alliance with the industry and we also have a pact with schools who will have to verify if their students are vaccinated. We also reached an agreement with the order of physicians, who will be paying close attention to those doctors that discourage parents from vaccinating their kids,” he said. He added that it is “necessary to rebalance the responsibility from parents to state authorities.”16

Sanctioning Medical Doctors for Supporting Vaccine Choice

To ensure that all doctors get in line with the National Vaccination Plan, doctors in Italy who dissent from restrictive vaccine policies and advocate for voluntary vaccination are being targeted for de-licensing so that they cannot continue to work as doctors. In April 2017, a well-credentialed cardiologist who, in 2014 authored the book Pediatric Vaccinations: A Review of the Scientific Evidence, was sanctioned by the local medical licensing board for advocating a more holistic approach to maintaining health and for his support of informed consent to vaccination.17 18

Media Serving the Global Vaccination Agenda

The global mass vaccination infrastructure, which has been built over the past two decades by the pharmaceutical industry working with governments, the World Health Organization, medical trade and corporate philanthropist Bill Gates, is a very lucrative one.19 20 21 22 23 Market growth depends upon forced use of vaccines by populations in all countries, especially in the U.S. and developed nations in the European Union, which pay premium prices for vaccines.24 25

Major news outlets in the U.S. and Europe are taking an active role in assisting governments pursuing the global forced vaccination agenda, including getting involved in the political business of other countries. In March 2017 in the Scientific American, vaccine developer Peter Hotez sang the praises of philanthrocapitalist Bill Gates and the global vaccination agenda while pointing to “vaccine hesitancy” worldwide that he blamed on the U.S. “anti-vaccine” movement. Dr. Hotez called on the U.S. government to “snuff out” the anti-vaccine movement and said the largest nations in the world (G20) must “become more vocal and proactive, while addressing and elevating discussions about vaccine hesitancy and anti-vaccine movements in international forums.”26

Two weeks before the Italian government expanded vaccine mandates and financial punishment for non-compliance, The New York Times editorial board wrote: “One of the great tragedies of these post-truth times is that the lies, conspiracy theories and illusions spread by social media and populist politicians can be downright dangerous.” Blaming outbreaks of measles in Italy on “populist” politicians discussing the “utterly misguided and discredited claims about [vaccine’ dangers,” the newspaper linked populism and skepticism about climate change with skepticism about vaccination.27

A few weeks earlier, the Financial Times reported that “moves to widen vaccination coverage” in Italy was meeting strong political opposition and, like The New York Times, placed blame on a “populist party” doing well in opinion polls “arguing that parents should have the freedom to choose” which vaccines their children will get.28 On June 7 after the first public protests in Italy took place, an OpEd published by a large European Union news outlet was headlined “Italy’s mandatory vaccine law should be adopted worldwide.”

Paul Offit Spreads False News About Germany

On June 18, 2017 (Father’s Day), one of America’s most vocal forced vaccination proponents–Merck vaccine developer Paul Offit, MD–inserted himself into the discussion about what the E.U. should do with parents defending the right to make voluntary choices about vaccination for their children. In an OpEd in the Daily Beast entitled “When Parents Force the Government’s Hand on Vaccines, “ Dr. Offit ignored the massive public protests against use of coercion and punishment in Italy. Instead, he congratulated German health officials on “choosing to fine parents as much as 2,500 euros (about $2800) for failing to vaccinate their children” and “requiring kindergartens to report parents whose children are not vaccinated.”29

Either Dr. Offit didn’t bother to fact check or deliberately spread false news in the U.S. about Germany because, actually, parents of kindergartners will be fined if they refuse to provide school officials with proof they have attended a doctor’s consultations on child vaccinations.30 According to Deutsche Welle, Germany does not mandate vaccines for children. Rather, since 2015, parents must present proof to childcare centers that they have been counseled by a doctor about vaccination, but the center is not allowed to refuse a child a place if they have not done so, as parents have a legal right to one. It is up to the childcare centers to decide whether to report parents without proof of a consultation to health authorities, which could result in a fine.31

Vaccine Hesitant Doctors in France and other EU Nations

Vaccine hesitancy is not just growing among parents in Europe, it is also growing among health care providers who give vaccines. In 2015, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published a report on vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers and their patients in Europe. Among their findings, researchers found that healthcare workers had “significant mistrust of pharmaceutical companies who not only had financial interests but also did not communicate sufficient information about side effects and tried to exert pressure on doctors.” They concluded that, “Healthcare workers had concerns related to the risks of vaccination and expressed lack of trust in health authorities.”32

Vaccines Voluntary in Many Western European Countries

Since World War II, western European countries have been very careful about laws that coerce and punish people. Most vaccines are voluntary in all but a few western European countries and there has been a generally high vaccination rate among children with government recommended vaccines, such as DPT, MMR and polio without mandates.33 34

However, according to several reports in major E.U. news outlets, distrust of vaccination has risen in France from 10 percent in 2005 to 40 percent in 2010 and the safety of measles, hepatitis B and HPV vaccines, especially, has been called into question.35 36 France mandates diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines. On June 15, 2017, it was reported that the new Minister of Health in France wants to follow Italy’s lead and make eight more vaccines mandatory for all children, including pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, HIB, pneumococcal and meningococcal C.37

Mandatory Vaccination: Violation of Human Rights

In a 2015 article in The Ecologist, mother and primary school teacher Anna Watson, who is U.K. representative and co-Secretary of the European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance (EFVV), quoted from the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: “Free and informed consent must be respected in the fields of medicine and biology.” She stated that, “to mandate vaccinations is to deny this fundamental freedom….Informed choice is vital in a democracy. Mandating vaccines actually goes against at least a dozen European ethical documents, including the Nuremberg Code.”38

US Parents Stand in Solidarity with Parents in the European Union

When medical doctors working for government, industry and medical trade cannot persuade parents to take risks with vaccines voluntarily, they work with politicians to pass laws requiring parents to vaccinate their children. The U.S. has led the way in that regard since 1905, when the utilitarian U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts set the stage for forced vaccination and forced sterilization in America.39 It started with requiring one vaccine, smallpox, and today U.S. parents are required by state governments to give their children multiple doses of the 16 vaccines the federal government recommends or be punished with denial of childcare and education.

Parents leading the 35-year old vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America stand in solidarity with the parents in Italy, France, Germany, U.K. and many other countries in Europe, who are leading a defense for the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking, including vaccine risk taking. Hold your elected officials accountable for their actions at the polls. Have faith, stay strong and do not back down. You inspire us to do the same.


References:

1 Earl E. The Victorian Anti-Vaccination Movement. The Atlantic July 15, 2017.
2 Repubblica. ‘Italia del “free vax” in piazza: da Cagliari a Torino si manifesta per chiedere liberta di scelta. June 3, 2017. PHOTOS and VIDEO. 
3 The Local (Italy). Italy makes vaccines compulsory for school starters. May 12, 2017.
4 Il Globo. Italy introduces compulsory vaccinations for children. Il Globo June 8, 2017.
5 
Giubilini A. Opinion: ‘Italy’s mandatory vaccine law should be adopted worldwide.’ The Local (Italy) June 7, 2017.
6 
Senato della Repubblica. Constitution of the Italian Republic. Article 32 (page 11). Dec. 27, 1947.
7 
Roberts H. Amid vaccine debate, Italy faces return of eradicable diseases. Financial Times Apr. 18, 2017.
8 
The Local (Italy). Italy makes vaccines compulsory for school starters. May 12, 2017.
9 
Lunghini R. Italy requires vaccination for school enrolment. West-info.eu June 8, 2017.
10 
Ibid. 
11
The Local (Italy). Italy’s northern regions are challenging a mandatory vaccination law. June 14, 2017.
12
GlaxoSmithKline. GSK announces major 3-part transaction with Novartis to drive sustainable sales growth, improve long term earnings and deliver increasing returns to shareholders. GSK Press Release Apr. 22, 2014.
13
Barry F. Novartis Meningitis vaccine scoops innovation prize. BioPharma Oct. 3, 2014.
14
Paravicini G. Italy fights vaccines fear. Politico (EU) Apr. 21, 2016.
15
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Paravicini G. Italy fights vaccines fear. Politico (EU) Apr. 21, 2016.
17
www.Robertogava.it  (Use Google Translate)
18
AsSIS (Association of Studies and Health Information). Expression of solidarity and esteem to Dr. Roberto Gava. Mar. 22, 2017. (Use Google Translate).
19
Gates Foundation. Bill and Melinda Gates Pledge $10 Billion in Call for Decade of Vaccines. Press Release January 2010.
20 CDC. Who We Are: CDC and Our Global Immunization Partners. Dec. 14, 2011.
21
NIH. Bill Gates celebrates research collaborations with NIH. Global Health Matters Newsletter 2014; 13(1).
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World Health Organization. Global Vaccine Action Plan: Immunization Coverage.  WHO March 2017.
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LaVigne P. Global Vaccine Market Surging to More than 70 Billion by 2024.  The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 10, 2016.
24
Boseley S. Bill Gates dismisses criticism of high prices for vaccines. The Guardian Jan. 27, 2015.
25 Sarmadi D. Merkel’s ‘vaccine summit’ raises $7.5 billion. Euractiv.de Jan. 28, 2015.
26 Hotez P. Will an American-led anti-vaccine movement subvert global health? Scientific American Mar. 3, 2017.
27
Editorial Board. Populism, Politics and Measles. The New York Times May 2, 2017.
28
Roberts H. Amid vaccine debate, Italy faces return of eradicable diseases. Financial Times Apr. 18, 2017.
29 Offit P. When Parents Force the Government’s Hand on Vaccines. The Daily Beast June 18, 2017.
30
Associated Press. German Kindergartens to Name Parents Who Skip Vaccine Advice. The New York Times May 26, 2017.
31
Deutsche Welle. Germany moves to improve child vaccination rate. May 25, 2017.
32 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers and their patients in Europe: A qualitative study. October 2015.
33
Haverkate M., D’Ancona F, Giambi C et al. Mandatory and Recommended Vaccination in the EU, Iceland and Norway: Results of the VENICE 2010 Survey on the Ways of Implementing National Vaccination Programmes. Euro Surveill 2012; 17(22). 
34
Vanderslott S. Despite skepticism, Europe has high vaccination rates – but it shouldn’t be complacent. The Conversation Apr. 24, 2017.
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37
LeDauphine. Health Minister Wants to Make 11 Vaccines Mandatory. June 15, 2017.  (Use Google Translate)
38
Watson A. Mandatory vaccination would violate our human rights. The Ecologist May 5, 2015.
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Fisher BL. Forced Vaccination: The Tragic Legacy of Jacobson v. MassachusettsNVIC Newsletter Nov. 2, 2016.

13 Responses to Vaccine Freedom Marches Across Italy Highlight Global Vaccination Agenda

  1. Sharon Reply

    June 29, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I support anyone (United State, Europe, etc) who understands freedom of choice, the right to safety and health for our children, and people in our society.

    I encourage each person to investigate, study, ask questions…look at the informed consent consequences of injecting foreign matter (live or attenuated disease, virus, bacteria, or chemical–organic and non-organic substances), and hold accountable anyone who is involved –medical staff and facility, pharmaceutical companies and anyone associated, even if they have, or say they have, safeguards and protections.
    Discuss with people who are open minded a variety of what is sound, good, healthy, productive, proactive, engaging what is best for our children.
    And instead of being fearful of disease, encourage and study what health is, how to keep, regain and maintain health, through healthy habits, daily, for yourself, your family and all inhabitants.

  2. wilma Reply

    June 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I was force vaccinated while serving with the American Red Cross in Vietnam with over a dozen vaccines for all kinds of diseases I will never come across! They totally wrecked my immune system since with severe allergies, including to many common foods that greatly inhibits my diet! Thanks US Army for WRECKING MY HEALTH FOR LIFE!!!

  3. Linda Lehr Anning Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I am heartened to hear about the vaccine safety movement that is taking place in Germany and Italy. I am disheartened by the lack of media coverage here in the US regarding vaccine safety. Even the more liberal and open minded comedy and talk show hosts like, John Oliver and Samantha B, ridicule people who believe in vaccine safety and blame them for children getting sick. It’s very disappointing that they don’t dive deeper into the available information and studies out there written by scientists and medical professionals questioning vaccine safety. There is such anger and vitriol towards proponents of vaccine safety. It is scary and makes me very sad that people can be so ignorant about informed consent and that mandated vaccines are a form of mass medication, one size fits all! Just follow the money and see who is spear heading this vaccinate everyone on earth over and over again movement. Big Pharma and the doctors who create vaccines! We are weakening our children from birth and destroying their immune systems. I have been a teacher for many years and I now see kids with all kinds of health problems that didn’t exist in the past. We must stand up and speak out for vaccine safety!

    • TeeJae Reply

      June 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

      “Even the more liberal and open minded comedy and talk show hosts like, John Oliver and Samantha B, ridicule people who believe in vaccine safety and blame them for children getting sick.”

      Because they’re paid to. Remember who they work for- corporate media conglomerates. Both HBO and TBS are owned by Time Warner, which like all mainstream media is mandated by Washington to propagate a certain narrative. Even Comedy Central (owned by Viacom) peddles the propaganda. I remember being so disappointed while watching an episode of Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show when they had a panel discussion on the anti-vaxx movement. It was 4 pro-vaxxers against 1 anti-vaxxer. SO imbalanced! I wrote into the show’s producers expressing my deep disappointment and informing them I would no longer be watching their show. Since then, I watch all the so-called “liberal and open-minded” shows with a very critical eye.

  4. owldog Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Fines for not vaccinating? I thought Europe was progressive. I guess true freedom and democracy is getting hard to find.

    • David Weiner Reply

      June 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Progressives favor the nanny state and coercive measures. Why would they object to fines for not vaccinating?

      • TeeJae Reply

        June 29, 2017 at 11:45 am

        That’s an incorrect characterization of progressives.

  5. Car San Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I stand strong. My baby is not and will not be vaccinated. I am prepared to homeschool if needed. Stop forcing vaccines on children.

  6. Doc Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Vaccines did not reduce infectious diseases. They were on the decline from 1850 to 1950 as sanitation and overpopulation improved. Mass vaccination began in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Since pharmaceutical companies liability ended in the late 1980s the health of children in the United States has declined as the increase in autism, eczema , ADD, ADHD, allergies etc. have climbed rapidly. This doctor distrusts the pharmaceutical industry and the politicians that it buys.

    • MamaBear Reply

      June 30, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      I wish you were my doctor!

  7. Colorado Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Another excellent article. $785 million dollars could go a long way towards hygiene for public spaces, homeless prevention, healthy chemical free eating and building initiatives. No matter where in the world you go, big government is bad government because the major international corporations continue to influence and lobby on behalf of their interests rather than the People. “Populists”? That’s me! That’s you! Be wary of this new trigger word, it’s another in a long line of slanderous stereotypes as major companies try and wrestle control away from We The People. The ‘populists’ consists every single person in the USA, and worldwide if they exercise the ability to influence government for the good of the people rathern than placing corporate profit first. The people have spoken, and we choose personal liberty as the priority above all else. Also, I’m still waiting for the ability to subscribe to the VaccineReaction in print form, so I can leave a rich magazine collection of vaccine data at doctors offices, pay and subscribe on behalf of my friends and family, etc. Strength in numbers is going to require a printed publication. Thank you.

  8. Mery Cecconi Reply

    June 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    For all the reasons stated in the article above, I claim that a Mandatory vaccination be against the Italian and the European constitutions. Moreover mandatory, plural vaccinations result to be Dangerous especially for children. Therefore, as a parent, I feel my right to protect my children denied by a cohercion that no civil country in the world can justify.

    In name of all the Italian citizens fighting for their right to a freedom of choice within a so delicat matter, I
    invoke the help of the International community, the European High Court, to stop the Italian governanti to perpetrate such a dictatorial, unnecessary harassment towards out children.

  9. catia Reply

    June 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm

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