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Remember the time Merck was sued for falsifying vaccine data?

Now someone else has been caught out at it.

On the 25th of June, NBC reported that “Iowa State University laboratory manager Dong-Pyou Han has confessed to spiking samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to have great promise. Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.

Han was indicted last week on four counts of making false statements, each of which carries up to five years in prison.

“It’s an important case because it is extremely rare for scientists found to have committed fraud to be held accountable by the actual criminal justice system,” said Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch, which tracks research misconduct.“


Some might remember the Merck story, as reported by Courthouse News Service in 2012. See the original court document here .

“PHILADELPHIA (CN) – Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is “far less effective” than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of “questionable efficacy,” flooding and monopolizing the market, a primary caregiver claims in a federal antitrust class action. Alabama-based Chatom Primary Care sued Merck on Monday, the week after the unsealing of a False Claims Act complaint two relators filed in 2010.

Those relators, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, were Merck virologists who claim in their unsealed complaint that they “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.” Krahling and Wlochowski claimed Merck’s scheme caused the United States to pay “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”

Merck is the only manufacturer licensed by the FDA to sell the mumps vaccine in United States, and if it could not show that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, it risked losing its lucrative monopoly, according to the complaint. That’s why Merck found it critically important to keep claiming such a high efficacy rate, the complaint states.

Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint. Chatom claims that the falsification of test results occurred “with the knowledge, authority and approval of Merck’s senior management.”


Only the truly foolish would believe that these are the only two instances of dishonest manipulation of vaccine science


Pharmaceutical companies will do anything to bolster their coffers. We often hear from people that “There’s no money in vaccination”. The profit may not be up there with that raked in by some other misery-causing pharmaceutical products, but $36 billion a year can hardly be called “no money”. Make no mistake – this is big business.

Someone once told me that vaccines are free, and told me that I was a liar for saying pharmaceutical companies make money from them. Yes, some people truly are that thick and blinkered. I daresay that person will be the first in line to roll up their sleeve for the 200 new vaccines that are in the pipeline at the moment. No matter what it is, just stick it in because the government tells you to.


That figure of 200 comes directly from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations. Apparently, a quarter of these vaccines are for supposed protection against life-threatening illnesses. See the list here.
Among the vaccines in the pipeline is one for multiple sclerosis. Is this some kind of sick joke? Sick being the operative word. If anyone cares to check out the Database of Adverse Event Notifications at the Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration site, they can see for themselves instances of multiple sclerosis that have been directly caused by vaccination. Find the TGA here, type DAEN into the search box and go looking.


So they are developing a vaccine to prevent a disease that has been caused, in some instances, by a vaccine? Unbelievable.


Science for Sale

By the by, I have in my possession Science for Sale by whistleblower, David Lewis. I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

Here’s a Barnes and Noble overview of the book:

“When Speaker Newt Gingrich greeted Dr. David Lewis in his office overlooking the National Mall, he looked at Dr. Lewis and said: “You know you’re going to be fired for this, don’t you?” “I know,” Dr. Lewis replied, “I just hope to stay out of prison.” Gingrich had just read Dr. Lewis’s commentary in Nature, titled “EPA Science: Casualty of Election Politics.” Three years later, and thirty years after Dr. Lewis began working at EPA, he was back in Washington to receive a Science Achievement Award from Administrator Carol Browner for his second article in Nature. By then, EPA had transferred Dr. Lewis to the University of Georgia to await termination—the Agency’s only scientist to ever be lead author on papers published in Nature and Lancet.

The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices. Organizations dealing with scientific integrity are designed only to weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they work. The greatest threat of all is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best. This book is about both, beginning with Dr. Lewis’s experience, and ending with the story of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.”

There’s an interview with David Lewis here, if anyone would care to listen.


In the two instances of corruption I’ve mentioned today, rabbit antibodies were used. And we are certainly dumb bunnies if we, without question, let our bodies be corrupted with products foisted upon us by governments that rely on pharmaceutical companies for their information.

science for sale