Now we have HR 2232 that says every child, all the time, must receive whatever vaccines a group of industry insiders (CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) add to the vaccine schedule. Is this bill going to be attached as a rider in the dead of night to some other bill and passed before we know it? The bill is an extraordinary overreach, and it is sad that a black Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, introduced it. However, one does not need to look very far to find the long arm of Pharma behind it: Representative Wilson's senior advisor Kenneth Austin previously worked for Abbott, a pharmaceutical company, and GlaxoSmithKline, a major vaccine manufacturer.
At least the W.H.O. still knows that vaccination decisions should be made through risk-benefit assessment, not one-size-fits-all, shotgun approaches that benefit industry primarily. We already have the 1995 Vaccines for Children Act that provides vaccines to every child in the country (55%) who might not afford them. From W.H.O.:
Risk/benefit assessments should be applied to most situations relating to the efficacy or safety of vaccines to ensure public safety and public health.