12 May 2011

Did the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fund coercive vaccine research on girls in India?

PATH is an NGO funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It claims to be "an international nonprofit organization that improves the health of people around the world". One of its programmes being the vaccination of young girls against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease passed on usually by sexual intercourse.

PATH's activities on HPV are based on a coordinated strategy developed by Harvard University, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to "make HPV vaccines available, acceptable, and affordable to those most in need." This strategy too is funded by the sinister money spout of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In India, PATH allegdely conducted vaccine trails on possibly as many as 23,000 girls in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat under the guise of a "vaccination programme". The project had extremely strong backing from the government apparatus. This included "ordering" of all educational institutions to support the programme, and in tribal areas, parental consent was even substituted with that of hostel wardens!

It went smoothly for the munificent foundation... Till seven innocent girls died. The Indian government suspended the project - and true to form, commissioned a report.

The final report submitted found "large-scale ethical violations", and states that the "nature and objectives of these projects makes it evident that they are in fact clinical trials."

But despite exploiting unsuspecting girls as experimental guinea pigs, the "report finally does not fix the responsibility on any individual or institution despite evidence."

So who is being protected? And who really benefitted from the "vaccination" programme?

According to Rani Kumar, Dean of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, “The ambivalent sentences in the consent form tantamount to covert inducement and indirect coercion especially in the light of the high cost of the vaccine.”

The vaccines are pushed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded PATH, and are manufactured by pharma giants, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The cost of vaccinating an individual is approximately $360.

This sounds familiar... If you haven't seen it, please watch The Constant Gardener based on a novel by John le Carré, and starring Ralph Fiennes.

By the way... Bill, Melinda, you have a daughter too. Is she vaccinated against HPV?

1 comment:

anush said...

Can you believe that there is no national data on prevalence of cervical cancer, and none directed to HPV, and there is no study on how many of the HPV strains in India are covered by the vaccine. Now, who is to blame?
It is interesting to note that only two states of all, that is Andhra and Gujarat have subscribed to the programme. There is little wonder why that is.