The 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine Swindle
The problems with tolerating Politically Motivated Science and Politically Manipulated Science (PMS) are, unfortunately, not unique in American history.
Propagandizing the public to accept rushed through vaccines has led to extreme human suffering and a healthy skepticism of the unhealthy cronyist links between government and Big Pharma.
Some of the American public’s hesitance to embrace vaccines — the flu vaccine in particular — can be attributed to the long-lasting effects of a failed 1976 political campaign to mass-vaccinate the public against a strain of the swine flu virus. This government-led campaign was widely viewed as a debacle and put an irreparable dent in future public health initiatives, as well as negatively influenced the public’s perception of both the flu and the flu shot
At the CDC, Sencer solicited the opinions of infectious disease specialists nationwide and, in March, called on President Ford and Congress to begin a mass inoculation.
Also from 2009: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/09/health/09vaccine.html
…for people who got vaccinated, the rate of getting a diagnosis of Guillain-Barré in the next six weeks was more than seven times as high as for those who did not get the vaccine
On 24 March 1976 President Gerald R. Ford met with CDC, FDA, and NIH representatives and other experts. There was a unanimous recommendation to initiate mass immunization…providing over $135 million…This program was an unprecedented venture in preventive medicine. It was the Government's first attempt at immunization of the entire US population.
It was unprecedented in 1976 because it was done without any legitimately delegated authority then as it remains to this day. The general government of the United States has no power to involve itself in science or medicine other than protecting the exchange of these products and services in a free market.
To Wit: “…promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries (Art 1, Sec 8, Cl 8).
With the government responses to the 2019 strain of coronavirus being arguably the worst public policy in a century, Americans should be asking what tools are available to put the federal Leviathan back inside its decentralized Constitution.