By Jefferey Jaxen

*UPDATE 3/10: Federal and state public health authorities have tested only 6,563 people for the coronavirus as of Tuesday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numbers provided by all 50 states

It’s been a challenging week for U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) head Alex Azar. 

After repeatedly assuring the public during press conferences and media interviews that there would be plenty of coronavirus test kits available in the United States, his talking point appears to have been merely a linguistic placebo.

Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state, California, New York, and potentially other states are dealing with shortages of test kits. This has hampered the testing process. 

The U.S. has trailed other countries in rolling out tests. That’s because of problems with its test kits, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially limiting the number of eligible people.

On February 20, Politico reported

Problems with a coronavirus test developed by the CDC have delayed the Trump administration’s efforts to expand screening to state and local public health labs, more than two weeks after the FDA granted permission to distribute the CDC test nationwide…Only three of the more than 100 public health labs across the country have verified the CDC test for use.”

Two weeks later, a damning report explained how a senior FDA official, dispatched to the CDC in an effort to expedite the development of lab tests, was blocked from the premises at the agency’s Atlanta headquarters. 

Once granted access, the FDA official discovered evidence of lab contamination. He reported this to HHS officials, which most likely exacerbated lab-test delays and other problems. At the time, the CDC had spent days reassuring HHS leaders that the lab tests were imminent, even as delays prevented their delivery.

The Hill is now reporting that the CDC has only tested 1,583 people in the U.S for the coronavirus since cases were first identified in January. Meanwhile, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told reporters that as of Friday the CDC and public health labs had run 5,861 tests without results made publicly available yet. 

Congress recently approved $8.3B in funds to battle the coronavirus, with $2.2B going to the CDC and more than $3B going to vaccine R&D. Despite Vice President (and coronavirus task force head) Mike Pence’s promises last week, the veep later admitted the U.S. does not have enough coronavirus tests to meet the expected demand. But shortly after that, Azar directly contradicted Pence, telling ABC News on Friday “There is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been.”

As America watched in awe at Azar’s apparent display of magical thinking, a bigger revelation was dropped on his head a day earlier by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN).

In 2019, ICAN submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the CDC for “All studies relied upon by CDC to claim that the DTaP vaccine does not cause autism.”

ICAN also submitted this same request for HepB, Hib, PCV13 and IPV vaccines, as well as requesting the CDC provide studies to support the cumulative exposure to these vaccines during the first six months of life do not cause autism.

Despite months of demands, the CDC failed to produce a single study in response to these FOIA requests.

ICAN was therefore forced to sue the CDC in federal court. There, the CDC finally conceded, in a stipulation signed by a Federal court judge, that that it has no studies to support that any of these vaccines do not cause autism.

Calling out Azar and his HHS, the agency which has been responsible for vaccine safety oversight for decades in the U.S., The HighWire host Del Bigtree issued a public demand to the agency secretary, 

“I’m giving you an opportunity to remove this statement [vaccines do not cause autism] from the CDC website. Our government in America should not be lying when it talks about science and medicine.”

In the end, the CDC was only able to identify 20 studies: 

  • One relating to MMR (a vaccine ICAN did not challenge)
  • Thirteen relating to thimerosal (an ingredient not in any of the vaccines ICAN queried)
  • Five relating to both MMR and thimerosal; and
  • One relating to antigen (not a vaccine) exposure 

The CDC claims on its website that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.” Despite this claim, studies have found between 40% and 70% of parents with an autistic child continue to blame vaccines for their child’s autism, typically pointing to vaccines given during the first six months of life. 

In a press release, Bigtree states:

The most recent data from CDC shows that 1 in 36 children born this year in the USA will develop autism…This is a true epidemic. If the CDC had spent the same resources studying vaccines and autism, as it did waging a media campaign against parents that claim vaccines caused their child’s autism, the world would be a better place for everyone.” 

The modern-day social, political and medical climate in America towards anyone who questions vaccine safety has been one of open and unapologetic, state-sponsored discrimination. Paralleled by the wholesale, targeted and venomous media discrimination against parents who, in action, voice or vote, dare to disobey full vaccine compliance.

As opposition to Big Pharma-themed mandatory vaccine bills explodes in state capitols across America, the thin margin of narrow Big Pharma talking points parroted by their proponents and propagandists is evaporating rapidly. 

This moment marks the time when no one can ever again say that vaccines do not cause autism. The American people now know, thanks to the CDC’s legally-forced admissions, that such a statement is simply unscientific and unsupported by the data. 

Moving forward, the motives of those who continue to report or recite the ‘vaccines don’t cause autism’ mantra will now be viewed as medically and scientifically ignorant—at best—or agenda-driven and willfully dishonest in favor of Big Pharma’s legendary ‘profits over people’ modus operandi.

With products like Merck’s Vioxx and Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin, it wasn’t until after the fact and a widespread wasteland of human casualties that conventional thought, open reporting and scientific accuracy reflected the fraud and criminality which fueled the rise of the popular drugs.    

The internal workings of American medicine and science now has a chance to challenge and change a false narrative that continues to harm generations of Americans and threatens the very fabric of our national cohesion. 

Alex Azar can be the man who comes in from the cold to walk a path that heals this country, figuratively and literally. Despite whatever actions he takes, the hearts and minds of the American public will forever be scarred by the historical let-down by the CDC and HHS that has tragically touched so many families. 

The People have risen. It’s evidenced by capacity protests throughout America in response to ill-directed vaccination legislation. History will look upon those unwilling to incorporate these newly uncovered facts about vaccines and autism unfavorably, as the pendulum swings towards justice and truth

Below is HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s public contact information. Please write to him and tell him to remove from the CDC’s website the claim “vaccines do not cause autism”

Twitter: @SecAzar

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-690-7000