Julie Gerberding Now Officially a Paid Pharma Shill Withholding her Conflicts of
Your favorite CDC director and mine, Julie Gerberding, is back to help ABC news
scare you into vaccinating with the rushed and poorly tested H1N1 flu shot by
using the now tried and true, "On no... there's gonna be a vaccine shortage, get
yours now", offense in their piece:
Flu: Should We Be Worried?
Possible 'Global Grab' for Swine Flu Vaccine If Faced With Shortages"
A few years back, there was an actual seasonal flu shot shortage because of a
failure in manufacturing, and the news reported on it. To everyone's surprise,
people RAN to get shots, even waiting in long lines. More people got flu shots
that year than ever.
So now, they do it every year just before the fall. Get your flu shots before
they run out! So of course the are using this tactic with swine flu (FYI, I
listened in on the HHS National Biodefense Science Board meeting today on the
Swine Flu and they are expecting to have tens of millions of vaccines available
by September 15th [or sooner] and more than 190 million available by October,
that is most of the US just in the first two months of flu season)
After the scare piece, Dr. Gerberding is introduced to us for a short interview
"Joining us now from Atlanta, the former head of the Centers for Disease
Control, Dr. Julie Gerberding. ... do you have an update on when that
vaccine might be available?
Dr. Gerberding shares with us:
Well if everything goes well, we should have vaccine early in the fall. But
we've never had the luxury of being able to count on vaccine as the magic
bullet in the early months. We know there is not going to be enough
globally, and it will be many months before we can even cover our own
population under the best scenario...
I am sure the public feels reassured about the vaccine by seeing the familiar
face of a public health official talking about "magic" vaccines.
Except that Dr. Gerberding is not a public health official any more. She is now
a PR consultant.
Gerberding left CDC in January at the request of the Obama administration and
subsequently went to work for the global giant PR firm
Edelman as an "adviser on global health strategy".
And Edelman represents PHARMA. And AstraZeneca, Novartis, Pfizer, Abbott
Laboratories, and Johnson & Johnson.
Edelman gave us the "One Less" campaign.