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The unofficial vaccine educators: are CDC funded non-profits sufficiently independent?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5104 (Published 07 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5104

Re: The unofficial vaccine educators: are CDC funded non-profits sufficiently independent?

Another group which Peter Doshi has not mentioned in this excellent article [1] is Voices for Vaccines which describes itself a "parent-driven organization" but is also "an administrative project of the Task Force for Global Health, an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) organization" [2]. According to the Wikipedia entry on Task Force for Global Health [3]:

"Major funders include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CDC, WHO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Sightsavers, Pfizer, Merck & Co., Johnson & Johnson, and GlaxoSmithKline. The Task Force is affiliated with Emory University, headquartered in Decatur, Georgia, a town in metro Atlanta..."

The CDC is also affiliated to vaccine companies as well as foundations organisations promoting their products through the CDC Foundation [4].

It is hard to detect the spontaneous public enthusiasm for more products or harsher compliance. In recent correspondence in these columns no one came forward [5,6,7,8].

[1] Peter Doshi, 'The unofficial vaccine educators: are CDC funded non-profits sufficiently independent?'BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5104 (Published 07 November 2017)
[2] https://www.voicesforvaccines.org/about/
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Task_Force_for_Global_Health
[4] https://www.cdcfoundation.org/partner-list
[5] Rapid Responses for Doshi, US government website for collecting adverse events after vaccination is inaccessible to most users, http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2449/rapid-responses
[6] Rapid Responses for Moberly, UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination, http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3414/rapid-responses
[7] Rapid Responses for Arie, Compulsory vaccination and growing measles threat, http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3429/rapid-responses
[8] Rapid Responses for Cave, Debating the future of mandatory vaccination, http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j4100/rapid-responses

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2017
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22