“Vaxxed” is not an anti-vaccine movie, so don’t dismiss this film without seeing it. Willful ignorance is never a good thing. We’ve had far too much of it in the vaccine debate already.
“Vaxxed” is a pro-safe vaccine movie. It is a listen-to-the-parents-of-children-who-have-been- harmed movie. It is a compelling documentary exposing a high level of corruption and fraud within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It also explores the insidious reach of the pharmaceutical industry into our lives and the devastation that that unholy alliance between the CDC and pharmaceutical industry has caused in human lives. Most importantly, it warns of the catastrophic future we are facing if we don’t wake up and act soon.
It doesn’t matter which side of the vaccine debate you are on. This movie carries voices that must be heard.
From the producer’s statement:
From the moment I started working on this movie people have asked why I would choose to leave my career as a respected producer on the medical talk show, The Doctors, to make a movie with Dr. Andrew Wakefield, arguably the most controversial figure in modern medicine. The answer is I had no choice.
“Vaccines are safe.” That is the stated fact from a highly vocal subset of the medical community, everyone who worked around me on The Doctors, and just about any person you stop on the street. But in the fall of 2014 everything changed when I was alerted that a senior scientist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had become a whistleblower and had confessed on the internet that he and five of his colleagues had committed fraud on their 2004 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine study when they covered-up the fact that the vaccine was causally associated with autism.
More shocking than the accusation that a U.S. government agency was knowingly poisoning millions of its own children with a flawed vaccine was the fact that not a single mainstream newspaper, television or radio show covered the story.” Del Bigtree, Producer, Mediacal Journalist
In 1978 autism was a rare disorder, affecting about 1 in 15,000 children. In 2014, there were 1,082,353 cases of autism. In contrast to this fact, consider this: the big story that was covered by all the networks in 2015 was the outbreak of 644 cases of measles, further entrenching the debate over vaccines into those who do, against those who do not vaccinate.
By framing the debate around whether you should or should not, the real issue of safety is lost completely. This has created very convenient and profitable environment for pharmaceutical companies, along with a wide swath of individuals, to flourish in a petri dish of corruption.
“Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” turns the debate to where it should have been all along: the safety of the drugs, responsible oversight, and the voices of the parents who have had irreparable harm injected into their once healthy children.
The mere presence of “Vaxxed” in the lineup at the Tribeca Film Festival sparked enough controversy that it was pulled from the schedule. Not because of the merits of the film, but because a handful of filmmakers threatened to pull their films if it remained. The organizers, Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal caved to their demands.
DeNiro, a father of an autistic child, has stated in interviews since then that he has regretted that decision and believes the movie has value.
Because vaccinations are such a contentious topic, it’s important to underscore the purpose of this film. In closing, this film calls for action in these areas.
- That Congress subpoena Dr. William Thompson and investigate the CDC fraud.
- That Congress repeal the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and hold manufacturers liable for the injuries caused by their vaccines.
- That single measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine be made available immediately.
- That all vaccines be classified as pharmaceutical drugs and be tested accordingly.
When you consider that parents are compelled by law to inject their healthy babies with these products, it is not unreasonable to demand that those responsible for the safety of these products be held accountable to the highest standards of those parents—not just shareholders.