I just sat through an incredibly disturbing and bizarre Health and Human Resources Service Administration meeting. The Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) has suddenly found $300,000 to fund a marketing and research campaign on public perceptions of vaccine safety.
#1 Who allotted this enormous amount of money for this expensive mystery project?
#2 What is Banyan Communications and how were they allowed to choose this marketing company without any input from the public members?
#3 The marketing plan was presented by 3 earnest but woefully uniformed women whose past experience includes working with Boys’ Town and organ donation. One woman explained how organ donation work was also a delicate and controversial subject. I know! As I was listening to this I was thinking, “Sister, please!” If 10 is the most controversial, organ donation is a 1 and autism and vaccines is a 9.
#5 When asked to give an example of where they would collect data and opinions, the lead marketing woman cited “Wired” magazine. Remember people, she is spending $300,000 of your tax money.
Then she spoke about speaking to the “best experts” and researching “evidence based medicine.” I suppose those “experts” include a former entertainment reporter who now works for “Wired”?
#5 Do any members of the ACCV have a past or present professional relationship with this company? Speak up now!
Where is the public input? Where is the accountability to the stakeholders? How is a $300,000 contract issued without the knowledge of ACCV members?
Why are we investing even more dollars in order to hold meetings to hold meetings and to read “Wired” magazine?
Just asking- if anyone has any information I would love to hear from them. Thanks!