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Every Child By Two, Amy Pisani and Cancelled NVICP Vaccine Program Hearings

Dr. Paul Offit, of CHOP, Merck RotaTeq Co-Inventor, and Amy Pisani of Industry Pharma "Advocacy" Group Every Child by Two

By Wayne Rohde

Every Child By Two (ECBT) lead the charge to derail the Congressional hearing into the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). In her 11/12/13 letter to Chairman Darrell Issa and members of the Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee, ECBT Director Amy Pisani, stated:

“I write to you on behalf of Every Child by Two to express our concern over an upcoming hearing on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. We urge you to contact Chairman Issa to request that the hearing focus on potential remedies to the program and mechanisms already in place through the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines.

Every Child By Two is greatly concerned that the hearing may steer toward a rehashing of the already disproven theory that vaccines are a cause of autism and other disorders…

Fortunately, when the program was created a mechanism for ongoing oversight was also instituted: the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV). This commission meets regularly each year to make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues relating to the operation of the NVICP. There are nine voting members (two of whom are parents of vaccine-injured children) who provide oversight of the NVICP and recommend ways to improve the program. Remedies to the program can and should be facilitated through the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV)…

I am happy to come to meet with you to discuss our concerns and represent the parents who have benefitted from vaccines by having healthy children and those who have lost their children to deadly diseases, both of whom are often underrepresented in these matters.”

Ms. Pisani urges Congress to allow the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) Commission to work on reforms, rather than allowing Congress to question the actions of the ACCV. The ACCV was indeed established by Congress to advise the Secretary of HHS regarding operations of the NVICP and to provide public representation and public outreach regarding the program.

But in asking Congress to allow the NVICP to reform itself, it must be pointed out that the ACCV’s has never provided the oversight and reform. Those running the NVICP do what they want and the pharmaceutical industry – which also funds ECBT - provides cover. The few recommendations that the Commission has put before the Secretary of HHS have rarely been acted on. Public outreach efforts have been dismal at best.

Along with the rest of the utilitarian “vaccinate every person for the greater good” crowd, Amy Pisiani and ECBT is suppressing the right of citizens to address executive branch wrong-doing through their elected representatives.    

One ACCV effort that needs to be scrutinized is the Banyan Communications contract awarded in 2010.  Over $300,000.00 was paid to Banyan to develop and implement a public outreach program to educate the public about the NVICP. The outreach program was never implemented. Most Americans have no idea that the NVICP exists, suppressing the number of vaccine injury claims. Several FOIA requests have been submitted to HRSA regarding the Banyan contract and associated persons.  Those requests have been ignored. 

At the September 2008 quarterly meeting, Dr. Geoffrey Evans, Director of the DVIC and Executive Secretary of the ACCV, announced that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was awarded a $ 1.7 million dollars to study adverse events of childhood vaccines (eventually published in 2011). At issue is where the money for the IOM study came from. The minutes of that ACCV meeting suggest that the money was appropriated from the Vaccine Trust Fund (VTF) thru HRSA to the IOM. The VTF was established to pay compensation awards to petitioners, their attorneys, and for the administration of the NVICP – not to pay for research.

Once again, a FOIA request to HRSA asking for who authorized the payment and where was the ultimate source of funds has been ignored.

One of the primary functions of the ACCV is to provide meaningful recommendations to the Secretary of HHS. 

A review of all the proposed ACCV recommendations dating back to 1990 has revealed few successes. The ACCV has repeatedly recommended expansion of the three (3) year statute of limitations for vaccine injury (2 years for death cases) to six (6) years and on one occasion eight (8) years. The Secretary of HHS has disregarded these reform recommendations.

The current makeup of the ACCV is:

Nine voting member commission consisting of (1) Three health professionals, who are not employees of the United States Government, and who have expertise in the health care of children, and the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of childhood diseases, and the adverse reactions associated with vaccines, of whom at least two shall be pediatricians; (2) three members from the general public, of whom at least two shall be legal representatives (parents or guardians) of children who have suffered a vaccine related injury or death; and (3) three attorneys, of whom at least one shall be an attorney whose specialty includes representation of persons who have suffered a vaccine-related injury or death, and of whom one shall be an attorney whose specialty includes representation of vaccine manufacturers. In addition, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (or the designees of such officials) serve as nonvoting ex officio members.

One of the ACCV members – Dr. Kristen A. Feemster, M.D – works with Dr. Paul Offit in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit is an ECBT board member, essentially, one of Ms. Pisani’s bosses.

ACCV quarterly meetings are now held via conference call. This decision was announced at the December 2012 meeting by Dr. Vito Caserta, the new Acting Director of the Division of vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC) and Executive Secretary of the ACCV. Caserta suspended in person meetings due to “budgetary concerns”. This is curious as the ACCV is funded by a direct appropriation of the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund and should not be subject to Congressional budget tensions.

There has been some discussion during last week’s meeting of conducting one or two future meetings in person. 

As a result, the general public has even less access to the ACCV than it used to.  One must be willing to spend the 6 to 8 hours on the phone before being allowed to comment at the designated time in the meeting agenda. There is no ability to submit comments before or after via email or letter for inclusion on the record. The public is not allowed to ask questions of the Commission – only to make statements.

At the Congressional Staff Briefing on November 4, 2013, Mary Holland and Rolf Hazelhurst spoke in great detail about why the NVICP is not working as Congress intended. Both highlighted the corruption, intimidation, deceit and manipulation by the NVICP.  I suspect these concerns will not be addressed by the ACCV. That is why Congress needs to act.

However, in the hopes of stirring some Commission action, Louis Conte, read the statement below at the December 5, 2013 ACCV meeting.

Comments of Louis Conte to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines

Chairman King and ACCV Members, I disclose the following:

  • I have never been a petitioner in NVICP.
  • I am the father of triplet boys, age 13, two with autism.
  • I was the lead investigator and a co-author of Unanswered Questions From the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine- Induced Brain Injury, published in the peer reviewed Pace Environmental Law Review in May of 2011.
  • I am a board member of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy and the Autism Action Network.

In a letter supporting the NVICP and opposing the Congressional Hearings that were to held on the program yesterday, Amy Pisani, the Director of Every Child By Two stated “Remedies to the current program can be facilitated through the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV).” With that in mind, I felt that I should bring my concerns about the NVICP to the attention of your honorable commission.

In the ECBT letter, we are advised that vaccines do not cause autism, that the science is in and that the Omnibus Autism Proceedings declared that vaccines do not cause autism. However, In Unanswered Questions, we found 83 cases of vaccine induced brain damage that featured autism. One case decision in particular clearly described vaccine injury leading to acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) then to PDD-NOS (an autism spectrum disorder). Special Master Richard B. Abell was quite clear:

“The Court found, supra, that Bailey’s ADEM was both caused-in-fact and proximately caused by his vaccination. It is well-understood that the vaccination at issue can cause ADEM, and the Court found, based upon a full reading and hearing of the pertinent facts in this case, that it did actually cause the ADEM. Furthermore, Bailey’s ADEM was severe enough to cause lasting, residual damage, and retarded his developmental progress, which fits under the generalized heading of Pervasive Developmental Delay, or PDD. The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was not too remote, but was rather a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.”

I am concerned that the NVICP is not working the way Congress intended. People working in the program understood the reality of cases like the one above and many other cases quietly settled over the past 25 years. The decisions in the OAP did not address what this program has understood from the earliest days; in cases of acute encephalopathy, brain damage, a sequelae of that damage often includes autism. Based on the history of cases within the program, verified by Unanswered Questions, the statement “Vaccines don’t cause autism” is incomplete unless one adds “However, vaccines cause encephalopathy (not in dispute as it is on the NVICP Injury Table) and the behavioral disorder called ‘autism’ can be a result.” The cases from the program tell us this. A February 2009 email from HRSA’s David Bowman to journalist David Kirby informs tells us this as well: 

“In response to your most recent inquiry, HRSA has the following statement: The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures. Some children who have been compensated for vaccine injuries may have shown signs of autism before the decision to compensate, or may ultimately end up with autism or autistic symptoms, but we do not track cases on this basis.”

I must assume that Mr. Bowman understood these facts from the case experience of the Division of Vaccine Injury. This reality has been re-affirmed in many cases; Child Doe 77 and most recently in Mojabi. Both cases are described as encephalopathy table injuries featuring autism.

Because Congress intended the NVICP to be fair and compassionate and to make vaccines safer, this knowledge ought to have been disclosed to program petitioners, to the public and to the scientific community so that meaningful research could be conducted into what gives rise to the behavioral diagnosis of autism in the presence of encephalopathy. Although this ought to have been declared years ago, the ACCV can ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to now declare this reality, now. 

I note that the Duties from the ACCV Charter are:

*        Advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Program

*        Advise the Secretary on changes to the Vaccine Injury Table

*        Advise the Secretary regarding the need for childhood vaccination products that result in fewer significant adverse reactions

*        Survey programs that gather vaccine adverse event information

*        Advise the Secretary on the means to obtain, compile, publish and use credible data related to the frequency and severity of childhood vaccine adverse reactions

*        Recommend vaccine injury research to the National Vaccine Program Office Director

*        Consult on the development and revision of the Vaccine Information Statements

Consistent with the ACCV’s obligation to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Program, it is now time for the ACCV to inform the Secretary of Health and Human Services that vaccine injuries that result in acute encephalopathy can result in autism or autistic symptoms, just as Mr. Bowman stated in 2009. The ACCV should advise the Secretary to modify the vaccine injury table definition of encephalopathy to reflect this reality and to revise Vaccine Information Statements to reflect this, as well.

The NVICP and its’ trust fund is supported by tax payers. The NVICP belongs to the people and so does the information it possesses. I urge this honorable commission to consider my recommendations.


Wayne Rohde, Father to Nick Rohde, 16, diagnosed with moderate-severe autism. Author of upcoming book, The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – SkyHorse Publishing


Shell Tzorfas

I authored this article on kids and school shootings a while go because of vaccine harm and because of today's incident in school shooting in Colorado, it is time for me to post it again. Shell of "Recovering Autism, ADHD & Special Needs and The Road Too Often Travelled."

Shell Tzorfas

Every Child by Two is working. That is Every Child by TWO is Now Vaccine Injured whether it be ADHD, Autism, Seizures,, paralysis, Neurological Impairment, Developmental Disabilities, or Deadly Peanut Allergies, Casein illness, SIDS, DEath, Arthritis, cancers, Diabetes, IBS, Crohn's, Skin disruptions and more. 54% of kids have been made Chronically Ill from the 70 Unabridged Vaccines and this mad science experiment. Shell, "Recovering Autism, ADHD, & Special Needs."

Nancy Pellegrinelli

I don't know the two of them Dr. O and Ms. Pisani sleep at night and do they have children of their own who they vaccinate?


If forced vaccination is not exactly rape, then certainly it falls under the rape umbrella. Unwanted penetration of the body is never okay. Holding a child down, against the will of the child and the child's parents and forcefully entering the child's body with a needle or any other object is never okay. In the world of rape litigation, no means no. Always. Even if we were to accept that vaccination "protects the herd", we still could not sanction forced penetration of the body as excusable as it would put us on a slippery ethical slope. It would be like saying it's okay to rape a woman if the child conceived in the act later goes on to cure cancer or contribute to society in an big way...i.e. rape for the greater good. I think it's time for our legislators and courts to rethink the direction in which they've been moving as of late. In matters of the body, in situations where the body is to be penetrated by an object, no means no. In all instances. Whether we're talking about rape, or rape's little sister: forced vaccination. Consentual vaccination and consentual sex have something in common: the individual remains in control of his or her body. Likewise, forced vaccination and forced sex acts have something in common: a vicitim cries no, and the act is forced upon them anyway. Rape and forced needle penetration of children have no place in a civilized society. That is all.


They must be scared, if they do not want transparency. What are they hiding and what is it that they(Pisani/Offitt)want to avoid answering to the American People? I hope Mr. Issa has a stronger spine and stands up to these two!


Kim did no such thing! :)



Something might have happened to the book cover while Kim? was using a little photoshop to make dr O look not quite so wrinkled & evil...

kathy blanco

perception for the masses....why are they working so hard to downplay/disseminate/spurn all our concerns...shouldn't that be the real concern of the public? Oh, and the special court thing...yeah, it's real special special, it can cancel out any child who reacted beyond three days, or never give compensation for older autistics who suffered the same fates as ADEM or other affects from vaccines...the law simply does not work in favor of the complaintor....which they love to focus on as hysterical blame shifting parent seeking financial rewards...the is that fair? How is my 32 year old, eleven days after dpt high pitch screaming, high fever child ever going to be compensated for his enormous damage? Seriously? How does life long pain, suffering, silence, heart pacemakers and vns devices sounds to you...fair?


cmo-great observation!

"How the Vaccine Movement Threatens us All"

And how apropos that it is Offit and Pisani delivering that message!

It is quite evident what motivates Offit, but what is the deal with Pisani?


Wayne, great article and I look forward to reading your upcoming book.

Becky, thank you for reporting the behind-the-scenes remarks you witnessed. That statement about trust really sums up the unrealistic and cruel all-or-nothing attitude of vaccine promoters. Remarks like that constitute one of the actual reasons why consumers increasingly distrust the vaccine program -- what one wise doctor has phrased as "callous disregard."

Becky Estepp

I was at that October 2010 ACCV meeting where Banyan Communications presented their PR plan. I know the parent advocates worked very hard to put together a plan that would let the public know about the NVICP in case of vaccine injury. After the presentation was over and the $300K was spent, we broke for lunch. In the corridor outside the meeting room, I heard one ACCV member say to another (paraphrasing), "We'll never okay this PR plan. The public might think vaccines are not safe if they knew about the NIVCP."


..."already disproven theory." Paul Offit must have been beside himself with worry about this hearing. He knows the science on their side is shaky at best.


Nohting like putting a human face on evil.
For years it was just letters the CDC says; the NIH states; the Vaccine saftey recommends - some times we would get a full view face of evil on the TV set.

James Cherry was interviewed by 60 minutes about the DPT shot and then there was the segment a few years later done on the Hib vaccine.

So here is two more old ugly mugs smiling and claiming people that are injuried from vaccines are the ones that are threatening us all.


The purpose of the 9 member ACCV is to insulate the NVICP. The ACCV is a roadblock set up as an obstacle for the People. The People don't need to oversee or pay any attention to what the NVICP does because we have the 9 member ACCV to do that. The People can't criticize or ask for changes to the NVICP or ask Congress to investigate the NVICP because we have the ACCV to do that.

Doesn't sound like democracy to me.

Also, one of the members of the nine member voting commission: "shall be an attorney whose specialty includes representation of vaccine manufacturers."

So clearly at least 1/9th of the voting Commission is admittedly there to protect the interests of the manufacturers. What possibly could be the justification for that?


Jim, the House was elected by the companies to represent the companies. What the People did was all for show.

Jim Thompson

The representatives in the House of Representatives were all elected by U.S. citizens to represent U.S. citizens, not by the vaccine companies to represent vaccine companies. And vaccine companies can’t suffer from horrific vaccine injuries. And yet this special interest organization, Every Child by Two (which received vaccine company funding), spreads vaccine company sales messages as if they came down from Mount Sinai. They have no right to shut down our process of open meetings in Congress. See .

It is important for congress to remember that vaccine companies are in the business of making higher profits for vaccine companies.


I like the book cover... "How the Vaccine Movement Threatens us All"

Dr. O must not have noticed the typo on the cover. Stuff like that happens...

Pharma does not want the American public to know that the special Vaccine Court even exists, much less have anyone forced to answer questions about it under oath.

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