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  • Laura Hovind, CEO

Human Experimentation: It’s all good for the greater good

“A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa for an experimental malaria vaccine without acquiring the informed consent of participants. Experts are calling it a “serious breach” of international bioethical standards and potentially “a disaster for public trust in vaccines.”


Pharma corruption became a particular interest of mine when I sought answers to my own chronic health problems. It turns out I can’t get well (nor can millions of others suffering from ”Lyme disease”) because what I have was redefined out of existence to prop up a vaccine that caused the same disease it was supposed to prevent.

For me, there was no avoiding scrutiny of the vaccine segment of Pharma once I understood the nature and extent of the corruption that prevented me from not only having access to care, but access to an accurate diagnosis for my condition.

And ironically, “Mosquirix” (the malaria vaccine referenced above) is an invention of the very same company that created the vaccine that served to whitewash “Lyme disease”.


We have to stop giving vaccines a free pass simply because we believe what we’re told about “settled science” or “crazy anti-vaxxers”. We’ve been conditioned to believe vaccines are always good, always necessary, always thoroughly vetted, always safe. There isn’t a clearer example of the corruption in the pharmaceutical industry’s vaccine segment than this.

“Mosquirix, also known as the RTS,S vaccine, is the first licensed vaccine for malaria in the world. The drug has already gone through early clinical trials, and preliminary results have mostly been positive—but some serious safety concerns have emerged. In particular, rates of meningitis appears to be 10 times higher in participants receiving Mosquirix compared to individuals who did not receive it. In addition, Mosquirix has been linked to higher rates of cerebral malaria (when parasite-infected blood cells block small blood vessels to the brain), and, very troublingly, a two-fold risk of all-cause mortality in girls.”

Pharma is happy to experiment on people without their consent—especially in countries with less regulation and more vulnerable people. They’re happy to rig the data, withhold negative results from publication, and sell as much of a drug as possible before getting busted, paying their fine and doing it all over again—without regard for the lives affected or lives lost.

We should ask ourselves, “Am I okay with this?”

Are we okay with this industry having captured our public health agencies? Or being the biggest spender on lobbying of our elected representatives? Or writing medical training textbooks? Or writing disease-specific diagnostic and treatment guidelines? Or writing laws that require us to purchase their products which are questionable in terms of safety and effectiveness? Or constantly advertising to us and our kids so we keep the faith that everything they do truly is in our best interest, and for the greater good?

If we are not okay with it, we must set aside our preconceived notions of what constitutes healthcare. In general, health doesn’t come from a needle or a pill. I know making that mental shift is extraordinarily difficult without a watershed moment like the one I had, or like a serious adverse event from a vaccine.

You can believe me, and the countless others who tell you they have experienced medical abuse or iatrogenic harm, or you can believe Pharma when they get sued over yet another post-marketing disaster.