general weirdness

From an FDA meeting, the main speaker being Philip Minor, head virologist for the UK’s version of the FDA. They are talking about “adventitous agents” (viral contaminants) here, in vaccines and other biologicals.

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/NewsEvents/WorkshopsMeetingsConferences/TranscriptsMinutes/UCM056219.pdf

Now the regulatory authorities in the room will be well aware of a large number of other examples of this type which don’t actually get published. I think that’s not so good. I think this stuff really should be out there in the public literature. But nonetheless, these are the ones which are well known, I think.

Later an audience member says:

I understand from some of the remarks that have been made that there are others that are known to a small coterie of people here that have not been publicly declared. I urge all of you to think about this seriously because it can and will have a great impact on this industry. Thank you.

DR. MINOR: I agree totally with that. It does seem to me that sooner or later the information will leak out. I think the industry looks very bad.

On the subject of how the CDC “communicates” the need for vaccines, this is a presentation by Glen Nowak, Director of Communications for the CDC.

This is how vaccine “need” is “communicated” by the CDC:

(almost at the very bottom)
Here:

Getting Ready for 2004-2005:

Lessons (Re-)Learned

[Including the Seven-Step Recipe for Generating Interest in, and Demand for, Flu (or any other) Vaccination]

And here’s just a piece of “the recipe”…

(almost at the very top)

“Recipe” that Fosters Influenza Vaccine Interest and Demand (2)

3.Medical experts and public health authorities publicly (e.g., via media) state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes)–and urge influenza vaccination.

4.The combination of ‘2’ and ‘3’ result in:

A.Significant media interest and attention

B.Framing of the flu season in terms that motivate behavior (e.g., as “very severe,” “more severe than last or past years,” “deadly“)

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