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Testimony of Barbara Loe Fisher at Sen. Ron Johnson Roundtable on Federal Health Agencies and COVID Cartel

Barbara Loe Fisher giving testimony at Sen. Ron Johnson roundtable

Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-founder & President of the National Vaccine Information Center, sheds light on the history of the 42-year old vaccine safety and informed consent movement in the U.S., censorship and government accountability in her testimony part of a Feb. 26, 2024 roundtable discussion sponsored by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, titled “Federal Health Agencies and the COVID Cartel: What Are They Hiding?” In her statement, Fisher talks about demonization and discrimination against parents and vaccine victims who have long been marginalized and silenced by vested interests within federal health agencies, pharmaceutical corporations, and mainstream media. She describes a systemic campaign aimed at suppressing freedom of thought, speech and conscience and hiding the truth surrounding vaccine risks and failures.

Thank you Senator Johnson for this opportunity to talk about how vaccine victims have been blamed, shamed and betrayed over the years by doctors and scientists paid by federal agencies and industries, and by some members of Congress working especially since 2019 with political operatives and corporate media to silence anyone who criticizes vaccine science, policy and law so the truth can be hidden, and public conversations about vaccine risks and failures can be shut down.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Today, everybody knows somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again. Of all developed nations in the world, America has the worst infant and maternal mortality rates and is home to the most highly vaccinated, but the sickest and most disabled child and young adult populations.9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

That inconvenient truth, that failing public health report card bankrupting our nation,19 is central to what we are talking about today.

Demonization of and discrimination against those who decline to get a government recommended vaccine—or talk publicly about how they or a loved one were injured or died after vaccination—has been going on since the 19th century.20 But what is happening in the 21st century in the name of disease control, national security and “the greater good” is escalation of an historic denial of vaccine risks and failures that has become a dangerous assault on freedom of thought, speech and conscience, and poses a grave threat to the biological integrity and natural rights of the people.21 22 23 24 25

It has been 44 years since my two year old son was brain injured by his fourth DPT shot, 26 and 42 years since I watched the Emmy award winning documentary DPT: Vaccine Roulette,27 and then joined with other parents of pertussis vaccine injured children to establish the charity known today as the National Vaccine Information Center at NVIC.org.28 29 Our mission is to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education. We do not make vaccine use recommendations. We defend the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking and the legal right for adults to make voluntary vaccine decisions for themselves and on behalf of their minor children without being coerced or punished for the decision made.30 31 32

I worked with parents and Congress to secure safety and informed consent provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.33 It was an historic law, the first official acknowledgment by government that federally licensed and state mandated vaccines can and do injure and kill some children.

On Jan. 4, 2024, my eyewitness perspective on how and why child vaccine victims and their parents were betrayed after that law was passed 38 years ago was featured in a two-hour conversation I had with Del Bigtree on “The Highwire.”34 I encourage everyone to watch it and learn how parents trusted that the five years of work we put into that 1986 Act—to successfully secure life-saving informing, recording, reporting and research provisions; and to protect the legal right of vaccine victims to sue vaccine manufacturers for product design defect and to sue negligent doctors for medical malpractice; and to create an expedited, more just, less traumatic federal vaccine injury compensation system alternative to a lawsuit—were destroyed by congressional amendments,35 federal health agencies36 37 after the law was passed.

Following that betrayal of trust, Congress directed federal agencies to create lucrative public-private business partnerships38 with the pharmaceutical industry, a business deal that has broken America’s public health system. Legislation enacted in the 1990’s39 40 41 42 43and after Sept. 11, 200144 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 laid the groundwork for the rise of a public health empire, which is funded and operated by government and the wealthiest and most politically powerful individuals, corporations, and public and private institutions in the world.52 53 54 55 56 Now those operating that empire are threatening our legal right in this constitutional republic to exercise freedom of thought, speech and conscience.57

Past is prologue. The betrayal of the public trust during the COVID pandemic could not have happened if many of the leaders we elected had not long ago abandoned rational thinking, and succumbed to fear based propaganda tactics requiring us to give up the natural right to autonomy for an illusion of safety.58 59


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1 Fisher BL. An Orchestrated and Highly Publicized Attack on NVIC 2020-2021. (Pgs. 2-3). In: The Silencing of Barbara Loe Fisher and National Vaccine Information Center in the Digital Public Square: A Violation of Freedom of Thought, Speech and Conscience. National Vaccine Information Center Nov. 1, 2023.
2 Fisher BL. Blacklisting and Censorship Violates Freedom of Thought, Speech and Conscience. National Vaccine Information Center Nov. 1, 2023.
3 Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman, U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Schiff Sends Letter to Amazon CEO Regarding Anti-Vaccine Misinformation. Mar. 1, 2019. Letter to Jeff Bezos. (Amazon).
4 Jarrett M, Sublett C. The Anti-Vaxxers Movement and National Security. The InfraGard Journal June 2019; 2(1).
5 Fisher BL. Freedom to Dissent and the New Blacklist in America. National Vaccine Information Center July 1, 2019.
6 Fisher BL. The Center for Countering Digital Hate Launches the Big Hate Fest. (Pgs. 41-42; 46-49; ) In The Silencing of Barbara Loe Fisher and National Vaccine Information Center in the Digital Public Square: A Violation of Freedom of Thought, Speech and Conscience. National Vaccine Information Center Nov. 1, 2023.
7 Attkisson S. CENSORED: National Vaccine Information Center. SharylAttkisson.com Mar. 8, 2021.
8 Auchincloss J. Letter from Massachusetts Rep. Jake Auchincloss to President/CEO of Pay Pal with names of 17 U.S. House representatives co-signers. Congress of the United States Dec. 15, 2021.
9 Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Search the VAERS Database. Medlerts.com.
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Fisher BL. Witnessing the Vaccine Injury Epidemic. (Video and referenced text). National Mall, Washington, DC Nov. 14, 2019.
11 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Infant Mortality Rate Sees First Rise in 20 Years. National Center for Health Statistics Nov. 1, 2023.
12 World Fact Book. Country Comparisons – Infant Mortality Rate. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency 2023 estimates.
13 Ahmad A. America has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed nations and it’s on the rise. Here’s why we are facing a pregnancy health crisis. Fortune May 14, 2023.
14 Hinman AR, Orenstein WA, Schuchat A. Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Immunizations, and MMWR – 1961-2011. MMWR Oct. 7, 2011; 69(04): 49-57.
15 CDC. Coverage with Selected Vaccines and Exemptions for School Vaccine Requirements Among Children in Kindergarten – United States, 2022-23 School Year. MMWR Nov. 10-2023; 72(45): 1217-1224.
16 CDC. Healthy Schools: Managing Chronic Health Conditions. Oct. 20, 2021.
17 CDC. Chronic Conditions Among Adults Aged 18─34 Years — United States, 2019. MMWR July 29, 2022; 71:964–970.
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20 Porter D, Porter R. The Politics of Prevention: Anti-Vaccinationism and Public Health in Nineteenth-Century England. Medical History 1988; 32: 231-252.
21 Fisher BL. Class and Race Profiling in the Vaccine Culture War. National Vaccine Information Center July 17, 2017.
22 Fisher BL. Taking No Prisoners in the Vaccine Culture War. National Vaccine Information Center Mar. 13, 2019.
23 Siegel E, Berezow A. Opting Out of Vaccines Should Opt You Out of American Society. Scientific American Mar. 21, 2019.
24 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of the Surgeon General (OSG). Confronting Health Misinformation: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Building a Health Information Environment. Pg. 6. Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) July 15, 2021.
25 M Peter (FBI), F Laci (FBI), H Kate (State Department), W Kathryn (CIA), Cambridge A (Mitre Corp), Faner SR (Baker Hughest), Kang R (Booz Allen Hamilton), Takayama K (Palo Alto Networks), Vallandingham C (University of Florida Levin College of Law). Identifying Domestic Actors (Pgs. 18-21) In Combatting Targeted Disinformation Campaigns: A Whole of Society Issues (Part Two). (Pgs. 18-21). Department of Homeland Security Aug. 24, 2021.
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31 Fisher BL. From Nuremberg to California: Why Informed Consent Matters in the 21st Century. National Vaccine Information Center Oct. 24, 2017.
32 Fisher BL. Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law: A Guide. National Vaccine Information Center 2014 (Rev. 2017; 2022).
33 NVIC. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
34 The Highwire. 1986: The Untold Story. Jan. 4. 2024.
35 Fisher BL. NVIC Position Statement on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. National Vaccine Information Center February 2018.
36 Fisher BL, Williams K, Wrangham TK. NVIC Response to Government Accountability Office (GAO) inquiry on History and Implementation of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. July 11, 2014.
37 NVIC. National Vaccine Information Center Cites “Betrayal” of Consumers by U.S. Supreme Court Giving Total Liability Shield to Big Pharma. BusinessWire Feb. 23, 2011.
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47 DHHS. Project Bioshield Act of 2004. Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR). And Medical Countermeasures (MCM).
48 FDA. MCM-Related Counterterrorism Legislation (including 2005 PREP Act). May 12, 2023.
49 Fisher BL. Letter to Col. Robert Kadlec, MD, US Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness on behalf of National Vaccine Information Center opposing Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005 (S. 1873). Nov. 15, 2005.
50 DHHS. Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) of 2006. Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR). And Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
51 Fisher BL. Here Comes the 21st Century Cures Act: Say Goodbye to Vaccine Safety Science. National Vaccine Information Center July 21, 2015.
52 Fisher BL. WHO, Pharma, Gates & Government: Who’s Calling the Shots? National Vaccine Information Center Jan. 27, 2019.
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57 Fisher BL. Vaccination and Censorship: The Truth Will Set Us Free. National Vaccine Information Center Jan. 6, 2021.
58 Fisher BL. Forced Vaccination Was Always the End Game. National Vaccine Information Center Sept. 22, 2021.
59 Fisher BL Weaponizing COVID to Promote Collectivism. National Vaccine Information Center Nov. 15, 2022.

3 Responses

  1. “Following that betrayal of trust, Congress directed federal agencies to create lucrative public-private business partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry, a business deal that has broken America’s public health system.”

    Bravo. Thank you Barbara Fisher. Maybe after a lifetime of discrimination for not taking the vaccines, we could one day see a brighter future.

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