Originally published July 8 2009
Letter Sparks Investigation of Baxter Vaccine by New Zealand Minister of Health
by Barbara L. Minton
(NaturalNews) The New Zealand Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, has asked the Ministry of Health officials to urgently advise him on issues raised about a "swine flu" vaccine produced by Baxter International Inc. This follows his receipt of a letter raising concerns about whether vaccines produced by Baxter for "swine flu" can be trusted.
In an open letter to all members of the New Zealand House of Parliament, Penny Bright, Media Spokesperson for Water Pressure Group, a judicially recognized Public Watchdog for Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters, raises a series of questions and concerns about the safety of the vaccine. She demands to know whether Baxter products are currently being used in New Zealand for the "swine flu", "bird flu" or any other type of flu.
Bright highlights the fact that Baxter is currently facing criminal charges for producing contaminated "bird flu" vaccine that date back to February of this year when it became known that the company had sent out 72 kilos of live "bird flu" virus supplied by the World Health Organization in the winter of 2009 to 16 laboratories in four countries. These charges were filed by journalist Jane Burgermeister of Austria and were exclusively reported by Natural News http://www.naturalnews.com/026503_pandemic_s...
Burmeister's allegations claim that clear evidence exists that the pharmaceutical company and international government agencies actively conspired in producing, developing, manufacturing and distributing biological agents classified as the most deadly bioweapons on earth in order to trigger a pandemic and cause mass death.
Last December, the Austrian branch of Baxter sent a batch of ordinary human H3N2 flu, altered so it could not replicate, to Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, also in Austria. In February, a lab in the Czech Republic working for Avir alerted Baxter that, unexpectedly, ferrets inoculated with a sample from the shipment had died. It was discovered that the sample contained live H5N1, which was to be used by Baxter to make vaccine. Baxter claims the two mixed by error, and called the incident a simple "accident".
According to an article appearing in The Times of India on March 6, Markus Reinhard of Baxter said no one was infected because the H3N2 was handled at a high level of containment. But world renowned virologist Ab Osterhause of Erasmus University in the Netherlands has stated emphatically that great lengths must be taken to make sure this kind of thing does not happen again. In May, Osterhaus told participants at Europe's largest conference on infectious diseases that the outbreak of influenza A H1N1 is without question the most important event of the past 40 years in human influenza. He stressed that the current H1N1 threat is serious.
Accidental release of the mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 virus subtypes could have resulted in extremely dire consequences. Although H5N1 does not easily infect people, H3N2 does. Anyone exposed to a mixture of the two strains and simultaneously infected with both could serve as a human incubator for a hybrid virus able to transmit easily to other people and their communities. This is the outcome feared by many scientists in the U.S. for the fall flu season, and the stated reason for the push to get everyone vaccinated, even if by force.
In her open letter, Bright asks members of the New Zealand Parliament to consider whether they would consent to being injected with a "swine flu" vaccine produced by Baxter while it is under investigation for charges it produced contaminated "bird flu" vaccine. She asks Parliament members if they would consent to having their own children and grandchildren vaccinated with Baxter's product which is slated to appear on the market this month.
She also asks them to consider a situation in which their consent to vaccination or lack thereof was overridden under emergency legislation arising from the New Zealand Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, and to consider their response to mandatory or forced vaccination.
Under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, broad powers are granted to the Medical Officer of Health in response to the threat or emergence of a new epidemic. These powers include the ability to require a person to undergo a medical examination (section 70(1)(e)); require persons, places, buildings, ships, vehicles, aircraft, animals, or things to be isolated, quarantined, or disinfected (section 70(1)(f)); require people to remain in quarantine until they have been medically examined and found to be free from infectious disease, and until they have undergone any prescribed preventive treatment (section 70(1)(h); close any premise (section 70(1)(la) or all premises within a certain area (section 70(1)(m)(i)-(ii); forbid people to congregate in outdoor places of amusement or recreations, whether public or private (section 70(1)(m)(iii)-(iv); and take possession of personal property including land, buildings, vehicles, medicines, and other things, and for purposes including the accommodation or treatment of patients, disposal of bodies, transportation of patients, medical personnel, medicine etcetera (section 71(1)).
These powers are automatically engaged when an epidemic notice is issued, much like the set up in the U.S. which allows for similar powers to automatically come into effect with the declaration of Pandemic Level 6. A Pandemic Level 6 alert was declared on June, 11th.
The powers of the Medical Officer of Health include ordering the removal of any person to a hospital for isolation if he or she has reason to believe or suspect that the person, whether suffering from an infectious disease or not, is likely to cause the spread of any infectious disease (section 79).
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About the authorBarbara is a school psychologist, a published author in the area of personal finance, a breast cancer survivor using "alternative" treatments, a born existentialist, and a student of nature and all things natural.
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