Lyme Disease may have been a thing of the past, had anti-vaccine activists not lied about a drug that could have been a vital weapon to keep the disease at bay. A revealing commentary authored by Sarah Cottrell at Bangor Daily News reveals the juicy details:
In the late 1990’s there was a huge push in the scientific community to create a vaccine for humans to fend off Lyme disease after researchers, the CDC, and health officials all realized that Lyme disease is a serious threat to public health.
In 1998 >a href= “https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2870557/”>the FDA approved a drug called Lymerix which was created by SmithKline Beecham, which is now called GlaxoSmithKline. The drug was hailed as a miracle and many thought that it would help the northeast US, where Lyme is most prevalent then and now, fight off the growing epidemic of Lyme disease. So what happened?
After four years, SmithKline Beecham pulled the vaccine despite it’s proven safety thanks to an effective public outrage campaign by anti-vaccine activists who claimed that Lymerix was causing arthritis.
Cottrell goes on to point out:
A small faction of anti-vaxxers was unshakably convinced that there was a link between chronic arthritis and Lymerix and so they sued…several times.
Looking for a way to get Lymerix away from the public, anti-vaxxers began to highlight the voices of those who believed that the Lyme vaccine was the cause of their arthritic pain. Something that was not proven.
Stanley Plotkin who is an adviser to the pharma company called Sanofi Pasteur told writers at New Scientist that “The chronic arthritis was not associated with Lyme,” he added “When you’re dealing with adults, all kinds of things happen to them. They get arthritis, they get strokes, heart attacks. So unless you have a control group, you’re in la-la land.”
New Scientist goes on to point out that there was a control group. “And when the FDA reviewed the vaccine’s adverse event reports in a retrospective study, they found only 905 reports for 1.4 million doses.”
Despite Lymerix’s proven safety, anti-vaccine activists were successful in having the drug removed from the market. Consequently, people were left vulnerable to Lyme Disease and those who were infected go through untold years of suffering.
Fortunately, a new vaccine is in development that will build upon Lymerix. Unfortunately, it is in early trials and still six years away from being released:
A biotech company in France called Valneva told New Scientist that their version of a Lyme vaccine “will improve on Lymerix, acting against all five strains of the disease instead of just the one most common in the US, and it will be suitable for children.”
Anti-vaccine groups are probably salivating over the prospect of a Lyme Disease vaccine and strategizing on what kind of smear or disinformation campaign they will conduct in order to undermine Valena’s product. The sinister intent of anti-vaccine groups isn’t to help people live and survive diseases normally treated with immunization but to ensure everyone else suffers or dies a slow, painful death at the hands of sickness like Lyme Disease.
Two years ago Emory University historian Dr. Elena Conis revealed out in a Los Angeles Times commentary, the anti-vaccine movement is an outgrowth of the environmentalist movement. The efforts of anti-vaccine activists are an extension of the green movement’s holy war (i.e. jihad) to eradicate human life from the face of the Earth.