Global Policy: The Decade of Vaccines

Updated: Oct 12

Chapter 9: Article 8


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is concluding their “Decade of Vaccines” 2011-2020. In 2010 they pledged 10 billion dollars towards vaccines this decade, a billion dollars dedicated to each year. The money was intended to fund research, develop and deliver vaccines for the world’s poorest countries. 

At first glance, it seems like a good thing that wealthy people make significant financial contributions to the poor. But the observation of many is becoming, "Is this genuine philanthropic giving, or is there a different motivation behind "gifting" this money, that is not openly disclosed?" An article states (link Here):

 “The first question concerns accountability. While only around five per cent of the [Gates] Foundation’s annual global health funding goes directly to lobbying and advocacy, this money (over $100 million) talks loudly. Gates funds institutions ranging from US university departments to major international development NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations]. The Foundation is the main player in several global health partnerships and one of the single largest donors to the WHO. This gives it considerable leverage in shaping health policy priorities and intellectual norms…

...“Research by Devi Sridhar at Oxford University warns that philanthropic interventions are ‘radically skewing public health programmes towards issues of the greatest concern to wealthy donors’. ‘Issues,’ she writes, ‘which are not necessarily top priority for people in the recipient country.’

“The situation is replicated at an international level...

Speaking on the same subject, Dr. Toni Bark had the following to say when interviewed for The Truth About Vaccines Documentary (Link Here):

I did my MD years ago. Then in 2010, I embarked upon a Masters in Medical Science, specifically with a focus on disaster planning and disaster response. I’d been going back and forth to Haiti…

I had no idea what disaster response and third world funding is like until I went to Haiti. It is corrupted - every level…

I’ve been asked over the years, “Oh, you should join our group. We’re going to get funding to build a big hospital in Africa.” Well, when you talk to people on the ground, they’re like, “People can’t even get to those big hospitals. They need small clinics all over the place.”

But the money goes to contractors. It’s all about the contractors getting the funding. [The big hospitals] stand there empty and people can’t get to them. It’s all about the contractors pocketing money. 

Eradication of Wild Polio

Gates often speaks about working towards eradicating wild polio from the world. To do so, they are focused on providing oral polio vaccine (OPV). Polio is a very involved topic, on which whole books are written to discuss all the complexities. At a later date we will dive into the topic more thoroughly, but for today, you simply need to understand a few points:

  • the oral polio vaccine (OPV) is the vaccine used in improvised nations, because it's cheap. It is no longer used in developed nations because it causes polio outbreaks

  • Since the advent of the vaccine, polio now has many different “synonyms” with corresponding definitions that are only subtly different from each other:

  • Wild Polio was previously just called polio. After a vaccine was developed, they tested anyone who had polio and discovered that only 25% of "polio cases" were actually sickened by the polio virus. That means that the other 75%, who previously would have been called "polio cases" now were re-defined, as something else. The definition change alone, without help from the vaccine, eradicated 75% of all polio cases.

  • Vaccine Acquired Paralytic Polio appears to be polio, but it cannot be called polio because it's caused by the vaccine not the virus. 

  • Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), and polio-like-illness, all look exactly like polio, but they cannot be called polio because they are not caused by the polio virus. The specific cause of these illnesses is often unknown.

  • Polio-like illnesses can result from enteroviruses such as coxsackie and ECHO, undiagnosed congential syphilis, and hand foot and mouth disease.  

  • Toxin exposures from arsenic, DDT, and lead can cause polio-like illness.  

  • Guillain-barre syndrome, transverse myelitis, aseptic meningitis are all illnesses that were labeled as “polio” in the pre-vaccine era.


  • Though North America is free of wild polio, children today are experiencing AFM and are spending months in hospital on ventilators (the modern version of the iron lung). Sharyl Attkisson provides news coverage on the situation (Link Here).

  • In poor nations, there are thousands of cases of vaccine acquired polio and acute flaccid paralysis despite there being zero or nearly zero cases of wild polio.

Again, turning back to the interview with Dr. Toni Bark in The Truth About Vaccines documentary:

Dr. Bark: Well, look at all the polio shots that—the oral polio shot which we don’t give in this country since 2000 because every case of polio since the 60s was from the vaccine. The oral polio vaccine is a live vaccine and was shedding. People shed and get polio from it and give it to other people. We halted the use of it but it’s what they use in third world countries because it’s cheap.

Ty: We were having these polio outbreaks.

Dr. Bark: We were having polio outbreaks and people are like, “Oh we need to vaccinate, we need to vaccinate with more OPV.” The Gates foundation came to the Uttar Pradesh in India in 2010 or 2011 because there was like, on average 9 or 10 cases of wild polio every year out of millions of people. They had this polio campaign with the OPV. Within two years were 47,500 cases of flaccid paralysis or polio. They’re not calling it polio.

Ty: They changed the name, right?

Dr. Bark: They changed the name—it’s basically what you would call polio. These kids are paralyzed or they died from paralysis and Bill Gates, at least it’s said it was Bill Gates and the Huffington Post wrote an article, how, “Oh my God we’ve eradicated wild polio in India in Uttar Pradesh.” Wild, he said “wild.” He couldn’t say “polio” because the vaccine strain is causing outbreaks. You can’t use live virus vaccines in areas where there is no sewage and no clean water…

This is the problem. If we spend money on vaccines there’s no money for sewage treatment and for water treatment.

Ty: Right, which should be number one, shouldn’t it?

Dr. Bark: Of course, it should be, but big contractors—

Ty: No money in that.

In More Recent News – Polio in Syria

Mainstream media reporting on the polio outbreak in Syria, has headlines that read, “Polio Paralyzes 17 Children in Syria, W.H.O. Says.” The article starts off by acknowledging that poor sanitation is a contributing factor, saying, “It is the second outbreak of the crippling disease to hit Syria since the war began, and largely reflected the inability of health workers to immunize all children caught in conflict zones where access is difficult and sanitation is poor”...“The risks are especially high in areas where not all children have received the vaccine and where the mutated virus can spread from contaminated sewage or water.”

The article goes on to state, "there was an urgent need to vaccinate more than 400,000 children under the age of 5 in the Deir al-Zour area, where the outbreak was first confirmed"

In a recent interview (link Here), Dr. Suzanne Humphries weighs in on the situation in Syria. She states:

  • vaccinating with OPV in a war torn area is extremely dangerous because immune function of the citizens is low due to stress. She says toxin exposure due war and bombings is a concern, the people are drinking contaminated water, and they are malnourished due to poor quality food or lack of food.

  • It’s not surprising that there is a vaccine strain polio outbreak occurring in Syria. Children are sometimes being given 15 doses of OPV, by age 5. The virus can mutate in the children’s bodies, the virus is excreted in their stool, which makes its way into the water supply (which isn’t treated) and the outbreak spreads as people drink and wash in the contaminated water

  • The WHO website used to have a graph (which they’ve removed) that showed the number of wild polio cases per year in India from 1996 to 2012. From the graph there was a peak incidence of approximately 4000 cases of wild polio in 1998, with all the other years showing significantly less. Since 2004 there have been less than 1000 cases of polio each year. On the other hand, since 1996, with the use of the OPV vaccine the incidence of Acute Flaccid Paralysis has increased dramatically. From 2004 to 2012, AFP rose from 10,000 cases annually to 60,000 cases annually. (You can view a the graph at the 20:25 minute mark.)

  • so cases of “polio” have actually increased considerably since vaccination programs began

Oral Polio Vaccine in India – Acute Flaccid Paralysis vs Polio

An article published in the Journal of Pediatrics states:

The incidence of NPAFP [Nonpolio Acute Flaccid Paralysis] was strongly associated with the number of OPV doses delivered to the area. A dose–response relationship with cumulative doses over the years was also observed, which strengthens the hypothetical relationship between polio vaccine and NPAFP. The fall in the NPAFP rate in Bihar and UP [Uttar Pradesh] for the first time in 2012, with a decrease in the number of OPV doses delivered, is evidence of a causative association between OPV doses and the NPAFP rate.

Another medical paper (link Here) published in the indian Journal of Medical Ethics in April 2012 states:

Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of [Non-Polio Acute Flacid Paralysis] NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated. The principle of primum-non-nocere [first, do no harm] was violated.

...Sathyamala examined data from the following year and showed that children who were identified with non-polio AFP were at more than twice the risk of dying than those with wild polio infection….

Nationally, the non-polio AFP rate is now 12 times higher than expected. In the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar, which have pulse polio rounds [vaccination booths] nearly every month, the non-polio AFP rate is 25- and 35-fold higher than the international norms. The relationship of the non-polio AFP rate is curvilinear with a more steep increase beyond six doses of OPV in one year. The non-polio AFP rate during the year best correlates to the cumulative doses received in the previous three years.

In this same medical paper, they speak about how philanthropic involvement skews national priorities. It states:

...it is noteworthy that the Pulse Plus programme was begun in India with a $ 0.02 billion grant from overseas in 1995, at a time when experts in India felt that polio eradication was not the top priority for the country. Four years into the programme of eradication, in 1998, Dr T Jacob John wrote, “Today poliomyelitis is not the number one priority of public health in india. However, we must eradicate it for the sake of the rest of the world.” 

Having accepted the grant of $ 0.02 billion, india has spent a hundred times as much. This is a startling reminder of how initial funding and grants from abroad distort local priorities.

From india’s perspective the exercise has been extremely costly both in terms of human suffering and in monetary terms. It is tempting to speculate what could have been achieved if the $2.5 billion spent on attempting to eradicate polio were spent on water and sanitation and routine immunisation.

Bill & Melinda Gates declared 2011-2020 The Decade of Vaccines. So I guess my question now is, what happens once 2020 is over? The Gates philanthropic goals have been said to take precedence over the goals held by the nation where they are "helping." When 2020 ends, are they going to clap their hands together and say, "Well, now that that's done, let's move on to something else," or has The Decade of Vaccines just been a taste of what's to come.

CONTINUE to next article: Ch10: Part 1

Article Sources:

  • Gates Foundation (Link Here, Here, and Here)

  • The Flip side to Bill Gates' Charity Billions (Link Here)

  • WHO reports on AFP surveillance in India (Link Here)

  • The CDC reports on polio eradication in India (Link Here)

  • Wall Street Journal Article - India's Victory Over Polio has Unexpected Consequence (Link Here)

  • The Washington Post - Polio outbreak caused by the vaccine (Link Here)

  • The Truth About Vaccines Documentary Series (Link Here)

  • Dr. Suzanne Humphries - YouTube Lecture on Polio (Link Here)

  • Dr. Suzanne Humphries - HighWire Interview - Discussion of Polio in Syria (Link Here)

  • Medical research published in the journal Pediatrics - The research is titled: "Trends in Nonpolio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Incidence in India 2000 to 2013"  (Link Here)

  • Medical research published in the journal Indian Journal of Medical Ethics - The research is titled: "Polio pogramme: Let us declare victory and move on" (Link Here)

  • Sharyl Attkison - Acute Flaccid Myelitis the polio-like illness in North America (Link Here)



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