Ignored Warnings: An Unauthorized History of the WHO – The Highwire
The World Health Organization (WHO) often finds itself at the center of controversy. It is also considered the “go to” source for authoritative health information. The organization toggles between parroting industry talking points and propaganda, while also producing information that purportedly assists public health awareness.
Yet the WHO has a history of ignoring reality and warnings while shaping their policy. Here are a few examples
1 – Ignoring Vaccine Safety and Risk Concerns
Vaccinations have been a central focus of WHO for many years. Until recently, they’ve been enthusiastic about vaccine uptake, but in 2019, WHO went “all in” on the manufactured talking point regarding “vaccine hesitancy.”
When WHO declared vaccine hesitancy one of their top ten threats to global health, corporate news headlines and government bureaucrats around the world echoed the WHO’s proclamation, despite limited safety testing from a notoriously unscrupulous industry.
Unanswered questions surrounding vaccine safety are consistently listed in polls, surveys and research around the world as a reason many people are ‘hesitant’ about vaccination.
But what’s there to be hesitant about if vaccines are “safe and effective”? Heck, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labels vaccines one of the top ten public health achievements in the twentieth century – along with water fluoridation.
Yet here’s Prof. Heidi Larson, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project discussing the biggest issue surrounding growing vaccine hesitancy worldwide. Spoiler alert – it’s safety.