About that Polio Vaccine…
UPDATE: Dr. Woodcock at FDA responded and the FDA is very aware of this chapter of their history. She’s graciously shared this information request with the Biologics department to get any data available regarding these vaccines. Perhaps we’ll have more information soon.
An email shared with the FDA’s Dr. Janet Woodcock on 1/5/22.
From: John Davidson
Subject: Questions regarding SV40
Date: January 5, 2022 at 4:49:31 PM PST
Hello again Dr. Woodcock,
I emailed you back in August and you were very tolerant of my questions. I wanted to share a discovery I made in October and see if perhaps you could assist me.
While visiting my family, I found my brother’s vaccine card. From 1956-1963 he received four Polio vaccines.
Something told me I’d find a link to glioblastomas and polio vaccines.
My brother died of a brain tumor on 12/2/66.
The attached pdf contains more information on how polio vaccines were tainted, and how MEN in your position knowingly allowed Americans to be exposed to it.
I nor any of my family knew this when I first emailed you.
I have a suspicion that Beau Biden also died from vaccine induced glioblastoma based on his inoculation schedule as a JAG in Iraq. I’d like your help to find answers for my – and all families who weren’t warned and suffered the consequences.
On Jan 6, 2022, at 5:41 AM, Woodcock, Janet <Janet.Woodcock@fda.hhs.gov> wrote:
Thanks for writing. The SV40 issue has been known for a long time. I do not know the up-to-date science on this issue, and I’m referring your email to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research to provide whatever is known. Janet Woodcock
From: John Davidson
Sent: Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:06 PM
To: Woodcock, Janet <Janet.Woodcock@fda
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Questions regarding SV40
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Thank you. I can’t say the polio vaccine caused his tumor and the odds are we will never know the answer.
I’d love to be able to dig into all the old data at FDA/NIH, especially research that is offline only.
This isn’t directly linked, but Duke is using the polio virus to kill glioblastomas. Highly interesting.
Thanks again for your time,
To: Woodcock, Janet <Janet.Woodcock@f
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Important information re COVID vaccines
The information Below was contained in the first attachment to Janet Woodcock at the FDA.
PDF document attachment
The following information can be found at SV40.org.
In 1961, SV40 (Simeon Virus 40) was discovered by Dr. Bernice Eddy of the National Institute of Health, Division of Biologics when she took the material used to grow polio vaccines and injected it into hamsters. Tumors grew in the hamsters. Her discovery was subsequently validated by Drs. Maurice Hilliman and Benjamin Sweet of Merck.
Upon the discovery that SV40 was an animal carcinogen that had found its way into the polio vaccines, a new federal law was passed in 1961 that required that no vaccines contain this virus. However, this law did not require that SV40 contaminated vaccines be thrown away or that the contaminated seed material (used to make all polio vaccines for the next four decades) be discarded. As a result, known SV40 contaminated vaccines were injected into children up until 1963. In addition, it has been alleged that there have been SV40-contaminated batches of oral polio vaccine administered to some children until the end of the 1990’s
“this law did not require that SV40 contaminated vaccines be thrown away or that the contaminated seed material (used to make all polio vaccines for the next four decades) be discarded.”
“Skipper” Gregory Dale Davidson
(From the ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION AHRP.ORG)
Dr. Eddy reported her findings accompanied by pictures of the paralyzed monkeys to William Workman, head of the Laboratory of Biologics Control. Her effort to avert the spread of the polio virus to healthy children failed because her finding was not well received. NIH director, William Sebrell was notified of her findings, but he chose to ignore them and her findings were never given to the vaccine licensing advisory committee. The Cutter vaccine was licensed along with the others; as a result, 40,000 children were sickened with “abortive polio”; 56 children developed paralytic polio; and five children died in what is known as “the Cutter Incident.”
In 1959, despite having been removed from polio research in 1955, Dr. Eddy began to conduct polio vaccine safety studies. In 1960, Dr. Eddy discovered that an extract of monkey kidney cells used to propagate the polio vaccine caused tumors in newborn hamsters. She surmised that the monkeys carried a cancer-causing virus. Her supervisors nonplussed; they tried to keep her discovery quiet but Dr. Eddy presented her data at a cancer conference in New York. The cancer-causing virus was isolated by other scientists and dubbed SV40 — the 40th simian virus discovered. She followed up and identified SV40 as the virus present in these cells and in the Salk polio vaccine that had caused tumors in hamsters.
Skipper’s vaccination record discovered in an old scrapbook.
NIH officials regarded her discovery as a threat to a pivotal public health policy; namely, mass vaccination.
NIH officials regarded her discovery as a threat to a pivotal public health policy; namely, mass vaccination. They tried to muzzle her, but in 1960 she presented her findings to the NY Cancer Society; whereupon NIH blocked her from publishing her findings. Meanwhile, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, Merck’s Chief vaccine expert, published similar results at the same time, leading Merck to voluntarily withdraw its killed-virus polio vaccine.
In 1962, Dr. Eddy finally published her findings in the journal of the American Societies for Experimental Biology reporting that the polio vaccine contained SV40, a cancer causing virus. In 1961 federal health officials ordered vaccine manufacturers to screen for the virus and eliminate it from the vaccine.
But they kept the discovery of SV40 cancer risk under wraps and never recalled existing contaminated vaccine stocks. For two more years millions of additional children were needlessly exposed — bringing the total to 98 million Americans from 1955 to 1963. Eventually, Bernice Eddy lost her labs. In successive measures she was denied permission to attend scholarly conferences, her papers were held up, and finally she was removed from vaccine research altogether.
they kept the discovery of SV40 cancer risk under wraps and never recalled existing contaminated vaccine stocks. For two more years millions of additional children were needlessly exposed — bringing the total to 98 million Americans from 1955 to 1963.
Dr. Eddy’s treatment became a scandal within the scientific community and was discussed in Senate hearings. Medical historian, Prof. Edward Shorter interviewed both Dr. Bernice Eddy and Dr. Maurice Hilleman. Here are his observations about the trials and tribulations of Dr. Eddy and Dr. Stewart:
“It may be that these women were treated as they were not because of overt discrimination but because they evidenced a somewhat different scientific style than did many of their male colleagues. Stewart’s intuitive sense that cancer was caused by viruses is a case in point, and her attempts to prove something that she felt in her heart to be true met with great skepticism. (Dr. Joseph Smadel was Dr. Eddy’s chief was Associate Director of NIH) Why had Smadel gone after Bernice Eddy?
“these women lacked rigor, lacked system, that they were too intuitive. And yet she was right,”
Maurice Hilleman: “well, because she never had definitive experiments. When you bet up an experiment, you set up the controls to go with it. You can’t have public health being upset by experiments that may not be meaningful and that are not definitively run. They tore the hell out of her for that.” In Eddy’s defense, she was aware at the time that all the campus lab animals she might have taken as controls were contaminated with the virus. But what Hilleman and other men were saying, in essence, was that these women lacked rigor, lacked system, that they were too intuitive. “And yet she was right,” added Hilleman.
By contrast, when Hilleman told Smadel the same thing that Bernice Eddy had told him, Smadel listened. Eddy and Stewart had soft scientific styles; Smadel and Hilleman had hard styles, and hard personalities to go with them. Whether Eddy and Stewart had the right style or not, their polyoma virus and SV 40 went on to form the basis of the revolution in biotechnology, which is the story of the scientific present and future.
(Edward Shorter, The Health Century, 1987; 195–99 excerpt; Michael Horwin. Simian Virus 40: A Cancer Causing Monkey Virus from FDA-Approved Vaccines, Albany Law J of Sci & Tech, 2003; excerpted at SV40 Cancer Foundation.)
Skipper died before I was born, but I grew up in the crater of his absence from my family.
If we do not learn from our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them.
This story will be told and it will not be ignored.