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The Epidemic of Polio in Pakistan

The Big Question Mark on WHO’s Credibility

Ongoing mockery of science, projects worth millions of dollars, and political bias all culminated early this month to witness one of the most entertaining and yet deplorable spectacle in the world of ‘political health’ – travel restrictions on Pakistanis citizens.

The restrictions on travel in Pakistan came at the behest of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the first week of May. It was subsequently reported in all mainstream media and implemented by a slavish government in Pakistan, one which is effectively run by IMF loans and donations

It’s a big challenge to even begin to expose WHO’s ridicule of science, or to even give a clear picture of its take on epidemics at large, or polio in particular. That would take volumes, but in the least I can begin at the most fundamental level. WHO has no scientific nor logical bases for its concepts of herd immunity, outbreak, and epidemic. In addition, its continued use of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the third world has no ethical justification. The developed west has effectively banned – aka “discontinued” – it more than a decade ago on account of its health risks, which include the cleverly termed Vaccine Associated Polio Paralysis (VAPP) – clinically identical to polio, essentially another name for polio, caused by the live virus in the vaccine. This was reported in Journal of American Medical Association (2004).

The most infamous case of vaccine-caused polio epidemic occurred in Nigeria between 2005 to 2010, reported by Steven Wassilak and his co-authors in the 2011 paper “Outbreak of Type 2 Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus in Nigeria”. The authors reported over 300 cases of VAPP. Surprisingly, they suggested in the conclusion that due to the fact that OPV cases were mostly reported from the unimmunized part of the population, everyone else should be immunized with the same vaccine that was causing the epidemic. Excellent read for a good laugh, but it is disturbing to learn that the lead author was actually part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – another “authority” that is a heavy proponent of these vaccines.

Should a vaccine that can paralyze a person be given to an unimmunized person to immunize then against paralysis?

Even the very basics of epidemiology sound shaky and deliberately clouded if we take WHO’s word for it. For example, the organization’s definition of an “outbreak” counts on vague terms instead of quantifiable, concrete statistics: it can be a single case or any number of cases. Seriously? Isn’t that a huge blank that they can fill with whatever way they like? Declare a single case as an epidemic or choose not to declare dozens of cases as an outbreak.

Hence, the incidence of less than 100 polio cases from Pakistan, a country with a population of 180 million, is an epidemic and global emergency, but the deadly MERS infection which has affected at least 650 people since its appearance in Saudi Arabia – a country of hardly 30 million people – in just two years, is not a global emergency. MERS is more deadly (kills not just cripples), and affects adults with equal intensity (polio primarily afflicts kids under 10), and has already reached the US from Saudi Arabia. This is just the beginning of the story, and by the way UAE just reported 3 cases of MERS. Still not a global emergency?

It’s anything but surprising to see WHO’s open bias and deceit as well as corporate interest in pushing for polio emergency in Pakistan and other underdeveloped countries despite cases of OPV-derived polio from these countries, something most mainstream media always suppress. First comes business: on average a vaccination season gets the WHO around $700 million to about a billion dollars – the next five years approximated at $5.5 billion. Of this money, all workers in Pakistan are paid well, with most project managers paid in 6-figures. All of this in a country where over one-third of the population hardly gets two meals a day. Vaccination is good business for WHO, and all its allied local administrations. There is no vaccine for MERS so far, nothing to sell for the pharma industry. So it might take some time for the authorities to realize that MERS actually is an epidemic. On a related note, WHO’s policy of secrecy around H1N1 was exposed by the revealing report of its ties with the drug-manufacturers in 2010.


Next comes the political slavery perpetuated by failed education and corruption. In Pakistan, the so-called “educated” segment is the ideal slave in all respects: hungry for money, lacking through knowledge of their own fields, and afraid to death of speaking or even hearing the ugly truth about their situation. This is why the country’s prime minister overreacted by obeying WHO’s “recommendations” – yes, only recommendations – to not only deploy vaccination teams at entry/exit points across the country, and even stop people from tribal areas from moving into other parts of the country. Despite all his precautions, what the respectable premier forgot to order was banning people from his Punjab province to travel into other areas during the highly infectious and deadly Dengue Fever that goes rampant in Punjab every summer.

Will WHO and the vaccine industry be held accountable for all the VAPP i.e. vaccine-caused polio cases that their OPV vaccine has caused over decades? Will MERS be allowed to spread out of Saudi Arabia?

Above all, does WHO have any credibility left at all?

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