Just consider their latest conspiracy, which they think explains “the measles outbreak and the scare tactics.”
It’s funny how the theory has already morphed into something even more unintelligible. Notice how it has already changed from their contract expiring to the vaccines themselves expiring.
Either way, how does that explain that a lot more folks are getting measles this year?!?
More importantly, when the CDC vaccine contracts expired in 2004, as they do each and every year, why didn’t we see big jumps in measles cases? Didn’t they need to inflate the case counts to help with the re-negotiations?
What about all of the other years?
Did you buy into this conspiracy theory? Although it was obviously ridiculous, it only took a few minutes of real research to find proof of why it was so ridiculous.
If it really was a hoax, did they ever wonder why the CDC didn’t get it on it when multiple county and state health departments obviously were, as they were publishing almost daily updated case counts?
How silly was the idea of these outbreaks being fake?
“A shutdown furlough (also called an emergency furlough) occurs when there is a lapse in appropriations, and can occur at the beginning of a fiscal year, if no funds have been appropriated for that year, or upon expiration of a continuing resolution, if a new continuing resolution or appropriations law is not passed. In a shutdown furlough, an affected agency would have to shut down any activities funded by annual appropriations that are not excepted by law. Typically, an agency will have very little to no lead time to plan and implement a shutdown furlough.”
Pay & Leave Forlough Guideance
Nearly half of government employees have been furloughed without pay since the beginning of the most recent government shutdown, while some others are working without pay.
Vaccines and the Government Shutdown
Among those government employees who have been furloughed include nearly 40% of the staff at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
It would have been much more if much of HHS’s operating divisions, representing about 60% of HHS staff, had not already been funded through September 2019. So the CDC and NIH should be working as usual.
Some HHS divisions that are funded through Agriculture and Interior appropriations were hit by the shutdown though, including the EPA, FDA, and Indian Health Service.
The FDA works to regulate and approve vaccines. Will that work be affected by the shutdown?
Most other vaccine programs likely won’t be affected though.
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) – regulates vaccine products and is financed by user fees, so doesn’t depend on government funding. Except that they can’t accept new user fees!
Vaccines For Children Program – already funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – funded by an excise tax on vaccines
VAERS – co-administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it is still up and running…
National Vaccine Program Office – funded through HHS
National Science Foundation – closed and no new funding opportunities will be issued and no payments will be made.
National Institutes of Health – funded
We are already hearing stories about what is happening as the Indian Health Service goes unfunded.
What happens if CBER runs out of money? Unfortunately, we may soon find out.