- Rockport, MA - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) Director David Satcher, challenged by scientists, black leaders,
and citizen groups concerned about vaccination risks, declined to discuss
AIDS as a possible outcome of contaminated vaccines with the author of
a new and highly controversial book that documents the CDC and Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) helped manufacture a vaccine that might have
transmitted AIDS worldwide. The exchange between the author of Emerging
Viruses: AIDS and Ebola-Nature, Accident or Intentional? (Tetrahedron Publishing
Group, 1997), Dr. Leonard Horowitz, a Harvard graduate, independent investigator,
and internationally known public health authority, and Dr. Satcher, followed
a recommendation for a moratorium on vaccines by the Nation of Islam's
Health Minister, Dr. Alim Muhammad, and a special legislative committee
meeting of the National Medical Association, representing black physicians
of America, in which the book's main thesis, and supportive documentation,
was considered. All parties agreed that growing fears over vaccine contaminations,
and associated health risks, should be addressed at another meeting proposed,
then cancelled, by Dr. Satcher.
- Dr. Horowitz, supported by thousands of concerned citizens
in a rapidly growing grass roots coalition, accepted Dr. Satcher's invitation
in writing contingent upon an official investigation into the role the
CDC played in "developing the vaccine that most plausibly delivered
AIDS to the world." In his book, two man-made theories of AIDS's
origin are advanced and bolstered by astonishing government documents including
National Cancer Institute reports showing how much U. S. taxpayers spent
for contracts to develop and test immune system destroying viruses on monkeys
and humans. According to Dr. Horowitz's theory, the CDC, FDA, and Merck
& Company, a leading vaccine manufacturer, developed 200,000 human
doses of a potentially contaminated experimental hepatitis B vaccine that
was given to thousands of Central Africans, gay men in New York City, and
mentally retarded children on Staten Island, simultaneously in 1974- perfect
timing for the initial outbreak of AIDS cases in these areas by 1978. In
an official letter to Dr. Horowitz in which he withdrew his invitation
to meet, Dr. Satcher stated the "CDC believes that scientific evidence
is the foundation for sound public health policies," and that Dr.
Horowitz's allegations "do not appear to be based on credible, evidence-based
- In response, Dr. Horowitz reported to thousands of internet-workers,
and the press, that Dr. Satcher's comments were false and misleading. "If
the CDC truly demanded rigorous scientific proof to support its public
health policies," Dr. Horowitz said, then the CDC would also be calling
for a moratorium on virtually all vaccinations "which, to date, lack
definitive scientific analyses showing positive risk/benefit ratios."
In fact, Dr. Horowitz wrote Dr. Satcher, CDC and pharmaceutical company
experts "don't really know whether vaccines are harming or killing
more people than they are helping or saving."
- Likewise, Dr. Horowitz questioned how much scientific
evidence the CDC and FDA officials demanded when their "mutual
consent was given to blood and pharmaceutical interests to sustain the
use of HIV contaminated clotting factor VIII and blood supplies to the
public between 1983 and 1986," despite the fact that these officials
predicted thousands would die as a result. Furthermore, in 1984, when the
hepatitis B vaccine link to the AIDS epidemic was first advanced then investigated
by CDC and Merck, Sharp & Dohme collaborators, homosexual men in New
York City were known to be the primary and earliest test subjects for the
suspected vaccine. Yet the CDC omitted the New York City gay men from their
investigation and focused only on Denver and San Francisco populations
that had not been immunized using the earliest, most implicated, vaccine
lots. "No wonder your 'expert' CDC authors remained 'Anonymous' on
this Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report," Dr. Horowitz chided.
I too would feel ashamed to affix my name to such bogus 'science.'"
Regarding Dr. Satcher's inability to see any "credible evidence-based
information" in Dr. Horowitz's writings, the author replied, "If
he did, he would also see himself and his agency are now fully exposed.
And since rumor has it that President Clinton is considering Dr. Satcher
for the Surgeon General post, putting on the 'Emperors new clothes' suits
him fine-a black man who can watch his own people, and millions of others,
die without seeing anything."