The case of Julie Gerberding

“Julie Gerberding was the head of the CDC (2002-2009) under Bush, and the CDC promoted Gardasil vaccine. Gardasil is made by Merck. After she left the CDC, when the Obama administration came in, she was required to wait 12 months before going to work for an industry that she had regulated as the head of CDC, And she waited exactly 12 months and then became the president of Merck Vaccines, where again her role was to market Gardasil vaccine. Gardasil was advertised on the opening page of the CDC website even after Gerberding had left CDC.

So one doesn’t really understand how these things work, but certainly industry has a huge influence on federal agencies and uses federal employees, once they leave their regulatory role, to influence other federal regulators. CDC even has an organization called the CDC Foundation, which is designed to get money from manufacturers to support CDC. I mean, it’s rather amazing. But if you go online you’ll find there is a CDC Foundation. they get a lot of money from drug manufacturers. So who is their client? Is their client the American public and the safety of drugs and vaccines, or is it the manufacturer?”

— Meryl Nass, MD
Internal medicine, Anthrax vaccine, and Gulf War Syndrome expert

Note: Earlier this year, Gerberding, now executive vice president of Merck, sold 38,368 of her shares in Merck stock for $2,340,064.32. She still holds 31,985 shares of the company’s stock, valued at about $2 million.


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