In a shocking investigation published last week by attorney Maggie Thorp, the CDC bankrolled $11M to ACOG to promote “safe and effective” vaccines for pregnant women.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Profited from CDC During Pandemic
According to a report by attorney Maggie Thorp, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) received $11 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote COVID-19 vaccination as safe and effective for pregnant women.
The funding came from COVID-19-related federal funding opportunities, including the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the CARES Act.
Documents obtained by Thorp through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that the CDC and ACOG entered into multiple cooperative agreements, with work largely designed and controlled by the CDC and contingent on ACOG’s adherence to the CDC’s policies on COVID-19 infection and control.
Research Shows CDC and ACOG Ties
The grants supported the development of social media communications strategies, toolkits supporting effective COVID-19 vaccination conversations between doctors and patients, and the hiring of a global public health communications firm, APCO Worldwide, to produce various communications materials.
From December 2020 to July 21, 2021, ACOG held a neutral position on vaccination during pregnancy, recommending that pregnant women “be free to make their own decision regarding COVID-19 vaccination”.
However, the recommendation “abruptly changed on July 30, 2021,” to recommend vaccination for pregnant women.
Today, ACOG recommends that all eligible persons aged 6 months and older, including pregnant and lactating individuals, receive a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series, and a booster.
“Particularly Troubling” Medical Associations Pushed Vaccines
Dr. James Thorp, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and maternal-fetal medicine physician who contributed to the research, stated that it was particularly troubling that regulatory agencies and medical associations were aware of risks to pregnant women and yet pushed the vaccines.
According to Thorp, regulatory agencies had data showing risks to pregnant women, but still promoted the vaccine. Red flags in Pfizer’s data regarding the possible adverse effects of the vaccines for pregnant women were leaked in 2021, according to James Thorp.
The CDC’s “We Can Do This” public education campaign aimed to “motivate behavior change” through strategic messaging across all areas of people’s lives.
With $3 billion in federal funding from the Biden White House for states to distribute to local agencies and nonprofits, and hundreds of millions of dollars in direct grants to medical associations and nonprofits, the HHS and CDC sought to train and fund “trusted messengers” such as teachers, religious leaders, social media influencers, community leaders and members, who would deliver the CDC’s message, but without the CDC’s brand.
The CDC-ACOG collaboration is part of the CDC’s and HHS’ strategic approach to COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 Community Corps, created by the HHS and CDC, targeted “vaccine-hesitant” populations, including pregnant women, using “trusted messengers.” Thorp called the “trusted messengers” the CDC’s “Trojan horses” that used interpersonal relations of trust to communicate the CDC’s message.
Thorp also stated that the government exploited and capitalized on people’s vulnerabilities by targeting interpersonal relationships during a time when people felt isolated and fearful.
Thorp stated, “It was essentially a vast, covert government operation unleashed on us when we were at our most vulnerable, at the height of our fear and isolation.”
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