GlaxoSmithKlein Does Illegal Vaccine Tests on 3rd World Children
Jul 18, 2012
The dollar worth of a baby born in Argentina has a face value of just under $6,500 according to an Argentina court. Well, maybe not all babies, but definitely the babies that are born to underprivileged parents in Argentina. These are parents that are illiterate and poor and their babies are not worth very much, according to GlaxoSmithKline.
GlaxoSmithKline is a global pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world’s third-largest pharmaceutical company measured by revenues after Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.
Here’s the story, between 2007 and 2008 GSK conducted illegal vaccine trials for pediatric pneumonia on third-world babies in Argentina. The result was that 14 of these babies died after they were injected with Synflorix, one of GSK’s bestselling vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline has a massive 28,333 square-meter manufacturing plant located in Northern Greater Buenos Aires town of San Fernando. This seemed like the ideal spot to conduct these types of experimental tests since they are illegal in Europe and the US.
GSK conscripted doctors in Argentina to trap innocent and trusting victims. These doctors would then approach the parents, under-age parents and illiterate grandparents of the young children coercing and pushing them into signing 28-page consent forms to participate in the experimental trials. This was done when parents brought their children in for treatment. This was done predominantly through public hospitals that serve underprivileged families.
GSK kept inadequate records of the children’s ages, medical histories and previous vaccinations. According to The Times one source stated that “These are people who depend entirely on the state and who are most often the vulnerable sections of society. They are unable to read any kind of consent form. GSK’s recruitment of these people was absolutely unethical.”
15,000 babies made up the experimental studies that began in 2007. The babies would be taken to an undisclosed location to be treated by doctors that were specially recruited by GSK. There were no control efforts involved and these acts surely were not ethical at all. To worsen the horrific acts and to display the absentness of any remorse whatsoever worried parents were told to call phone lines that no one ever planned on answering. They were left to fend for themselves once they babies starting showing reactions to the experimental vaccines.
Many parents of the babies that made up these experimental nightmares may have been illiterate but they knew enough to understand that something was not right. When the parents said they wanted to no longer participate in the procedure they were coerced to stay being told that their children would no longer be able to receive any other vaccines for their children.
Laboratories that were used in the provinces of Argentina were some of this country’s poorest. The trials were authorized because there was a monetary exchange that was supposed to transpire where the province would get a fee for every baby that was part of the trial but no money was ever exchanged. Families were given no financial incentives.
Later, a press report was released blaming the deaths of the babies on the parents that never sent in the necessary consent letters and that none of the deaths were related to the vaccines since they all received blind placebos. A GSK spokesperson further claimed that they conduct clinical trials to the same high standards, irrespective of where in the world they are run. This includes the requirement to obtain informed consent from participants. That is a fundamental principle of our behavior and any deviation is unacceptable. Their mouths might say it but their actions certainly didn’t show it. The proof says it all…just ask the families with the empty cribs.
Vaccine and drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined 400,000 pesos (around the equivalent of $93,000) by an Argentinian judge for killing 14 babies during illegal lab vaccine trials that were conducted between 2007 and 2008. In addition to killing the children and experimenting with human beings, the judge asserted that the corporation actually falsified parental authorizations so that babies could participate without legitimate parental permission.
Judge Marcelo Aguinsky made the decision after a report was released on the subject by the National Administration of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT in Spanish). Since 2007, 15,000 children below the age of one from Mendoza, San Juan, and Santiago del Estero have been participating in the illegal research. These babies were recruited by GSK from poor families that attended public hospitals. It was found that of the 14 baby deaths, 7 died in Santiago del Estero; 5 in Mendoza; and 2 in San Juan.
GSK Recruited Doctors, Pressured Illiterate Parents into Signing Over Children
Currently, it is unknown how many babies suffered serious side effects, adverse reactions, or if this is truly the total death count. As with many other vaccinations such as Gardasil, the official death count continues to rise as leaked reports from the FDA and elsewhere continue to surface.
One pediatrician working at the public hospital when GSK began recruiting babies for their illegal human trials said that not only did GSK force illiterate parents into handing over their children, but they also ‘recruited’ several doctors working at the hospital into their cause.
Ana Marchese, a pediatrician at the Eva Perón children’s public hospital in Santiago del Estero, stated:
“GSK Argentina set an protocol at the hospital, and recruited several doctors working there. These doctors took advantage of many illiterate parents whom take their children for treatment by pressuring and forcing them into signing these 28-page consent forms and getting them involved in the trials.”
It is quite clear that GSK has zero regard for human health, morals, and will go to any length to experiment with their latest jab regardless of the casualties. Of the 15,000 babies that were reported to be a part of the illegal trials, many may suffer from life-altering illness and serious side effects. Amazingly, many parents had no idea they were signing over the lives of their children to GSK, as they were completely illiterate. Meanwhile, GSK sells their latest shots and pharmaceutical drugs to United States consumers, raking in record profits each year as the second-largest drugmaker.
The Swedish construction company Skanska’s oil affairs reveal a corporate identity that is very different from the one conveyed in its home market. Operations in South America are distantly removed from all legal, ethical and ecological principles that Skanska has sworn to uphold in its Code of Conduct and Corporate Policy.
Falsified invoices, bribery scandals, extortion, environmental destruction, and serious violations of human rights are among the ethical and legal infractions that Skanska has been associated with in Latin America. Most recently, scandals have loomed regarding the company’s operations in the controversial but economically lucrative gas and oil sector, to cite the notorious “Skanska case” in Argentina as one example.
Skanska’s joint venture partners are notorious giants like Exxon-Mobil, ChevronTexaco, Total Fina Elf, and BP-Amoco, whose operations systematically violate human rights, and create political uncertainty and ecological disasters.
Skanska’s joint venture partners also include Repsol-YPF, a Spanish-Argentinean oil company, belongs to this group. According to Oilwatch, its operations are some of the most criticized in the world from a human rights and environmental standpoint. Despite that, Skanska works with Repsol-YPF in some of Latin America’s most vulnerable regions, including the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. In these vulnerable ecosystems oil extraction is continually met with strong local opposition and Repsol-YPF is involved in a number of legal cases involving crimes against both national and international environmental laws, as well as human rights and the rights of native populations.
In Argentina alone (where the company has the largest gas and oil fields in the Mapuche people’s territories), the company is the subject of at least four different legal cases involving pollution and socio-cultural devastation. In Bolivia and Ecuador, in oil fields where they have technical cooperation with Skanska, Repsol-YPF is the subject of legal cases and criticism from native people, and human rights and environmental organizations.
Calculated Double Standard
In Skanska’s Code of Conduct, the company actively distances itself from socially and ecologically destructive operations. On their website one can read how they value “social responsibility” and strive for “sustainable development.” However, entering into a partnership with Repsol-YPF means choosing a completely different side and taking a position in favor of operations that walk over bodies for economic gain.
The Yasuni National Park, a UNESCO-protected nature reserve and the native territory of the Waorani people, is situated in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. There, Skanska and Repsol-YPF are operating under very controversial conditions, as highlighted by organizations such as Oilwatch and Acción Ecológica. Together with the Waorani people, Oilwatch has criticized how the companies’ advance is taking place under the protection of military forces and private security teams. Oilwatch’s book, Atlas Amazónico, describes how the company has committed the most terrible violations of human rights in the particular area of Yasuni (Oil Block 16).
When the Swedish independent media group, Yelah.net, went to meet with Skanska’s regional manager in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Milton Diaz, numerous times during 2006, he confirmed the militarized situation that the oil industry creates and in which Skanska actively participates. He explained that Skanska operates under military protection and that private armed forces (mercenaries and paramilitaries) are essential to be able to operate in what he refers to, disparagingly, as “banana republics.”
In Ecuador, where Diaz oversees Skanska’s oil activities in the rain forest, the local population, authorities, and environmental organizations have directed harsh criticism towards the operation. According to Marcos Baños, from the environmental inspection unit in the Amazon province of Orellana, Skanska has been negligent from an environmental standpoint as well as a purely legal one— a problem that they have attempted to bribe themselves out of.
Illegal oilfield burn on Repsol-YPF/Skanska project—photo from Oilwatch
t is not just in Ecuador that Skanska is behaving badly. There are also concrete facts regarding the company’s negligent and reckless activities in Bolivia.
In conjunction with oil exploitation, a poisonous gas is produced which, by law, should be burned off under special conditions. However, for economic reasons, an illegal practice has resulted in these byproducts frequently being released around oil fields—to avoid the taxes and expenses associated with lawful burning. This practice has resulted in numerous toxic pollutants being released, which can cause mminent mortal danger since the emissions form stores of explosive gas.
In oil fields in the Bolivian Chapare, where Skanska works with Repsol-YPF, this has resulted in catastrophic consequences for the local population. Even though innocent people have lost their lives, the companies continue with their illegal pollution, completely exempt from penalties and with military protection against local civic opposition.
The Industry’s Innocent Victims
In June 2005 Repsol-YPF’s gas emissions around an oil field in Bolivia (Chapare-Surubí D) resulted in an explosion in which people from a local native village were killed. Skanska works with Repsol-YPF at the same field (overseeing technical aspects of the exploitation) without acknowledging any responsibility whatsoever for the hazardous situation that the oil production generates.
Those affected by the gas explosion in Bolivia included 45-year-old Emilio Uceida and his two sons who, during the evening of the accident in 2005, were out on a fishing trip by the river next to their home. When one of the family members lit a cigarette lighter, the gas that had been released over the river ignited and the father and his sons started burning. Emilio Uceida and his 13-year-old son Edgar Uceida burned to death, while the other son, 18-year-old Mario Uceida, received such life-threatening burns that he still remains in hospital care. His condition is critical and he will suffer from pain and invalidity for the rest of his life.
It was not until a week after the tragic event that the company allowed the Bolivian authorities into the area for a criminal investigation. When the various authorities and organizations from the Cochabamba province later tried to inspect the oil field, they were denied access to the oil block, while the parties involved denied all responsibility for the event.
Repsol-YPF has threatened to report the Uceida family for “sabotage,” which has terrified Emilio Uceida’s widow, Nicola Uceida, and other family members. The survivors hve never received any form of compensation or pension, despite major economic hardships resulting from the loss. Instead, the oil company built a cement house for them on land that is now worthless and unusable due to contamination.
According to a local informer, the company is still releasing gas into the area and leaks from the exploitation operation are contaminating the land and waterways, making it difficult or impossible for the local population to live off the land and remain self-sufficient. As a result, the villages are economically dependent on the industry, with people becoming indebted slaves. According to the Repsol-mata network and campaign, it is common knowledge that the companies in Chapare make frequent use of indebted slaves, but that it is difficult to prosecute cases legally since the people fear reprisal actions.
Chapare in Bolivia is just one of many oil regions where companies put their agenda ahead of human lives and ecosystems. It is in this context—of an industry whose mafia-like operations terrorize the local population, string along the local authorities, and destroy entire ecosystems—that Skanska operates.
The fact that Skanska has promoted itself as an ethical company appears, in light of this duplicity, as an ironic confirmation of a shameless double standard and hypocrisy. It is also a reminder that marketing concepts such as “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Green Technology” are not necessarily anchored in reality. Source
World-wide organisation with six wholly owned subsidiaries in the US (including Armor Corp and Ronco), a joint venture in South Africa running Bloomfontein correctionalcentre and over 40 subsidiaries operating in Argentina, Israel, India, Saudi Arabia,Greece, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, Hungary and Kenya to name a few.It employs 639,904 people with 123,000 employed in Europe. The vast majority – over 589,000 are employed in the security business
Desire Petroleum plc (Desire) is a UK company listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) dedicated to exploring for oil and gas in the North Falkland Basin.
Desire has recently completed a 6 well exploration programme. The 14/19-1 Liz well encountered dry gas and gas condensate at 2 separate levels while other wells recorded shows. The 14/15-4a farm-out well proved the southern extension of the Sea Lion and Casper discoveries and encountered hydrocarbons in the Beverley and Casper South (Shona) reservoirs. The resource potential of these discoveries is described in the April 2012 CPR Update.
The Sea Lion oil discovery and associated Casper/Casper South/Beverley reservoirs provide significant encouragement for the future potential of the North Falkland Basin. These successful play types are part of the east flank play which extends southwards in Desire operated acreage.
Desire has completed new 3D seismic acquisition over the east flank play and other key prospects (Ann, Pam and Helen). These data are currently being evaluated to provide a full update of the prospect inventory.
Stand by for action! The Falklands Islands could be making headlines again very shortly. And this time, it won’t be Cameron and Kirchner who are dominating the headlines.
On 11 May, Borders & Southern (BOR), one of the intrepid band of Falklands oil explorers, announced that it had spudded its Stebbing well. “The well duration”, said Borders, “is estimated to be 49 days”. 49 days from 11 May takes us to 29 June – so any day now we should be getting the result of this well. And the whole Falklands oil story should take another step forward.
If you have been a Penny Sleuth subscriber for a while, you will know that I keep a watchful eye over the Falklands, and take note of every rumble and roar. Just this year some of the Falklands’ oil explorers have seen share prices take a significant jump.
The most notable success so far has been Rockhopper’s Sea Lion discovery of 1.3 billion barrels – however, later on I shall tell you about a discovery which could prove to be up to three times this find!
While Cristina Kirchner and David Cameron were squaring up at the recent G20 meeting, and Argentinian officials were brandishing our prime minister a ‘colonialist’ for dismissing Kirchner’s call for talks on the sovereignty of the islands, the oil industry is carrying on pretty much regardless.
Tensions fraught between Cameron and Kirchner
Let me deal with the political situation first. In respect of her demands over the Falklands, Kirchner has shot herself squarely in the foot by the sudden decision to nationalise the Argentinian interests of the Spanish oil company Repsol.
Kirchner accused Repsol of a failure to invest in the country’s oil industry, but this seemed little more than a trumped up excuse for an act of piracy that made Kirchner no friends outside of her own country and her limited cabal of South American sympathisers. In her attempts to enlist international support for her claims to the Falklands, this act of high handedness can only backfire.
Cameron, meanwhile, is sticking to his line that the Falkland Islanders should be allowed to make up their own mind about their political future. There will be a referendum next year on the issue and the chances of the islanders committing their future to the Argentinian flag are very remote indeed.
The Falkland Islands, a British windswept archipelago in the southern Atlantic off the coast of Argentina, last had its moment in the media spotlight three decades ago, when the two nations fought a brief but vicious conflict after Buenos Aires invaded the islands, providing a PR boost to Argentina’s ruling junta.
But, Argentina lost, and the 11-week conflict claimed more than 900 lives, leaving Britain in control of the islands.
UK analytical firm Edison Investment Research is now reporting that the Falklands’ oil industry could potentially be worth $180 billion in royalties and taxes, news that has reignited the smoldering diplomatic dispute between London and Buenos Aires.
On 13 December British-based oil and gas exploration company Rockhopper Exploration Plc announced that a new well proved its Sea Lion field 80 miles off the Falklands coast is bigger than expected, and is now projecting that it could recover as much as 430 million barrels of crude from its Sea Lion concession, 80 miles off the Falklands coast. The announcement encouraged other firms prospecting in the Falklands’ offshore waters, most notably Borders and Southern Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd.
Since Rockhopper Exploration Plc’s announcement, Britain has moved a number of naval units into the Falklands’ waters, prompting on 16 February Argentina’s Foreign Ministry to issue a communique commenting on the alleged “militarization of the South Atlantic” after the United Kingdom “sent a destroyer, a nuclear submarine and a prince” to the Falklands, demanding that London “report on the presence of a nuclear submarine in an area that is free of nuclear weapons” before concluding that their presence would constitute a violation of international treaties.
Argentinean policy over the disputed island chain has both a domestic and diplomatic context. On 16 February Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman officially accepted the UN General Assembly’s offer to mediate between Argentina and Britain on the Falklands, stating that, “Argentine accepts the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s offer to provide his good offices and if Britain accepts them too then we are on the right path; the path to a diplomatic solution, which is what Argentina wants.”
But, being a democracy, not all Argentineans support their government’s current policy on the “Malvinas,” as the Falklands are known in Argentina. On 16 February La Nacion, a conservative newspaper frequently critical of governmental policy and Argentina’s second highest-circulation daily published a crucial commentary by Vicente Palermo on the “political maze” of the Falklands where he noted first that the chances of a change in stance on the part of the United Kingdom are very low and that successive Argentinean governments have done very little to win the islanders over, preferring to resort to “a policy of harassment and isolation,” which in the end will merely serve to empower the Falklanders’ lobby in Britain.
Even worse, earlier this month Catholic Bishop Jose Maria Arancedo called for the Argentinean claim to the Falkland Islands not to be used as a political issue.
Further losing the PR campaign at home, the previous day Buenos Aires’ Clarin newspaper reported on the police repression of a protest by former Falklands War conscripts in the capital, which the General Workers Union leader Hugo Moyano said marked a new trend in government policy.
The fact that Argentinean military conscripts lost their battle two decades ago against British military forces has made them in the eyes of many Argentineans unworthy of consideration. Commenting on the fact, another Clarin editorial by Eduardo van der Kooy noted the “government’s ability to create its own problems, even where they do not exist,” citing the Falkland Islands as an example, since President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s recent actions on the matter had made veterans of the war feel used and betrayed after they were not invited to the Presidential residence Casa Rosada for her speech on the Malvinas and remained dissatisfied by subsequent pronouncements on the subject.
On the plus side for Argentina, it has received backing from fellow Latin American countries, which have announced that they will not allow ships flying the Falklands flag to dock in their ports.
And if push comes to shove and military operations occur again, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, speaking last week at a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) told journalists, “If it should occur to the British Empire to attack Argentina militarily, Argentina won’t be alone this time. Venezuela is no power, but we’ve got some weapons, and the will to face any imperialist aggression.”
More ominously for Britain and the United States, on 10 February, except for Washington, the 34-nation Organization of American States (OAS), the entire hemispheric community minus Cuba, backed Argentina’s claim to the Falklands.
Buenos Aires is watching. On 17 February the Argentinean newspaper Ambito Financiero, citing confidential sources, reported that the Bahamian-flagged oil exploration rig
The Leiv Eiriksson platform, contracted by Borders and Southern Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd and prospecting Falklands waters alongside Rockhopper Exploration Plc’s Ocean Guardian oil rig, “was found, on 16 February, to be exploring in Argentine waters,” according to “irrefutable” satellite images.
In such a context, will Britain and the U.S. be willing to alienate the entire Western Hemisphere south of the Rio Grande on behalf of roughly 3,000 sheep herders?
Given the potential for conflict and Argentina’s determination not to let the issue slide, one can only hope that Rockhopper Exploration Plc’s along with Borders and Southern Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd offshore explorations come up dry and, if not, wonder how far Britain is willing to go to retain its control.
After losing a 3-day old daughter to kidney failure, a woman named Sofia Gatica from Argentina made a decision to spearhead an anti-Monsanto movement with other mothers of sick children. Monsanto is a biotechnology, agrochemical company which has been polluting the environment and human health with herbicides, pesticides, genetically modified foods, and other substances for decades. Numerous cases have been brought against Monsanto for biological damage and even death — such is the recent case in which farmers say the biotech giant’s creations spawned ‘devastating birth defects‘.
Near where Gatica lives, there are soybean fields covering the land where farmers spray loads of chemicals on the crops. The primary weed killer used on the fields is the one and only Roundup, the most popular herbicide used by farmers which contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Gatica didn’t initially connect the chemical exposure to her baby’s death until she noticed that many of her friends and neighbors were also experiencing health problems.
“I started seeing children with mouth covers, mothers with scarves wrapped around their heads to cover their baldness, due to chemotherapy…There are soybeans to the north, to the south, and to the east, and when they spray, they spray over the people because there’s no distance,” Gatica said to a Grist reporter.
In fact, researchers found that people in her area had three to four agricultural chemicals in their blood, including one chemical, endosulfan, which is banned in over 80 countries. The researchers also found that 33 percent of the residents were struck with cancer. In other previous German findings, Monsanto’s Roundup was present in all urine samples tested at an amount of 5 to 20-fold the established limit for drinking water, showing how prevalent these chemicals really are.
In retaliation to Monsanto and their highly used chemical creations, Gatica worked to create an international movement against Monsanto with other activists. A few years ago, after co-founding a group called Mothers of Ituzaingó, she and her group initiated the first epidemiological study of the area which found high rates of neurological and respiratory disease, birth defects, infant mortality, and cancer rates more than 40 times the national average. She then continued to find researchers to study the links between pesticides, herbicides, and health problems, while engaging in protests voicing concerns over the issues.
“We blockaded the spraying machines. We would get into the fields to block them. We carried out protests at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Health Ministry. We took sick people to the ministry,” she said.
Over the course of a few years, mandatory buffer zones between aerial spraying and neighborhoods has been put in place thanks to the activist movement. In addition, Argentina’s Supreme Court decided that agrochemicals could not be sprayed near living areas.
However, while Gatica and other activists successfully created change, the process wasn’t necessarily easy. In fact, there were even direct threats.
“Somebody came inside my house with a weapon. I was told not to ‘screw around with the soybeans.’ I would get phone calls where I’d be told that I would only have two children the next day,” she said. “I had the police investigate this, but I was told that the file was secret,” she added after being questioned as to whether she ever found out who made the personal attacks.
Interestingly enough, previous research found that Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup exhibits direct toxicity to human cells, effectively killing them off even at low doses. The toxicity and negative impact on young children is even greater, and is most detrimental to infants or unborn babies. Although Gatica started alone and was even directly threatened, she rose above these complications and effectively ignited change – she will not be the last.
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