The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the ACOG, made quite a stir when they recommended back in December 2020 that it was okay for pregnant women to get these experimental “emergency use authorization” vaccines. Apparently, that is still the case.
Turns out, there is a bigger picture to look at. The ACOG is part of the Council on Patient Safety, a collective of health care groups that work together.
The Membership Of The Council On Patient Safety In Women’s Health Care comprises 19 different spots, and there are currently 2 vacancies. The groups have different goals, but there is a lot of overlap with what they do. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a member, and so is the American College of Nurse Midwives. By itself, that it nothing remarkable.
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- American College of Nurse Midwives
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Society for Anesthesiologists
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Advancing Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners In Women’s Health
- Preeclampsia Foundation
- Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
- Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology
- Society of OB/Gyn Hospitals
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
The problems start to set in once you realize that the Council on Patient Safety also has an “industry” branch, including pharmaceutical companies. Needless to say, whatever policies the Council pushes can greatly increase the market for these products
There is a scrolling banner of those industry partners, and it was capped for illustrative purposes. Anyone find it odd that drug companies are partnering with health groups this closely?
Some familiar names, including Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Is it any wonder that vaccines are still recommended for pregnant women? I don’t suppose the industry partners had anything to do with that. Interesting, that people online are recently getting upset over these recommendations, yet no one takes that time to do even a basic search.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control Foundation (the fundraising arm), receives considerable donations annually, including from drug companies. This isn’t really a secret these days. And what a shocker, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer, are both on the donors list.
Now, the USCDC recommends mass vaccinations, including for pregnant women. The Council on Patient Safety recommends them too. And both have ties to companies that will benefit from these decisions. Do you get it now?
(Update): This problem isn’t limited to the United States, which isn’t surprising. The Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has some interesting donors. The largest is MD Financial Management, a company that provides money management services to doctors. The next largest are Bayer, Merck and Pfizer. Related health care groups probably are funded by big pharma as well.
Now, SOGC refers to this as “providing resources”. Is that a euphemism for drug companies providing money? Or discounting their products? Wish it was a little more specific.
(2) ACOG Recommends Vaccinating Pregnant Women