The corporate capture of public health




In a senate hearing regarding the U.S. government’s response to COVID-19, Dr. Piere Kory said: “United States health agency structures and policies created over the last 50 years have tightly intertwined the pharmaceutical industry with public health institutions, resulting in repeated policies placing pharmaceutical industry interests ahead of the welfare of U.S. citizens.” (Source – 36:46)


Brett Weinstein said: “We have a serious problem in Western civilization… Every institution has been captured.” (Source – 46:22)


Below we provide the evidence showing exactly how each institution, or individual, is captured…


Health Regulatory Agencies Are Captured




NIH Receives Royalties From the Pfizer COVID Vaccine

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“NIH doles out $32 billion in federal grant-making to 56,000 entities. And that basically buys you the entire American health care space.”


Such tremendous influence gives NIH “the power to decide which scientists and projects get all those taxpayer billions” and therefore “buys you a lot of friends, buys you a lot of allies, and there’s great incentive to stay on the establishment narratives that NIH disseminates on public health policy.” 


But could those policies be influenced by forces not related to public health?


A lawsuit by watchdog group Open The Books against the NIH “unearthed 3,000 pages of royalty payments to NIH scientists from 2010 to 2021. During that time, 2,407 government scientists received $325 million in secretive royalty payments, averaging out to more than $135,000 each.”


For example… “The NIH invented certain aspects of the vaccine that was licensed to Pfizer. When they developed it, they have to pay that royalty. And so… NIH was receiving tens of millions of dollars from Pfizer on those royalty payments.”




NIH Receives Royalties From the Moderna COVID Vaccine


“In Moderna’s earnings release Thursday, the company said it recently paid the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) a $400 million “catch-up payment” under a new royalty-bearing license agreement between the parties.


The payment is part of a license agreement between Moderna and NIAID inked late last year. With the deal, Moderna is paying the U.S. government to access “certain patent rights concerning stabilizing prefusion coronavirus spike proteins,” Moderna Chief Financial Officer Jamie Mock said on a conference call Thursday.”


NIAID is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the time this royalty agreement was struck, NIAID’s director was Dr. Anthony Fauci.






CDC Takes Millions of Dollars From Vaccine Manufacturers and Stakeholders


Some of the donors:

  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • GAVI

As reported by STAT News the CDC “accepted $161 million from corporations since its inception, with $79.6 million coming during fiscal years 2014 to 2018.”


FDA Takes Millions of Dollars From Vaccine Manufacturers and Stakeholders


Some of the donors:

  • Pfizer
  • Merck
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Eli Lilly
  • Novartis
  • Johnson & Johnson

Below is a snapshot from their 2022 annual report



NIH Takes Millions of Dollars From Vaccine Manufacturers and Stakeholders


Some of the donors:


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Gilead
  • Merck
  • Eli Lilly
  • Sanofi
  • GlaxoSmithKline

“The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) procures funding and manages alliances with public and private institutions in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).” (Source)


Health and Drug Regulators Are Not Independent From The Companies They Are Meant to Regulate


The British Medical Journal analyzed various health regulators’ budgets —particularly the portion focused on drugs — and discovered that, in each case, the majority is derived from the industry it is tasked to regulate…


  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia – 96%
  • European Medicines Agency (EMA) – 89%
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK – 86%
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) in Japan – 85%
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – 65%
  • Health Canada (HC) – 50.5%

(Source: BMJ Investigation: Led astray? Industry’s influence on drug and device watchdogs – PDF | Webpage)


Excerpts from the report:


Sociologist Donald Light of Rowan University in New Jersey, who has spent decades studying drug regulation, said: “…a reliance on industry fees is contributing to a decline in evidentiary standards, ultimately harming patients.”


“…being largely funded by fees from the companies whose products it is charged to evaluate is a fundamental conflict of interest and a prime example of institutional corruption… Doctors and patients must appreciate how deeply and extensively drug regulators can’t be trusted so long as they are captured by industry funding.”


While historical drug disasters like sulfanilamide and thalidomide raised the stature of regulatory agencies, Light argues regulators now need their own watchdog and is calling for a drug and vaccine safety board, independent of the drug regulator, with the authority, staffing, and funds to investigate incidents of patient harm. “Countries have independent safety boards for airlines and their passengers. Why not for drugs and patients too?” says Light.


CDC Members Own More Than 50 Patents Connected to Vaccinations


CDC Employees Had Potential Conflicts of Interest

HHS Inspector General’s 2009 report finds that “CDC did not identify or resolve potential conflicts of interest for 64 percent of special Government employees in 2007… In addition, 32 percent of SGEs had potential conflicts of interest that CDC identified but did not resolve.” (Source – Page 4)


HHS Has a Vested Interest in COVID Vaccines

According to HHS’ Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund Report for 2022, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a department of HHS, “directly supported development and manufacturing of seven [COVID] vaccine candidates including Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine”. (Source: PDF | Webpage – Page 119)


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Gives the CDC $13.5 Million

“The CDC Foundation has received three grants totaling $13.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the lives of millions worldwide. The grants will enable the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work in collaboration with partners to advance the implementation of meningitis and rotavirus vaccines, ensuring global disease protection.”


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Some Politicians and Government Officials Are Captured

Pharmaceuticals and Health Products Industry Was The #1 Lobbyist on Capital Hill in 2022, About $373.74 Million



Which Industry Spends the Most on Lobbying?

“Spending $5.17 billion over the past 24 years, the pharmaceutical and health products industry has far outpaced all others in lobbying spending. The industry spent a record $356.6 million on lobbying in 2021… The main drugmakers’ lobbying group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, remained the biggest spender within the health care sector in 2021 with outlays of $30.4 million.”


More Than Two-Thirds of Congress Cashed a Pharma Campaign Check in 2020


The Health Insurance Industry, Hospitals and Medical Associations All Spend Millions to Lobby Lawmakers on Capital Hill


The Revolving Door of Government Officials and Big Pharma Executives

Scott Gottlieb:

FDA Commissioner (2017-2019)

Pfizer board member (2019)


Robert Califf:

Paid consultant for Merck Sharp & Dohme, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly (2009 to 2013)

FDA Commissioner (2022)


Alex Azar:

President of Eli Lilly (2012)

Secretary of Health and Human Services (2018)


Stephen Hahn:

FDA Commissioner (2019)

Chief medical officer at the venture capital firm that launched Moderna (2021)


Julie Gerberding:

CDC Director (2002-2009)

President of Merck’s vaccine division (2009)


Ian Hudson:

VP, SmithKline Beecham (1989-2001)

Chief Executive, MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) (2013-2019)

Board of Directors, Sensyne Health (Present)

Senior Adviser for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Present)


Philip Krause:

FDA Deputy Chief for Vaccines (2021)

Mesoblast Board of Directors (2022)


Investigative journalist Maryanne Demasi reports: “At the FDA, generally regarded as the world’s premier regulator, nine out of 10 of its past commissioners between 2006 and 2019 went on to secure roles linked with pharmaceutical companies.” (Source – Page 15)


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