Two days ago Alison Xamon, lead speaker for the Greens in the upper house in Western Australia, said in a speech to parliament she was sure there were no “parts of aborted foetuses” in “Australian vaccines”.
This was in a discussion about the proposed bill to introduce No Jab No Play, where children who have not had all the required vaccines will be denied access to kindergarten and childcare In Western Australia, held June 12, 2019.
From her speech (at 1:41:38):
Another particular claim comes to mind. Over the last 10 days, I have received a number of what are clearly form letters talking about how vaccinations contain parts of aborted foetuses. I wonder whether other members have received similar approaches. Madam President, I note that responses of “yes” are coming from around the chamber. It sounds horrendous, so I spoke to Hon Nick Goiran behind the Chair. I think we would all agree that he would probably have a particularly informed view on this sort of matter. Frankly, if this were a real issue, I thought he would be the member who would be most across this. It was pertinent to me that it was not considered to be a concern—I hope the honourable member does not mind me saying that, but I respect that he would know this.
[Interjection from Hon Nick Goiran: If I may assist, member, perhaps do not categorise it that I don’t have a concern about it.]
Absolutely. I recognise that if this were a legitimate issue, I was of the opinion that the honourable member would have a considerable concern about it and would probably be the first one to bring that concern to the attention of not only myself, but also the entire chamber. As the honourable member pointed out, there is no evidence to indicate that this is an issue with Australian vaccines, so when people start peddling this idea they do themselves an enormous disservice because it rains discredit upon every other claim in those lobbying emails.
As well as saying something that is completely untrue, that “Australian vaccines” do not contain components from aborted babies, she also expresses extreme disgust at the concept, and is sure if it were true it would have been brought to her attention by Nick Goiran, a socially conservative Liberal member of the upper house.
Does this mean that when she discovers it is actually true, she will be against mandating vaccines in Western Australia?
It is difficult to know what Alison Xamon means by “Australian vaccines”. She could be meaning vaccines made in Australia or vaccines used in Australia, or both.
The only vaccines we make here are flu vaccines and apparently a vaccine for Q-fever, which can be given to people working with animals, both made by Sequirus (formerly bioCSL). Apart from the flu vaccine, which is on some state schedules, all the vaccines on the immunisation schedules for adults and children are made overseas.
Also, the vaccines made overseas and imported here are also given widely to populations overseas. So there is no such thing as “Australian vaccines”, apart from the flu vaccine.
We see that the vaccines’ product information sheets, which we will look at below, show the vaccines have an Australian distributer, but that does not mean they were manufactured in Australia.
It is important politicians like Alison Xamon are given the facts, together with proof, in terms they can understand and respect, and we urge you to pass this information on to them. Here’s how to find the proof you can give them:
Step 1. Find the commercial product names of the vaccines on the Australian Immunisation Schedule.
Find the current Australian Immunisation Schedule on a government website: find it at the following link or do a web search if the page has changed by the time you read this. National Immunisation Program Schedule
We will only investigate childhood vaccines, because they are the vaccines relevant to the bill being discussed.
Look at vaccines given at 12 and 18 months, and look for the following vaccines, which are the ones containing components from aborted human foetuses.
Measles, mumps, rubella
Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox)
Look for the product names of the vaccines in the right-hand column. Here they are:
Measles, mumps, rubella:
M-M-R® II or Priorix®
Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox)
Priorix-Tetra® or ProQuad®
Step 2. Find the product information sheets
For each of the 4 products, click on the product name.e.g. M-M-R® II, and it will take you to an ‘ARTG search’ page. Click on the ‘Product Information’ link to open a PDF. It goes to the TGA, click “I accept” to go to ‘AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT INFORMATION’.
Step 3. Look for the cell lines used in vaccines.
Disease viruses (antigens) used in live virus vaccines are grown in living cells. The cells used to grow some live virus vaccine antigens are developed from cells taken from babies aborted in the 1960s, and are called “cell lines”. These cell lines have been kept going since then. The two cell lines used in the 4 products listed are called MRC-5 and WI-38, read more about them on Wikipedia here and here. There are other foetal cell lines but we will concentrate on the ones in injected vaccines on the Australian schedule for this article.
It’s important to note that when preparing the live virus vaccine antigens (such as measles virus) to put in the vaccines it is impossible to clean off all the host cells and host cell debris, so the antigen preparation will always be contaminated with everything it was grown in. So it includes cells, proteins and loose fragments of DNA from the host cell culture – in the case of these vaccines, human cells, DNA and protein. Please see more on this under ‘Amount of DNA’ further down the page.
We’ll now look at each of the information sheets for the 4 products, and look for the MRC-5 and WI-38 cell lines:
Do a browser search for WI-38, and you’ll find it high on the page saying “and the Wistar RA 27/3 strain of live attenuated rubella virus propagated in human diploid cell (WI-38) culture”
Do a browser search for MRC5, and you’ll find it listed high on the first page, saying “Each virus strain is separately obtained by propagation in either chick embryo tissue cultures (mumps and measles) or MRC5 human diploid cells (rubella).”
Search for MRC5, and you will see it says “Each virus strain is separately produced in either chick embryo cells (mumps and measles) or MRC5 human diploid cells (rubella and varicella).”
Find “Rubella Virus Vaccine Live, the Wistar RA 27/3 strain of live attenuated rubella virus propagated in WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts; and (2) Varicella Virus Vaccine Live (Oka/Merck), the Oka/Merck strain of varicella-zoster virus propagated in MRC-5 cells (hereafter referred to as VARIVAX).” So this vaccine uses both cell lines MRC5 and WI-38.
We can see clearly that all 4 of these products include antigen made in human foetal cells, which taken together with the information that antigen preparations cannot be completely cleaned of host cell material, means human foetal cells and their components end up in the vaccines.
CDC Vaccine Excipient Summary
The CDC is the top vaccination authority in the United States. They publish a list of excipients, and update it regularly. It includes US manufactured vaccines e.g. from Merck, but not European vaccines e.g. from GlaxoSmithKline. They say:
In addition to weakened or killed disease antigens (viruses or bacteria), vaccines contain very small amounts of other ingredients – excipients.
Search through the table to find vaccines containing MRC5 and WI-38. Please be aware that in the current table the CDC has changed their listed excipients for MMR-II and ProQuad, leaving out WI-38 cells, despite the fact these products have not changed. Look at an earlier version of the table, updated February 2015, to see WI-38 cells included.
Amount of DNA
Vaccine proponents argue the amount of foetal DNA in vaccines is so small it is virtually non-existant. For example, Dr Paul Offit says there are “perhaps nanograms of DNA fragments still found in the vaccine”, in this article on the ABC.
As it happens, a few nanograms of DNA is quite a lot, please see this article: OPEN LETTER TO LEGISLATORS REGARDING FETAL CELL DNA IN VACCINES
From the article:
If fetal DNA can trigger labor (a naturally desired autoimmune reaction), then those same levels in vaccines can trigger autoimmunity in a child. Fragmented fetal DNA contained in vaccines is of similar size, ~215 base pairs.
This is direct biological evidence that fetal DNA contaminants in vaccines are not in low innocuous amounts. They are a very strong proinflammatory trigger.
For further information see this FDA briefing document 2012, which says on page 18:
Current recommendations are that the level of residual cell-substrate DNA should be ≤10 ng [nanograms] per dose and a median DNA size of 200 bp [base pairs] or lower.
Apart from the concern that DNA floating freely in the blood can cause inflammation and autoimmunity, it is a concern that human foetal DNA in the blood can insert itself into a person’s stem cells, causing mutations and illness.
A document from the manufacturers of Varivax chickenpox vaccine states there is approximately 2 µg [micrograms] of cellular DNA per dose of vaccine. This equates to 2,000 ng [nanograms], a lot more than the recommended maximum of 10 ng per dose, and Paul Offit’s “perhaps nanograms”. From the document, under ‘III Manufacturing Controls’:
The approximately 2 µg of cellular DNA per dose of vaccine was determined to be unlikely to integrate into host cells and cause harm under the conditions of vaccination. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Com:rraittee, with supplemental expert testimony, concluded on August 23, 1994 that this anomaly did not pose a safety risk which exceeded the known benefit of the vaccine.
Not very reassuring.
Apart from anything else, the Vatican has released a position on foetal components being used to make vaccines. They wouldn’t do that if this wasn’t a concern, would they? Read just one article about this here: Abortion, contraception, vaccines: Vatican releases guide of the church’s bioethical teachings From the article:
One issue partially dealt with in the new charter is vaccines produced with “biological material of illicit origin,” that is, made from cells from aborted fetuses.
Articles on this website:
We hope that you can take in this information, and see that some vaccines for children do contain components from aborted foetuses. You said this possibility “sounds horrendous”, which surely means that if you discover this is true, you would not want to mandate these vaccines.