There is nothing like a good “measles outbreak” to boost sales when you have a monopoly on the only measles vaccine available, and corporate-funded mainstream media does almost all of your marketing for free, by singing the praises of the vaccine while never mentioning potential side effects or criminal cases currently in place over corruption surrounding the development of the vaccine.
Given the fact that U.S. law prevents anyone from suing Merck if a vaccine injury or death occurs from their vaccines, and that the U.S. Government via the CDC is the largest purchaser of vaccines to the tune of $5 billion per year, the vaccine industry has become perhaps the most lucrative market in the history of the world. - Health Impact News
Pharmaceutical giant Merck said Tuesday that high consumer demand for its measles vaccines, amid the largest U.S. outbreak in decades, helped boost sales in its second quarter. Even though a portion of the outbreak, up to 38% by some estimates, were vaccine created measles cases.
Sales of children's vaccines, which includes the New Jersey-based company's MMR vaccine, for measles, mumps and rubella, jumped 58% year over year to $675 million, Merck announced in its second-quarter earnings report Tuesday. Merck, which is the sole U.S. supplier of measles vaccines, said the strong growth was due in part to this year's measles outbreak, which was the largest in the U.S. since 1992.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 1,164 individual cases of measles as of July 25. The CDC said the new cases represented a 1.4% increase in the number of cases from the previous week. Officials had officially declared measles eliminated in 2000, but warned that if cases continued to climb this year the U.S. may lose its "eliminated" status.
Merck has a monopoly and they are capitalizing on it every chance they get, much to the delight and enrichment of their shareholders. Maybe it’s not only about the money. But it’s about the money. 💰 💰 💰
If it’s not obvious to you by now that mandating a for-profit medical product, shaming parents of healthy children who choose not to give their money to Big Pharma, and fomenting fear about what has always been a relatively mild childhood illness is a **bonanza** for big business, we’ve got some swampland to sell you in Florida.
- Jennifer Margulis via facebook
— CNBC's Angelica LaVito contributed to this report.