Del Bigtree is not a scientist

On October 12, 2017, Del Bigtree,  a former producer of the television talk show, The Doctors, producer of the film Vaxxed, and founder of something called the Informed Consent Action Network (ICANDecide), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wherein he outlined what he perceives as their “failure of HHS to conduct the proper science required to demonstrate vaccine safety.” This letter accuses HHS of everything from ignoring vaccine risks to not doing proper safety testing. For those of us who understand vaccine science, this letter almost seems like a parody. Alas, it was not only real but Del threatened HHS with a civil suit if they did not make the changes he suggested in the letter. He also made demands, such as wanting “vaccine safety advocates” to comprise half of HHS’s vaccine committees.  The letter was co-signed by 58 antivaccine organizations, including Weston A Price Foundation and World Mercury Project.

DEL is not a scientist

After October 12, nothing much happened at ICANDecide. In fact, not much has been heard from ICANDecide in a while.  Even their Facebook page has been quiet.

Until now.

Earlier this week, a notorious antivax crusader (I will refer to him as Pant) who despises Del Bigtree posted a link to a pdf he had created with the response from HHS to Del Bigtree. Pant claimed he was able to get the response through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  The response is from Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, Acting Director of the National Vaccine Program Office, whom I have confirmed is real. The letter includes responses to all of Del’s claims and accusations, every single one of them proving Del knows nothing at all about vaccine safety.  All of his claims were disproven and all of his requests were denied.

This letter is a glorious piece of vaccine gold and when you read it you will understand completely why Del let this ball completely drop, pop, fizzle into nothing, and fade away.

For your reading pleasure, I bring you the HHS response to Del Bigtree.


Happy reading!



19 thoughts on “Del Bigtree is not a scientist

  1. Making sure you have seen this.

    According to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, Health and Human Services (HHS) was supposed to monitor vaccine safety and report to Congress every 2 years. That’s right: Since 1986 they were supposed to be doing vaccine safety studies and reports every 2 years.

    OAMF and many other concerned groups signed on with Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) in the fall of 2017 to a letter reminding HHS of this seemingly long-neglected and -forgotten requirement. Months passed with no real responses.

    HHS had to be compelled by court after ignoring freedom of information requests to admit (via lawsuit by Del Bigtree, ICAN, with Robert F. Kennedy Jr) THAT THEY DIDN’T DO IT ONE SINGLE TIME IN THE LAST 30 YEARS!! This was a condition of the law passed in 1986 that gave vaccine manufacturers a liability shield regarding vaccine injury. The only reason President Reagan signed it was because he thought this would be the checks and balances on the safety of vaccines, AND THEY DIDN’T DO IT FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS, NOT ONCE!!!”


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