UNICEF Denies Catholic Bishops’ Claim Kenyan Tetanus Vaccine Is Laced With Birth-Control Hormone

By Michael W. Chapman | November 14, 2014 | 12:54 PM EST

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(CNSNews.com) –  While the Catholic Bishops of Kenya, along with the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, assert that a tetanus vaccine sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  is laced with a hormone that causes miscarriages and infertility, UNICEF denies that the vaccine is tainted and the WHO says the “allegations are not backed by the evidence.”

Both the WHO and UNICEF say the vaccines “are safe,” and UNICEF states the “Catholic bishops are wrong” and are “putting children at risk.”  Kenya’s Ministry of Health also asserts the vaccine is safe.

The bishops, who help oversee 58 Catholic hospitals, 83 health centers, 311 dispensaries, and 18 medical training schools in Kenya – a country where the Church has been providing medical care for more than 100 years – say their independent tests of the vaccine show the hormone is present, and that the vaccination campaign is a “disguised population control program.”

Because of the contrary positions between the bishops and the Ministry of Health, an investigation has been ordered by the House Committee on Health in Kenya.

The tetanus vaccination program, sponsored by the WHO and UNICEF in coordination with the Kenyan government, has been ongoing in phases since last year. The campaign is targeting females ages 15 to 49, about 2.3 million women.

The WHO and UNICEF say that “most tetanus cases in Kenya are among newborns,” and thus the emphasis on vaccinating women who are of child-bearing age.

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Tetanus is an infectious disease caused by a neurotoxin of a bacterium (Clostridium tetani), which is usually introduced through dirty wounds or the umbilical cord if cut with a non-sterile instrument. The disease causes muscle spasms, particularly in the jaw, and if left untreated, death.

Tetanus can be prevented by administering a tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine, using a syringe. “To prevent maternal and neonatal tetanus, appropriate doses of tetanus toxoid need to be given to the mother before or during pregnancy, and clean delivery and cord care practices need to be ensured,” states the WHO.

The hormone that the bishops and the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association say is present in the tetanus vaccine is human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).  After conception, a human embryo produces HCG, which prepares the embryo to be implanted in the womb.

“After implantation, HCG causes the mother’s body  to continue to make the pregnancy hormones necessary for the mother’s body to carry the unborn child,” Dr. Donna Harrison, an OB/GYN and executive director of the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told CNSNews.com.

Several members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“HCG is also the chemical that is tested in pregnancy tests,” said Dr. Harrison. “Specifically, pregnancy tests check a woman's blood or urine for the presence of a specific part of the HCG compound,  called ‘beta HCG,’  which is the part of the HCG molecule which does not cross react with other hormones in the body, and can be detected shortly after fertilization.”

Vaccines, she explained, “work by taking a piece of virus bacteria  and mixing it with an ‘adjuvant,’  a compound to stimulate the immune system.   When a person receives a vaccine in their body,  the immune system, stimulated by the adjuvant,  starts making ‘antibodies’ to fight the piece of bacteria or virus in the vaccine.   Then the immune system ‘remembers’ that piece of virus or bacteria so that the next time that the body encounters that bacteria or virus,   the immune system immediately ramps up to full steam and eliminates the offending agent.”

“When HCG is mixed into the tetanus vaccine, then the body not only makes antibodies to tetanus toxin, but also makes antibodies to HCG,” said Dr. Harrison.  “What that does is cause a woman's body to ‘reject’ the embryo, to make antibodies against the embryo just as if the embryo were an attacking pathogen.”

Dr. Harrison, a board-certified OB/GYN who has testified before Congress and the Food and Drug Administration on birth control issues, said there is no reason whatsoever for HCG to be present in a tetanus vaccine.

Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization. (AP)

Harrison stressed that she had not seen the test results from Kenya and was therefore speaking only theoretically.   “So, if there is HCG in the vaccine -- if there is -- then it’s purposeful,” she said. “It’s not a contaminant.”

Asked whether the HCG could be present for any other reason, Dr. Harrison said, “No, the only reason would be if it was meant to induce immunity to pregnancy, so to speak, as a population control measure. There wouldn’t be any other reason to have it there.”

As for the claims by the bishops and the doctors association, Dr. Harrison said she did not think they were far-fetched. “The people who put out the statement are not fools,” she said.  “So there must be something that has convinced them, and I’m hoping they’ll share it with the rest of the world.”

If the claims about the tetanus vaccine are true, said Dr. Harrison,  “you’ve got a drug, forced sterilization. It’s an issue of using a good thing, a tetanus vaccine, and deceiving people – you’ve ruined people’s trust in the health care system for a life-saving drug in order to introduce something that is without patient consent.”

Dr. Donna Harrison, OB/GYN, executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (Photo: FRC)

“I guess it would be like lacing ice cream with LSD,” she said.   “It’s that level of wrongness,” and it “raises huge concerns about population control agenda and genocide.”

“But we’re waiting for confirmation to see if this is truly happening,” said Dr. Harrison.  “We need to see the test results.”

In a Nov. 6 statement, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) emphasized that the Catholic Church is not opposed to regular vaccines administered in Kenya.

“However, during the second phase of the Tetanus vaccination campaign in March 2014, that is sponsored by WHO/UNICEF,  the Catholic Church questioned the secrecy of the exercise,” said the bishops “We raised questions on whether the tetanus vaccine was linked to a population control program that has been reported in some countries, where a similar vaccine was laced  with Beta- HCG hormone which causes infertility and multiple miscarriages in women.”

The bishops say they took their concerns to Kenyan government health officials, who reportedly agreed to test the vaccine. “However, the ministry did not cooperate and the joint tests were not done,” said the statement.

“The Catholic Church struggled and acquired several vials of the vaccine, which we sent to four unrelated Government and private laboratories in Kenya and abroad,” say the bishops, adding “that all the tests showed that the vaccine used in Kenya in March and October 2014  was indeed laced with the Beta- HCG hormone.”

Those test results the bishops then mailed to Kenya’s cabinet secretary and the director of Medical Services.

As a result, the Catholic Bishops said “we are shocked at the level of dishonesty and casual manner in which such a serious issue is being handled by the Government. That a report presented to the Parliamentary Committee on Health  November 4, 2014 by the Ministry of Health, claiming that the Government had tested the Vaccine and found it clean of  Beta- HCG hormone, is false and a deliberate attempt to distort the truth and mislead 42 million Kenyans.”

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Health Commission. (Photo: CISA-News Africa)

They further said, “we are dismayed by attempts to intimidate and blackmail medical professionals who have corroborated information about the vaccine, with threats of disciplinary action,” and “we shall not waver in calling upon all Kenyans to avoid the tetanus vaccination campaign laced with Beta-HCG, because we are convinced that it is indeed a disguised population control programme.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, testifying  before the House Health Committee in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Stephen Karanja, head of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, as reported by Daily Nation, said, “The hormone, Beta-HCG is neither a by-product of nor a component required for the manufacture of the tetanus vaccine. It being part of the tetanus vaccine is nothing short of a scheme to forcefully render our women incapable of bearing children.”

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, the chairman of the Church’s health committee, said,  “We acquired several vials of the vaccine from Batch 12 which we sent to four credible unrelated government and private laboratories in Kenya. They all show that indeed the vaccine was laced with the hormone.”

Batch 12 reportedly is the vaccine currently being administered in Kenya.

The WHO and UNICEF, however,  say the results of those tests are “invalid,” and UNICEF told CNSNews.com that it “definitely” supports having independent laboratories test the vaccine.

In a joint-statement sent to CNSNews.com On Nov. 12, the WHO and UNICEF said the allegations about the Tetanus Toxoid (TT) Vaccine in Kenya “are not backed up by the evidence, and risk negatively impacting national immunization programmes for children and women.”  (See WHO UNICEF Joint TT STATEMENT (1).PDF)

“WHO and UNICEF confirm that the vaccines are safe and are procured from a pre-qualified manufacturer,” said the statement. “This safety is assured through a three-pronged global testing system and the vaccine has reached more than 130 million women with at least two doses in 52 countries.”

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. (AP)

The statement also said that any testing of the vaccine needed to be “done in a suitable laboratory, and from a sample of the actual medicine/vaccine obtained from an unopened pack and not a blood sample.”

Dr. Muhame Ngare, an OB/GYN with the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, told LifeSiteNews, “We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen. They were all laced with HCG.”

The four laboratories reportedly were the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences, Lancet Kenya, Mediplan Dialysis Centres, and METR POLIS Star Lab.

Dr. Ngare also said the tetanus vaccine protocols being followed  were unusual compared with past vaccination campaigns.

“They usually bring all the stakeholders together three months before the campaign, like they did with polio a little while ago. And they use staff in all the centres to give out the vaccine,” reported LifeSiteNews.  “But with this anti-tetanus campaign, ‘only a few operatives from the government are allowed to give it out. They come with a police escort. They take it away with them when they are finished. Why not leave it with the local medical staff to administer?’”

Dr. Ngare further said, “Either we are lying or the government is lying. But ask yourself, ‘What reason do the Catholic doctors have for lying?’ … The Catholic Church has been here in Kenya providing health care and vaccinating for 100 years, for longer than Kenya has existed as a country.”

Catholic Doctors Association Chariman Stephen Karanja, right, and Catholic Health Commission of Kenya Chairman Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru during a hearing of the House Health Committee in Nairobi, Kenya on Nov. 11, 2014. (Photo: Daily Nation.)

CNSNews.com sent sent questions to the WHO and to UNICEF concerning the claims by the bishops in their statement.  While the WHO did not answer the questions directly, UNICEF did.

UNICEF Press Officer Rita Ann Wallace obtained responses from Dr. Peter Okoth, Health Specialist, Child Health, UNICEF Kenya.

Asked whether the tetanus vaccine supplied was laced with the Beta-HCG hormone, Dr. Okoth said it was not and that “all vaccines supplied to countries are procured from WHO pre-qualified suppliers that follow a very rigorous control process.”  In addition, he said, “the vaccines are also registered and monitored by the national regulatory authority, including for any adverse event which might follow immunization.”

Dr. Okoth said that “UNICEF categorically denies that it is involved in a ‘disguised population control programme,” and that it “definitely” would support having the vaccine tested by independent laboratories.

As for the assertions made by the bishops, UNICEF’s Dr. Okoth said, “[T]he Catholic Bishops of Kenya are wrong. Their assertions about the tetanus vaccine and hCG are not backed up by evidence. The report from the laboratories that analyzed samples provided by the church shows that the results are invalid. The equipment that was used in the analysis should only be used to analyse human samples such as blood and urine and not vaccines. The samples were not properly identified as required -- the laboratories were not informed if these were vaccines, blood or urine samples.”

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“The vaccines supplied through UNICEF and WHO are safe,” he said.  “UNICEF is ready to support the Government of Kenya to undertake another independent testing for hCG in a reference laboratory. The results shared by the church are invalid.”

Back in October, Kenya’s Health Minister James Macharia told the BBC, “It’s a safe, certified vaccine.”

“I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely, 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects,” said Macharia.

As this story was posted, the Health Ministry of Kenya and the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops had agreed to conduct joint tests on the tetanus vaccine at the Kenya Medical Researh Institute (Kemri) in Nairobi.

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman