Imagine a cold, rainy day in the future. Julie Gerberding calls a press conference. She walks out, stands there, pale and grim, and apologizes for everything she has ever said and done with regard to vaccines. The next day there are headlines in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Forbes, and countless other major news sources labeling her a quack and a threat to the health of the nation. Calls immediately go out for Dr. Gerberding to retract and repent. She becomes a pariah. But you can start to see a hint of the Sun behind the clouds and the day has gotten a little warmer.
I am here to say I am sorry. I was wrong. Terribly terribly wrong. Vaccines are not safe and effective, as I have long argued. We must stop. Now. The sooner my fellow physicians and reporters awaken from this calamity and see the light, the sooner we can move on from this darkest of dark times in the history of our planet. I am sorry for all the people I have hurt and all the families I have destroyed through my ignorance, ineptitude, greed and fear. I should have known better. The information was out there, but I was unwilling to search and accept and believe. I have no excuse, only immeasurable regret and sorrow. I do not expect forgiveness. I do not merit it. The injuries and deaths have been too great, too many. Effective immediately, I am resigning from my duties and responsibilities as executive vice president & chief patient officer, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health of Merck & Co. and I will never consider ever practicing medicine or returning to public health administration. If I could do my life over again, I would do it differently. It has all been a horrible mistake, and I sincerely apologize. Thank you.
As the German physician and immunologist Wolfgang Ehrengut once noted, it may be that doctors [and others] have a negative bias against the harm that vaccines cause, a thick-headed, mind-boggling unwillingness to believe, because “what must not be, therefore, cannot be.” I mean, it just can’t be true, right? Because what would they do if it were true? A more unenviable situation is hard to imagine. But that is no excuse for continuing the charade.
Dr. Gerberding joins fellow apologetic apologists Dr. Paul Offit, Bill Gates, Tara Haelle, Dr. David Gorski, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dr. Daniel Summers, Dr. Richard Pan, Arthur Caplan, Jeffrey Kluger, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.