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October 14, 2013

Pat Robertson Blames 1950s Polio Vaccine Trial for AIDS

Christian televangelist and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson blamed a supposedly contaminated polio vaccine for the spread of AIDS in Africa, Right Wing Watch reports. He made his remarks on The 700 Club, which is produced by his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and airs on ABC Family.

“I think the World Health Organization was doing some experiment in the Congo on a monkey virus, a monkey injection to fight polio, and it wasn’t an injection. They put it in sugar cubes, and they gave it to these Africans, a couple hundred thousand in the test,” Robertson said. “This is the first time when monkey diseases crossed into the human condition, and out of that has come this terrible thing.”

Right Wing Watch cites several sources that refute his theory about the origin of AIDS in humans, which was widely disseminated in The River, a 1999 book by Edward Hooper. In 2001, four independent research groups determined that stored samples from a 1950s trial of a live-virus polio vaccine in Africa did not contain HIV.

Earlier this year, Robertson said on The 700 Club that gay men in San Francisco try to transmit HIV intentionally by cutting people with rings when they shake hands.

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JV, , 2013-10-28 09:28:37
The year of significance is the 1977 blood prohibition, not 1950. Vaccines grown in monkeys are thought to be the source of contamination, where gay populations were the first to test them. Deflecting blame by discrediting it was the first priority. Offit's refutation of Cantwell points to studies suggesting unvaccinated people had the same infection rates, as if they had to be directly infected to count. Nobody knows the truth, but supporting claims to encourage hysteria is quite an injustice.

Frederck WrightStafford, Jacksonville, 2013-10-24 07:36:10
Rev. Pat may be on the right track for 10 years before the 50's the Nazi Germans were experimenting with live humans in biological warfare weapons. I had a renowned HIV Doctor in D.C suggested that a non sterile injection machine was used for polio, and this HIV Doctor also suggested scientist used this same device in the experimental process for Hepatitis vaccines in New York, San Francisco on the poor, and I would think the Navy used it too, in the 1970s. I think GNP deserves the truth.

Mike, , 2013-10-17 16:17:38
How is this man relevant to anyone? He really should be in politics since nothing he says can be taken seriously. He is an embarassment to society and is a tremendous waste of perfectly good air.

Tom, Chicago, 2013-10-15 20:49:29
The (said) "four independent research groups" never had access to the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) that had to be grown in Chimpanzee kidney cells which harbor a virus very similar to HIV. Visit Edward Hooper's web site and watch the unedited version of the Canadian documentary which includes on-camera interviews of the people who helped make the OPV using chimpanzee kidney cells. Simian Virus #40 (SV-40) is just one of many viruses that have infected millions of vaccine recipients.

Daniel Skdmore, Wildwood, 2013-10-15 18:11:36
This man is an idiot ! I have been an HIV Specialist for many years and his comments are beyond ludicrous. He should have educated and informed Infectious Disease Physicians on his broadcast commenting on such things.

Jeff, Phoenix, 2013-10-15 14:54:02
Oral vaccine was not even available till the mid 70's My first polio vac was in 1966/67 the ring of pins dipped in the vac and jammed into upper arm and then twisted, still got the scar today 45 years after it was done. Robertson is a senile old man the sad thing is people believe his delusional ravings as truths.

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