Of the many lies and myths about vaccines that stubbornly persist despite all evidence showing them not only to be untrue but to be risibly, pseudoscientifically untrue, among whose number are myths that vaccines cause autism, sudden infant death syndrome, and a syndrome that so resembles shaken baby syndrome (more correctly called abusive head trauma) that shaken baby syndrome is a misdiagnosis for vaccine injury, the lie that vaccines are being used for population control is one of the most persistent. In this myth, vaccines are not designed to protect the populations of impoverished nations against diseases like the measles, which still kills hundreds of thousands of people a year outside of developed countries. Oh, no. Rather, according to this myth, vaccines are in fact a surreptitious instrument of population control designed to render people sterile.

You might recall how a few years ago antivaccinationists leaped on a statement by Bill Gates that “if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that [population] by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” They used it to accuse Gates of being a eugenicist and that vaccines were in actuality an instrument of global depopulation. It was a ridiculous charge of course. In context, it was clear that Gates was referring to how the expected population increase from 6.8 billion to 9 billion could be blunted with good health care; in other words, he was referring to how good health care could decrease the rate of population growth, not how vaccines could be used to depopulate the world. However, because of the prevalence of the myth that vaccines are sterilizing agents intended for global depopulation, the charge that Gates is a eugenicist, as batshit nuts as it obviously is to reasonable people, resonated in the anti-science world of antivaccinationists. Similar claims, namely that there is “something” in vaccines that results in infertility and sterilization, have been unfortunately very effective in frightening people in Third World countries and have played a major role in antivaccine campaigns that have delayed the eradication of polio.

Of late, there’s been a new variant of this particularly pernicious lie going around the usual social media sources. Naturally, the first place I saw this story was on the site of über-quack and conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, who proclaimed in his usual hyperbole-filled way vaccine Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans:

Tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages, reports the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization.

A whopping 2.3 million young girls and women are in the process of being given the vaccine, pushed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

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

Here we go again. Elsewhere, the ever-quacky John Rappaport has also flogged this nonsense in a story called Depopulation vaccine in Kenya and beyond:

“Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”

(“Mass Sterilization: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine,” November 8, 2014, by Steve Weatherbe,

You have to understand that every promoted so-called “pandemic” is an extended sales pitch for vaccines.

And not just a vaccine against the “killer germ” of the moment. We’re talking about a psyop to condition the population to vaccines in general.

There is much available literature on vaccines used for depopulation experiments. The research is ongoing. Undoubtedly, we only know a fraction of what is happening behind closed laboratory doors.

So this is the basic outline of the story. This group, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA), has claimed to have tested several vials of tetanus vaccine. Why did the KCDA test these vaccines? Who knows? Actually, for some reason, due to the persistence of the common myth that vaccines are being used for sterilization and depopulation, this group of doctors apparently felt obligated to test this vaccine. Interestingly, when I Googled “Kenya Catholic Doctors Association,” despite scrolling down many pages, I didn’t find any website or anything other than stories about this group’s escapades with respect to the tetanus vaccine in Kenya. It’s hard for me not to wonder if this group is real or just some faux group designed to stir up fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the vaccine. I suppose it’s probably real, given its association with the Catholic Church, but it is very odd that the only mentions of this group seem to be in connection with this particular manufactroversy. On the other hand, I have neither the time nor the inclination to keep delving deeper and deeper into Google searches until I find something.

Before you can understand the why the claim that hCG is in the tetanus vaccine would produce fear that the vaccine is in reality a sterilization agent, you need to know about a previous experimental vaccine. hCG is what is commonly referred to as the “pregnancy hormone.” Pregnancy tests are based on detecting hCG, which can first be detected about 11 days after conception and whose levels rise rapidly thereafter, peaking in the first 8-11 weeks of pregnancy. In the past, attempts have been made to produce a vaccine that targets hCG and thus results in the inability to conceive a child. It is a technique that falls under the category of immunocontraception. It takes little more than a quick trip to Wikipedia (among other sources) to learn that as far back as the 1970s, hCG was conjugated to tetanus toxoid in order to make a vaccine against hCG, because hCG itself did not provoke enough of an immune response. It’s not necessary to know all the details and history. From the 1970s on, there have been clinical trials of such vaccine contraceptives using hCG, and it is possible to prevent pregnancy by this approach, although antibody response against hCG declines with time.

This brings us back to the claims being made, described in an editorial by the Catholic Church in Kenya that appeared in Kenya Today. According to this article, the WHO had embarked on a vaccination program against tetanus that somehow had aroused the ire and suspicion of the Catholic Church because it was aimed at girls and women. The reason, of course, is because in Kenya there is a high risk of acquiring tetanus during childbirth, but the Catholic Church saw more nefarious motives:

Our concern and the subject of this discussion is the WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign launched last year in October ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. It is targeted at girls and women between the ages of 14 – 49 (child bearing age) and in 60 specific districts spread all around the country. The tetanus vaccine being used in this campaign has been imported into the country specifically for this purpose and bears a different batch number from the regular TT. So far, 3 doses have been given – the first in October 2013, the second in March 2014 and the third in October 2014. It is highly possible that there are two more doses to go.

Unlike other mass vaccination exercise, this particular WHO/UNICEF organized and sponsored tetanus vaccination campaign was launched at the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi which is extremely unusual for a public campaign. For this reason, many people, including health professional did not know about the campaign until the matter was addressed by the Catholic Bishops.

This led to:

With the help of Catholic faithful’s who put their own lives at risk, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association managed to access the tetanus vaccine used during the WHO/UNICEF immunization campaign in March 2014 and subjected them to testing. The unfortunate truth is that the vaccine was laced with HCG just like the one used in the South American cases! Further, none of the girls and women given the vaccination were informed of its contraceptive effect.

This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO/UNICEF campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but is a well-coordinated, forceful, population control, mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine.

Sounds like a lot of cloak and dagger just to get their hands on some tetanus vaccine. Much is made of the reluctance of WHO/UNICEF to provide the Catholic Church with vials of vaccine to test, but given the unreliability and dissembling demonstrated by the KCDA, it’s not hard to imagine why the WHO would not want to provide vials of vaccine for these cranks to test. Moreover, every vial wasted in this process would be one less potentially life-saving vial that could be administered to a Kenyan. In any case, somehow the KCDA obtained vials to test. It’s not clear how they got them or even whether they actually did get the,, but they claim to have gotten six vials. The test they subjected them to appears to be the same test used to measure hCG in blood samples for pregnancy tests. If one takes Dr. Muhame Ngare’s story at face value, it sure sounds damning. The Kenyan government is even launching an investigation.

There’s just one problem.

The WHO has investigated already and found nothing wrong. Ngare’s claims are, to put it bluntly, a huge stinking pile of fetid dingo’s kidneys. For one thing, no negative controls were provided, leading the WHO to speculate that the very low measurements. In any case, even if real, the levels of hCG reported by the KCDA are far too low to be an effective immunocontraceptive:

Additionally, the findings of the laboratory tests purported to be from a woman called St. Michael (explained below) all come out with normal values from the reference values assuming that the woman is not pregnant. The highest level of the β-HCG hormone was found to be 1.12 mIU/ml (and 1.2 mIU/ml for S-Quantitative β-HCG). There was no control used (or presented) and it would have been interesting to see what the result will be with tap water. There is a situation where ant- β-HCG antibodies can be produced by the body and that can act as a contraceptive, however, this requires the administration of at-least 100 to 500 micrograms of HCG bound to tetanus vaccine (about 11,904,000 to 59,520,000 mIU/ml of the same hormone where currently less than 1 mIU-ml has been reported from the lab results.

It’s also been noted that these values might have been the results of a reaction between the preservatives in a standard tetanus toxoid vaccine and a serum/urine HCG test kit. They are too low to be considered a significant threat when compared to the millions of times. Also, the vaccine in which hCG was linked to the tetanus toxoid is 20 years out of date. Indeed, in an e-mail interview, the original scientist who developed the hCG-tetanus toxoid vaccine even said that a different carrier, LTB, has been used, to avoid the very misinformation that has been associated with the valuable tetanus vaccination.

In other words, there’s no evidence to support the claims of the KCDA, and they aren’t even plausible, given what is known about the history of vaccines using hCG coupled to tetanus toxoid. Quite simply, such vaccines are history, long abandoned. The Catholic Church and the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association are engaging in fear mongering. For all the bloviation coming from the KCDA and Catholic Church in Kenya about how “evil” the alleged “mass depopulation” campaign of the WHO is, I’d say they are engaging in evil. They are intentionally frightening women in Kenya from taking the full course of tetanus vaccine. They might believe they are doing good, but they are engaging in activity that will lead to the death of Kenyan newborns.

None of this, of course, has stopped Mike Adams from proclaiming this “vaccination genocide and “medical crimes against humanity”:

What is happening in Kenya is a crime against humanity, and it is a crime committed with deliberate racial discrimination. Normally, the liberal media in the United States would be all over a story involving racial discrimination and genocide — or even a single police shooting of a black teenager — but because this genocide is being committed with vaccines, the entire mainstream media excuses it. Apparently, medical crimes against black people are perfectly acceptable to the liberal media as long as vaccines are used as the weapon.

As this story clearly demonstrates, “vaccine violence” is very real in our world.

No, what this story clearly demonstrates is how utterly loony people making these claims are. If you doubt me, just take a look at some of Adams’ other claims, namely that there are five vectors for what he calls the “science-based genocidal assault on humanity”:

  1. Vaccines
  2. Viruses
  3. Food
  4. Water
  5. Chemtrails (i.e. atmospheric deployment of chemicals)

Chemtrails? Yes, chemtrails. If you want any further evidence of just how far gone the cranks who argue that the tetanus vaccination program in Kenya is a racist depopulation program, look no further.

Lest you think that this obsession over vaccination as a cause of infertility is limited to Kenya and other Third World countries, consider this. The very same theme frequently appears in antivaccine rants against Gardasil, which has been blamed without evidence for premature ovarian failure. Another favorite antivaccine trope is that polysorbate-80, which is used in some vaccines, causes infertility. Yes, we in the “advanced” First World nations are as prone to falling for these lies as Kenyans. Never forget that.

Also, never forget just how far antivaccine liars and quacks will go to demonize the object of their hatred: Vaccines.


  1. #1 mick
    November 23, 2014

    Heard enough of the church hate and extreme views from both sides that lack common sense. A Group opposed to abortion is not necessarily opposed to vaccination. Tithes making the church a lot of money? Do you even go to church? if any money is collected it goes to aid and if not caring/housing the clergy and parish. You have made no response to the question why would a pro-vaccine group oppose tetanus shots for no reason other than to put fear into women turning them away from a vaccine to treat a very serious problem. I can fully understand why some people would exaggerate or imply other links to sinister acts of the past or present..but not this actual group. It is not bias and presents what they have tests showing hcg and odd immunization techniques. Whether its making women infertile or not is one thing they have to answer for but even if it is not..why the odd amount of injections ..why single out fertile women and why is hcg present in the first place if it is?

  2. #2 Antaeus Feldspar
    November 23, 2014

    Mick, if I show a doctor a photograph of what appears to be a human arm with red spots on it, and he diagnoses measles, but I forgot to mention that what I showed him was the arm of a mannequin, I can’t then present his diagnosis as evidence that mannequins can contract measles. I can’t present his diagnosis as evidence of anything, because by depriving him of vital context, I twisted his professional observations.

    The results of testing the vaccines were obtained by labs who weren’t correctly notified what they were testing. They were not told “this is a vaccine, and we want you to test to see if it’s a sterilization agent”; they were led to believe they were testing a human specimen to see if the woman was pregnant. The idea that these bishops acted correctly in submitting a sample to a lab without making it clear to them what the sample was and what they were looking for is dubious enough. The idea that the bishops have been shown to be vindicated in their concern because of the results, results which are meaningless because they were obtained by applying an inappropriate test, is just ludicrous!

    It’s not our responsibility to explain why these bishops would, while claiming to be a “pro-vaccine group”, take an action highly damaging to an important vaccination effort, based on shoddy evidence which they may have even knowingly ginned up. It’s clear that they did; if anyone needs to explain why they would do such a thing, it’s them. Perhaps you would see that if you weren’t coming at this issue with clear prejudice, but anyone who asks why a campaign to prevent neonatal tetanus would “single out fertile women” is obviously not displaying anything akin to common sense.

  3. #3 herr doktor bimler
    November 23, 2014

    why single out fertile women
    Why single out women who can give birth, for a campaign to prevent infants acquiring tetanus at birth?
    Mick is either very stupid or very dishonest.

  4. #4 Narad
    November 23, 2014

    Heard enough of the church hate and extreme views from both sides that lack common sense.

    Um, we already know what the position of the Roman Catholic Church is: It favors vaccination. The question is the lying nuts at Human Life International, Cog4Life, etc., who are roughly the equivalent of these types.

    A Group opposed to abortion is not necessarily opposed to vaccination.

    That’s nice. Unfortunately, HLI (unlike, say, the Pontificial Academy for Life) doesn’t only make up lies about tetanus vaccine, they oppose polio, MMR, varicella and shingles, Hep A, and rabies vaccines using the “aborted fetuses” gambit.

    Tithes making the church a lot of money? Do you even go to church? if any money is collected it goes to aid and if not caring/housing the clergy and parish.

    Catholics don’t “tithe,” but the extremely healthy finances of the Catholic Church are wholly irrelevant.

    You have made no response to the question why would a pro-vaccine group oppose tetanus shots for no reason other than to put fear into women turning them away from a vaccine to treat a very serious problem.

    There is no “pro-vaccine group” involved here.

    I can fully understand why some people would exaggerate or imply other links to sinister acts of the past or present..but not this actual group.

    Why not? They’ve been repeating the same lie for decades and ignore actual Church policy.

    It is not bias and presents what they have tests showing hcg and odd immunization techniques.

    A set of bogus test results, that is. What’s this about “odd techniques”?

    Whether its making women infertile or not is one thing they have to answer for

    What makes you think this? They certainly haven’t bothered with this detail in the past.

    but even if it is not..why the odd amount of injections

    Five doses is enough to confer protection for the whole of the childbearing years: []/immunization/23245_mnt.html. If Kenya had a robust health-care infrastructure providing childhood and decennial doses, do you think there would be a tetanus problem in the first place?

    ..why single out fertile women

    Because the idea is to address neonatal tetanus? I get the impression that you really didn’t put much thought into this comment.

    and why is hcg present in the first place if it is?

    This has already been answered.

  5. #5 herr doktor bimler
    November 23, 2014

    Tithes making the church a lot of money? Do you even go to church?
    The only commenter to mention “tithes” was Horatio, who begins that comment by describing himself as “a deconvert”, so Mick’s question about “even going to church” adds to the general picture of illiteracy.

  6. #6 justthestats
    November 24, 2014

    and why is hcg present in the first place if it is?

    My understanding is that none of the HCG readings were over the noise threshold, so there isn’t any good reason to suppose that HCG was present in the first place.

  7. #7 justthestats
    November 24, 2014

    .That should be “under the noise threshold,” of course.

  8. #8 justthestats
    November 24, 2014

    That should be “under the noise threshold,” of course.

  9. #9 Johnny
    November 24, 2014

    Slightly OT, but I just wanted to pop in and say that the slap down that justthestats delivered over at Jake’s place was a thing of beauty.

    No snark, just stats and facts, and made White Rose look like the idiot she is.

  10. #10 Denice Walter
    November 24, 2014

    @ Johnny:

    And the hilarity continues on Jake’s latest post whilst he persists about whether someone is writing or not ( a frequent topic) – I wonder why he fixates upon that?
    Orac’s minions make a good showing there as well.

  11. #12 lilady
    November 26, 2014

    Poor pathetic Jake. He’ll never be an epidemiologist and he will never be an award winning journalist.

    We’ve got Narad, justthestats and Lawrence and Jake has jen and White Rose.

    Where’s John Worst?

  12. #13 Shay
    November 26, 2014

    Lilady, that’s kind of like having Braxton Bragg and John Bell Hood.

    (I’m waiting for Lucario to chime in when he gets the reference).

  13. #14 Lucario
    Chilly SoFla
    November 26, 2014

    Shay @#214:

    And John Bell Hood as an army commander at that – not when he was kicking butt and taking names as a brigadier and division commander (back when he actually [b]could[/b] kick ^_^).

    And I’m a “she”, thankyouverymuch.

  14. #15 shay
    November 26, 2014

    And I’m a “she” thankyouverymuch.”

    How embarrassing. Hoist with my own petard!

  15. #16 shay
    November 26, 2014

    Obvious italics fail is obvious.

  16. #17 Calli Arcale
    November 26, 2014

    A lady going by the ‘nym of Lucario?

    Be careful: my daughter might start hero-worshipping you, as Lucario is one of her favorite Pokemon. 😉

  17. #18 Timothy Zak
    Calgary, Canada
    December 16, 2014

    Doubtless the result of Paranoia, but can you blame the paranoid, especially with the very close and unrepentant association of “Reproductive Health Movements” with people who were quite explicit about their eugenic agenda?

    Indeed, if it’s not the case now, control of the composition and level of the population is a damned good idea. One whose idea, sooner or later, will come again – though no doubt it’s manifestations will be more sophisticated, it will never become less tempting.

  18. #19 Politicalguineapig
    December 16, 2014

    Timothy Zakk: The whole ‘Margaret Sanger was a racist’ meme was invented out of whole cloth by your friends in the anti-choice (or more accurately ‘no-choice’ movement.) You do know that women don’t generally want to spend their whole reproductive lives pregnant, right? Probably not. I imagine you’re a fine upstanding church-going man with a wife who’s frightened of her own shadow.
    Giving women the power to control their own reproduction is a good idea, because then they can go to school and have careers. And a more educated populace leads to less poor people, higher standards of living, fewer epidemics, and a reduced child mortality rate. But then again, religious people don’t like educated populaces, because it means less butts in the seats. And girls getting educated? That’s the only thing fundamentalist Muslims, Christians and Jews would all agree on- they’re perpetually against it. I imagine you are too.

  19. […] regels te houden en anders ben je een zondaar. Ons bedrijf geloof niet in voorbehoedsmiddelen of vaccinaties. Ons bedrijf gelooft niet in evolutie. En dat gooit deze nieuweling nu allemaal door de war. […]

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