There are a couple of quotes circulating widely claiming that major players in flu vaccine development are “denouncing” the vaccine.
From (shudder!) mercola.com:
“Dr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Office at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza” and that “The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.”
And in November 2007, the UK newspaper The Scotsman, made public warnings by the inventor of the “flu jab,” Dr. Graeme Laver.
Dr. Laver was a major Australian scientist involved in the invention of a flu vaccine, in addition to playing a leading scientific role in the discovery of anti-flu drugs. He went on record as saying the vaccine he helped to create was ineffective and [that] natural infection with the flu was safer. “I have never been impressed with its efficacy,” said Dr. Laver.”
Who are these guys?
Dr J. Anthony Morris was apparently a bureaucrat at the FDA in the early 1970s and was forced out during a political battle. He is not a “distinguished virologist”, and his only two publications indexed by PubMed are from the late 1940s-early 1950s and dealt with bacteria, not viruses. There is no reason to credit his opinions with any more value than the guy holding up “The End Is Nigh!” sign on the corner.
Graeme Laver was a distinguished virologist and helped develop our modern understanding of influenza, its epidemics, and anti-influenza medications. I cannot find any quotes at The Scotsman like the one mentioned, and I cannot find any sources that show he held a deep skepticism for flu vaccination. Even if he had (and he can no longer speak for himself), the opinion of a single virologist is not how we develop public health policy.
These irrelevant, presumably out-of-context, and possibly fictitious quotes are another sign of the moral, intellectual, and–frankly–cognitive bankruptcy of the anti-vaccine movement.