Leading OB-GYN Group Took $11 Million From CDC to Push COVID Shotspregnant women, according to an investigation on Pregnant Women, Documents Reveal The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bankrolled the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to the tune of $11 million to promote COVID-19 vaccination as "safe and effective" for
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bankrolled the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to the tune of $11 million to promote COVID-19 vaccination as "safe and effective" for pregnant women, according to an investigation published this week by attorney Maggie Thorp.
Documents obtained by Thorp through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that the CDC and ACOG entered into multiple "cooperative agreements" to carry out work largely designed and controlled by the CDC and contingent on ACOG's adherence to the CDC's policies on COVID-19 infection and control.
ACOG is the "premier" professional membership organization for obstetricians and gynecologists with more than 60,000 members across the Americas, its website reports.
Broadly, the grants supported the development of social media communications strategies, toolkits supporting "effective COVID-19 vaccination conversations" between doctors and patients, and the hiring of a global public health communications firm, APCO Worldwide, to produce various communications materials.
According to Thorp, from December 2020, when the vaccines came on the market, through July 21, 2021, ACOG held a neutral position on vaccination during pregnancy, recommending that pregnant women "be free to make their own decision regarding COVID-19 vaccination."