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Poland stands alone in refusing swine flu vaccines
The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2010 | VANESSA GERA

Posted on 01/14/2010 6:23:50 AM PST by lizol

Poland stands alone in refusing swine flu vaccines

By VANESSA GERA The Associated Press Wednesday, January 13, 2010; 10:02 AM

WARSAW, Poland -- The decision seemed fraught with risk: a government refusing to import swine flu vaccines amid worldwide warnings of a spreading epidemic.

But Poland did just that, becoming the only country worldwide known to reject the vaccines over safety fears and distrust in the drug companies producing them - concerns international health experts reject as unfounded.

Now that the current outbreak appears to have peaked in much of Europe, many Poles feel their government has been vindicated: Countries with large stockpiles often saw low public interest in the vaccines and face financial loss from unused doses now set to expire. But Poland's government didn't spend a cent fighting the epidemic.

All along, the decision by Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Health Minister Ewa Kopacz met with broad support. Even with 145 swine flu deaths in Poland to date, many Poles view the rejection of the vaccines as a laudable gesture of defiance against pharmaceutical companies, sentiment shaped by a strengthening anti-vaccine movement and conspiracy theories about the vaccines circulating on the Internet.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flu; polan; poland; swineflu

1 posted on 01/14/2010 6:23:52 AM PST by lizol
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To: lizol
The Polish government stated that since none of their pigs looked sick, they didn't need any stinkinn vaccine
2 posted on 01/14/2010 6:27:39 AM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: lizol

People are really going to have to start rethinking the old polish jokes they are so fond of. Poland seems to be one of the few countries around the world getting anything right. I am almost fully of Polish decsent (got a little Irish and Chech in me). Poland is on a roll...


3 posted on 01/14/2010 6:28:10 AM PST by wombtotomb
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To: lizol

Now they all trying to sell their vaccine on the open market.

This is ridiculous as storage conditions are unknown, therefore making the vaccine efficacy also unknown.

Ohio had to re-vaccinate thousands who received a useless vaccine because it had been frozen.


4 posted on 01/14/2010 6:35:11 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: lizol

Good for them!


5 posted on 01/14/2010 6:37:09 AM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: Carley
meanwhile...2/3's of the "social experiment" vaccine is sitting around somewhere.

6.4 billion was allotted

Who made the money??

6 posted on 01/14/2010 6:39:30 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: netmilsmom

Amen - this was a scam from the beginning. Big Pharma and World Govt. (UN scammers at WHO) are the ones who made out on this.


7 posted on 01/14/2010 7:01:27 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Sacajaweau

The chickens who were told to hurry up and lay?


8 posted on 01/14/2010 7:04:24 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: lizol
Even with 145 swine flu deaths in Poland to date...

An interesting bit of propagandistic phrasing, "even with". Makes it sound like Poles are dismissing a "pandemic". The WaPo might do the math. Population of Poland in 2008: 38,000,000.

(145 / 38 000 000) * 100 = 0.00038%

9 posted on 01/14/2010 7:04:53 AM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: wombtotomb
polish flag
10 posted on 01/14/2010 7:05:56 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Sioux-san

Yep...


11 posted on 01/14/2010 7:06:15 AM PST by Irenic
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To: 6SJ7

What if they gave a pandemic and nobody came?


12 posted on 01/14/2010 7:07:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: wombtotomb

“Poland is on a roll...”

The Poles took a courageous stand against the Nazis then the Communists, and it’s pretty clear they’re seeing through and taking a stand against political correctness. Maybe someday our government will realize who America’s real friends are.


13 posted on 01/14/2010 7:22:34 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: lizol

Interesting.


14 posted on 01/14/2010 7:47:02 AM PST by Jaded (No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever goes unpunished. -HFG)
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