Skip to comments.Obama Administration Seeks to Test Anthrax Vaccine in Children
Posted on 05/15/2011 4:01:44 AM PDT by GonzoII
|Obama Administration Seeks to Test Anthrax Vaccine in Children|
|Friday, 06 May 2011|
|Whose children will be sacrificed in an illegal and unethical experiment in the name of Biodefense Preparedness?
According to BioPrepWatch.com , the Obama administration is seeking to obtain a green light to conduct an anthrax vaccine safety experiment on US children. The stated rationale for such a trial, articulated by Dr. Nicole Lurie, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, is that there are no data about the safety of exposing children to the anthrax vaccine. And if an emergency arises, a trial "would present an array of logistical, clinical and communication challenges during a public health crisis."
No child would benefit from exposure to a vaccine that has generated thousands of adverse event reports--including deaths--in adults.
Current law allows the FDA to issue an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for "protections against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents that may be used to attack the American people." The FDA Commissioner "may allow countermeasures to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by such agents, when there are no adequate, approved and available alternatives."
In the absence of a national emergency from an anthrax bioterrorist attack, an anthrax vaccine trial in children would violate federal legal and ethical standards which prohibit exposing children to greater than minimal risk if a child does not have a condition that would benefit from the experimental intervention. 45 CFR 46 Subpart D
The Anthrax vaccine is highly controversial and US courts prohibited mandatory vaccination of the military from 2004-2006:
Even when anthrax-laden letters were mailed to several congressional leaders in 2001, Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Bill First, a doctor, criticized the anthrax vaccine on CNN stating,
"There are very real and potentially serious side effects from the vaccine and anyone who elects to receive the vaccine needs to be made aware of that. I do not recommend widespread inoculation for people with the vaccine in the Hart Building ...There are too many side effects and if there is limited chance of exposure- the side effects would far outweigh any potential advantage."
Between 2001 and 2004, the FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 4,136 spontaneous adverse event reports: 347 (8.4%) were reported as serious.
*Serious adverse events include: death, hospitalization, permanent disability, or are life-threatening. There were 16 deaths.
According a 2007 report by the Congressional watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Center for Disease Control and the Vaccine Healthcare Centers of the Dept. of Defense estimate that "between 1 and 2 percent" of vaccinated military personnel, experienced "severe adverse events, which could result in disability or death."
Could it be that the request by DHHS to conduct an anthrax vaccine safety trial in children is prompted by commercial, rather than public health considerations?
Mery Nass, MD whose anthraxvaccine.blog examines illogical and dishonest public health responses--the anthrax vaccine being a primary focus, has revealed that the board of directors of Emergent Biosolutions, the manufacturer of the anthrax vaccine (2007 and 2011) is made up of national political operatives with little anthrax experience--but plenty of ties to government policymakers.
Emergent broadens CDC contract by $101m
This purchase adds about $101 million to the total contract for DHHS' anthrax stockpile, which is now worth about $500 million. The company has made $2.4 billion since 2004, which could climb to over $2 billion if the government purchases the 75 million doses it said it needed. This is in addition to the military anthrax vaccine stockpile.
Washington Business Journal reports that Emergent derives the bulk of its revenue from federal public health agencies.
So, how did Emergent secure such profitable US government contracts for anthrax vaccine?
The answer is described by Scot Lilly in "Getting Rich on Uncle Sucker: Should the Federal Government Strengthen Efforts to Fight Profiteering?"
The Emergant model extracts contracts from the US government at exorbitant high profit margins, compared to the cost of manufacture. The vaccine vials expire after 3-4 years, requiring continuous replenishment--guaranteeing sales of at least $100 million / year to the manufacturer for the foreseeable future. However the expenditure throws taxpayer money into a black hole.
We say to President Obama: do not even consider the suggestion by your DHHS officials who recommend that children should be put at risk (i.e., sacrificed) to justify anthrax vaccine profits.
Vera Hassner Sharav
Reminds me of the logic of embryonic stem cell research.
Hell, let's go for it, think positive!!/S.
There you go. Let Obama’s children be the first, then go on down the line of liberal politicians’ children.
Gonzo - excellent suggestion. The children and grandchildren of politicians should be first to “benefit” from this vaccine. And it should start at the top with the POTUS’ children first in line followed closely by the progeny of Harry Reid, John Boehner, and all Cabinet level members.
I got the series of anthrax shots. And during my retirement physical the doctor told me write that down on my final physical paperwork in case something comes up later......do we really want a “possible” problem to be put into a child’s body?????
Exactly. Let me know when they get their shots...and wait a year or two first.
As bad as proposing the vaccine for herpes in young girls.
“Such an experiment would callously disregard children’s human right to “Life, Liberty and Security of the Person”—as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.”
Huh? Why can’t he cite the U.S. Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?
The article goes on to rant against the influence of ‘commercial’ interests.
I would like to see information from another source before jumping on these claims.
Your wifes two kids first barry, yur wife’s kids first.
He’s got two kids, let them start there.
In 1970, when I was in the service, I was vaccinated for plague. Two or three days later, I was admitted to the base hospital with a high fever. I was there 24 days with bubonic plague.
The govt did test dangerous germs on people, including members of the military.
Obama Administration Seeks to Test Anthrax Vaccine in Children
Whose children will be sacrificed in an illegal and unethical experiment in the name of Biodefense Preparedness?
Whose children? Easy. The 'obvious choice' should be Barry's two daughters. First, to prove to everyone it's safe. And second, that he's man who believes in the people he's hired who came up with this wunnerful idea.
That being said, the other 'obvious choice' is ... people on welfare with kids. Right now they don't do squat in order to get OUR TAX MONEY to support the seven to ten kids they have by all different (cough-bs) 'men' (Whose your Baby-Daddy now?). This way they still wouldn't have to work, and they would be doing something for 'the greater good' of society.
They can just think of it as part of that Hope and Change thingy they wanted from Barry.
I don’t understand why “you people” get so excited and get your “knickers in a twist” over using children in medical experiments...Hitler did and now “Dear Reader” want’s to do so.
After all nothing wrong here because “it’s for the children!”
Obama’s kids should be first in line.
Your wifes two kids first barry, yur wifes kids first.
Do you mean to suggest there might be some additional unmentionable kids, hanging around, that we may not know about?
I'm for that! Seriously though, is anthrax a major health problem like measles, mumps, rubella, polio or even flu? We gave our military an anthrax vaccine specifically because they may have encountered it in a WMD attack.
good idea you have there