(AHRP) 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.”