By: Patricia McDonagh
13 December 2010
THE first proof that unauthorised vaccine trials were carried out on children in the care of the State has emerged in new medical documents obtained during an Irish Independent investigation.
They show one boy was given a controversial and potentially harmful ‘five-in-one’ jab without his mother’s consent, shortly before he was adopted.
Philip Delaney’s medical records provide the first evidence that additional experimental vaccines were administered — without the knowledge of the State — to children in their care.
The revelation has again raised serious questions about the number of vaccine trials carried out on children in the care of the State.
Mr Delaney (45) claims he has suffered a lifetime of ill health after he was treated “like an animal” while in the care of the controversial mother and baby home in Bessborough, Co Cork, in 1965.
His adoptive mother, who witnessed the vaccine being administered, claims she was told it was part of a ‘secret trial’ involving up to 20 children.
The Department of Health last night insisted it never approved the injection, which comprised a combined polio, measles, diphtheria (respiratory disease), whooping cough and tetanus vaccines.
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