Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What's in Your Vaccine?

As if there weren’t enough reasons already not to trust vaccines:

WARSAW (AFP) – Nine health workers went on trial in northern Poland Monday accused of having tested a vaccine against bird flu on nearly 200 patients without their knowledge, court officials said.

The accused -- three doctors and six nurses -- are charged with "fraud, creating false documents and delivering health care without authorisation" to 196 patients, judge Piotr Szadkowski of the Torun region told AFP.

If found guilty, they risk up to 10 years in jail.

All nine accused, some reportedly clad in wigs and sun glasses to avoid being identified, pleaded not guilty.

The medical personnel are charged with administering a vaccine banned in Poland against the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that can be transmitted to humans.

The patients were paid for the vaccines, Polish news agency PAP reported.

They allegedly led their patients, many of them poor and homeless, to believe they were being vaccinated against ordinary flu.

Police discovered the scam by chance when they were called to break up a fight at a homeless shelter, PAP said.

Source: Health workers on trial for vaccine scam in Poland

What they don’t mention in the story above is that 21 of the homeless volunteers died in the test, a number which is – interestingly – quoted as being “well above the average of eight”. (Nice to know that we have collected enough data on vaccine testing to know what the “average” number of fatalities will be!). Don’t feel too bad though; they did get paid prior to being killed:

Homeless people die after bird flu vaccine trial in Poland

I sure am glad to know that this kind of thing could never happen in the United States!

What a relief to know that our government institutions, corporate entities, and culture in general are all grounded in clear set of ethics, morals, and integrity. Whew!

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