A few months ago, US public health officials had a choice to make. Should adjuvants be added to the pandemic flu vaccine? If they had done so, we would have had a lot more vaccine sooner. They chose not to.
From The New York Times, November 17, 2009
At a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security argued that they were right not to put immune-boosting adjuvants in the vaccine even though that could have quadrupled the number of doses available now…
Dr. Lurie said the adding of adjuvants had been discussed repeatedly but would have meant pulling doses off the production line. Also, she said, because anti-vaccine activists have expressed a fear of adjuvants, even though they are naturally occurring oils that have been used safely in Europe for a decade, public confidence in the vaccine was “not as robust as we’d like it to be” and officials feared some people would avoid shots.
So, US public health policy is dictated by “anti-vaccine activists”? Our children, our spouses, and our parents cannot get vaccinated because “anti-vaccine activists” were irrationally afraid of a naturally occurring substance which we know to be safe? And who are these “anti-vaccine activists”? Let’s name them shall we. After all, they won. They must be proud of their accomplishment. They successfully bullied the US government into denying us a timely vaccine:
Leonard G. Horowitz
It must be all high-fives at the anti-adjuvant party tonight. Millions of Americans have been denied a pandemic flu vaccine because these “anti-vaccine activists” used their influence to scare the US government away from using a safe, natural and effective substance to boost our supplies.
You’ll pardon me if I skip the celebration.