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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Glaxo Accused of Offloading Contaminated Vaccines to Third World

An article by investigative journalist Christina England is set to cause a stir with UK government officials and GlaxoSmithKline after it has been alleged that Glaxo's recent 'gesture' to offer vaccines to third world countries at a reduced cost is nothing more than a smokescreen to offload a Rotarix vaccine that has been contaminated by a pig virus. Furthermore, writes Christina England, "What GlaxoSmithKline are actually offering, are vaccines at a reduced price to the third world because the take up has been so low in the Western world due to reduced confidence in the vaccine."

Christina points to a recent article in The Times newspaper where it was reported that the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization [GAVI] have linked up with GlaxoSmithKline to sell cheap, left over vaccines.

In 2010 the Centres for Disease Control [CDC] issued the following warning regarding Rotarix.

This is an official

‘Distributed via Health Alert Network
Monday, March 22, 2010, 15:54 EDT (03:54 PM EDT)
Recommendation to Temporarily Suspend Usage of GlaxoSmithKline Rotarix (Rotavirus) Vaccine


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that DNA from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1), a virus not known to cause disease in humans, is present in the Rotarix vaccine. All available evidence indicates that there has been no increased risk to patients who have received this vaccine. PCV1 is not known to cause any disease in animals or humans; therefore, it has not been routinely tested for in vaccine development. Rotarix has been extensively studied, before and after approval, and found to have an excellent safety record (i.e., no unusual adverse events). However, FDA is recommending that healthcare practitioners temporarily suspend usage of the Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus immunization in the United States while the agency learns more about the detection of components of the virus found in the vaccine.’

The alert finished by adding,

‘The recommendations detailed above are for the United States, where there is less rotavirus disease and an alternative vaccine is available. Other countries may decide to continue vaccinating with Rotarix while more information becomes known. Available evidence suggests that the benefits of continued use of Rotarix in countries where rotavirus disease is common and severe far outweigh any potential risk from the vaccine.

Glaxo's recent show of goodwill was reported globally, their Chief Executive, Andrew Witty, proudly boasted that Glaxo's decision to offer the vaccine at a ‘heavily’ reduced cost as ‘not a gimmick or one off philanthropic gesture but part of a concerted strategy to change their business model’. adding that ‘that the people must come before profits’.

Somebody hand me a Paxil.

Christina England:

"Witty went to explain how diarrhea is the largest killer of the under 5′s in the third world and that the new pricing structure is to allow the vaccine to be sold to the poorest nations at a fraction of the price. He said that government aid funding alone would never meet the funding needs of these people.

"All very noble of them considering that Rotarix vaccine was suspended around the world last year because it contained the DNA from pigs in it. What GlaxoSmithKline are actually offering, are vaccines at a reduced price to the third world because the take up has been so low in the Western world due to reduced confidence in the vaccine."

Where's my Alli?

It takes an unpaid investigative journalist like Christina England to report on such matters, none of the mainstream newspapers have picked up on this.

Other articles/documents that point to the contamination of Glaxo's vaccine can be found here:

And here you can read studies on the rotavirus vaccine shedding and its potential transmission within households including immunocompromised individuals are needed to better define the potential risks and benefits of vaccination. [LINK]

Christina's full article can be read HERE.

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