Gee, I guess Obama’s peace and love unicorn-laden Garden of Eden ain’t so much. I’m curious to see your thoughts on this. Which infants will be used for testing? Will testing primarily affect the poor who may need money so desperately they’ll volunteer their children? My issue is, I so don’t trust the government at this point, not only about their agenda, but about actually getting something like this right. Everything the Fed touches these days seems to go awry, so it makes me very, very, nervous.

Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OK

A presidential ethics panel has opened the door to testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants, bringing an angry response from critics who say the children would be guinea pigs in a study that would never help them and might harm them.

The report, however, released on Tuesday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, said researchers would have to overcome numerous hurdles before launching an anthrax-vaccine trial in children. It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps the commission recommended.

The one anthrax vaccine approved in the United States, called BioThrax, is made by Emergent BioSolutions Inc of Rockville, Maryland. The company reported $215.9 million in sales of BioThrax, its only licensed product, in 2012.

The ethics commission took up the issue after a biodefense panel recommended in 2011 that the anthrax vaccine be tested in children. That endorsement, by the National Biodefense Science Board, came with the caveat that such a study also get the go-ahead from a bioethics panel.

It did, albeit conditionally.

“We have to get this precisely right,” panel Chair Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, said at a news conference. “Many significant steps would have to be taken” before a pediatric anthrax vaccine trial could be considered, she said. But she added that it is important “to develop the knowledge needed to save children’s lives” in the event of an anthrax attack.

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  1. NeverSurrender says:

    “It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps the commission recommended.”

    Add that sentence to words that send shivers down my spine.

  2. dennisl59 says:

    Let’s cut through the semantics, shall we?

    This is Biological Warfare Testing on American Children: Pure, Simple and Evil.

    posted 3/19 547pm Texas[Ameritopia]Time

  3. MaryVal says:

    Disabled and dead babies, coming right up. Hey, no big deal. If the study produces disabled babies we can gas ’em humanely and save the cost of their care, reduce the deficit! If you can kill ’em before they’re born, you can kill ’em after they’re born. Is the Fed expecting an anthrax attack in the near future? Hey, let’s not vaccinate the Medicare recipients. That is potentially a huge savings. Sebelius is sure to approve the study. It’s the culture of death.

  4. ancientwrrior says:

    Let these elite do-gooders test it on their children first!

  5. ffigtree says:

    Alarming questions arise as to why the vaccine is to be tested on infants. The vaccine is (or was) mandatory for military overseas. That in and of itself led to some controversy. Do “they” know something we don’t? Unsettling. Unsettling indeed.

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