HPV vaccinations in India: Shots heard round the world

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April 9, 3:25 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

A ‘demonstration project’ conducted by PATH International in cooperation with ICMR and the Indian state governments Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was called to an abrupt halt amidst allegations of unethical conduct this week.

58 various health advocacy groups took it upon themselves to conduct an independent fact finding mission when reports of 4 unexplained deaths and 120 girls suffering from debilitating new illnesses after being vaccinated against the HPV virus.

The vaccines were provided via signed agreement with Merck and GlaxoSmithCline. The demonstration project originally planned for the innoculation of 32,000 Indian children in two economically challenged states in India. Only 14,000 received the vaccines prior to the halt of the project.

A complete investigation into the allegations raised will be conducted prior to any further vaccinations. Should the allegations be proven accurate, many organizations will have some serious explaining to do.

Because of the information they uncovered, representatives from 58 different public health organizations, health networks, medical professionals, human rights groups and women’s groups stood up in solidarity and signed a list of the following demands to their government:

Because of the information they uncovered, representatives from 58 different public health organizations, health networks, medical professionals, human rights groups and women’s groups stood up in solidarity and signed a list of the following demands to their government:

  1. The Government should make sure that all these projects are immediately brought to a halt across the country, until concerns relating to safety, efficacy and cost effectiveness of the planned interventions are re-evaluated.
  2. The government should set up an inquiry into the deaths of the tribal girls.
  3. The government should set up an inquiry into the side effects of the vaccine on affected girls, so that responsibility can be fixed and action taken.
  4. All agencies involved in the project need to be held accountable and culpable for any ethical, legal, and/or medical violations that emerge during inquiries.
  5. The State Government should take immediate action, including providing compensation to the families who have lost their children and the children who are suffering side effects.
  6. All the sufferers should be provided proper medical treatment and follow-up.
  7. The Government should place all documents pertaining to the agreement with vaccine manufacturers, and all other bodies, regarding the government’s plan to introduce HPV vaccines in public domain.
  8. The Government should place the list of projects planned, proposed, approved and completed in public domain, including agencies involved, donors involved and proposed locations.
  9. The Government place the results of all clinical trials, including the pilot phase, in public domain.
  10. The Government shall institute a national policy on this kind of medical ‘experimentation,’ and a pro-people vaccine policy based on public health needs.

These demands and the documentation provided by those who conducted the fact finding mission are what prompted the Director-General of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) to call a halt to the ‘demonstration project’ until investigations are completed. He believes the questions raised by the public need to be answered before vaccinations continue. He is right!

These demands are not unreasonable. They are simply what victims of Gardasil, Cervarix, and Silgard around the world have been asking for all along. They are simply things that should be done before any new medication is unleashed on the public.

These demands provide a perfect template for governments the world over to adopt during their ongoing quest to provide public health and safety.

These demands are nothing to be feared by pharmaceutical companies who have people’s health and well-being at heart. They should be more than happy to make their efforts to keep the world’s population healthy transparent.

PERU, UGANDA AND VIETNAM– BEWARE–similar ‘demonstration projects’ are planned in your country! See confirmation here.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.