►March 5, 2004 - Rumours
and vaccines - The Globe And Mail - "So much is riding on northern Nigeria's
verdict on the polio vaccine that any delay is frustrating. It had been expected
that the government and Islamic religious leaders in Nigeria's Kano state would
announce this week whether vaccinations against polio would resume. On
Wednesday, officials with the United Nations World Health Organization said the
state had postponed any decision until March 15."
►March 2, 2004 - Last
ditch fight to end polio - Focus turns to post-polio era as eradication
leader plans a final assault on the virus - The Scientist via
vaccines and the origin of AIDS: some key writings -
►March 1, 2004 - Polio
Vaccine: Agent of Life Or Death? - analysis - This Day via
www.allafrica.com - "Over the last 20
years, the world has witnessed miraculous developments in child survival. First,
smallpox was eradicated in 1979. Then during the 1980s, infant mortality fell by
more than five per cent each year. This means that in one generation, the number
of childhood deaths fell by half - an astounding achievement...But 11 million
children are still slipping through the safety net each year that many children
die from preventable diseases or malnutrition. Today an estimated 1.2 million
children are infected with HIV and 10 per cent of new infections occur in
children under the age of five. Imagine the fear that a parent in sub-Saharan
Africa lives with every day, knowing that their child has a one in 10 chance of
dying before reaching their first birthday, and a one in five chance of not
seeing their fifth birthday."
►February 27, 2004 -
vaccine: Our boycott is lesser evil, says Gov Shekarau - Vanguard via
www.vanguardngr.com - "AS
the United Nations wound up the first round of its drive to protect 63 million
African children from polio yesterday, Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State
said the decision of the state to boycott the immunisation was a 'lesser
evil.'...Kano, Bauchi, Zamfara and Niger boycotted the drive, but Niger and
Bauchi yesterday dropped their opposition and said they were re-joining the
campaign. Governor Shekarau in an interview in Kano said of the boycott: 'It is
a lesser of two evils, to sacrifice two, three, four, five even 10 children (to
polio) than allow hundreds or thousands or possibly millions of girl-children
likely to be rendered infertile.'...Tests carried out on the vaccines by
scientists in the state last year, he said, 'found traces of hormones. We want
►February 26, 2004 -
African polio vaccination drive ends without reaching heart of outbreak -
AFP via Yahoo!
►February 26, 2004 -
Islamic leaders blamed for return of polio - Reuters via The New Zealand
►February 26, 2004 - Official
Defends Polio Vaccine Boycott - AP via Ledger-Enquirer
►February 23, 2004 - On This Day 1954 -
Lasting Prevention of Polio Reported in Vaccine Tests (requires registration
or subscription) - Dr. Salk Says Discovery Fights Off All 3 Kinds of Crippling
Disease - The New York Times ►February 22, 2004 -
Vaccine hurdle - The Telegraph, India - "Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
administered polio drops to three children at Karaya in south Calcutta in the
morning and it had a smooth run in the city but about 1,500 children across the
state could not be given the drops following boycotts."
►February 20, 2004 - Vaccine
ban linked to polio revival - AP via St. Petersburg Times - "The World
Health Organization will launch a huge immunization campaign Monday targeting
63-million children in 10 African countries as a polio outbreak spreads from
Muslim northern Nigeria...Islamic leaders in the region at the heart of the
Nigerian outbreak say they will uphold their ban on the polio vaccine, calling
it part of a U.S. plot to spread infertility or AIDS among Muslims."
January 26 - February 8, 2004 (2 weeks combined
due to illness)
►February 7, 2004 -
Nigeria fighting fears that polio vaccine is a plot -
The Star Tribune - "With its polio outbreak spreading, Nigeria is sending a team
of scientists, officials and Muslim leaders abroad Sunday to bring back proof
that the vaccine is neither contaminated nor a Western plot to spread AIDS."
►February 6, 2004 - Team
Seeks Reassurance on Polio Vaccine - AP via Newsday - "With its polio
outbreak spreading, Nigeria is sending a team of scientists, officials and
Muslim leaders abroad Sunday to bring back proof that the vaccine is neither
contaminated nor a Western plot to spread AIDS...Three predominantly Muslim
northern states have suspended door-to-door vaccinations since October, citing
fears that the vaccine could cause infertility or AIDS."
►January 26, 2004 - Central
African Republic: Polio Case Detected in Bossembele - IRIN via
www.allafrica.com - "A case of "wild"
polio has been detected in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bossembele,
157 km north of the capital, Bangui, three years after the last reported case in
the country, the head of the Pasteur Institute's polio laboratory, Didier
Menard, told IRIN on Monday..."The laboratory confirmed on Friday that it was a
case of wild polio," Menard said...He said the girl had a doubtful immunisation
background and was first suspected on 16 December 2003 of having polio."
►January 23, 2004 - Zim
anti-polio vaccines dwindle - The Zimbabwe Independent - "STOCKS of
anti-polio vaccine BCG have begun to dwindle at a number of government-run
medical centres in the country which has forced the government to scout for
international bidders to supply the medicine, it emerged this week."
Comment: The problem is, BCG is the anti-TB vaccine.
►January 18, 2004 - Nigerian
state upholds ban on polio vaccinations - AP via The Times of India - "Officials
of a heavily Islamic northern Nigerian state said Saturday they wouldn't lift a
ban on polio immunizations, after local tests failed to assuage fundamentalists'
fears that the doses contain ingredients to render Muslims infertile."
17, 2004 -
Fanatics declare war on vaccines - The Daily News -
"Northern Nigeria has
been swept by a wave of Islamic fundamentalism. Muslim clerics have been urging
people not to take the polio vaccine, which they say makes girls sterile...They
also allege that the vaccine is contaminated by HIV, all as part of an
American-abetted plot to control the population of the Third World and
especially the number of Muslims...Much of this is driven by sheer anti-U.S.
spite. Several Muslim leaders told a Boston Globe reporter they knew nothing was
wrong with the vaccine but were willing to risk crippling children because they
hated the United States so."
16, 2004 -
fears over polio vaccine valid?
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) is accusing Nigeria of frustrating efforts
to eradicate polio. - BBC - "Join the BBC's Africa Live debate Wednesday, 21
January at 1630 & 1830GMT."
16, 2004 -
6 Nations to Intensify Polio Vaccinations
(requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Health ministers
from the six countries where polio is now spreading said yesterday that they
would intensify efforts to immunize 250 million children against the crippling
disease by the end of this year...If they succeed, they would move up the World
Health Organization's goal by one year."
16, 2004 -
Immunisation drive could wipe out polio by end of 2004 - The Guardian, UK -
"Polio, which used to kill and disable many thousands of children every year,
could be eradicated by the end of 2004 in one final last ambitious push to
immunise 250 million children several times each, the head of the World Health
Organisation's campaign said yesterday...'We really do have a one-time
opportunity to get it finished,' said Bruce Aylward, its global coordinator.
'The goal is to finish it by the end of 2004, but we may still be mopping up at
the beginning of 2005...If we are still dealing with widescale transmission in
2005, the world will have squandered that opportunity.'"
►January 16, 2004 - Polio
Eradication Under Gun - Atlanta Journal-Constitution via
(abstract) - "The World
Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) say that to eradicate polio entirely from the planet, at least 250 million
children in several high-risk areas must be vaccinated at least three times
during 2004, lest the 15-year program to eliminate the disease be for nothing."
►January 15, 2004 - Polio
Vaccine: the Great Deception - This Day (Lagos) - "Not
too long ago, Professor Hussein Akande Abdulkareem of the Lagos State University
gave a public to the Nigerian Council of Islamic Scholars lecture which was
widely publicized in Nigerian newspapers. In the lecture, a lot of disturbing
and misleading issues concerning the polio vaccine and the process of
vaccination in general which could jeopardize the global polio vaccination
programme in Nigeria were raised. If a Nigerian Biochemist in the 21st century
could be claiming that vaccines could not be relied upon to boost the human
immune system 205 years after Edward Jenner discovered the concept of vaccine
and vaccination, it is rather unfortunate. It portrays the speed with which we
are developing backwards."
►January 13, 2004 -
Renews Effort to Wipe Out Polio - New
Infections Emerge in Previously Polio-Free Countries - NPR - "The World
Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio worldwide by next year, using the
oral polio vaccine. But last year, health officials started to see a dangerous
trend: The disease spread from Nigeria to six other West African countries where
polio had been eradicated."
Comment: How is it
that the oral polio vaccine, which is live and can
is thought to be able to eradicate polio?
►January 14, 2004 - Polio
on rise as Nigerian clerics block vaccinations - The Globe and Mail - "The
World Health Organization has confirmed new outbreaks of polio in two African
countries that were polio-free -- just as the global effort to eradicate the
disease was believed to be on the brink of success...New cases have been
confirmed in Cameroon and Benin, and both were caused by a strain from Nigeria
that is spreading after Muslim leaders in the north of that country blocked
vaccination efforts, saying they were part of a U.S. plot to make Muslim women
►January 12, 2004 - Supreme
Court upholds secret detentions - MSNBC - "(The court)
Rejected an appeal from St. Louis University in a case involving a polio
vaccine. The university was ordered in 1991 to pay $16 million to the family of
a baby who contracted polio and was paralyzed after receiving vaccine. The
university tried to recover the money from the government and American Cynamid
Co., the vaccine maker. The university claimed the vaccine Orimune, which was
given to Danny Callahan, violated government regulations. The case is St. Louis
University v. American Cynamid Co., 03-557."
11, 2004 -
Polio Cases in West Africa May Thwart W.H.O. Plan (requires registration or
subscription) - The New York Times - "Polio has spread to two more countries in
West Africa, further jeopardizing the World Health Organization's goal of wiping
out the crippling disease by next year, an official of the agency said
Friday...The health organization has come tantalizingly close to reaching its
goal, having reduced the number of new polio cases to the lowest level since it
began its program in 1988 to eliminate the disease. The W.H.O. said there were
667 paralytic cases in 2003, about 1 percent of the number in 1988."
Comment: Well, maybe that just about says
it all. A polio vaccine that
is "one of the safest vaccines ever produced". (Which is why it is no
longer recommended for use in the United States and many other places.)
►January 12, 2004 -
blamed for spread of polio - The New York Times via
www.theage.com.au - "Polio has spread to
two more countries in west Africa, further jeopardising the World Health
Organisation's goal of wiping out the crippling disease by 2005...WHO officials
are placing the blame squarely on Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and
home to 300 of the new polio cases in last year, nearly half the world
total...The chief obstacle is opposition to immunisation by some Islamic leaders
in northern Nigeria. They say the vaccine contains hormones that sterilise
girls, Dr Heymann, who strongly disputes the contention, said."
30, 2003 - Reps And the Polio
Vaccine Controversy - Daily Trust (Abuja) via
www.allafrica.com - "The House on August
19, mandated the committee to carry full-blown investigations into the
allegations that the vaccine contains anti-fertility agents and causes cancer
among others, to allay people's fears and lay the lingering controversy to
rest...The current row on the polio vaccine has its roots in assertions made by
the chairman of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, Dr. Datti Ahmed on
July 26 that the vaccine has been contaminated with anti-fertility agents and
should therefore not be administered on children until full investigations were
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