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Ineffective Vaccines / Div. Biologic Standards #213854

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 16, 1971
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(Studio) Senator sub-committee, headed by Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff, accuses fed. government of not informing public well enough about ineffective vaccines. Govt. scientists' response en route to Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Elliot L. Richardson. Report on National Institutes of Health, Div. of Biologics Standards given.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Scientists here test vaccines for potency and safety. Div. doesn't determine effectiveness. Consumer advocates feel Div. should determine effectiveness. Some scientists indicate were prevented from publishing tests showing ineffective vaccines. Four scientists, in 1960's, found influenza vaccine ineffective. Two transferred; 3rd left division [Consumer attorney James TURNER - says contest ofr., in 1960, had grave doubts with regard to flu vaccine; notes made doubts known to division director; observes later he was transferred.] [Div. head Dr. Roderick MURRAY - says work exact and requires effort; causes stress.] Doctors at Federal Communicable Disease Center acknowledge flu vaccine ineffective in its dosage. Vaccine still recommended for old and chronically ill; military purchasing $750,000 worth this year Vaccine, preventing cold-like symptoms in military men, found to cause cancer in laboratory animals, taken off market Three years after division doctors point out dangers. [MURRAY - says more important to use vaccine than take it off market,remove carcinogen agent.] Serious questions raised with regard to US public health policies. School vaccinations shown.
REPORTER: George Herman

Herman, George;
Mudd, Roger

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