Premium Vaccines — Only for the Elite
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2009/10/19
Headline: Government officials receive a better tolerated vaccine than the general population
Complaint: Medicine for swine flu according to social class
The German Ministry of the Interior has confirmed a report in the news magazine, Der Spiegel, that 200,000 doses of swine-flu vaccine free of adjuvants have been ordered from Baxter International, for government officials. According to experts, the absence of adjuvants means fewer “side”-effects, albeit this vaccine has not been tested as much as the competing GlaxoSmithKline vaccine.
(Free translation from German source dated 18 October 2009)
An English story about this, dated 19 October, is on the Spiegel International site:
“Damage control is the name of the game in Berlin on Monday as politicians rush to deny that they are receiving a better, safer swine flu vaccine than ordinary Germans. . . . top government officials in Berlin will be injected with an alternative vaccine — one widely seen as safer . . . . Chancellor Angela Merkel, a number of her ministers and other government officials would receive a vaccine manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Baxter — the same vaccine that the German military opted for . . . . Baxter vaccine had been ordered for all ministries and other agencies as well as for the employees of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the authority responsible for approving vaccines. . . . The Paul Ehrlich Institute has repeatedly defended its decision to provide the population with the GlaxoSmithKline version, known as Pandemrix. . . . The weekend scandal has drowned out a second debate which has been raging in recent weeks in the US and which has also found resonance here in Germany: whether such a massive vaccination program is necessary in the first place. Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, chairman of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association, has called the planned vaccination campaign a “scandal.” “The health authorities have fallen for a campaign from the pharmaceutical companies, who simply want to earn money with an alleged threat,” he told SPIEGEL.”