From ‘nsnbc.me’, ‘nsnbc International’
A fallacious and misleading health –economic evaluation published by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, (PGI) Chandigarh, India has been challenged in the journal Cancer, notes Jacob Puliyel MD, a member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization Government of India. Puliyel stressed that this is perhaps the first vaccine to be introduced to the general public with no proof that it works.
A couple of extracts:
Dr. Jacob Puliyel stresses that the vaccine has been introduced in Punjab, India, after the PGI evaluation, even though it is not approved by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.
The vaccine in question has previously drawn international attention when it transpired that it was associated with deaths of tribal girls in Andhra Pradesh, in a clinical trial performed without their consent by PATH of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Puliyel draws attention to the fact that the journal Cancer has now fast-tracked and published an article that points out that the author’s evaluation was grossly erroneous, as it wrongly assumed that mortality in cervical cancer was 98 to 99%. This falsely exaggerated the benefit of vaccination.
More damagingly, notes Puliyel, the letter points out that the authors not only present a faulty model – “they also distort the science published by others”.
“However, notes Puliyel, there are as yet no studies showing that the vaccine prevents cancer as this take decades to develop and the vaccine is only about 10 years old. He also stressed that “this is perhaps the first vaccine to be introduced to the general public with no proof that it works”. He also underpinned that use of the vaccine in adolescents has been associated with serious adverse events that it has been withdrawn from the Japan immunization programme.”
Read the article here.
One aspect I thought meaningful is the discussion on cost-effectiveness, forgetting for the moment that there is no definitive effectiveness anyway, whereby the decision to use the vaccine is a financial, perhaps political even. The childrens’ well-being becomes a lower priority, in their scheme.
A reasonable conclusion might be that the childrens’ health, technically and logically, are better off without the vaccine.
The failure of the polio vaccine program in India should be a warning.