Statement regarding eradication of polio in 37 Pacific Rim countries use of ‘live vaccines’
30 October 2000
Action Research - the leading medical research charity that helped fund the development of Britain’s first polio vaccine - welcomed the eradication news yet called for reassurances that the worldwide immunisation programme would not suffer due to the current concerns of the use of ‘live vaccines’.
Director of the charity John Grounds said: “The continuing worldwide eradication of this devastating disease is encouraging news but we cannot yet afford to consider polio a threat of the past. We are concerned that the recent speculation regarding the use of ‘live vaccines’, as with the BSE scare of ten days ago, will result in parents around the world not vaccinating their children against the virus - this is a risk that none of us can afford to take.”
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