The Centers for Disease Control and scientists connected with the World Health Organization have announced that they're beginning several studies on the safety of new and existing vaccines.
The CDC's study will look at the entire vaccine safety program in the U.S. The other study, which 36 scientists around the world will work on together, will examine the "nonspecific effects" of vaccines on children in low-income countries, with a "high priority" on looking at possible changes to the DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine schedule.
Both the CDC's and the other scientists' research will go on for at least the next five years. But the BBC recently reported, twice, that both the World Health Organization and the CDC are ignoring life-and-death studies that already exist on these very topics.
The existing studies, kept on thousands of children for more than 30 years in the tiny West African country of Guinea-Bissau, include over 1 million documents on unexpected vaccine adverse events. Some of the most disturbing records refer to deaths in conjunction with the DTP and MMR vaccines. Health officials claim they need more research to confirm this.
But people close to the situation say that calling for more research is just a stall tactic, because validating the Guinea-Bissau records could be devastating to the vaccine industry.