Vaccine community should take the lead in transparency
Conflict of Interest Statement (Last 5 Years) Position in PharmaMedical Officer for Medicago Inc. (Oct 2011 - present) Consulting Pfizer, Merck, Novartis, GSK, Sanofi Pasteur MSSS, US Dept of Justice (Vaccine Compensation Programs) ContractsVaccine trials for virtually all companies Shared Awards Shared CIHR Team grant (Laval U, GSK) CIHR-Industry grant (Medicago) Shared CQDM grant (Medicago, Laval U, SNC Lavalin) Occasional Speakers Honoraria Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur Investments(sadly) Nil
colourbox.com Big Pharma Approach, Including Whatever the Market will Bear Pricing Strategies have a Cost
transcanadacoyote.blogspot.com Needles are Not a Huge Factor … but they ARE a Factor for Some
Why are we Still Using this Medieval Tool? first used in Roman times mostly for sucking stuff out (Egypt/Iraq) 1844 - first subcutaneous injection with a hollow needle (Ireland) 1853 - first hypodermic syringe for medical purposes (UK) allposters.com
There are many reasons to target development of NEEDLE-FREE vaccines: taking the needle out of the equation HCW safety keeping sharps out of environment probably better immune responses Mitragotri S. Immunization without needles. Nat Rev Immunol. 2005 Dec;5(12):905-16.
The Its Good Enough Attitude is Probably NOT Good Enough For Vaccines
Are we all too invested in vaccine programs to respond appropriately to problems?
alaska-in-pictures.com Our Defensive Reflexes are Well-Developed
Answer the following questions. YES or NO answers only : YES NO Measles vaccine uses a live (weakened) virus This virus can persist for years This vaccine can kill some children This vaccine is probably as dangerous as OPV that we no longer use because of its risks Major vaccine makers working on a safer measles vaccine?
gettyimages.com OK - I can see see a few hands raised to speak … but were not done yet
More questions - same rules: YES NO Adverse events can happen years post-vaccine Vaccines licensed only after years of surveillance Immunity after natural infection often for life Immunity after vaccination is also lifelong Some vaccines contaminated with animal viruses Vaccine makers have monopolies on some products that are worth many millions of dollars Governments & academics can independently confirm company claims for all vaccines
These questions are obviously unfair and biased … However - each yes or no has some truth in it. Each is a building block of the anti-vaccine argument
Weve made safer vaccines for: rabies pertussis polio even smallpox upmc-biosecurity.org Cant neglect old vaccines chasing new targets As we approach eradication of measles … will the current vaccine be safe enough?
Insist that products in Canada can be studied independently Work harder to understand how vaccines work and how adverse events occur Support programs to compensate those who are truly harmed humboldtsentinel.com