Two bits of bad news for the anti-vaccine crowd:
The Gates Foundation doubles the amount spent on funding vaccines.
Endorsing vaccines as the world’s most cost-effective public health measure, Bill and Melinda Gates said Friday that their foundation would more than double its spending on them over the next decade, to at least $10 billion.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Friday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that their foundation would raise its spending on vaccines over the next decade to at least $10 billion.
The change could save the lives of as many as eight million children by 2020, Mr. Gates calculated. He said he hoped his gift would inspire other charities and donor nations to do the same.
“Vaccines are a real success story,” Mr. Gates said in an interview before the announcement, which he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The cost is tiny, and yet it saves more lives than any other component of a health care system.”
And to make matters worse, the head of the anti-vaccine movement in the U.K. turns out to be a twisted amalgam of Steven Glass and Dr. Mengele.
The GMC (the independent body of medical regulators in the UK) didn’t investigate whether his claims were correct or not — and let’s be very clear, his claims have been shown beyond any doubt to be totally wrong — only whether he acted ethically in his research. What they found is that his research (involving spinal taps of children) was against the children’s clinical interest, that Wakefield was unqualified to perform the test, and that he had no ethical approval to do them.
Who needs the scientific method and ethical guidelines when you’ve got fear, uncertainty, and Jenny McCarthy on your side?
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January 29th, 2010 by admindude