This is the worst thing I’ve read in some time. For years, pregnant women were advised to avoid aspirin or anti-histamines, not drink coffee or wine, or eat sushi. But now the FDA intends to examine the potential for what is being called “maternal vaccines.” And it’s as insane as it sounds.
An advisory panel working on behalf of the FDA is exploring the use of maternal immunizations intended to “protect” infants from disease. The meeting was held in Silver Spring, Maryland. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee plans to recommend clinical study design for testing the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. They are viewing this as an “unrealized potential,” a potential they clearly hope to “realize” in the near future.
Here are notes from the meeting announcement.
The committee will meet in open session to discuss considerations for evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines administered to pregnant women to protect the infant.
FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA’s Web site after the meeting.
The story, as being reported on MedPageToday.com, cites numerous potential deadly risk in such a venture, including spontaneous abortion, intrauterine growth and preterm birth. The FDA plans to use regular infant vaccines as the starting point, which is disturbing considering the poor track record of those vaccines, in addition to the fact that these infants are not pregnant women. And the FDA makes an alternative experiments pretty much impossible to pass into the system. In essence, they will do a blinded placebo-controlled trials, having a disease to prevent be the core goal. But if any manufacturer chooses an alternative strategy, “the first step is to provide compelling evidence that such a prospective, randomized, well-controlled study design is infeasible/unethical.”
How can we go from a world that common medical advice speaks against pregnant women drinking coffee or eating sushi, to a world that is inventing chemical vaccines for those same pregnant women, without recognizing a disturbing hypocrisy?
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