Andrew Wakefield’s Lancet Paper – Lancet Ombudsman “there is a scientific argument which is continuing and has yet to be sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction. “

Letter from the Lancet Ombudsman, Professor Charles Warlow to those asking for Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 Lancet paper to be reinstated in the Lancet.  The letter could have stopped at the second paragraph.  It didn’t.

X, XXXXXXXXXXXXXX St

Edinburgh EH9 XXX

17th May 2013

To all those who emailed me re the Wakefield 1998 Lancet paper and Mr Justice Mitting’s ruling on March 7th 2013.

I am writing the same letter to all of you because you wrote more or less the same email complaining that The Lancet has not reversed its decision to retract the above paper.

In fact this is an editorial decision which as Ombudsman is not my business; I have to deal with complaints about process, delays, rudeness and such like. Under the circumstances, therefore, I am not in a position to make a ruling on your complaint.

However, I think you should be reassured that not only is the paper extremely well known amongst interested scientists, and indeed most people involved in medical care and research as well as the wider public, but also that in a sense it still exists—in libraries around the world, in paper copies of The Lancet. Retracted articles do not disappear from the published (on paper) literature. The Wakefield article is therefore still accessible to most if not all those who are grappling with the problem of autism, bowel disorders and the MMR vaccine.

Notwithstanding the GMC’s reinstatement of Professor Walker-Smith I note that Mr Justice Manning remarked “There is now no respectable body of opinion which supports [Dr Wakefield’s] hypothesis, that MMR vaccine and autism/enterocolitis are causally linked.” Clearly there is a scientific argument which is continuing and has yet to be sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Charles Warlow

Lancet Ombudsman

Health Wars

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7 Deaths In Bill Gates Foundation Funded HPV Vaccine Trials – Trials Were “Child Abuse” Says Parliamentary Panel – India, The Hindu

30 Years of Secret Official Transcripts Show UK Government Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards – A paper presented at a scientific conference reviews official records of confidential internal government meetings obtained under Freedom of Information.

Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries Of Official Statistics – official statistics show vaccines do not live up to the claims made for them and other very basic health measures like clean water and sanitation are far more valuable especially in the third world.

Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action – following legal action under the Freedom of Information Act: Starting in 1986 Canada, to 1988 Japan and the UK to the present this previously unpublished account is definitive carefully researched and accessible.  The British government has prevented its child citizens being compensated and treated. Money and politics override child health safety.  Children continue to be injured.

Vaccines are not just big business – market worth US$52 billion by 2016.  Investors are piling in to emerging nations in Asia Pacific, India, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Russia, South Africa and Latin America.  The connection between vaccines and the harm they cause is difficult to prove so most people cannot easily understand the connections – like lifetime chronic disease so you don’t get to realise the extent of the problem.

They drain less wealthy countries of billions of dollars from health budgets and divert life saving health resources – India US$8 billion spent causing 67,000 cases of paralysis in children and death.

Ordinary people and the courageous few medical professionals who tell you are attacked, bullied and abused by people who do it for sport in their spare time – in groups organised on the internet “The time for talking has passed. I draw the line at kidnapping by the way” managed by opinion formers in the mainstream medical professions.

Mainstream media are manipulated and manipulate you in turn.

Check out the three short videos below and ask yourself – is this man – Andrew Wakefield universally attacked and reviled by the mainstream worldwide – a fraudster – who lost his career as a leading medical doctor and researcher accused of being a child killer by Bill Gates.

Or is he wronged for speaking out to keep you and your children safer and protected from the massive money machine of the vaccine industry – who are turning your children into pin-cushion profit centres to keep them and the banksters in champagne.  Is he what another Doctor who was also attacked but won says he is – an honest and caring doctor whose only concern is for the health and safety of children in the UK and worldwide.

Donate here – Dr Wakefield Justice Fund and read more about it here.  And get involved online – using just your internet connection, computer and phone you can do it all just from your home or whereever may be – any time day or night 24/7.

In the three short videos here Wakefield exposes the motives, the marketing, and the deception behind US and UK MMR vaccine policies. He urges the UK’s head of immunization to debate him in public and answer key questions on vaccine safety in the wake of untold levels of sickness in today’s children and sparked by recent British Government propaganda, and calls by vaccine millionaire Dr. Paul Offit to end religious exemptions in the US and mandate vaccination in the UK.

Extent of UK Measles Scam Unfolds – Welsh Health Officials Issued False Reports To UK Media of “Confirmed” Measles Cases Which Did Not Exist

We stated on May 3 about the UK scam claims by health officials of numbers of measles cases:

.. if the figures for April are wildly different, you will know for sure someone is not telling it as it is.”

We were 100% right.  See links below to CHS’ recent articles. Public Health Wales’ [PHW] own figures of confirmed measles cases to the end of March 2013 were 8 for the whole of Wales:

All Wales surveillance of laboratory confirmed infections – CDSC Wales monthly report – Report date: Tue 02 Apr 2013 – Data to end of week: 2013 Week 13

See Table on Page 18 “2013 – Reports of Measles virus by LHB/LA of residence by month (table 2 of 2)”

The figures PHW published in their monthly report to the end of February were also 8 confirmed cases.  By Sunday 14th April the figures reported for March in the weekly reports issued during April totalled 15 for the period to 31 March.  By Tuesday 7th May the March figure was stated to be 22.

PHW’s own general standard information on its website states:

Reported notifications of measles usually far exceed the actual numbers of confirmed cases. Other rashes are often mistaken for measles.”  Measles Public Health Wales Health Protection Division – [accessed & added to CHS 12 May 2013].

But Public Health Wales claimed vastly more laboratory confirmed measles cases than existed in confirmations from their own laboratory and England combined. This is what was put out on British news by Public Health Wales during April:

Chronology of claims of confirmed cases – source ITV News:

Wed 03 Apr 2013 – Last week the number of confirmed cases stood 432 [ED: sic].

That was the number claimed to the end of March.

Fri 05 Apr 2013 – The number of confirmed measles cases in the Swansea area has risen by 47 this week, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales.  It now stands at 588 – a slight increase from the 541 cases confirmed earlier this week.

And that was just for the Swansea area – one city and surrounding area – not the whole of Wales.

Thu 18 Apr 2013 – Public Health Wales will release the latest figures for the ongoing measles outbreak today. On Tuesday the number of confirmed cases had risen to 765.

Fri 19 Apr 2013 – There are now over 800 confirmed cases in Wales.

Thu 25 Apr 2013 –  Earlier this week the number of confirmed cases of the virus stood at 886 – a rise of 78 new cases since last Thursday.

Sat 27 Apr 2013 – latest figures from Public Health Wales revealed the number of confirmed cases of measles reached 942.

Tue 30 Apr 2013 – The number of measles cases continues to rise and has now reached 1,011, according to figures released today by Public Health Wales.

None of this was true.  Public Health Wales never did have the numbers of cases they were claiming as confirmed.

By 2nd May it was reported confirmed cases for Wales were 370 with 850 tested and with 1,170 notified.  Suddenly the numbers of cases claimed by Public Health Wales as confirmed had fallen by nearly two thirds: MMR vaccination drive targets 43,000 children as measles epidemic spreads Press Association The Guardian, Thursday 2 May 2013.

Then the backtracking May 3:

A PUBLIC health expert says measles cases in the Swansea area may have peaked. The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.” Dr Sara Hayes, director of public health at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said she believed the number of people with the disease will fall in the next few weeks.”  Dr Hayes said: “We do not seem to be seeing the scale of morbidity we were anticipating. There is a suggestion we have reached a peak in the outbreak.  “I am hoping we will see a decline in the next few weeks.

Measles cases in Swansea may have peaked, according to a public health expert Friday, May 03, 2013 Liz Perkins South Wales Evening Post

It is claimed recently some laboratory tests had been sent to England for testing and that the figures were not in Public Health Wales’ own reports.  However, when the February and March figures were published by Health Protection Wales, no qualification to that effect appeared either on the HPW’s website and it does not appear in the reports,  so was thus not being applied to the February and March figures by Public Health Wales.   It appears a more recent claim added to PHW’s website on 9th May. And when the Welsh measles outbreak was at its peak in April the number of confirmed cases for four months January to April was stated publicly to be 370 in total – an average of 28 cases a week and that is in a Welsh population of 3 million.

Read our earlier reports for details of the false claims about:

  • how officials claimed 1 in 1000 children will die from measles – when there have been 80,000+ cases of measles in the UK since 1992 and no healthy individual has died from acute measles in that time;
  • how officials claimed a 25 year old father had died from measles when an autopsy could not find the cause of death and three doctors who saw him did not diagnose measles despite being in Swansea, Wales UK, the centre of what was being claimed to be an epidemic requiring “crisis” measures;
  • how the BBC surreptitiously changed its online news reports to remove false claims that just before the MMR vaccine was introduced to the UK in 1988 there were ‘millions’ of annual UK measles cases with 100 measles child deaths every year – it just was not true – but the BBC hid the fact they changed the news to cover up they had published false news;

2013 MEASLES NEWS: The UK’s Fake Welsh Measles Epidemic – Only 8 Cases Confirmed For March – 302 Wrongly Diagnosed and “Notified” By Docs

UPDATE MEASLES UK 2013 – BBC News Secretly Removes Fake News Claims from Website – Health Officials in Tail-Spin Over Vastly Hyped Claims of Welsh Measles Epidemic

And:

South Wales Measles Death – Mother Blames Docs – “3 Docs Said ‘Not Measles’ & Sent Him Home With Water & Paracetamol”

British Medical Journal Tells Us – Measles Is Not The Scary Disease The Press Want You To Think It Is

“Measles To Be Eradicated in 1967 With 55% Vaccine Coverage”

Official Data Confirms – 20th Century Measles Deaths Would Fall Exponentially – And Regardless of Measles Or MMR Vaccine

UPDATE MEASLES UK 2013 – BBC News Secretly Removes Fake News Claims from Website – Health Officials in Tail-Spin Over Vastly Hyped Claims of Welsh Measles Epidemic

How times change. A month ago health officials were predicting a UK-wide measles epidemic with multiple measles deaths and disabilities, with everyone not previously vaccinated to get the MMR vaccine. 

Welsh Health officials were first caught out when the British media discovered that the figures being given out to them were of only suspected cases and that doctors massively over-report measles cases.  As CHS has reported, sometimes as many as 73 in every 74 reports are NOT measles: [Laboratory confirmed cases of measles, mumps, and rubella, England and Wales: October to December 2004 – CDR Weekly, Volume 15 Number 12 Published: 24 March 2005: Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries Of Official Statistics].

Even the standard general officially published “blurb” available online confirms this but Public Health Wales appears to have omitted to tell the media:

Reported notifications of measles usually far exceed the actual numbers of confirmed cases. Other rashes are often mistaken for measles.”  Measles Public Health Wales Health Protection Division – [accessed & added to CHS 12 May 2013]

Over at Age of Autism Jenny Allan reports that the BBC removed from their BBC online news the bizarre claim that prior to 1988, when MMR vaccine was introduced there were ‘millions’ of annual UK measles cases with 100 measles child deaths every year: Jenny Allan | May 06, 2013 at 08:10 PM.  

Thanks to information from Jenny Allan we show what the BBC has now “doctored” from its online news reports to remove the fake news the BBC had reported from the wildly exaggerated claims quoted by Dr Sara Hayes.   They have also changed the headline but the original headline is here in a tweet from the BBC’s health “journalist” (?) Fergus Walsh who seems to have “led the charge” at the BBC to scare parents with fake news: “Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600 http://bbc.in/Xpi860“.   Here is the extract from the original – with the parts shown in red now deleted:-

Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600 – BBC Health – Measles 9th April 2013

“Death risk’ in outbreak

…….

“We are not in any way judgmental about why their children may have missed the MMR in the past. The important thing is that they get the jab now,” she added.

Before the introduction of the MMR in 1988, about half a million children caught measles and about 100 died from it each year in the UK.

It is deeply troubling that any organisation holding itself out to report news “doctors” that news.  This is an example of the BBC publishing untrue claims as news and then only when it has been found doing it does it then airbrush the fact from history.  There is no single reference on the online page to record the BBC retracting its untrue news claims nor any public apology.  This is makes BBC news reporting look crooked.  Clearly, this kind of practice makes it difficult to trust the BBC’s reporting.  Little surprise then that the muslim world does not trust the western first world who seem to manipulate their lives. Will the responsible people working as journalists at the BBC complain?   Or maybe they should get a job elsewhere?

Instead of airbrushing false news when caught the BBC should have admitted it got it wrong so the British tax and licence payers and the world can see and the BBC should apologise.

The media were not initially reporting the suspected numbers of measles  cases compared to the laboratory confirmed figures but were later.  They are still falling down badly on the job with the BBC at the forefront – seeming to operate as as self-styled Pravda for the British Government. 

Following a 2nd May news release from health officials the backtracking has started.  It was being reported in Welsh newspapers [one of which in Swansea was being blamed for the “outbreak” by publicising the problems with the MMR vaccine]:

A PUBLIC health expert says measles cases in the Swansea area may have peaked. The number of laboratory confirmed cases in the outbreak stands at 370 out of a total of 850 samples tested.” Dr Sara Hayes, director of public health at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said she believed the number of people with the disease will fall in the next few weeks.”  Dr Hayes said: “We do not seem to be seeing the scale of morbidity we were anticipating. There is a suggestion we have reached a peak in the outbreak.  “I am hoping we will see a decline in the next few weeks.

Measles cases in Swansea may have peaked, according to a public health expert Friday, May 03, 2013 Liz Perkins South Wales Evening Post

Scam claims appear to include that 1 in 1000 would die from measles when completely false. In the last 20 years+ since 1992 there have been 80,000+ measles cases [counting up to now] in England & Wales and zero deaths in healthy individuals from acute measles in that time. That is a clear and completely true and accurate statement which the vast majority of people find surprising in the light of the information health officials put in the media. They would surely conclude they are being scammed: Official Data Confirms – 20th Century Measles Deaths Would Fall Exponentially – And Regardless of Measles Or MMR Vaccine.

The 1 in 1000 figure appears to be based on figures published in the BMJ for Bulgaria, a much poorer country which is likely to have an even worse system for reporting measles cases and mortality than Public Health Wales:  The Bulgarian figures could easily be vastly over-hyped, far more so than in the UK and with a little help from some of our “friends” in some parts of the drug industry and some of their many hangers-on in medical professions. 

And the Bulgarian figures do appear to be over-hyped.  It is bizarrely claimed in the BMJ that there were 30,367 cases reported in Europe in 2009-2010 with most reported cases in 2010 in Bulgaria of 22,005.  This is coupled with the fantastical claim that “Of these, 21,877 people were admitted to hospital”: Measles outbreak in Europe BMJ 2011 Published 15 June 2011) BMJ 2011;342:d3724

But that is how reliable the British Medical Journal is in Century 21.

[ED’s REQUEST TO READERS: – complain to the BBC Trust, repost the link to this on Facebook, blogs, websites, Twitter, newspaper online comments please & email your families and friends – people continue to be scammed by health officials and the media – (added: 5/May/2013)

http://wp.me/pfSi7-1Ru].

The claims of a 25 year old man being alleged to have died from measles also appears a scam claim.  He had already spent five days in hospital being treated for severe asthma. The same hospital refused to re admit him several days later, apparently very ill with some kind of rash.

Additionally according to a video report from The Telegraph of an interview with his mother, three doctors did not diagnose this new condition as measles [in the middle of the supposed epidemic in Swansea] and sent him home with paracetamol, following which he died: South Wales Measles Death – Mother Blames Docs – “3 Docs Said ‘Not Measles’ & Sent Him Home With Water & Paracetamol”

His angry family confirmed he had been fully vaccinated against measles as a child. The authorities stated this young father had measles virus, but the cause of death could not be established by an autopsy [postmortem examination].  The formal inquest into this death has been postponed [conveniently].  Someone being treated for severe asthma may have been treated with immunosuppressant drugs like steriods. An hospital is a centre of infection with all sorts of infections circulating. That combination is a recipe for potential problems.

Welsh health authorities seem now to be in a spin over their over hyping of what seems to have been a very small measles outbreak, and some may now be dissembling.

Their statistics appear to be confused.  There is no published explanation why here they claim 1137 laboratory confirmed cases in 2012: Measles notifications (confirmed cases) England and Wales 1995 – 2012* by quarter.  And here they claim 2030 CONFIRMED CASES OF MEASLES, MUMPS & RUBELLA England and Wales, 1996 – 2012*

CHS understands the lower figure is claimed to be for direct notifications by health professionals only and the higher figure is for notification by health professionals and others.  But no explanation on either site of where the figures are from nor how compiled nor any qualification to explain.  And the explanation being given raises more questions than it answers.

As for the Public Health Wales figures for the Swansea and all Wales “outbreaks”, there are no qualifications of any kind on the reports published as total monthly figures such as the February and March monthly All Wales surveillance of laboratory confirmed infections reporting only 8 laboratory confirmed cases in the whole of those months from the whole of Wales.  There are some reports that health officials are now claiming that these reports are only for specimens tested in Wales and “the majority of samples are sent directly to the specialist reference laboratory in England for confirmation“.  That also raises more questions than it answers. 

CHS can report that there are more revelations yet to come on the Welsh outbreak – so “stay tuned”.

If samples are sent for “confirmation” that means the results are sent back to Public Health Wales. There is no point sending them for “confirmation” if the results are not sent back. So Public Health Wales should have ALL the data. And “confirmation” indicates these are confirmations of tests already carried out.

Additionally, weekly reports are published and then updated in monthly reports.  The reports themselves published by Public Health Wales contain no qualification they are incomplete and set out the figures as all of the laboratory tested cases.  If the reports were wildly inaccurate there would be no point publishing them.  The monthly reports do not appear to have any qualification to the effect that they do not contain all of the lab results – including those confirmed for them outside Wales.

Officials say the true figures will not be published for another three months – how so very convenient.


Here is the extract from the original – with the parts shown in red now deleted:-

Measles: Swansea epidemic cases could exceed 600 – BBC Health – Measles 9th April 2013

“Death risk’ in outbreak

…….

“We are not in any way judgmental about why their children may have missed the MMR in the past. The important thing is that they get the jab now,” she added.

Before the introduction of the MMR in 1988, about half a million children caught measles and about 100 died from it each year in the UK.

Wakefield Libel Case vs BMJ, Godlee & Deer – Appeal Hearing 22nd May – Texas Third Court of Appeals

Age of Autism reports:

The judge has set May 22 for an appeal in Austin, Texas of the jurisdiction issue in Dr. Andy Wakefield’s defamation suit against the British Medical Journal, Editor Fiona Godlee and “journalist” Brian Deer. The case was dismissed by a judge who said Wakefield was not entitled to sue the British publication in Texas, but Wakefield appealed.  Supporters of Dr. Wakefield will be in attendance.

See here for the latest filings, and stay tuned for updates.

Another Lethal Vaccine Coming Soon To Your Baby – Pushed by Drug Industry – As Vietnam Suspends Five-in-One DTP, Hib & Hep B Vaccine Following 9 Deaths – But 32 Deaths Also In India, Pakistan, Bhutan & Sri Lanka

The latest news indicates this is not just a rogue batch or vaccine from one manufacturer but a problem with the vaccination as such. So very bad news for babies and their parents in the UK. Worse of course for countries having mandatory Hepatitis B vaccination programmes.

Whilst introduction into the UK of a new multiple vaccine which includes Hepatitis B is awaited and being pushed by drug industry funded front organisation The Hepatitis Foundation UK, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health decided on May 4 to suspend the use of Quinvaxem, the made-in-Korea vaccine against DTP, Hib & Hepatitis B after nine deaths and dozens of cases of severe allergic reactions among local infants were reported over the past six months: [ Vietnam suspends Quinvaxem vaccine following 9 deaths Tuoi Tre News 05/06/2013].

In India the vaccine is under question after 18 deaths there and another 23 in other countries: [Pentavalent vaccine: Doing more harm than good? Express Pharma The Indian Express Limited 9th May 2013].  These figures do not include the already documented deaths in European infants. 

Hepatitis B vaccine has been shown in many peer reviewed research papers [including from Harvard University – detailed references in linked CHS article] to be associated with numerous infant deaths in the USA and Europe, multiple sclerosis and numerous chronic auto-immune disorders.  These latter include Guillain-Barre syndrome, lupus, rheumatism, blood disorders and chronic fatigue: [UK Government Caught Lying On Baby Hep B Vax Safety]

From Express Pharma:

That there are 41 deaths are a matter of serious concern. Should the programme be now suspended?

………………

Immunisation with the new Pentavalent vaccine resulted in the recent death of two babies in Kerala. This combination vaccine was to replace the trivalent DPT (against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus vaccine) and additionally protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b and Hepatitis B. The post mortem certificate in both babies stated:

“Based on the findings in the autopsy, preliminary reports of microbiological and histopathological findings, no definite opinion as to the cause of death can be furnished. Death due to natural disease, injury and aspiration pneumonia are ruled out.

However, death as a result of post vaccination sequelae could not be ruled out.”

……..

There were eight deaths in Bhutan.

There were 25 instances of serious adverse events in Sri Lanka including five deaths.

There were three deaths in Pakistan.

There were 10 children who suffered serious adverse events of whom seven died in Vietnam.

There were at least 15 deaths in Kerala and two in Tamil Nadu and one in Haryana making the total 18 deaths in India.

These deaths, in different countries using vaccine from varied manufacturers, rules out defects in some specific batch of the vaccine, and also indicate that they are unlikely to be because of incorrect administration of the vaccine.

The WHO considers two deaths due to vaccination as a cluster that mandates rapid evaluation of the risk to public safety.

As CHS has previously reported, Hepatitis B containing vaccines in particular have an extremely poor historical safety record:

Court Fines Doctor Who Did Not Tell Patient Hepatitis B Vaccine Causes Multiple Sclerosis

US Government Concedes Hep B Vaccine Causes Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

UK Government Caught Lying On Baby Hep B Vax Safety

Despite this the UK’s Joint Committed on Vaccination and Immunisation state publicly:

….. the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) wishes to recommend universal hepatitis B vaccination” : JCVI response on hepatitis B vaccination The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9818, Page 803, 3 March 2012

And the British Medical Association state on the website of an organisation funded by numerous drug companies:

BMA Policy is that universal immunisation in childhood for hepatitis B should be introduced.” Hepatitis B vaccination in childhood 20 May 2010

The website is the Hepatitis Foundation UK, which is funded “with grateful thanks” to Novartis, Bayer, Roche, Bristol-Myers and Gilead Sciences “without whose support the work of the Hepatitis B Foundation UK would not be possible.Hepatitis Foundation UK Sponsors.

BBC World News – Bill Gates’ & WHO’s Polio Eradication Plans Under Fire Today – Polio Cannot Be Eradicated & “US$ 8 Billion Spent On This Only Well Spent If We Learn Never To Do This Again”

Watch here on YouTube the BBC News Impact programme which hosted a debate today during which the US$ 8 billion polio eradication vaccination programme was put under fire.  Defending the programme was an advisor to the Pakistan Government and also the World Health Organisation’s polio programme Director, Dr. Hamid Jafari.  Putting very eloquently the case against the programme was Dr Jacob Puliyel, Head of Paediatrics of St Stephen’s hospital Delhi.

Dr Puliyel’s criticisms can be viewed @ 6m 19  and @ 11m 16.

The programme presenter posed the question of why spend all this money when it is diverting resources from bigger killers.  Annual deaths of 37 in Afghanistan, 58 in Pakistan and 122 Nigeria respectively were compared to annual malaria deaths of 600,000 and HIV/Aids of 1.7 million.

Dr Puliyel pointed to major problems with the programme:

    • non polio paralysis cases were 61,000 in India and are associated with polio vaccination campaigns;
    • “vertical” [ie. single] disease programmes address only one disease and divert resources from other areas;
    • the disease cannot be eradicated and polio vaccination campaigns will have to continue forever.

Dr Puliyel also compared what happened to the DPT vaccination programme during the polio campaigns.  DPT coverage dropped from 70% to 55% because the DPT programme is not being delivered to the patients and polio is instead.

When asked whether the polio programme was worth the money he answered:

I do not believe this vertical programme has improved anything where public health is concerned” and that the US$8 billion was “Well spent if at least we learn never to spend money again on a vertical programme like this in the future“.