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Government cleared of favouring Labour party donor for smallpox vaccine supply

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7394.840/d (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:840
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Allegations that the government deliberately awarded the contract for the supply of emergency smallpox vaccine to one of its donors have been refuted by a report from the spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.

    The report, published last week, was prompted by the secrecy surrounding the government's procurement of the vaccine, which fuelled suspicion among other suppliers and some MPs that the government had something to hide.

    The report found no link between two personal donations of £50 000 ($79 000; €73 000) to the Labour party made by …

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