Letters New group B meningococcus vaccine

No evidence for political manipulation regarding the new group B meningococcus vaccine

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2929 (Published 08 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2929
  1. E Richard Moxon, emeritus professor1,
  2. Steven Black, professor of pediatrics2
  1. 1University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  2. 2Center for Global Health, University of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cincinnati, OH, USA
  1. richard.moxon{at}paediatrics.ox.ac.uk

Isaacs and McVernon assert that, in recommending the introduction of Bexsero into the national immunisation programme, the UK government and its advisory committees bowed to political and public pressure.1 There is no evidence that the scientific advisory process was subject to political manipulation. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the UK government’s advisory committee on vaccines, has not performed a U turn, even if the …

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