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Irish children may have been given animal vaccine for whooping cough

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:128
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Irish authorities are again investigating reports related to the bungled administration of child vaccines more than 30 years ago.

    The drug company involved has promised its full cooperation. It is becoming clear, however, that not only were Irish, and some British, children injected with highly toxic batches of whooping cough vaccine (Trivax), but also some Irish children were injected with an animal drug with a similar name (Tribovax T).

    It seems that some health experts in the Republic Ireland and the United Kingdom were highly critical of the use of Trivax, but their concerns, and those of parents, were brushed aside. Among the experts was Gordon Stewart, emeritus professor of public health at Glasgow University, who advised the UK Department of …

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