Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


China vaccine scandal: investigations begin into faulty rabies and DTaP shots

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 25 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3244

Rapid Response:

Vaccine scandals, near and far.

If the BMJ is rightly concerned about recent vaccine problems in China, readers may wonder why a potentially much bigger scandal in the USA, extending over thirty years, continues to go unremarked in your journal.
(Except, ten days ago, when mentioned in a rapid response of mine. (1) )
The admission, earlier this month, in a New York court, by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it had neglected its statutory surveillance of the US vaccine industry, since that industry was granted immunity from compensation claims in 1986, has implications which are surely serious enough to deserve mention in your News section, and discussion elsewhere in your pages ? (2)


2 US District Court, Southern District of New York.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 July 2018
Noel Thomas
retd/ part time GP
BronyGarn, Maesteg, Wales, CF34 9AL