Two United Nations (UN) agencies are in favor of anti-Cholera vaccines in Haiti. The vaccination campaign would reach up to 400,000 people living in the tropical region. The UN announced the first phase as being launched in the town of Arcahaie. The PAHO/WHO claims the vaccine’s protection last 3 to 5 years in total. According to the Jamaican Observer, the cost will be $3.6 million and involve two phases.
For both phases of the campaign, the UN said an initial budget of about US$3.6 million has been provided.
The UN said previous campaigns of vaccination against cholera reached 285,534 people — 102,250 in 2013 and 183,284 in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT
MINUSTAH stressed the importance, given the growth in the population, of increasing access to clean water and sanitation in exposed areas as key to eliminating the disease.
The problem here is that the Cholera vaccine is unnecessary, ineffective, expensive (read above) and notably dangerous. Cholera is undeniably an infection that’s dangerous for humans, but in the end, it is preventable without vaccines. Water systems and food systems can take hygienic measures which prevent the spread of Cholera. In fact, good hygiene, in general, can prevent the spread of Cholera from hand to mouth.
But that’s not where the profit is. The profit is in the vaccine. And the vaccine is dangerous. According to Dadychery.org:
3. Vaccine should be mercury free
Contrary to the recommendation of the WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardization, the vaccine contained the toxic mercury-based preservative thiomersal. Questions have particularly arisen around a possible connection between thiomersal and autism. Hence, thiomersal as a vaccine-preservative is not in use in many developed countries including Denmark, Sweden and several states of USA[25, 26, 27].
The Indian vaccine company has not disclosed the amount of mercury present per dose of the vaccine. Because of the controversies associated with the use of thiomersal, the vaccine manufacturer should have used other, non-harmful, preservatives.
It is worthwhile to point out that thiomersal is not used in vaccines in the country (Sweden) of Dr. Holmgren, a prime mover of the Vietnamese oral cholera vaccine. But he has no problem in using the mercury containing vaccines in other countries (Vietnam and India), clearly providing an example of practicing a double standard.