GlaxoSmithKlein Does Illegal Vaccine Tests on 3rd World Children
Jul 18, 2012
The dollar worth of a baby born in Argentina has a face value of just under $6,500 according to an Argentina court. Well, maybe not all babies, but definitely the babies that are born to underprivileged parents in Argentina. These are parents that are illiterate and poor and their babies are not worth very much, according to GlaxoSmithKline.
GlaxoSmithKline is a global pharmaceutical, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world’s third-largest pharmaceutical company measured by revenues after Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.
Here’s the story, between 2007 and 2008 GSK conducted illegal vaccine trials for pediatric pneumonia on third-world babies in Argentina. The result was that 14 of these babies died after they were injected with Synflorix, one of GSK’s bestselling vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline has a massive 28,333 square-meter manufacturing plant located in Northern Greater Buenos Aires town of San Fernando. This seemed like the ideal spot to conduct these types of experimental tests since they are illegal in Europe and the US.
GSK conscripted doctors in Argentina to trap innocent and trusting victims. These doctors would then approach the parents, under-age parents and illiterate grandparents of the young children coercing and pushing them into signing 28-page consent forms to participate in the experimental trials. This was done when parents brought their children in for treatment. This was done predominantly through public hospitals that serve underprivileged families.
GSK kept inadequate records of the children’s ages, medical histories and previous vaccinations. According to The Times one source stated that “These are people who depend entirely on the state and who are most often the vulnerable sections of society. They are unable to read any kind of consent form. GSK’s recruitment of these people was absolutely unethical.”
15,000 babies made up the experimental studies that began in 2007. The babies would be taken to an undisclosed location to be treated by doctors that were specially recruited by GSK. There were no control efforts involved and these acts surely were not ethical at all. To worsen the horrific acts and to display the absentness of any remorse whatsoever worried parents were told to call phone lines that no one ever planned on answering. They were left to fend for themselves once they babies starting showing reactions to the experimental vaccines.
Many parents of the babies that made up these experimental nightmares may have been illiterate but they knew enough to understand that something was not right. When the parents said they wanted to no longer participate in the procedure they were coerced to stay being told that their children would no longer be able to receive any other vaccines for their children.
Laboratories that were used in the provinces of Argentina were some of this country’s poorest. The trials were authorized because there was a monetary exchange that was supposed to transpire where the province would get a fee for every baby that was part of the trial but no money was ever exchanged. Families were given no financial incentives.
Later, a press report was released blaming the deaths of the babies on the parents that never sent in the necessary consent letters and that none of the deaths were related to the vaccines since they all received blind placebos. A GSK spokesperson further claimed that they conduct clinical trials to the same high standards, irrespective of where in the world they are run. This includes the requirement to obtain informed consent from participants. That is a fundamental principle of our behavior and any deviation is unacceptable. Their mouths might say it but their actions certainly didn’t show it. The proof says it all…just ask the families with the empty cribs.