White House Weighs Testing Anthrax Vaccine on Children

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A working group of The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) has endorsed a plan to test anthrax vaccines on healthy children. The NBSB, which advises the federal government, says scientist should inject healthy children with BioThrax, the anthrax vaccine, to see if it is as effective on children as it is in adults. The Obama administration is now weighing the controversial step of subjecting children to possibly risky medical testing against waiting for an attack to happen and collecting data afterwards.

Dr. Art Caplan, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the debate over testing anthrax vaccines on children.

Guests:

Dr. Art Caplan

Comments [2]

Mindy from United States of America

Not only not, but Hell NO!

Oct. 28 2011 11:37 PM
Hots from New Providence NJ

Did I hear a "take-away" reporter, who was interviewing this Dr Caplan, say, "this vaccine might be good for children" due to the anthrax attacks in 2011?

I cant believe, at the very least, that you didnt challenge this Doctor at all.

Anthrax vaccinations for children? C'mon!

Oct. 25 2011 10:09 PM

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