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Oral Polio Vaccine Was Contaminated with Monkey Viruses

Oral Polio Vaccine Was Contaminated with Monkey Viruses

Public health officials in the United States today recommend that infants in the U.S. receive four doses of an inactivated, injectable polio vaccine (IAV) using chicken egg embryos, dog kidney cells or insect cells for production. However, between 1961 and 1999, most American children swallowed five doses of live oral polio vaccine (OPV) using monkey kidney cells for production. In 1961, the live attenuated oral polio…

Bernice Eddy Warned of Defective Salk Polio Vaccine

Bernice Eddy Warned of Defective Salk Polio Vaccine

During the Republican primary presidential debate on September 16, 2015, CNN moderator Jake Tapper noted a U.S. Treasury Department announcement that a woman would appear on the $10 bill. He posed the following question to the 11 candidates on stage, “What woman would you like to see on the $10 bill?” In response, the candidates mentioned eight women, including civil…

The Story of Measles’ Sharp Decline

In articles published last year in The Vaccine Reaction, “Polio Wasn’t Vanquished, It Was Redefined” and “The Salk ‘Miracle’ Myth,” I proposed that the reason the number of reported cases of polio in the United States declined so much in 1955—the year the Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was introduced—was due to the redefinition of polio by the U.S. government in 1954.

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