Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OKSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 13:28
Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OK
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NEW YORK | Tue Mar 19, 2013 | 12:01am EDT
Thu, Mar 14 2013
(Reuters) - A presidential ethics panel has opened the door to testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants, bringing an angry response from critics who say the children would be guinea pigs in a study that would never help them and might harm them.
The report, however, released on Tuesday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, said researchers would have to overcome numerous hurdles before launching an anthrax-vaccine trial in children. It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps the commission recommended.