By Amber Gristak
According to a speech given by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has declared that the H1N1 vaccine is safe for use beginning mid-October. His announcement came after only three weeks of testing had been done on the controversial vaccine.
“You can do the math.
It is a small sample”
His optimistic statement came as the potential vaccine had begun testing at the third of five administered medical locations. Number wise, each location could administer 600 individuals. You can do the math. It is a small sample.
Despite his eagerness, China is set to beat out the rest of the world and debut their vaccine against H1N1 on October 1st, 2009. The country’s government will be administering injections that are said to take two-weeks to provide protection. As of mid-September, H1N1 had infected 5,592 people across China.
Now, China may lead the globe with their release but many people, especially parents, worry. For many, the thought of China evokes less than pleasant memories. Many see China as the country that continues to have problems controlling the amount of led that goes into children’s toys. Many others see China as the country that continues to produce a great deal of pollution, via coal, despite the disapproval of other countries.
As of today, there has yet to be a release of information pertaining to the China’s vaccine ingredients. On a related matter, information, released on Friday September 25th, declared that the UK gave the go-ahead for the vaccine Pandemrix (containing Thimerosal). The close timing seemed to suggest that a similarity in vaccine components existed. Following the release of this information, many reports began to suggest that China’s H1N1 vaccine contains Thimerosal, outlawed in America.
What is Thimerosal? It is a mercury-based compound that many doctors believe is a root cause for autism. This theory continues to split doctors hypotheses. Regardless, the drug was knocked off of American shelves 10-years ago. This was after the US Public Health Service raised the issue.
My point is, is Thimerosal really safe? And, if there are no immediate side effects, will the , of the United States, retract its prohibition? Will there be a global consequence? Apparently, we just have to wait and see.