Controlling vaccines over bioweapons fear? I could understand the control of the viruses, over bio-weapons fear, but the vaccines? Regardless of what the headline reads US controls bird flu vaccines over bioweapon fears, the story contained under this headline, seems to point in another direction.
Remember back when Indonesia stopped sending the US samples of the bird flu viruses?
Indonesia claimed the US was going to use the viruses for bio weapons and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said " that was the nuttiest thing" he had ever heard.
Yet buried in some little non-descript report, is one lone sentence, that says the US bars the export of the vaccine, not the virus, to countries designated as "state sponsors of terrorism"
Now as anyone with a working brain should know, "state sponsor of terrorism" is a euphemism for " countries we want to control every aspect of ".
And why is it that these countries can't have the vaccine?
Because the US fear that they (the vaccines) "will be used for biological warfare".
But as this guy says:
They make "no scientific sense," said Peter Palese, chairman of the microbiology department at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He said the, for example, can be used to contain outbreaks in poultry before they mutate to a form spread more easily between people.
"The more vaccines out there, the better," he said. "It's a matter of protecting ourselves, really, so the bird flu virus doesn't take hold in these countries and spread."
And therein lies the rub.
Despite the title of this article, this action on the part of the US seems more about curtailing the ability of certain countries "state sponsors of terrorism" , to control and contain outbreaks. A dangerous game for the US to play, one would think?
Wouldn't that be 'convenient' if , speculating here, the US was to use such a virus as a bio-weapon and then to withhold the vaccine, to coerce an 'offending' country into compliance.??
When U.S. Commerce Assistant Secretary Christopher Wall, was questioned on this subject he declined to elaborate on the precise threat posed by vaccines for chickens infected with , except to say there are "valid security concerns" that they "do not fall into the wrong hands.
One wonders why he just didn't say, get lost, cause that was what he said anyway, in an official political sort of way.
But some experts say the idea of using vaccines for bioweapons is far-fetched, and that in a health emergency, it is unclear how quickly authorities could cut through the current red tape to get the vaccines distributedSo by controlling these vaccines it would make it harder to contain an outbreak of bird flu in a country designated as a "state sponsor of terrorism"???
A researcher at the University of Toronto pointed out- "it would be ironic if the bird flu virus morphed into a more dangerous form in one of those countries."
Irony? Well one could say that, certainly irony hadn't crossed my mind.