‘The CIA’s Deadly Ruse: Murdered Health Workers and the Return of Polio’

In early 2011, a CIA-recruited Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, entered Osama Bin Laden’s compound posing as a Hepatitis B vaccination worker. His real intention was to gather samples of the Bin Laden family’s DNA to aid the CIA in locating the Al Qaeda leader. Although Dr. Afridi was apparently unsuccessful, the CIA’s actions would have dire consequences for vaccine workers and for the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases.  On Tuesday, the Obama administration indicated it would no longer employ vaccination programs in its intelligence efforts. This announcement came in response to a letter, sent by the deans of twelve U.S. schools of public health, condemning the practice.  The damage, however, has already been done.  You can view details here

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