May I inject you with a solution (PDF warning) that contains a tiny amount of formaldehyde? My injectable solution needs to have formaldehyde in it or it might get contaminated. Sometimes I may use antibiotics instead of or in addition to the formaldehyde because I’d like to keep my proprietary solution from spoiling for as long as possible. Oh, and sometimes thimerosal, too. This ethyl-mercury containing compound won’t hurt most people–at least not enough to be blatantly obvious. Often, I add aluminum compounds or other substances (as adjuvenants) that are supposed to provoke a strong reaction from your immune system. I hope that challenging your immune system in this way doesn’t have any bad unintended consequences (such as triggering/intensifying allergies–your immune system doesn’t ‘know’ that I don’t intend it to react strongly to everyday mold spores or pollen) but doing that kind of research is hard and the results will likely reduce my profits. I ‘forgot’ to mention that somebody is going to pay me for this injection, and that is the only reason I am bothering to make my injectable solution in the first place. I must keep my costs down, for I live on profits and I will die quickly without them.
You don’t want my injection? Sure you do. I’ll pay advertisers, I’ll set up ‘free’ conferences with ‘free’ food and lodging for those who will recommend and inject my solution into actual people. In my quest for profits, I’ll corrupt inspectors, regulators, and lawmakers if I cannot delude them. They are only human, unlike me.
You still don’t want to pay me for an injection? Perhaps you don’t trust me because I am motivated solely by money. Perhaps you also realize that I also sell drugs and equipment in my insatiable search for profits. Perhaps you know that sickness can be profitable for such a corp-being like myself, and probably you know that I am morally and ethically ”challenged.” But you’ve probably already had many such injections, and will likely have even more, because I’ll also put some weakened or killed bacteria or mutant virus in the solution (sometimes with contaminants of animal origin) and call it a v@cc!ne. It usually works, too. Of course, if there are any debilitating unintended consequences, I’ll pay legions of lawyers to keep those injured from making much of a fuss, and 3mpyremedia will keep quiet if it wants more of my corporate advertising dollars. Even the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld liability protections for v@cc!ne makers, ruling that they can’t be sued in state court for design-defect damages.
The following was saved from an article on the ‘Toronto Sun’ website, but their computers seem to have ‘lost’ the article. Here is a particularly good article from one of the websites that link to the ‘lost’ article (fourth link down). The ‘lost’ article has been rescued intact from the memory hole by no6ody, who is responsible for the bold text.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus
By Helen Branswell, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last Updated: 27th February 2009, 3:26pm
The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.
And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.
“At this juncture we are confident in saying that public health and occupational risk is minimal at present,” medical officer Roberta Andraghetti said from Copenhagen, Denmark.
“But what remains unanswered are the circumstances surrounding the incident in the Baxter facility in Orth-Donau.”
The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.
The contamination incident, which is being investigated by the four European countries, came to light when the subcontractor in the Czech Republic inoculated ferrets with the product and they died. Ferrets shouldn’t die from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses.
Public health authorities concerned about what has been described as a “serious error” on Baxter’s part have assumed the death of the ferrets meant the H5N1 virus in the product was live. But the company, Baxter International Inc., has been parsimonious about the amount of information it has released about the event.
On Friday, the company’s director of global bioscience communications confirmed what scientists have suspected.
“It was live,” Christopher Bona said in an email.
The contaminated product, which Baxter calls “experimental virus material,” was made at the Orth-Donau research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine — including a human H5N1 vaccine for which a licence is expected shortly — at a facility in the Czech Republic.
People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.
Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses could have resulted in dire consequences.
While H5N1 doesn’t easily infect people, H3N2 viruses do. If someone exposed to a mixture of the two had been simultaneously infected with both strains, he or she could have served as an incubator for a hybrid virus able to transmit easily to and among people.
That mixing process, called reassortment, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created.
There is no suggestion that happened because of this accident, however.
“We have no evidence of any reassortment, that any reassortment may have occurred,” said Andraghetti.
“And we have no evidence of any increased transmissibility of the viruses that were involved in the experiment with the ferrets in the Czech Republic.”
Baxter hasn’t shed much light — at least not publicly — on how the accident happened. Earlier this week Bona called the mistake the result of a combination of “just the process itself, (and) technical and human error in this procedure.”
He said he couldn’t reveal more information because it would give away proprietary information about Baxter’s production process.
Andraghetti said Friday the four investigating governments are co-operating closely with the WHO and the European Centre for Disease Control in Stockholm, Sweden.
“We are in very close contact with Austrian authorities to understand what the circumstances of the incident in their laboratory were,” she said.
“And the reason for us wishing to know what has happened is to prevent similar events in the future and to share lessons that can be learned from this event with others to prevent similar events. … This is very important.”
Thank you, Helen Branswell, as you did your job well. I hope you didn’t suffer after all your hard work.
Perhaps a certain corporation was cutting costs a bit too much, or maybe a rare accident occurred, or could it be that somebody got paid to do evil? Nobody knows if it was an error or an ”error.” Nobody knows except those with the currency.
A story: Many, many years ago, in the land of cobras, each village had a ‘poison doctor.’ This person was responsible for treating any villager who was bitten by a cobra. This person was expected to do this for free, because untreated cobra bites are often lethal. A person bitten by such a venomous serpent is in no position to negotiate a price for a cure, and a sane culture does not prey upon its weaker members. This is one reason why most countries have ‘socialized’ the cost of medical treatment. One prominent country does not do this rational thing, so it pays at least twice as much for it’s medical treatments than any other culture, and it often gets poor results. This prominent country is insane. Greed is not good, no matter who says it or how often.
pucked up mind destroyers, disease-mongers, whore$, your munnygrubbing karma is worse than running sores.