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article imageExperts to study controversial vaccine lab tests in Kenya

By Muli wa Kyendo     Nov 18, 2014 in Health
Nairobi - Under increasing pressure, the Kenya government has appointed a committee of experts to interpret the results of laboratory tests of a tetanus vaccine said to be mixed with a birth control chemical.
The vaccine is being used in a countrywide vaccination of 2.3 million young girls and women in a campaign dubbed “a racist attempt” by Unicef and the World Health Organization (WHO) to cull African populations.
Kenya's government says the women are exposed to tetanus because most of them give birth without qualified medical attendants.
The Catholic Church however says tests of samples it had taken from all over the country confirmed the vaccine contained the sterilization chemical, HCG. The tests were carried out in laboratories in the University of Nairobi and in South Africa, the church leader John Cardinal Njue said.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) accused Unicef and the World Health Organization, which are bankrolling the program, of attempts to control births in Kenya.
Kuppet’s Secretary General Akello Misori told teachers if the vaccination campaign continued, “A generation will come when we will not have children to teach, which therefore means teachers will not have jobs.”
Supporting the Catholic Church, the pro-life website, LifeSiteNews claimed it had a report of a meeting of WHO officials, 10 scientists from Australia, Europe, India and the U.S.A and 10 women's health advocates from around the world where the use of fertility regulating vaccines was discussed.
It claimed the meeting was held at the WHO headquarters in Geneva in August 1992.
“What is happening in Kenya is a crime against humanity, and it is a crime committed with deliberate racial discrimination,” the US-based natural health website, Natural News, said.
When injected into the body of a young woman, HCG causes a pregnancy to be destroyed by the body's own antibody, resulting in a spontaneous abortion, Dr. Muhamed Ngare of the Catholic Church’s Mercy Medical Center in Nairobi said, adding that effectiveness of HCG lasts for years, causing abortions in women up to three years after the injections.
The church says suspicion was raised by the unusual inoculation schedule of the campaign. “This vaccine demanded five shots over two years — a schedule that isn't used for tetanus. The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) developed by who in 1992.," Dr. Ngare said.
Furthermore, the vaccine was only being given to women of child-bearing years.
Ngare said the vaccine was used in a similar sterilization campaign in Mexico in 1993 in Mexico and in Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1994. WHO attempted to bring it to Kenya in the 1990 but the effort was stopped by the Catholic Church, he said.
WHO and the Kenya government however, have maintained the vaccine is perfectly safe. Kenya's Health Ministry said some young women given the vaccine were still having babies while WHO termed the church’s claims as misleading and ill-informed.
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