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The Irish Daily Mail has published an alarming report which outlines how scientists in Ireland secretly vaccinated more than 2,000 children in religious-run homes in the 1930s in suspected illegal drug trials. The Daily Mail is reporting that the scandal was revealed after the discovery of 800 infants buried in a septic tank outside a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway. While visiting in the U.S., Irish premier Enda Kenny has ordered a full investigation.
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Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of ‘baby graves scandal’ were used in secret vaccine trials in the 1930s
Scientists secretly vaccinated more than 2,000 children in religious-run homes in suspected illegal drug trials, it emerged today. Old medical records show that 2,051 children and babies in Irish care homes were given a one-shot diphtheria vaccine for international drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome between 1930 and 1936.
There is no evidence that consent was ever sought, nor any records of how many may have died or suffered debilitating side-effects as a result.
The scandal was revealed as Irish premier, Enda Kenny, ordered ministers to see whether there are more mass baby graves after the discovery that 800 infants may be buried in a septic tank outside a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway.
Mr Dwyer said:
‘What I have found is just the tip of a very large and submerged iceberg.
The fact that no record of these trials can be found in the files relating to the Department of Local Government and Public Health, the Municipal Health Reports relating to Cork and Dublin, or the Wellcome Archives in London, suggests that vaccine trials would not have been acceptable to government, municipal authorities, or the general public.
However, the fact that reports of these trials were published in the most prestigious medical journals suggests that this type of human experimentation was largely accepted by medical practitioners and facilitated by authorities in charge of children’s residential institutions.”
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