Managing Editor's Note: Kelli Ann and many other Age of Autism readers listened into the 2nd National Stakeholders Meeting on vaccines today. Thanks to everyone who has been commenting and to Kelli Ann for this teaser of much more to come. Dr. Stanley Plotkin has developed a number of vaccines and worked with Dr. Offit on RotaTeq (HERE.)
By Kelli Ann Davis
Today, during the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2nd National Stakeholder Meeting on the Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan, Stanley Plotkin, Executive Advisor to the CEO of Sanofi Pasteur and Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania made a startling revelation: Sanofi Pasteur is lobbying members of the Senate for liability protection.
According to Plotkin, Sanofi Pasteur is concerned about the “legal issue of vaccinating while pregnant” and feels it is “important to keep non-negligence issues” out of the tort system; he stated, “it needs to be addressed” and then went on to say, “I don’t know how it should be done but it needs to be addressed considering what’s happening recently.”
He continued with a suggestion that a “commission” could make an “assessment of the benefit and risks” and “determine this” while stressing that we “have to decide.”
Earlier in the morning, before his mention of Sanofi Pasteur's current lobbying efforts, he stated “there are many vaccine targets left” and “we haven’t exhausted the need for new vaccines.”
More on the events leading up to this meeting and details on a future “stakeholder’s meeting” due to convene in January 2009 later.
Kelli Ann Davis is the D.C. Political Liaison for Generation Rescue.