Before you read the Daily Mail article detailed below, let’s put it into perspective. Thousands of haemophiliacs were infected with Hepatitis B as well as a multitude of other things. It was played down by doctors and the government and pretty well dismissed in terms of possible impact on life expectancy. Add in to this that in the early 1980s – in the middle of an AIDS crisis the UKHCDO were happy to go ahead and seek out Virgin haemophiliacs/PUPs (Previously untreated patients) –by default the babies, young children and mild haemophiliacs – for trials of wet heat treated Factor VIII.
Have a look at these extracts from the TB Timeline:
In a draft PHLS letter from J. Craske, Charles Rizza and Arthur Bloom, it is clear that possibly unethical trials of 'Hepatitis Reduced' Factor VIII are still being planned as late as 22nd March 1983:
"You will see that the class of patients to be given these products are those who have had no previous treatment with factor VIII concentrate."
"It is likely that there are only a limited number of these patients in the U.K. who will require factor VIII therapy in any one year. We will be grateful if you notify Dr. J. Craske of any approaches from commercial firms with a proposal to evaluate their product."
http://www.taintedblood.info/tlfiles/PHLS Letter 22 March 1983.pdf
4 Commercial Companies are about to release Factor VIII & possibly Factor IX products that have been heat-treated in an attempt of reducing the risk of transmitting Hepatitis B and Non-A Non-B hepatitis.
Infectivity of initial batches is tested by injecting the product into Chimpanzees. However, it is stated that it is unlikely that Manufacturers would be able to ensure this form of quality control in all future batches.
The letter states that it is important to find out in studies of human beings the extent to which infectivity has been reduced.
Use of Previously Untreated Patients (PUPs) that have not previously used concentrates form large donor pools is suggested.
Controlled Studies on a named patient-basis is deemed to be undesirable.
A vaccine for Hepatitis B is licensed in the United Kingdom. The DHSS decides not to purchase any vaccine centrally, due to insufficient funding. Instead, each Region is to find funds from existing budgets for the purchase of HBV vaccines.
Now read the article...
All babies could get hepatitis B jab as infections soar
All children could be vaccinated against hepatitis B in a bid to curb soaring rates of infection...
...The numbers affected by the deadly illness have almost doubled in the past decade...
...According to the NHS, it is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
Currently only ‘at risk’ groups are offered the vaccine, such as prostitutes, gay men, women with multiple partners and prisoners...
...But the World Health Organisation, British Medical Association and several leading doctors say a jab should be rolled out ‘without delay’. They point out that Britain lags years behind most other Western countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece by refusing to vaccinate all babies...
...Around a quarter of infected people who are untreated for more than six months will die of liver disease...
...A spokesman for the British Medical Association said: ‘Hepatitis B is a major cause of cancer, costs the NHS millions of pounds every year and causes great suffering...