The taintedblood Timeline - what really happened...
Yvette Cooper: "We are supporting a number of avenues of research into a diagnostic test for CJD to enable a screening test to be developed for blood donations."
Yvette Cooper: "At the request of the panel, the Department has commissioned independent consultants to provide an updated review of the potential CJD infectivity of blood and blood products."Note: We are concerned to read from these comments that after as long as 5 years, the Government have announced yet a further consultation into the risks from blood products with regard to CJD. (See link below for SEAC February 2007 Papers 97-5).
Note: We have to wonder if our blood samples might have already been tested without our consent? We also wonder what pre-and post-test counselling provisions will be put in place, if any?
Type: Minutes - Draft Minutes of the 95th meeting of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee. 7th December 2006.
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ADVICE SOUGHT FROM THE COMMITTEE:
The Department of Health requests that the committee assesses, at a future meeting, the likely removal of infectivity during the process of producing plasma products from blood contaminated with the vCJD agent and considers the likely time period when infections from plasma products, if they took place, may have occurred.
The committee is requested to agree to assess, at SEAC 98 [on 20th July 2007], the likely infectivity of, and possible timing of infections from, plasma products derived from blood contaminated with the vCJD agent and produce a position statement.
Note: We are curious to read of this instruction, especially since in the earlier minutes of 95th SEAC meeting, we learn of a proposal to 'anonymously' screen samples of donated blood using prototype blood tests which they believe may also provide substantial data relatively quickly.
Is there a vCJD test? Persons with haemophilia should bear in mind that as early as October 2005, Chiron had a sensitive prototype vCJD test for human blood, and by February 2007, Canadian company, AMORFIX announced that they can now perform thousands of tests in a single day using a prototype commercial-scale blood test (EP-vCJD) for the diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
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