East Cork mothers subjected to vaccine trials in mother and baby homes, McLellan tells Dail
TimRyan, Oireachtas Correspondent SINN Fein Deputy Sandra McLellan told the Dáil she had met several individuals in her East Cork constituency who were subjected to vaccine trials while in mother and baby homes.
The main concern for these individuals is the lack of information around the drugs prescribed. In some cases there have been residual effects. Understandably, this causes huge ongoing distress.
Speaking during a debate on the setting up of the Commission of Investigation into the homes, she said the Minister, James Reilly, has told the Dáil that the Commission of Investigation will have the power to compel the drug companies which conducted vaccine trials on children resident in the homes to come before it. This was to be welcomed.
“The Commission will examine whether regulatory and ethical standards were followed in relation to vaccine trials conducted on children,” she said.
“At least ten mother and baby homes were involved and it is believed the trials took place between 1960 and 1976. Fresh reports suggest that at least 3,000 children in 24 residential institutions and as many as 40,000 children among the general child population were administered experimental vaccines.
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