30 Million Contaminated Vaccines

Some 30 million doses of Rotarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, were found to be contaminated with the pig virus, porcine circovirus 1, a virus from pigs that that they are quick to assure us is not known to cause disease in humans or animals. They didn’t know it was there but have now determined that it was there from the beginning, before FDA approval in 2008.

Personally I really like knowing that there are various viruses infecting vaccines and that only through independent research conducted by an as yet unnamed university was it discovered. Makes me feel so much safer and SO glad that I trust the pharmaceutical companies to place our safety above their profit. And it lets me know that we really don’t need that legislation Congress passed protecting vaccine companies from being sued for defective products even when it can be proved that they were known to be harmful because they are just so uber careful. [end sarcasm]


8 Responses to “30 Million Contaminated Vaccines”

  1. March 26, 2010 at 5:45 AM


    I believe it is time for a personal remark, and feel free to get your knickers in a knot over it. Your ability to comprehend and reason is underwhelming. How on earth could you, with any honesty, describe the government interfering on behalf of a business in order to protect them from lawsuits as staying out of private business?

  2. March 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Lawsuits happen when a product is defective. Not because they violate some “government law mandating certain standards” Were it due to a government law there would either be an enforcement action by a government agency or criminal charges would be filed.

    As I alluded to in my post and Arielle also references is the fact that the FedGov has exempted vaccines from any type of lawsuit. There can be no legal action brought against them inside the United States by anyone, for any reason, even if willful malice could be proven. That is the reason that there are no lawsuits. And as for avoiding them, that is often not possible. There are several States that do not allow exemptions to vaccination for school children and those in the military can and have been vaccinated against their will.

    And that is quite the claim you make, saying you are smarter than Arielle. This claimed intelligence has not been in evidence on this blog at any time since you have started commenting. I can say unequivocally that you have evinced less intelligence in your posts here than any commenter I have had in my 6 years of maintaining a blog. Your posts have not had anything of worth to add to the discussion and consist of insults and attempts at shaming people out of their beliefs by the mocking statements you make, despite your unwillingness or even inability to counter them.

  3. March 26, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Who wanted a quick vaccine? I don’t remember asking for one. And in another example of you showing your superior intelligence by not doing even a simple google search you miss out on the fact that a vaccine for rotavirus was first put out in 1998 which means that there was no need for Rotarix to be brought to market quickly. And in the lack of understanding department we see that you failed to read the original article that states that RotaTeq, a vaccine for the exact same strain as Rotarix, has been out since 2006, a full two years before the vaccine that you think we needed quickly.

  4. March 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Really, Dan, try harder and stop projecting. As I am referencing things that happened MORE than one year ago, and you are stuck, apparently, on Swine Flu.

    Yes, there was a media clamor for the vaccine. But we see from articles like this that the vaccination rate was very low. Overall, 10.8 percent of Hoosiers have been vaccinated to protect against the virus – more than the national average, Duwve said.
    That is in comparison to the normal vaccination rate, which in 2006 was 32.3% Now with that 32% vaccination rate we find that there are about 36,000 flu deaths per year

    What did that sub 10% vaccination rate give us from the dreaded H1N1 (Swine) flu? Between 12 and 17,000 deaths.

    So what was the point you were trying to make?

  5. 5 dan
    March 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Point I made was: either you want the government regulating things, or you don’t. Make up your mind.

  6. March 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM


    Governments exist to protect the citizenry, particularly their rights and property. To that extent they do have an obligation to regulate in a reasonable manner. Even the Libertarian party holds to that.

    The legislation that is in existence required that this vaccine get FDA approval. It was submitted for approval by August 1st 2007, and approved by April 3rd 2008. The government went thru its process and failed to find the contamination. It is worth noting that this vaccine has actually been in use since 1997 and was approved for use in 90 countries before it got FDA approval. All those countries failed to find the contamination as well.

    But the only legislation I mentioned was the legislation that specifically endangers the public by making the vaccine manufacturers immune to any consequences for their actions. This is a gross miscarriage of their duty to actually protect the rights of the citizenry.

  7. March 27, 2010 at 5:16 AM


    As I said before, you fail at reading comprehension. It would not matter if your IQ were 50 points higher than mine, if you cannot understand what is written – indeed, cannot read something with certain key words without projecting what you -think- is being said, rather than what is actually said – then your intelligence means nothing because you lack the tools to utilize it properly.

  8. March 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM


    Really? That’s the best you can do? Unable to defend your errors, you resort to feeble attempts at witticism to try and show that you do not care what I think of you?

    If you did not care… why would you bother posting a comment in the first place?

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