Testing the Anthrax Vaccine on Children

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues recently met to consider ethical issues involved in using healthy children for research about the anthrax vaccine. The topic raises several novel issues, including the lack of direct benefit to research subjects and the unknown probability of an anthrax attack. Additional issues raised at the conference included informed consent and the definition of “minimal risk.” Although the Commission did not set out to definitively resolve these ethical questions, the Commission will submit a report to the President and Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide guidance for future research.  

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