Presidential Commission on Bioethics Okays Testing Anthrax Vaccine on Children

The latest report from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues provides that an anthrax vaccine may be tested on children.  However, the report does not provide unconditional approval for such testing, as it explicitly recognizes that researchers must deal with significant barriers prior to beginning a clinical trial involving children.  Furthermore, the report acknowledges that the children involved in an anthrax vaccine trial would not benefit directly from the study and “would face more than minimal risk.”  Critics suggest these circumstances dictate against permitting a pediatric study.  Read more here.

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