12/10/2005

KRT Wire | 12/09/2005 | The anthrax vaccine: New questions, weak data

The anthrax vaccine: New questions, weak data

BY BOB EVANS

Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Pentagon never told Congress about more than 20,000 hospitalizations involving troops who'd taken the anthrax vaccine, despite repeated promises that such cases would be publicly disclosed.

Instead, a parade of generals and Defense Department officials told Congress and the public that fewer than 100 people were hospitalized or became seriously ill after receiving the shot from 1998 through 2000.

They also showed Congress written policies that required public reports to be filed for hospitalizations, serious illnesses and cases where someone missed 24 hours or more of duty.

But only a sliver of those cases were reported, while the rest were withheld from Congress and the public, records obtained by the Daily Press show.

KRT Wire | 12/09/2005 | The anthrax vaccine: New questions, weak data

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