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Kenya: tests show no sterilization agent in tetanus vaccine

January 14, 2015

New tests of a controversial vaccine in Kenya have shown that it does not cause sterilization of woman.

Last year the Catholic bishops of Kenya denounced a government-backed vaccination campaign, saying that samples of the vaccine had been found to include a chemical that could render women permanently infertile without their knowledge. The bishops charged that the vaccinations, announced in a campaign against tetanus, were actually a birth-control effort.

After the Kenyan government denied the complaint, the bishops agreed with public-health officials to arrange new tests under joint supervision. The first results of those tests show no signs of sterilizing agents. Further results are expected soon.


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  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Jan. 14, 2015 6:11 PM ET USA

    Very glad that's cleared up, though further vigilance is warranted.