The World Health
Organization is at it again trying to push mass vaccinations, this time
on the people of China. But its efforts to "eradicate measles"
by vaccinating 100 million Chinese children have fueled widespread protest
by Chinese citizens who not only distrust their own government's health
recommendations, but also believe that the vaccines are dangerous.
According to the
Boston Globe, the Chinese government recently announced a ten-day measles
immunization drive that sparked an outcry from concerned citizens over the
safety of the vaccines. According to reports, internet bulletin boards have
been overflowing with chatter about the campaign, and countless text messages
continue to be exchanged among citizenry about potential dangers from getting
The Chinese government
has been working in overdrive to quell the public's concerns, but efforts
have been futile. The totalitarian government already has a poor reputation
for lying to and deceiving its citizens over things like the severe acute
respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak back in 2003, and the milk contamination
fiasco that sickened roughly 300,000 babies and killed at least six a couple
of trust toward our food and health products was not formed in one day,"
explains a piece in the Global Times. "Repairing the damage and building
credibility will take a very long time. The public health departments need
to take immediate action on all fronts."
rhetoric and designing new public relations campaigns will hardly pull the
wool over the eyes of the millions of Chinese who know good and well what
their government is up to.
Back in March,
four children were killed and dozens injured from vaccines for encephalitis,
hepatitis B and several other diseases. The Chinese health ministry denied
that the illnesses and deaths were related to the vaccines while simultaneously
admitting that they were improperly stored.
by: Jonathan Benson,