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CoMeD urges UN to ban mercury use in pharmaceuticals

March 09, 2016

In 1999, the U.S. Public Health Service and American Academy of Pediatrics called for Thimerosal to be removed from U.S. Thimerosal-preserved vaccines "as soon as possible," and Thimerosal has since been removed from most of these U.S. vaccines.  A CoMeD analysis shows that replacing Thimerosal with 2-phenoxyphenol in worldwide vaccines is both safe and economical.  Additionally, CoMeD has sued the FDA for its failure to comply with the law and enforce preservative safety regulations.

Furthermore, proponents of vaccine safety are asking organizations and individuals who are responsible for international immunization campaigns, such as those in South America, to heed the overwhelming scientific research about the human health risks linked to mercury and other vaccine ingredients.  

Rev. Lisa K. Sykes, President of CoMeD, is warning groups including the Global Alliance for Vaccines, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to stop spreading mercury to other continents:  "While Thimerosal has been removed from most vaccines in the United States, pharmaceutical companies and the World Health Organization continue to dump mercury-laced vaccines on developing countries.  No ethic can justify providing prosperous nations with mercury-free vaccines while endangering children in poor nations by exposing them to this neurotoxin."

SOURCE Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD)