Battle brewing over mercury in vaccines
CHILE has become the first developing country to make a commitment to stop the use of mercury in vaccines, according to a US-based lobby group, the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD).
The coalition wants to see the use of mercury phased out of drug and vaccine manufacturing.
The announcement coincided with a Geneva meeting of a WHO committee to discuss international moves to replace preservative-containing multidose vials with preservative-free single-use vaccines.
The meeting heard that banning thimerosal would cost developing nations millions of dollars and there was no real research and development pipeline on alternative preservatives.