Are Nepalis still being experimented on like guinea pigs?

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HT Reporter



 Kathmandu, Dec 6: A new typhoid vaccine, which was experimented on thousands of Nepali children, was found working “fantastically well,” said a BBC news report. 

 

 “More than 20,000 children – aged from nine months to 16 years – in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, took part in the trial,” writes BBC health and science correspondent James Gallagher in his report published on Dec 4, 2019. 

The report said that half of the children were given the vaccine and their cases of typhoid fell by 81% in the first year of the study.  

  “It works fantastically well in preventing this disease affecting some of the world’s most vulnerable children,” Prof Andrew Pollard, from the University of Oxford, who has been involved in the trials, told BBC News.

Cases of the bacterial disease fell by more than 80% in trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Experts said the vaccine was a game-changer and would reduce the “terrible toll wrought by typhoid”.
The success of vaccine poses a moral question: Does it behove the concerned agency to try new anti-virus drug on people? It entails a dark facet of story that the West continues to biologically experiment on Nepal and Nepalis ranging from soil to plants to humans.

 

 This particular scientific feat presents Nepalis as guinea pigs which have been part of biological experimentation since 17th century. They have used in the research primarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes, tuberculosis, scurvy (like humans, they must get vitamin C), and pregnancy complications, according to Wikipedia.

 

 BBC news report link: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50587608?fbclid=IwAR2vTrBNRk5d40FI0kIYhaf9dl_0HjRClTaAZ8075ac2O5u6msFjzD-y1yY

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