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Monday, January 7, 2013

As Featured in 'Zero Dark Thirty' (Without the Deadly Aftermath)

From NYT tonight (much more here):  "The deans of the nation’s top public health schools sent a letter to President Obama on Monday condemning the CIA’s use of a vaccination campaign ruse in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. The letter was signed by deans at Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and nine other universities. The C.I.A. has admitted hiring a Pakistani doctor to give out hepatitis B vaccine, apparently in an effort to get DNA samples from the compound that it suspected was Bin Laden’s hide-out.

"That has caused a severe backlash against vaccination in Pakistan. Nine polio vaccinators have been shot dead, and the effort to fight polio there was halted for weeks. Deaths from measles also soared in 2012, to 306 from 64 the year before. Resistance to measles vaccine in the populous Sindh province was blamed."

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