Mercury Laden Vaccines Exempted From Mercury Treaty
Posted Jan 01 2013 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics has won the fight to keep mercury in vaccines exported around the globe. The AAP has all but disavowed the 1999 decision to remove mercury from pediatric vaccinations as stated inBan on Thimerosal in Draft Treaty on Mercury: Why the AAP's Position in 2012 Is So Important Louis Z. Cooper, MD ,FAAPa and Samuel L. Katz, MD, FAAPb "Had the AAP (and, we suspect, the USPHS) known what research has
revealed in the intervening 14 years, it is inconceivable
to us that these organizations would have made the
joint statement of July 7, 1999. The World Health Organization
to delete the ban on thimerosal must be heeded or it
will cause tremendous damage to current programs to protect all children
from death and disability caused by
A global treaty to reduce toxic mercury in the environment has been
completed and will be presented to countries for their ratification as
part of a worldwide bid to control and reduce ways in which mercury is
used, released or emitted.
Negotiations on the Minamata
Convention on Mercury, named for the Japanese city that suffered severe
mercury poisoning in the 1950s, finished in Switzerland on Saturday.
in the world stands to benefit from the decisions taken this week in
Geneva — in particular, the workers and families of small-scale gold
miners, the peoples of the Arctic, and this generation of mothers and
babies and the generations to come,” said Achim Steiner , United Nations undersecretary-general and executive director of the United Nations Environment Program , which facilitated the meeting of delegates from 140 member states.
treaty says that certain mercury-added products, such as batteries,
lamps, switches, skin-lightening cosmetics, pesticides and
thermometers, may not be manufactured, imported or exported any later
than 2020. Mercury-added dental amalgams are also to be phased out.
certain mercury-added products are to be exempted from the ban,
including those used for military and civil protection, products with no
mercury-free alternative, products used in religious or traditional
practices, and vaccines containing thimerosal, an ethylmercury