'Oxford University academics gave African babies a new TB vaccine linked to the deaths of monkeys in tests.
Nearly 1,400 infants were given the experimental jab even though five of six primates involved in a trial died.
An information sheet given to the parents of the babies in 2009 said the vaccine had been tested on animals and was ‘shown to be safe and effective’. But it did not mention the failed monkey trial.
The details, published last night after an investigation by the British Medical Journal, prompted calls for a tightening of rules governing the way animal research is reported. Oxford researchers were accused of ‘cherry picking’ their scientific evidence.
The babies, from South Africa, were not harmed by the jab – called MVA85A – but it did nothing to protect them against tuberculosis.
Oxford, which later dropped the vaccine, insists it provided the results of the monkey study to regulators in the UK, the US and South Africa before the infant trial began. It had shown no safety issues in four other animal studies – in mice, guinea pigs and other monkeys.'
Read more: Oxford scientists gave 1,400 South African babies a new tuberculosis vaccine even though it had killed five monkeys during tests
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