Take action: NHS lies about Cuba

Rock around the Blockade has launched a campaign to expose the lie by the NHS, British media and politicians that Britain will be the first country in the world to introduce a national and publicly funded vaccination against Meningitis B. Cuba has provided this protection to its population for nearly 30 years - and was the first country in the world to do so. While Britain's Meningitis B vaccination programme is to be applauded, the censorship of Cuba's pioneering role must be challenged.

NHS

The NHS choices website is claiming that England is now the 'first country in the world to offer a national and publically funded Men B vaccination programme' This is a bareface lie. 25 years ago, Cuba introduced a vaccine appropriate for the local strain of the Meningitis B. The vaccine VA-MENGOC-BC administered in Cuba since 1989 has been shown to be a safe and effective vaccine for controlling epidemic outbreaks provoked by Neisseria meningitidis of serogroups B and C. This is corroborated by the more than 55 million doses administered and the licensing of the vaccine in 15 countries. The Meningitis B vaccine has since been part of a national vaccine programme for children. 

Here is a link to Cuba’s national immunisation programme from 2007 where you can clearly see Meningitis B is routine. Below is a video interview with Dr Campa Huergo, from Cuba's Finlay Institute, who created the Meningitis B vaccine in the 1980s.

This has been pointed out to Kathryn Bingham, the editor of the NHS Choices website, however she is refusing to correct the article.

Complain about this scandalous fraudulent claim using the template letter below:

Dear Kathryn Bingham - editor of NHS choices website

Your article claims that England is the first country in the world to offer a national and publicly funded Meningitis B vaccination programme. This is incorrect as 25 years ago, Cuba introduced a vaccine appropriate for the local strain of the Meningitis B. The vaccine VA-MENGOC-BC administered in Cuba since 1989 has been shown to be a safe and effective vaccine for controlling epidemic outbreaks provoked by Neisseria meningitidis of serogroups B and C. This is corroborated by the more than 55 million doses administered and the licensing of the vaccine in 15 countries. The Meningitis B vaccine has since been part of a national vaccine programme for children. Your article  is erroneous and needs to be edited immediately. Cuba will always remain the first country to introduce a Meningitis B vaccine, part of the publicly-funded national programme.

Here is a link to Cuba’s national immunisation programme from 2007 where you can clearly see Meningitis B is routine.

We welcome seeing the corrected article. 

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