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Poland: bird flu vaccine scam

Three doctors and six nurses accused of having tested a vaccine against bird flu on nearly 200 patients without their knowledge went on trial in northern Poland.

The accused health workers have been charged with "fraud, creating false documents and delivering health care without authorisation" to 196 patients, according to judge Piotr Szadkowski of the Torun region.

All nine accused pleaded not guilty, however, if found guilty each health worker could be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.

It has been reported that the medical personnel are charged with administering a vaccine banned in Poland against the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that can be transmitted to humans. Further reports state that the patients were paid for the vaccines.

They allegedly led their patients, many of them poor and homeless, to believe they were being vaccinated against ordinary flu.

Source: Yahoo News

Natalie Berkhout

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