Sweden’s Different Response to COVID-19 Based on Mutual Respect and Trust

Sweden’s Different Response to COVID-19 Based on Mutual Respect and Trust

Story Highlights Unlike most other countries, Sweden has not enforced nationwide lockdowns and home quarantines to combat the spread of COVID-19, instead relying on individual citizens to voluntarily follow the government’s suggested guidelines for social distancing to protect the vulnerable. So far, both the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are higher in Sweden than […]

HPV Vaccine Mandated for All 10-Year-Old Girls in Costa Rica

HPV Vaccine Mandated for All 10-Year-Old Girls in Costa Rica

In October 2017, the government of Costa Rica added the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to the country’s national vaccination program. The decision to do so was based on the recommendation of the Costa Rican Ministry of Health’s National Commission on Vaccination and Epidemiology (CNVE), which is the Costa Rican government’s equivalent of the U.S. Centers […]

Italy May Repeal Proof of Vaccination Requirement

Italy May Repeal Proof of Vaccination Requirement

An amendment has been introduced in the Italian Senate’s health committee that would eliminate he country’s requirement for proof of vaccination for children starting school. The amendment is expected to pass the senate committee within the week and will then move to the parliament for a vote. Over the last few years, Italy’s vaccination laws […]

Argentina’s New Vaccine Law is a Blueprint for American Real ID

Argentina’s New Vaccine Law is a Blueprint for American Real ID

Colombian law 1626 was introduced in 2013. Bureaucratic language approved by a handful of senators established that HPV vaccination was “free and mandatory.” What followed was widespread injuries to girls1 who received an HPV shot which was never safety tested against a saline placebo2 and includes a scientifically problematic and controversial aluminum adjuvant.3 The authorities and health officials in the […]

India High Court Halts Mandatory Measles-Rubella Vaccinations for Children

India High Court Halts Mandatory Measles-Rubella Vaccinations for Children

The Delhi government in India issued a notice on Dec. 19, 2018 making the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine mandatory for students between the ages of nine months and 15 years old without the consent of student or their parents.1 Parents received an email from the schools in Delhi informing them that all students would […]

Italy’s Health Minister Opposes Coercive Vaccine Policies

Italy’s Health Minister Opposes Coercive Vaccine Policies

On Dec. 4, 2018, Italy’s Minister of Health, physician Giulia Grillo, dismissed all 30 members of the Italian Ministry of Health’s health advisory board, the Consiglio Superiore di Sanità (CSS) or Higher Health Council. According to an article in Il Globo newspaper, “The CSS is the country’s most important committee of technical-scientific experts, who advise […]

Chinese Vaccine Maker Fined a Record $1.3 Billion

Chinese Vaccine Maker Fined a Record $1.3 Billion

The Chinese government has imposed a fine of more than $1.3 billion on a Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology Co. Ltd. of Jilin Sheng, China for manufacturing faulty rabies vaccines.1 The company was found to have falsified production and inspection data for 113,000 of its Vero cell-based human rabies vaccines.2 According to the AFP news service, food and drug […]

Children in Italy Now Can Attend School Without Proof of Vaccination

Children in Italy Now Can Attend School Without Proof of Vaccination

Families who marched in the streets for “Libera” (Freedom) last year, which helped elect a new government in Italy this year, were recently reassured by a top government official that parents will be not be forced to give their children vaccines as a condition of attending school.1 On July 5, 2018, Italy’s new health minister […]

Thousands March in Poland Against Forced Vaccination

Thousands March in Poland Against Forced Vaccination

Thousands of people in Warsaw, Poland marched in protest to forced vaccinations of children earlier this month in observation of International Vaccine Injury Awareness Day on June 3, 2018.1 2 Poland’s childhood vaccination schedule requires a total of 11 vaccinations, including vaccinations against tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio…

European Countries Move to Expand, Enforce Vaccine Mandates

European Countries Move to Expand, Enforce Vaccine Mandates

A number of countries—namely Italy, France and Romania—have passed legislation to expand vaccine mandates and punish families refusing to comply. Others, such as the U.K., do not have compulsory vaccination laws but parents are facing more pressure and disapproval from physicians and government health officials…