Coalition for Vaccine Safety calls for congressional hearings

In a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of House and Senate Committees charged with oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services, a new coalition is calling for hearings to investigate HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies for what it describes as a failure to fully address issues of vaccine safety.

The Coalition for Vaccine Safety says it comprises organizations representing more than 75,000 families dedicated to vaccine safety. It formed in February to address its concerns about what it calls insufficient vaccine safety science.

The coalition's members include the National Autism Association, Autism One, Autism Action Network, Generation Rescue, Talk About Curing Autism, Unlocking Autism and SafeMinds.

In its letter dated Feb. 27, the coalition says it is concerned about “insufficient and flawed data knowingly and willing used by government entities to reach conclusions that science dictates simply cannot be reached; conflicts of interest of individuals and government agencies involved in vaccine safety research; and ignored statements from experts regarding the un-answered question of a link between thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines and autism.”

The Coalition for Vaccine Safety urged Congress to review government agencies’ actions with regard to the Mandate for Safer Vaccines in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act.