Weldon, Maloney introduce vaccine safety bill

April 30, 2007

The proposed bill would give responsibility for the nation's vaccine safety to an independent agency within the Department of Health & Human Services, removing most vaccine safety research from CDC.

Weldon, Maloney introduce vaccine safety billReps. Dave Weldon, M.D. (R, Fla.), and Carolyn Maloney (D, N.Y.) have introduced a bill that would give responsibility for the nation's vaccine safety to an independent agency within the Department of Health & Human Services, removing most vaccine safety research from CDC. The Vaccine Safety and Public Confidence Assurance Act of 2007 would create and equip an independent office to address, investigate, and head off potential vaccine safety problems. Rep. Weldon stated, "There's an enormous inherent conflict of interest within the CDC, and if we fail to move vaccine safety to a separate independent office, safety issues will remain a low priority and public confidence in vaccines will continue to erode."

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