Sligo Deputy calls on Health Minister, Taoiseach and Chief Medical Officer to publicly disclose what’s known about the Pandemrix ‘flu vaccine

The vaccine was administered in Ireland in 2011 when ‘other EU countries had launched investigations into it and potential links to narcolepsy.’

‘There are serious questions to answer here.’

Sligo News File.

A TD is demanding clarification surrounding what he has described as the “Pandemrix controversy.”

Marc MacSharry TD

Fianna Fail Deputy Marc MacSharry said the biological preparation “was administered in Ireland in January 2011 as a stopgap for the normal winter flu vaccine.” At the time, however, “other EU countries had launched investigations into the drug and potential links to the sleep disorder narcolepsy.”

He said:

“There are serious questions to answer here.

“Despite my raising this issue in the Dáil only last month, the answers remain outstanding.

“The fact that the vaccine was recalled, only weeks after it was reissued in January 2011, has never been explained.

“Neither the Minister for Health, the Taoiseach or the Chief Medical Officer has offered any clarification.”

“Photo calls and crisis commentary are no longer acceptable when the culture of deny, delay and defend is clearly the most common denominator in the mission of those charged with responsibility for patients’ lives.”

Stating that “the time had come for answers” he was now calling on the Health Minister, Taoiseach and the Chief Medical Officer “to clarify what was known and when.

“It’s over 7 years since this drug was administered, at a time when investigations were underway in other EU countries.

“Silence is no longer acceptable – we need answers,” he said.