Animal testing

Bob Marshall: The perilous quest to fast-track a Covid-19 vaccine

To address the COVID-19 epidemic governments are considering mandatory vaccination of every person in the world with fast-tracked, never-before-approved vaccines that can alter genes; vaccines using tissue from aborted children and vaccines developed without animal testing prior to human trials. A 1972 Science magazine editorial cautioned that mass immunization campaigns can produce significant irreversible harm if a vaccine became contaminated with an unrecognized agent such as a cancer-causing virus. Rushing to produce a Covid-19 vaccine could have similar effects.

What Animal-Rights Activists Forget

John Fund, National Review

Some animal-research programs do fail, but it’s very hard to predict which one will in advance. What we do know is that the measles vaccine was one of the big successes that resulted from research on animals. The smallpox vaccine was perfected using research on cows. And the polio vaccine was built on research on monkeys and mice. The fair and humane treatment of animals is a highly worthy goal, but it must not become tangled up with extremist ideologies that would lead to more suffering than the pain they are trying to prevent.