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Submission of "Refutation of GACVS (Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) statement on Safety of HPV vaccine on December17, 2015"

2016-11-02

Medwatcher Japan submitted " Refutation of GACVS (Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) statement on Safety of HPV vaccine on December17, 2015" to WHO on November 2, 2016.

Medwatcher Japan firmly rejects as flawed and totally unacceptable the Committee°«s °»Statement on Safety of HPV Vaccines: 17 December 2015°….

The GACVS statement not only exhibits an incorrect understanding of the situation in Japan but also reveals a mistaken assessment of the risk-benefit balance of this vaccine.

Moreover, the WHO has clearly overstepped its mandate by publically criticizing Japan°«s policy decision to withdraw active support for HPV vaccination, and by mischaracterizing that decision as being based on °»weak evidence°ńthat can result in real harm°…. This attempt to coerce Japan, in the public arena, into adopting a fundamentally flawed and misguided vaccination policy goes against the very fundamentals of national health policy-making-;namely that appropriate preventive measures should be established by each individual country taking into account the state of disease prevalence, hygienic environment, education, and economic status in that country.

Refutation of the Committee°«s statement is detailed in the following document with respect to AE reporting, data collection and analysis, composition of the National Expert Committee, the Genetic basis of autoimmunity, and correct understanding of relative risk reduction (RRR) versus actual risk reduction (ARR).

Medwatcher Japan strongly urges the members of GACVS to refrain from making coercive statements about Japan°«s national health policy-making and to reconsider the safety of HPV vaccines after actually conducting their own investigation into the symptoms following HPV vaccination.

(Please see the full text below.)