August 2, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(5):352-353. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720050040020

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Charges Against B C G Vaccine Disproved  The fatalities and serious accidents that recently occurred in Lübeck in children inoculated with the B C G vaccine (the Calmette-Guérin bile vaccine) were deeply regretted throughout the world. As stated in a previous letter, when Calmette first heard of the accidents he suggested that they were doubtless due to technical errors in the manipulation of the cultures developed in the Lübeck laboratories. The inquiry instituted in Lübeck by the German authorities in the presence of representatives sent by the Pasteur Institute of Paris has established incontrovertibly that an assistant in the Lübeck laboratory inoculated the children by mistake with a culture of virulent tubercle bacilli in place of the vaccine. The Pasteur Institute has sent to the representatives of the press a concise statement of the facts in the case and has expressed the hope that the same publicity that was given

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