Five female health workers vaccinating children against polio have been shot dead in Pakistan in a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants. One victim was a 17-year-old schoolgirl volunteer.
… Pakistan, where there has been a severe backlash against immunisation for polio and other diseases since the CIA used a Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, to set up a fake vaccination programme as the agency closed in on the al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in his hiding place in the town of Abbottabad, in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, last year.
“What’s most ironic, these are children from the most under-served communities, the worst off, being used for political purposes,” she said. “This is one of the deepest tragedies.”
Those killed this week are among Pakistan’s 200,000 poorly paid local health workers, most of whom also provide such basic services as vitamin distribution.
Brilliant move, CIA. BRILLIANT.
IDEA: Why dont all the CIA officials who came up with/approved the idea of using vaccines as a ruse to find Osama bin Laden go out there and distribute polio vaccines?