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CIA criticised for using fake vaccinations to trap Bin Laden

Medecins Sans Frontieres has said setting up a fake vaccination programme threatened life-saving immunisation work around the world.

The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was found and killed.
The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was found and killed.
Image: Aqeel Ahmed/AP/Press Association Images

THE CIA HAS been criticised by an international charity for setting up a fake vaccination programme in order to trap Osama Bin Laden.

The Guardian reports today that Médecins Sans Frontières believes this threatened immunisation work around the world.

It described the ploy as “a grave manipulation of the medical act”.

The Guardian revealed this week that the CIA set up a vaccination drive for Hepatitis B in Abbottabad in northern Pakistan to try and discover if Bin Laden was living there.

It obtained DNA samples from those living there under the guise of delivering a vaccination programme to people living in the town.

The vaccinations were real but procedures were not followed properly, the paper said.

MSF said this could lead to people questioning “the true motivation of medical workers and humanitarian aid” and may mean that basic healthcare does not reach those who need it most.

Read more in today’s Guardian newspaper>

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