Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Smith Has Facts Wrong On Cholera Vaccine

8 August 2001 Media Statement

Nick Smith should get his facts straight regarding the access of New Zealanders travelling overseas to the Orochol Berna vaccine, Minister for the Environment Marian Hobbs said today.

"Throughout the period of the voluntary moratorium Orochol Berna was made available to GPs to prescribe for those travelling to cholera endemic countries." Marian Hobbs said.

Orochol Berna contains live genetically modified bacteria. A request to allow an application to be made to ERMA for approval to release Orochol Berna was turned down by the government because of the voluntary moratorium.

"However the government took a common sense decision to allow emergency supplies of the Orochol Berna vaccine to be made available until an alternative was found. That alternative, Dukoral, has recently become available in New Zealand.

"The safety of New Zealanders travelling to cholera effected countries has and is being protected. Medsafe has advised it is rare to vaccinate for cholera but if a person travelling to a suspect area wants to be vaccinated then vaccine is available. Dr Smith is simply scaremongering."

The government will make an announcement about the future of the voluntary moratorium before 31 August.

"Through the moratorium the government has built up the trust of a wide range of groups. We made a commitment that the moratorium would last until 31 August and we will stick to that." Ms Hobbs said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election