White House bonds CIA will not use vaccine programs

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WASHINGTON: On Monday, The White House promised that the CIA will not use immunization programs for its operations backing a complaint that the spy agency used such a campaign in its hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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The deans of 12 public health schools had complained about a reported vaccination program carried by Dr Shakil Afridi, who used a hepatitis immunization survey in Abbottabad where bin Laden was later wiped out in a secret US mission.

Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said Obama homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco had assured the deans in a letter that CIA policy as of August 2013 makes clear “the CIA will make no functional purpose of vaccination programs, which includes vaccination workers.”

“Similarly, the office will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs.

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