HC Deb 10 March 1931 vol 249 c998W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that supplies of the Calmette vaccine against tuberculosis are to be given to medical practitioners in this country; who is to be held responsible for the distribution of this vaccine; and whether, in view of the fact that last May this vaccine was given to 253 children in Lübeck, Germany, with the result that 73 deaths occurred and 174 were made seriously ill, he will consider issuing a warning of the dangers attending its use to the members of the British medical profession?


I have no information as to the distribution of Calmette vaccine to medical practitioners in this country, and I should be obliged for any particulars that my hon. Friend can give me. As stated in the reply to a question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Freeman) on 17th February, it is not considered that the deaths at Lübeck were traceable to the original B.C.G. cultures, and, as particulars of these deaths and reports of the subsequent inquiries and upon the use of B.C.G. generally have appeared in the medical Press, I do not think that any further action is necessary to bring the matter to the notice of members of the medical profession in this country.