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Decrying CIA Vaccination Sham, Health Workers Brace for Backlash

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Science  22 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6041, pp. 395
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6041.395

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Each year in Pakistan, 150,000 children die of diseases that are preventable by vaccines. And with its inhospitable terrain, continuing conflict, and widespread suspicion of the West, Pakistan has been a tough place for international health workers to deliver services. Now global health experts worry that the situation may become even more difficult, following a sham vaccination campaign set up in Abbottabad by the CIA. The campaign was a front for an effort to collect DNA from Osama bin Laden's children to verify the family's presence there before Navy SEALS stormed the compound on 1 May.