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Nine health workers went on trial in northern Poland Monday accused of having tested a vaccine against bird flu on nearly 200 patients without their knowledge, court officials said. The accused -- three doctors and six nurses -- are charged with "fraud, creating false documents and delivering health care without authorisation" to 196 patients, judge Piotr Szadkowski of the Torun region told AFP.
If found guilty, they risk up to 10 years in jail. All nine accused, some reportedly clad in wigs and sun glasses to avoid being identified, pleaded not guilty.
The medical personnel are charged with administering a vaccine banned in Poland against the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that can be transmitted to humans. The patients were paid for the vaccines, Polish news agency PAP reported.
Originally posted by MemoryShock
I'm wondering if there was a valid point in testing the vaccine on them if there were no plans to intentionally infect them with the bird flu...