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Shipley MP Philip Davies backs meningitis B vaccine bid
An MP has thrown his weight behind a campaign to get a meningitis B vaccine introduced in the UK – paid for by cuts in overseas aid.
According to Health Protection Agency figures, 1,871 people have been diagnosed with meningococcal infections in Yorkshire and the Humber since 2000, with 60 per cent of cases in the last year affecting children under five.
Shipley MP Philip Davies said the decision body, the Joint Committee on Immunisations and Vaccinations, must re-think its opposition.
“Charity begins at home, and redirecting some of the funds earmarked for foreign aid to vaccines at home is a worthwhile endeavour,” he said.
The call comes ahead of a meeting this week with the immunisation committee.
Mr Davies added: “Without a doubt, the Government faces tremendous financial pressures, but it is imperative that Britain prioritise children’s health and safety over efforts to influence foreign governments and buy friends abroad.”