Australia is setting up to release a GMO Cholera vaccine using aerosol (aerial) spray. I am pretty sure this isn’t going to end up being a good idea. We have enough vaccines as is; we certainly don’t need them in reigning down from the heavens.
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is on its way to approving a licence application from PaxVax Australia (PaxVax) for the intentional release of a GMO vaccine consisting of live bacteria into the environment in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.
According to the regulator, it qualifies as a limited and controlled release under section 50A of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act).
PaxVax is seeking approval to conduct the clinical trial of a genetically modified live bacterial vaccine against cholera. Once underway the trial is expected to be completed within one year, with trial sites selected from local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. PaxVax has proposed a number of control measures they say will restrict the spread and persistence of the GM vaccine and its introduced genetic material, however there is always a possibility of these restrictions failing and infecting wildlife and ecosystems.
This isn’t the first time aerial sprays have been deployed. They’ve been used in the United States via planes and helicopters dropping plastic packets. Sanofi has an aerial vaccine called Raboral which has been dumped over wildlife. The problem here is that Raboral is poisonous to people.
Aerial vaccines are used in the United States directed towards animals by the use of plastic packets dropped by planes or helicopters. Sanofi (who is one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world) has subsidiary companies such as Merial Limited who manufacture Raboral, an oral live-virus poisonous to humans yet distributed wildlife in the masses. (source)