More than 140 nations have agreed on the first legally binding treaty to curb mercury pollution. The only problem is it does little or nothing to set meaningful controls and reductions on a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted including that inside vaccines which we inject into human beings.
Delegates at UN talks in Geneva approved measures to control the use of the highly toxic metal, which is widely used in chemical production and small-scale mining, in order to limit mercury emissions.
The executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, said: “To agree on global targets is not easy to do. There was no delegation here that wished to leave Geneva without drafting a treaty.”
The fact that this topic is even being debated at an international level gives a clear direction on the completely misguided approach to reduce mercury to any effective level. A logical directive would involve banning this toxic substance from any contact with populations, not trying to minimize its emissions and especially not justifying the use in vaccines at ANY level.
In 2011 a third session of an intergovernmental negotiating committee met to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury. On discussing the health effects of exposure to mercury they concluded:
“Thiomersal, which is used as a preservative in some vaccines and other medical products, contains ethylmercury. The half-life of ethylmercury is six days compared with 40-50 days for methylmercury. Ethylmercury is actively excreted into the intestinal tract and not accumulated in the body. It rapidly converts to inorganic mercury, which is less toxic to the brain than ethylmercury or methylmercury. In the light of the nature of ethylmercury and the amounts found in thiomersal, WHO concludes in its report (set out in annex I) that “there is no evidence that suggest a possible health hazard with the amounts of thiomersal currently used, in particular no developmental nor neurological defects have been related to the use of this compound.”