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Counterterrorism policies and practices: health and values at stake

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used a fake vaccination programme to obtain DNA samples in the search for Osama Bin Laden, which caused distrust and hampered polio eradication and other public health efforts in Pakistan. The Obama administration’s vow that the CIA will never again exploit a vaccination programme in its counterterrorism efforts therefore came as welcome news to global health and humanitarian communities.
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