Doctor Questions Anthrax Vaccine Safety

Dr. Meryl Nass says the vaccine was tested only on monkees, not humans and it was never properly licensed as required by the FDA.

Nass is testifying for the defense in Captain John Buck's court martial. Buck is charged with dis-obeying an order last October to take the vaccine. Nass says as of 1996, there is no data to show whether the vaccine causes cancer or impairs fertility. Nass testified "women service members are at a time in their lives when they are likely to conceive and give birth. A number of them have contacted me about miscarriages and birth defects. I have grave concerns that the vaccine contributes to that but there is no data and this is something that needs to be considered when giving mass immunizations."

Buck's attorneys began presenting nearly 50 documents today that they say are the key to their case. "Because in those documents you find what the real Army position was on the anthrax vaccine. Well we think that those documents show that the anthrax vaccine is not as safe as the DOD has said it is," says attorney Frank Spinner. Keesler's chief of military justice disagrees...saying the DOD has conducted 13 safety studies. The hearing continues Wednesday morning.

If Captain Buck is found guilty of disobeying an order, he could be kicked out of the military and sentenced to five years in prison.