November 18th 2008, 15:48
Eighteen months ago and amid enormous fanfare, pharmaceutical giant Merck announced that it had produced the first vaccine against cancer. Gardasil would fight against the human papillomavirus that caused cervical cancer and the target would be *** girls, who would be protected before they have sex.
The launch of Gardasil has been so successful that one in four teenagers in America has already been given the jab, and countrywide vaccination programmes have been launched in the UK, Canada, Australia and other countries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that 30 million American girls and women aged 11-26 be vaccinated.