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Merck on the Run as Roundtable Increases Efforts Against HPV Mandates
February 21 2007

Rob Walgate, 440-572-1796

Columbus, Ohio - The battle against mandatory HPV inoculation is reaching critical mass, according the American Policy Roundtable. Late yesterday, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported Merck and Co. has agreed to cease aggressive lobbying for states to adopt a mandatory inoculation plan for all 11 and 12 year old school girls. Merck and Co. is the manufacturer of Gardasil, a vaccine that prevents several forms of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease. Merck stands to increase sales by billions from the mandatory inoculation plan.

“This is a major concession by Merck” stated David Zanotti, President and CEO of the American Policy Roundtable. “Their agenda has been exposed, and citizen resistance at the state level is rising in Texas, Ohio, Florida and other states. Several members of Congress are also on top of this story and moving to shut off federal funding for mandatory Gardasil inoculations.”

The Roundtable is urging citizens to stay vigilant at the state level. “This statement by Merck is just that – a statement” Zanotti added. “There are still a handful of Merck allies in state legislatures across the country that will keep pushing for the mandatory HPV inoculations, regardless of the huge opposition by medical professionals, legal experts and parents. It is imperative that citizens finish the task and send Merck and their allies a very clear message: Good vaccines are appreciated, but parents should have the final say on what is best for their children.”

The Roundtable is airing a continuing series on the HPV Mandates on its daily radio broadcast, The Public Square®. The Roundtable online Special Report “Mandatory HPV Vaccinations – Follow the Money Trail,” is being viewed by thousands of people daily at APRoundtable.org. The Roundtable is a non-profit, independent education and research organization founded in 1980. For more information, visit APRoundtable.org. For interviews and follow up, contact Mr. Rob Walgate, Vice-President of The American Policy Roundtable at 1.800.522.VOTE.