SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – CoMeD – On Friday, July 22, 2011, the United Nations Environment Programme  (UNEP) distributed a revised text for its comprehensive global treaty on mercury . Advocates for mercury-free drugs were gratified to see pharmaceuticals listed in "Annex C (Mercury-added product not allowed)" of the proposed treaty.
The Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD)  helped initiate this addition through its advocacy efforts at the United Nations (UN) negotiations held in Chiba, Japan, in January 2011 . CoMeD President Rev. Lisa Sykes, the mother of a son diagnosed with vaccine-related mercury poisoning, described to representatives of over 150 participating nations how : "... unnecessarily injecting mercury into pregnant women and children, as part of a vaccine or other drug, is an ongoing and often unrecognized crisis."
Thimerosal (49.6% mercury by weight),
still used as a vaccine preservative and in-process sterilizing
agent , is an unnecessary, and sometimes undisclosed, component
in many vaccines. Its use is associated with neurodevelopmental
disorders , cancer , birth def