Canada Fesses Up

Via BBC: Canada Red Cross used HIV blood.

The Red Cross in Canada has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated blood supplies which infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and hepatitis C.

More than 3,000 people have died since getting the tainted blood in the 1980s.

The blood scandal is widely regarded as one of the worst public health disasters in Canadian history.

The organisation now faces a fine of up to C$5,000 ($4,000), but charges of criminal negligence could be dropped as part of a deal with prosecutors.

For the first time, the head of the Canadian Red Cross, Dr Pierre Duplessis, has apologised to the victims and their families.

Wait a minute. The Red Cross knowingly distributes HIV blood and they pay a fine of US $4,000? Shouldn’t that be somewhere in the ballpark of $4,000,000, or better yet, $40,000,000? What kind of lesson is learned by slapping a nominal fine on an organization who has been putting out tainted blood for nearly 25 years?

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