(10-4-12) Leading World Bank Demographer: Vaccination Campaigns Part Of Population Reduction Policy
On October 2nd a retired demographer at the World Bank admitted that vaccination campaigns are an integral part of the World Bank’s population policies. John F. May, the Bank’s leading demographer from 1992 to 2012, told the French web journal Sens Public (and in turn transcribed by the think-tank May works for) that vaccination campaigns, especially in so-called "high-fertility countries", are means to achieve population reduction in those countries. May:
"The means used to implement population policies are 'policy levers' or targeted actions such as vaccination campaigns or family planning to change certain key variables."
Defining "population policy" as "a set of interventions implemented by government officials to better manage demographic variables and to try to attune population changes (number, structure by age and breakdown) to the country's development aspirations", May continues to explain that the World Bank is taking up the lead role in achieving general population reduction.