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article imageNo decision yet if WHO & big pharma 'faked' the H1N1 pandemic

By Stephanie Dearing     Feb 5, 2010 in Health
Did the World Health Organization (WHO) join hands with big pharmaceutical companies to manufacture a pandemic? That was the question asked at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) near the end of January.
Strasbourg, France - The hearing was held on January 26th in France in front of PACE's Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee. A decision from the Committee was to be issued on January 29th, but the report is now overdue. Word from cyberspace is that people should expect the report to be suppressed.
The hearing came about after Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg alleged the swine flu pandemic was a "fake pandemic," manufactured by the WHO and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Wodarg charged that the WHO used a new definition of pandemic in 2009 which "... made it possible to transform a relatively mild flu into a worldwide pandemic, to implement relevant plans, which allowed pharmaceutical companies to transform their contracts with many governments all over the world into cash." Wodarg also testified "It looks like the WHO is under the influence of industry. It was stated in panic-stricken terms that this was a flu that could threaten humanity. This is why billions of medications were bought."
Dr. Keiji Fukuda, representing the WHO, spoke in defence of the organization, although he did admit that the WHO had changed the pandemic definition, saying "WHO took decisive actions in accordance with the International Health Regulations but did not announce the start of a pandemic until 11 June 2009 when the updated pandemic criteria were met." Fukuda downplayed the mildness of the H1N1 outbreak, saying "We often see the number of [H1N1] deaths compared with figures from seasonal influenza. The is comparing apples with oranges. Deaths from seasonal influenza are based on statistical models. Deaths from the pandemic have been confirmed one by one through laboratory tests and unquestionably are much lower than the true number. It usually takes about 1 to two years after the end of a pandemic to get more realistic estimates of deaths using statistical modelling." Fukuda went on to say that the idea that pharmaceutical companies had influenced the decision to declare a pandemic was nonsense.
At the root of the issue is the definition of a pandemic. The WHO changed the definition of a pandemic in May 2009. The WHO claims the timing of the change was only coincidental, not deliberate. Wodarg said the previous definition, "... used by the German health authorities in May 2007, reads as follows: “An influenza pandemic is a worldwide epidemic caused by a new strain of virus which leads to infection rates and mortality rates which exceed seasonal but similarly heavy waves of influenza by several orders of magnitude. A precondition for an influenza pandemic is the appearance of a viral subtype which had not yet circulated amongst the human population or which had occurred so long ago that no residual immunity remains amongst the population, and which is capable of provoking severe illness and of disseminating effectively from one human to another.”
According to Dr. Ulrich Keil, the H1N1 was not a new virus at all, which runs contrary to the WHO pandemic definition. Keil noted "Interestingly, the binding and far reaching contracts with the vaccine manufacturer for Europe, Glaxo Smith Kline were signed already in 2007 after a new pandemic mock-up vaccine had been licensed." Keil concluded by reminding the Committee hearing that there are many deadly diseases: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are presently witnessing a gigantic mis-allocation of resources in public health. While we know from the burden of disease study by Murray and Lopez and from the World Health Organization`s European Health Report 2005 that the great killers in terms of risk factors are
1. Hypertension
2. Smoking
3. High Cholesterol ... "
The Hearing also heard testimony from Dr. Luc Hessel, representing European Vaccine Manufacturers (EVM). From the start, it was clear the EVM was displeased with the accusations of unfairly profiting from the "pandemic," and influencing the WHO. Hessel testified "EVM rejects the accusations of inappropriate behaviour of vaccine manufacturers in their response to health authorities in their fight against the H1N1 2009 pandemic."
And how much did the big pharmaceuticals make selling H1N1 vaccine? It is anticipated that Baxter will post a $30 million profit from the swine flu vaccine. Swiss-based Novartis posted revenues of $2.3 billion for it's 4th quarter of 2009 -- largely because of the H1N1 vaccine. In the United States, it wasn't just big pharmacies making money -- physicians profited as well. Other vaccine manufacturers raked in healthy profits with the H1N1 vaccine. Baxter and Novartis, amongst other pharmaceutical companies, were represented at the hearing by Hessel.
Danish reporters had discovered that some members who advised the WHO on the H1N1 virus were in receipt of funds from pharmaceuticals companies. A special H1N1 ad hoc advisory committee met in May 2009 to discuss the progress of H1N1 vaccines, one month before the pandemic was declared.
A similar case came to the attention of the public in the United Kingdom when the Daily Mail reported one of Britain's swine flu advisers was also a well-paid Director on Glaxo-Smith-Kline's board.
The PACE hearing was not a trial, and the report, if it is ever issued, might be used for a debate later this year. It is anybody's guess as to what might follow, as the accusations against the WHO and pharmaceutical companies are so big. There may be lawsuits going back and forth. There might also be an examination of how the WHO functions. There may only be dead silence. Only time will tell.
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