WHO scandal: paid swine flu panic?

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Have WHO authors of the pandemic guidelines been on the pharmaceutical companies' payroll? According to British journalists, at least three scientists are on the "GlaxoSmithKline" and "Roche" payrolls. Did these payments make swine flu hysteria at all possible?

(06/05/2010) What British journalists have found out could develop into one of the greatest scandals in recent years. Many critical journalists and citizens had suspected it for a long time: Was the swine flu panic paid by the influential pharmaceutical lobby in order to be able to sell vaccines better?

In 2004, the World Health Organization "WHO" published guidelines on how countries should prevent a pandemic and act accordingly. These WHO guidelines have resulted in tens of billions of euros being spent on vaccines and medicines. These medicines should prevent a swine flu pandemic. Ultimately, the swine flu H1N1 turned out to be harmless in contrast to the seasonal flu wave.

According to an investigation by the specialist magazine "British Medical Journal" and the British journalists' association "Bureau of Investigative Journalism", WHO authors of the pandemic guidelines were paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. At least three WHO scientists were on the payrolls of the pharmaceutical companies "GlaxoSmithKline" and "Roche". Both groups benefited considerably from the sale of the medicines "Tamiflu" and "Relenza", which were used and "stored up for swine flu control".

According to estimates by Munich epidemiologist Ulrich Keil, the Federal Republic of Germany has spent around one billion euros on vaccines and medicines. Germany ordered 50 million doses of vaccine, of which very few were actually used. Huge pharmaceutical reserves were also built up in Great Britain, which cost the English taxpayer around 1.2 billion euros. And all for a swine flu pandemic that never really broke out. The vaccines are now unused in government reserves and the pharmaceutical industry has made huge profits. Governments worldwide have reserved drugs and vaccines worth 5.8 billion euros from pharmaceutical companies.

Again and again panic reports were published in the press that the "upcoming swine flu" could kill tens of millions. Ultimately, around 18,000 people died of swine flu worldwide, although it is still unclear with these numbers whether all of the deceased were actually infected with the H1N1 virus. For comparison: According to the Berlin virologist Detlev H. Krüger, around 20,000 people die of "normal" flu each year in Germany. A few months ago, numerous doctors and health experts accused Margaret Chan of misjudging the situation. The recent scandal, if it should actually turn out to be truth, underlines this criticism in particular. (sb)

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