“H1N1 caused worldwide concern but later the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised concern. Many countries including Germany, Italy, France and UK concluded secret agreements with pharmaceutical companies before the swine flu incident which obliged them to purchase swine flu vaccinations but only if the WHO issued a pandemic level 6 alert.
Shortly before the outbreak of H1N1, the definition of pandemic was changed and global guidelines modified.
Glaxo, Novartis, Sanofi all launched new production programmes to make the vaccine for this pandemic. They all made agreements with nation-states. Since they had invested so much in this but couldn’t sell this vaccine because there was no pandemic and no sign of a flu outbreak so they fabricated a pandemic.
If you’ve been diagnosed with probable or presumed 2009 H1N1, the odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all.”
Reference: Al Jazeera
On April 26, 2009, public health officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security held a press conference and declared a national public health emergency. The declaration came in response to the identification of a new novel Influenza A (H1N1) “swine flu” virus (a combination of swine, bird and human influenza viruses) that was making people sick and causing deaths in Mexico. By June 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the global influenza pandemic alert to the highest Phase 6 level.
WHO: 2009 swine flu pandemic
In 2007, the WHO organized work on pandemic influenza vaccine development through clinical trials in collaboration with many experts and health officials. A pandemic involving the H1N1 influenza virus was declared by the then Director-General Margaret Chan in April 2009.[Source: CIDRAP] Margret Chan declared in 2010 that the H1N1 has moved into the post-pandemic period.[Source: WHO]
By the post-pandemic period, critics claimed the WHO had exaggerated the danger, spreading “fear and confusion” rather than “immediate information”. Industry experts countered that the 2009 pandemic had led to “unprecedented collaboration between global health authorities, scientists and manufacturers, resulting in the most comprehensive pandemic response ever undertaken, with a number of vaccines approved for use three months after the pandemic declaration. This response was only possible because of the extensive preparations undertaken during the last decade”. [Source: EVM-Vaccines]
“The tobacco industry founded institutes and bought scientists who would represent their position and they made sure their own names didn’t appear anywhere,” says former secretary of health of Switzerland, Thomas Zeltner. “So the organizations were called things that wouldn’t make you suspect they were really representing the tobacco industry.”
Scientists and other important figures within these institutes would often have links to both tobacco giants and the WHO, simultaneously. One example was a toxicologist who served as a consultant for the WHO in the prime of the tobacco movement, while on the payroll of an institute funded by multinational tobacco and cigarette manufacturer, Philip Morris.
The trigger-point for the agreements was a pandemic alert issued by the WHO in 2009.
In the first quarter after the alert, France’s largest drugmaker reported a whopping $1.95bn (1.71bn euro) profit annual increase. The flu, however, did not live up to its deadly reputation. In Germany, 258 people died in the flu’s first year of the outbreak – a figure far fewer than deaths caused by a ‘normal’ flu outbreak.
While the WHO blamed its extravagant $18bn swine flu budget on being overly cautious, others were, and remain, skeptical.
“At the time of the swine flu outbreak, I was WHO general-secretary in the Department of Public Health, Intellectual Property and Medication. Nobody there was afraid,” says German Velasquez, who currently works with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
“I didn’t know anyone at the WHO who had himself vaccinated, including the director-general, who told journalists in response to their questions that she hadn’t had time but would get herself vaccinated later.” Wolfgang Wodarg, former delegate to the European Council, enforces the scenario of uncertainty and veiled truths, saying WHO personnel often turn a blind eye to the realities of certain situations in exchange for funding.
“The WHO officials have no idea about such things. They have to depend on scientists. And the scientists are allocated to them by the countries and by the organisations that finance the WHO. And many of them gave advice and made decisions that benefited the pharmaceutical industry,” says Wodarg.
Source: Al Jazeera
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