This article from Maria Minno brings to mind many warnings about the push to vaccinate against the flu from our correspondent Ted LaCombe:
The finger is being pointed directly at the World Health Organisation, which stands accused of announcing ‘a false pandemic’; in June last year.
Critics now claim that the drug companies manipulated the WHO into downgrading its criteria for a pandemic so they could cash in on an outbreak.
It is alleged that they were desperate to recoup costs, having invested some £2.5 billion developing vaccines to deal with the bird flu pandemic in 2007, which, as it transpired, never happened.
These accusations form the basis of an inquiry being conducted by the Strasbourg-based human-rights group, the Council of Europe.
Labour MP Paul Flynn believes the questions raised are legitimate ones: ‘We need to know who is making the assessment of risk. Is it based on rational, independent epidemiological evidence, or is it influenced by the pharmaceutical industry for their own purposes?
‘The main concern is that the drugs companies and the vaccine manufacturers have their tentacles in every area where decisions are taken – that includes the WHO, governments, civil service, and even charities.
‘The overwhelming view now,’ says Flynn, ‘is that the scare was grossly exaggerated.’
In all, it is estimated that the companies behind the vaccines and anti-virals will scoop a £4 billion windfall from the pandemic.