Monday, January 18, 2010

POLITICS Swine Flu: EU Parliament to Investigate WHO

The Council of Europe member states are to launch an inquiry in January 2010 on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on extent of the pharma industry’s influence on WHO, according to reports in the German media.

Wolfgang Wodarg , former SPD member of parliament, and chairman of the European parliament’s health committee, initiated the inquiry. The motion was passed unanimously by his colleagues in the European parliament‘s health committee.

Wodarg has criticized the measures taken against the swine flu as „one of the biggest medical scandals of the century.“

He said the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on scientists and government officials has resulted in „millions of healthy people being exposed unnecessarily to the risks of an inadequately tested vaccine.“

That even though, the swine flu virus is „much less harmful“ than last year’s seasonal flu causing „not even a tenth of the usual deaths associated with flu.“

Wodarg has also criticized the way pharmaceutical companies have made gigantic profits at the expense of tax payers.

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The Swine Flu scam seems to get some political attention at last, it seems. Whether this case will really go anywhere remains to be seen, but let's hope that at least it becomes clear that not all politicians are gullible and that the industry will think twice before starting a similar scare.

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