COUNCIL OF EUROPE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO REPORT ON INFLUENCE OF BIG PHARMA ON WHO'S HANDLING OF SWINE FLU PANDEMIC
Friday, 29 January 2010 10:13
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The Assembly Bureau of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) this morning confirmed the appointment of Paul Flynn, UK Labour MP, to prepare a report on the issue of whether WHO exaggerated the dangers of the swine flu in order to allow pharma companies to reap profits, a press officer said.
Paul Flynn's report will probably be presented to the Council of Europe MPs for debate in the spring or summer sessions.
MPs will vote on a recommendation or resolution to be put before all 47 European parliaments who belong to PACE.
During the PACE public hearing of WHO pandemic chief Dr Keiji Fukuda and vaccine manufacturer representative Dr Luc Hessel on Tuesday, Flynn was critical of WHO's handling of the swine flu pandemic.
"The world has been frightened by a serious of health scares – SARS, Avian ‘Flu and now Swine ‘Flu. We now know, in hindsight, that the fears that were aroused do not appear to be justified. So we want to know how decisions on pandemics are taken – are they taken on the best scientific, epidemiological evidence, or are they influenced by other interests? That is the basis of this complaint. With H1N1, did the WHO, once again, frighten the world without any substantial evidence?" he said.
The public hearing was initiated by Wolfgang Wodarg, former SPD MP in Germany.
The PACE report could be explosive if it documents the scientific body of evidence that the swine flu vaccines were not tested and also contain adjuvants, squalene, known to produce autoimmune and other diseases.