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Swine Flu Pandemnic? Oh, no wait that was just a big pharma conspiracy…

January 12, 2010

do the math...?

…says the EU’s top health advisor, who has accused the makers of H1N1 vaccines of unduly influencing the WHO’s decision to declare the virus a pandemic that led to governments around the world to stockpile Tamiful.

Erm…srsly??  Because that would be kind of a big deal. It’s not that there weren’t enough conspiracies about at the time, especially with cuddly people like Donald Rumsfeld having links to the Tamiflu makers.  But now Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, has outright made the accusation, and called for an investigation for how it was that decisions were made to spend billions.

“There is a very inefficient work of our agencies. They made a big panic with the bird flu and they made big panic with the swine flu.

“The national governments spent billions of euros to buy their vaccines [for H1N1] so we have to investigate what was behind it, we cannot afford such agencies that spent the money for useless health measures.”

US spent $3 billion on Tamiflu alone, the UK government spent around $1 billion on vaccines that according to some reports they are now trying to quietly off-load, with the total across governments likely to run into the tens of billions. Compare that to George W Bush’s Malaria Initiative launched in 2005 which should have spent $1.4 billion by the end of next financial year on a disease from which up to a million people die annually. The WHO estimates that 13,000 people have died globally from Swine flu.

Of course its simplistic just to say that money spent on Tamiflu could have saved X number of lives if spent elsewhere…but, guys, come on.

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  1. January 16, 2010 5:22 am

    Well said.

    I’ve thought it’s been overblown this whole time. I’m not saying that people haven’t fallen ill from it, but I don’t know that it’s really of Pandemic proportions.

    There’s definitely money to be made……….

    Sad really, it’s probably a big fu$$ over nothing.

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