EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO INVESTIGATE WHO IN JANUARY 2010
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 pharmaceutical industry’s influence on the W.H.O., 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.
He accused vaccine manufacturers of being willing even to inflict bodily harm“ in their pursuit of profits, noting that the adjuvants in the swine flu vaccine have hardly been tested.
In addition, the vaccine‘s side effects including dangerous paralysis have not been adequately recorded.
Wodarg has said that the role of the WHO and its pandemic emergency declaration in June needs to be the special focus of a European parliamentary inquiry. For the first time, the criterion for a pandemic was made not by the actual risk of a disease but by the number of cases of the disease.
By classifying the swine flu as pandemic, nations were compelled to implement pandemic plans and also the purchase swine flu vaccines.
Because WHO is not subject to any parliamentary control, Wodarg argued it is necessary for governments to insist on accountability.
What is a pandemic should not be allowed to be defined by an organization that is clearly under the influence of the pharmaceutical companies that profit from the sales of vaccines accompanying such a pandemic. Many of the decision-makers in WHO have worked for the pharma industry and go back to work in the pharma industry.
The inquiry is also to look at the role of the Paul-Ehrlich and the Robert-Koch Institute in Germany.
Here’s a link to a Canadian article that relates to this post.
UPDATE JANUARY 2013 BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7856 (Published 19 November 2012)
Quote from article: “An independent meta-analysis of vaccines against influenza has found that claims of benefit have been significantly exaggerated.
The report, released last month by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, was based on a comprehensive review of data published from 1967 to 2012”
(one minute video of Meyer Eisenstein, M.D. talking about the BMJ study) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxxyRjkgQRw