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January 11, 2010

EUROPEAN COUNCIL OFFICIAL CALLS SWINE FLU PANDEMIC HANDLING A 'SCANDAL'

Wolfgang Wodarg, Germany - "We have had a mild flu - and a false pandemic," says Wolfgang Wodarg, the chair of the Health Committee in The European Council. The German parliamentarian is also an epidemiologist and former health director in Flensburg. For that reason he has followed the H1N1-pandemic closely since June 11 and up to the present. He calls the pandemic "one of the greatest medical scandals of the century", and for that reason he has decided to take the case to the European Council:

"In January, we will arrange an emergency debate about the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the WHO, and 47 parliaments all over Europe are going to be informed. Following this, we will initiate an investigation and hearings involving those responsible for the pandemic emergency," says Wolfgang Wodarg.

"The aim is that none of the pharmaceutical companies under any circumstances must be allowed to make their influence felt on pandemic emergencies," he says and adds that rules for patenting also will be checked:

"Vaccines are also an ethical issue. The pharmaceutical industry should not be allowed to get a patent to develop a preparation which is so important for our society."

As early as 2004, during the avian flu, Wolfgang Wodarg (at that time a German parliamentarian for the SPD) went to see WHO to ask for proof that a pandemic emergency was required:

"The avian flu was more dangerous than the H1N1, but far less contagious, and accordingly the arguments for a coming pandemic were thin to put it mildly. But the avian flu helped create an atmosphere of panic, and it influenced many countries to create a pandemic emergency plan. Furthermore Germany, Denmark and many other countries have bought large stocks of Tamiflu, even though it has not been sufficiently tested," he says, and criticizes also the vaccine contracts that many countries entered into in the period after the avian flu:

"The governments have sealed contracts with vaccine producers where they secure orders in advance and take upon themselves almost all the responsibility. In this way the producers of vaccines are sure of enormous gains without having any financial risks. So they just wait, until WHO says "pandemic" and activate the contracts."

For that reason, Wolfgang Wodarg also finds it suspicious that WHO changed it's definition of a pandemic on it's homepage at the end of May this year:

"From June 2009 it is no longer necessary, that "an enormous amount of people have contracted the illness or died" - there simply have to be a virus, spreading beyond borders, and one that people have no immunity towards," he says.

Every year a new flu comes into existence - and every year you accordingly mix existing vaccine with the new virus in order to inoculate the population against the new seasonal flu.

Wolfgang Wodarg holds the opinion, that you could have used the same method to vaccinate the population against swine flu in a much cheaper fashion.

"If you simply had added H1N1 virus to the flu vaccines we already have in stocks, then there would have been no need for at pandemic emergency - but some of the additives in the vaccines are patented, and therefore nobody from the industry is interested in mixing the old vaccine with the new one," he says and adds:

"Furthermore the producers recommended, that you inoculate twice, which is not normal. It is self evident that they earn more money in that way. Therefore several things made me suspicious."


2 Comments:

Anonymous horse chestnut said...

They will investigate the influence of the pharma industry in creation of a worldwide campaign against the so-called H5N1 “Avian Flu” and H1N1 Swine Flu. The inquiry will be given “urgent” priority in the general assembly of the parliament.

January 12, 2010 4:02 AM  
Anonymous MikOv said...

Teresa Forcades (Bells tolling for the swine flu) was right after all.

January 12, 2010 3:40 PM  

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