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The swine flu pandemic has officially ended and the pharmaceutical companies are richer.
(08/10/2010) The World Health Organization (WHO) officially ended the swine flu pandemic today. This means that the H1N1 flu virus has been removed from the pandemic warning scale. Everyone is wondering, has there ever been a swine flu pandemic?
From the beginning, many doctors and scientists criticized the mass hysteria caused by swine flu. It was not until much later that the pharmaceutical industry came to the rescue. The Council of Europe had already reprimanded the WHO for its scaremongering earlier this year. After the announced swine flu wave failed to materialize, WHO head Chan ended the pandemic warning level. "The H1 / N1 virus no longer has the highest alarm level six," said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan. The flu is now in the "final phase". Nevertheless, the authorities in the world should be "vigilant", said the WHO boss.
The WHO boss had been advised to do so by an expert panel made up of 15 external scientists. Last summer, WHO ranked swine flu at the highest global pandemic, level 6. But swine flu fell far fewer people than seasonal flu. According to the WHO, around 18,400 people worldwide died from the consequences of swine flu. Around 20,000 people die of "normal flu" every year in Germany alone. Worldwide, there are likely to be hundreds of thousands who die as a result of the flu virus. However, WHO would never dream of calling a pandemic level for seasonal flu. Finally, the WHO also admits: All in all, the swine flu went off lightly. Chan nevertheless defended the highest warning level: "This time it was simply a matter of luck. The virus did not mutate into a more deadly form during the pandemic."
Has the pharmaceutical industry influenced WHO?
The question remains whether the WHO has been influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. Critics had accused the WHO that some of the authors who had contributed to the WHO guidelines on dealing with pandemic flu had received remuneration from the pharmaceutical companies "GlaxoSmithKline" and "Roche" at the same time. However, the WHO has repeatedly denied such reviews, even if these companies have made billions of dollars from the vaccines.
Despite the ongoing criticism, WHO special adviser Keiji Fukuda warned against playing down the swine flu and thus the H1 / N1 virus. "You can say that the countries in the northern hemisphere feel like it's over now, but there is a lot of discussion in the southern hemisphere." All countries should continue to be on guard because the virus would still be there.
Very few people in Germany got vaccinated.
Mass vaccination was also started in Germany last year. But hardly anyone wanted to get the Pandemrix vaccine injected. The criticism had become too loud, so that hardly more than 8 percent of the German population could be vaccinated. It was also known at the time that Pandemrix contains an active ingredient enhancer. In contrast, the "active ingredient enhancer" was not used in the vaccines for the Bundeswehr and government officials. Now the federal states are sitting on the already expensive vaccines. In addition, the active ingredient should be included in the normal flu vaccination in the future. All in all, one can say that swine flu was primarily a virus in the coffers of the federal states and municipalities, but the coffers of the pharmaceutical companies have filled up vigorously. (sb)
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