This week marks the year anniversary of the official declaration of the influenza A/H1N1 pandemic. A year later, after Dr Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization made the announcement, governments are left with stockpiles of unused vaccines worth billions of dollars.
In December of 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) announced that it would launch an inquiry in January 2010 on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on the extent of the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on WHO. The Health Committee of the PACE, a body representing 47 European nations including Russia, unanimously passed a resolution calling for the inquiry. The step was long-overdue move to public transparency of a triangle of drug corruption between WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and academic scientists that has permanently damaged the lives of millions and even caused death.
The British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has conducted an investigation which has brought to light that WHO took advice from experts who had declarable financial and research ties with pharmaceutical companies producing antivirals and influenza vaccines.
The WHO has refused to make public the details of the relationship of the individuals in question with the pharmaceutical companies.
The declaration of the pandemic resulted in billions of dollars worth of profit for the drug companies.