Remember when H1N1 was going to infect and kill everyone on Earth unless, of course, we all purchased Tamiflu©? Shocker: The scientists who drafted the WHO's governmental advisories to stockpile drugs were paid consultants to the drug's producers.
In two reports released this week—by the British Medical Journal and the Council of Europe's Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly—the World Health Organization's motives for fueling worldwide panic is called into question. The BMJ report says the WHO failed to disclose their experts' financial ties to Roche and GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of antivirals, while the Council of Europe's findings says the WHO's response was directly influenced by those companies.
WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl disputes the findings, telling The Washington Post that, "The idea that we declared a pandemic when there wasn't a pandemic is both historically inaccurate and downright irresponsible." He added that, "We feel that the guidelines produced were certainly not subject to undue influence." Of course not! What a preposterous pile of allegations. We should all just be thankful that we're even alive.
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