WHO Defends Swine Flu Reaction Despite Criticism
January 26, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The World Health Organization has denied accusations that their swine flu response was pressured by drug companies carrying vaccines amidst criticism over its’ handling of the pandemic.
The Council of Europe has expressed anger over the way that swine flu was handled by the WHO, including a push for all vaccines to become mandatory.
The WHO has defended their methods and policies, and denied accusations that they were pushed by drug companies for the sake of profit.
“Let me state clearly for the record – the influenza pandemic policies and responses recommended and taken by WHO were not improperly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry,” Keiji Fukuda said on behalf of the organization.
While the swine flu led to 14,000 deaths of the millions infected, and was named a pandemic in the summer, it has turned out to be a much less lethal form of the regular seasonal influenza.
These findings, and some evidence that suggests there were improper ties to the companies that created the vaccine, have caused outrage, and sparked an internal review at the WHO despite their denial.