Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Thu

04

Feb

2010

Influence of industry on 'fake pandemic' investigated
Thursday, 04 February 2010 05:54
by Daan de Wit , translated by Ben Kearney

The initial enthusiasm for the dynamic approach of the Swine Flu by virologist Ab Osterhaus and Dutch Minister Ab Klink has given rise to criticism. Also beyond The Netherlands the question is being raised over whether the large-scale acquisition of vaccines made sense. The Council of Europe began an investigation into this question last Tuesday. Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt is the vice chairman of the commission carrying out the investigation and says in an NOS radio broadcast: 'A number of members of the Council of Europe have expressed exceptionally harsh criticism of the World Health Organization and are asking themselves out loud whether drug manufacturers had too much influence in this decision'.

'The commission appointed [...] a special investigator to look into the ties between the WHO and the drug industry. According to critical Euro-MP's, conflicts of interest are the only logical explanation for the all-out alarm', wrote Tubantia on Wednesday. Goverments have stocked up on 12 billion euros worth of anti-flu medication, the paper writes.

'False pandemic'


'The German chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council [of Europe, Social Democratic Party member and doctor], Wolfgang Wodarg, is calling the declaration of the 'false pandemic' one of the biggest medical scandals of this century', wrote De Telegraaf earlier this month in the run up to the investigation and emergency debate. 'The text of a motion for resolution, which will likely receive the support of the vast majority of the 47 countries during the next emergency debate, has that same extremely critical spirit. The resolution states among other things that millions of healthy people worldwide have been needlessly exposed to the unknown side-effects of flu vaccines that were not sufficiently tested'.


WHO alters definition of pandemic


Pieter Omtzicht, speaking in the radio broadcast: 'One of the things that has been changed, for instance, is the definition of a pandemic'. Because of this, level 6 was now reached 'a whole lot faster'. Ab Osterhaus was also featured in the radio segment. He responded to Omtzicht by saying that the definition of pandemic had already been in place for some time. What he means by this is unclear, because the definition was changed just this past May. Another comment made in the press raises questions as well. 'According to Luc Hessel of the European federation that lobbies for the vaccine producers, the laboratories have [...] 'carried out rigorous testing with the newest techniques'.' In part five of this DeepJournal series on the Swine Flu, we showed how the Swine Flu vaccine was being tested at the same time that it was being administered to the public. And the headline from part six reads: Vaccination advice given to pregnant women based on 'practically no scientific data'.

Number of investigations

The results of the Council of Europe's hearing 'are expected to be announced January 29 and will likely be followed by an in-depth study and recommendations to European governments', writes Truthout. The hearing 'is the latest in a series of investigations into the WHO's propriety, which also includes a 2009 Danish Parliamentary inspection of links between WHO expert, Albert Osterhaus, and makers of the swine flu drugs. Russian lawmaker Igor Barinov has also started an inquiry into the WHO's ties to H1N1 drug makers'. The WHO is meanwhile trying to limit the damage with a statement 'on allegations of conflict of interest and 'fake' pandemic'.

Unrest within WHO

Even so there is unrest within the WHO as well. Dr. Ulrich Keil, director of the WHO's Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology, gave this away during the Council of Europe's hearing. Truthout writes: 'Keil hammered his own organization and WHO flu chief, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, for "producing angst campaigns." "With SARS, with avian flu, always the predictions are wrong ... Why don't we learn from history?" Keil asked. "It [swine flu] produced a lot of turmoil in the pubic and was completely exaggerated in contrast with all the really important matters we have to deal with in public health."'

Ab Osterhaus

Epidemiologist Tom Jefferson has similar questions as well. And just as with Keil's concerns, they call to mind one Ab Osterhaus: 'For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn't stop these people from always making their predictions. Ab Osterhaus DWDD [jpg]Sometimes you get the feeling that there is a whole industry almost waiting for a pandemic to occur', Jefferson says in Der Spiegel.

Another one of Jefferson's observations reminds one of the Tegenlicht broadcast on Osterhaus: 'The WHO and public health officials, virologists and the pharmaceutical companies. They've built this machine around the impending pandemic. And there's a lot of money involved, and influence, and careers, and entire institutions!' In the Tegenlicht broadcast it can be sensed how Osterhaus' enthusiasm for his work crosses over into enthusiasm about the spreading of the virus and the positive effect this has on his influence and his career. A telling scene from the broadcast was shown - somewhat out of context - on De Wereld Draait Door.
More from this author:
The Coming War Against Iran - Part 14 (13121 Hits)
by Daan de Wit Bush and Cheney have less than two years to go in their current role andwant to go down in the history books as the...
Dutch Economics journalist Willem Middelkoop on the feeble basis of our monetary system (7215 Hits)
by Daan de Wit This article is the fifth part of the series: Interviews with Willem Middelkoop. Earlier writings and audio can be found here...
Keith Olbermann exposes false claims in State of the Union (6327 Hits)
by Daan de Wit In an excellent story Keith Olbermann exposes the four claims president Bush made in his State of the Union address regarding...
A short history of Saddam Hussein (and his allies in the West) (5628 Hits)
By Daan de Wit Looking at Saddam Hussein's lifeitbecomes clearthat it wasnot just taken by the West, but also given. The...
The coming war against Iran - Part 15 (9295 Hits)
by Daan de Wit Using strong words and accusations to underscore their military build up, the United States is gearing up to go to war with...
Related Articles:
US Troop Death Toll more than 3500 - British Toll at 150 - Immigration Law Defeated by Iraq War (!) - Muqtada Blames US, Rejects Iranian Influence (4475 Hits)
by Juan Cole On Thursday US military spokesmen announced that Iraqi guerrillas had killed another US GI, bringing the troop death toll over...
House Democrats Want Bush Administration Investigated for War Crimes (3161 Hits)
by Jason Leopold House Democrats sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday requesting that he appoint a special prosecutor to...
IRAQ: U.S. Blamed for Increasing Iranian Influence (3076 Hits)
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail Haider returned from Iran recently, with enough money to pay for his wedding and a new car. He was trained to join...
Hit me, Congress, One More Time: Bailing Out the Auto Industry (2265 Hits)
by Walter Brasch Congress should bend over, dig into the public coffers once again, and give the auto industry everything it wants — even though...
Insurance Industry is Simply a Parasite Feeding on the US Health System (1670 Hits)
by Dave Lindorff As the country contemplates a major reform and restructuring of the way we run our national health care system (if it can even...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (2)add comment

Betty Senior said:

0
Drugs are not the answer and a great deal of people profited out of their push for vaccines
Ab Osterhaus, Declan Butler and Nature Magazine are all culpable in wanting the drug companies to sell billions of pounds worth of swine flu/bird flu drugs. They are all friends of the large pharmaceuticals. What they did not want to see was the alternative strategy emerges of addressing the global threat at source.

For the only way to stop bird flu/Swine flu et al indefinitely is to address the problem at source and never let it happen in the first place. It is the only way.

http://avian-influenza.cirad.fr/content/download/1931/11789/file/Kennedy-F-Shortridge.pdf

http://distributedresearch.net/blog/tag/world-innovation-foundation

Otherwise it will one day come back with a vengeance and wipe out a quarter of humanity. The Spanish Flu that killed up to 100 million (a Swine flu variant) will then be seen as the minor event in the world’s history of global pandemics.

Funny how money always rises above human life itself !
smilies/angry.gifsmilies/angry.gif
 
February 05, 2010
Votes: +1

bgreen said:

0
...
have you seen this story? it reports the arrest of moshe who announced that baxter the pharma co. was trialing faulty vaccines in ukraine. within weeeks they were suffering an agressive form of flu. does it have legs?

http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&source=web&oi=video_result&ct=res&cd=2&ved=0CAsQtwIwAQ&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A66kx0KYFCA&ei=lRlwS9eBBsnB4gbYsLiqBw&usg=AFQjCNHksiVwkHKu_kGRT30pUERBMxCmfw&sig2=-FwnKlFTokI0pHTy4Zu-Kg
 
February 08, 2010
Votes: +0

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top