H1N1 is ‘global scam’: Expert

Jan 14, 2010

LONDON – BRITISH media are reporting that a prominent health expert has claimed that the H1N1 flu scare was ‘faked by drug companies’.

The Daily Star newspaper reports that Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, says the H1N1 scare was ‘one of the greatest medical scandals of the century’.

Dr Wodarg also said that drug companies convinced the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a pandemic in order to increase profits. The newspaper also reports that the Council of Europe will be holding an emergency debate on the issue before the end of January.

‘It’s just a normal kind of flu. It does not cause a tenth of deaths caused by the classic seasonal flu,’ Dr Wodarg told the Daily Star. ‘The campaign of panic provided a golden opportunity for representatives from labs who knew they would hit the jackpot in the case of a pandemic being declared.’

The British government, however, slammed Dr Wodarg’s comments on Thursday, saying that there were ‘no grounds whatsoever’ for his claims.

A GlaxoSmithKline spokesman from the UK said: ‘Allegations of undue influence are misguided and unfounded. The WHO declared that H1N1 swine flu met the criteria for a pandemic. As WHO have stated, legal regulations and numerous safeguards are in place to manage possible conflicts of interest.’

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