Pandemic or just plain Panic?

Swine flu took center stage in June of 2009, when WHO declared H1N1 the first “pandemic” in 42 years. This move caught the eye of every health authority from Tampa to Timbuktu and revved drug company engines. But to do it, WHO had to redefine the word.

One month after swine flu appeared in April, WHO rewrote the definition of “pandemic”. Under the new meaning, a pandemic does not need to cause high numbers of death or illness. A month after changing the definition, with just 144 people dead from H1N1, the flu was given the WHO’s highest threat classification: a “stage-six pandemic alert”. By comparison, the mildest 20th Century pandemic killed a million people.

Before the change, WHO had classified a pandemic as a disease that has “simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness.” After the alteration, the organization’s website stated that, “Pandemics can be either mild or severe in the illness and death they cause.” In May, WHO spokesperson Natalie Boudou told CNN that the original definition was an error.

The Los Angeles Times writer Michael Fumento called the redefinition “bizarre”. “Such a declaration could render the term “flu pandemic” essentially meaningless — risking lethal public complacency if a bona fide one hits,” Fumento wrote.

Tom Jefferson, Formerly a general practitioner in the British Army who has worked for the well-respected Cochrane Collaboration for 15 years, Jefferson asked in July: “Don’t you think there’s something noteworthy about the fact that the WHO has changed its definition of pandemic?”

“The WHO and public health officials, virologists and the pharmaceutical companies… They’ve built this machine around the impending pandemic,” Jefferson told Der Spiegel, a German magazine with a weekly circulation of 1 million. “There’s a lot of money involved, and influence, and careers, and entire institutions. And all it took was one of these influenza viruses to mutate to start the machine grinding.”

Yet the WHO stands by its decision to label H1N1 a pandemic, citing geographic spread and the virus’ novelty as its primary reasons. Moving ahead, Fukuda said his organization “will definitely consider whether we can define things better.” But some participants in Tuesday’s meeting wondered what the WHO is waiting for, since complaints have poured in from all sides.

The Associated Press reported on May 19, 2009, that China, Britain, Japan and other countries had urged WHO to “be very cautious about declaring the arrival of a swine flu pandemic, fearing that a premature announcement could cause worldwide panic and confusion.”

Critics say what was needed was not a frightful label, but hard scientific data to show how many people were getting swine flu. But on July 10, the WHO quit tracking cases of infection and told governments they should stop testing for individual cases, ostensibly because the speed of H1N1’s spread had already been confirmed.

“Rational scientific independent advice should be supreme, but there was an imperative behind this which was a financial one,” said Paul Flynn, a parliamentary representative in the UK who spoke at the Council of Europe’s hearing.

Corruption in Health Organizations?

Critics of the WHO say they promoted bad data to help drug makers get rich selling vaccines. This attack implies drug makers have a network of influence within the decision-making structure of the organization, a suggestion various officials confirm.

One high-level, long-term WHO employee who preferred to remain anonymous for job security, described the WHO as follows: “WHO is infested by corruption. There is big corruption, like the management of H1N1, and there is small corruption; and between the big and the small corruption there is [corruption] in all imaginable forms. Unfortunately, it’s not only the WHO.”

William Aldis, a retired senior WHO official who worked on the bird flu crisis, said in a Huffington Post article from September 24:

“I am concerned WHO’s communications is corrupted by the fact they push the buttons in the public’s brains that will raise the most funds. That is incompatible with what the organization should be doing: serving the public with technically correct factual information, pure and simple.”

Louise Voller, a journalist at the Danish Daily Information newspaper, has reported that pharmaceutical companies are present at meetings of WHO experts, and, that purportedly independent scientists hired by the WHO are also consultants to the drug companies that make the vaccines.

On Tuesday, WHO’s Fukuda insisted that its swine flu scientists’ were not tainted by their private sector associations. The reason, he said, is that before each meeting, scientists are asked to declare all possible conflicts of interest. “These documents are gone over and examined. If there is some potential conflict of interest we go back and talk with them.”

WHO was initially set up to rely on funding from UN member countries, in recent years, this source has been rapidly overtaken by “voluntary contributions”, which are provided by the private sector, national governments, and NGOs. According to WHO’s 2008-2009 budget, $958 million was supplied by the UN, while three times as much — $3.2 billion — came from voluntary donations.

Dr. Wodarg told the Council on Tuesday that the shift towards public-private partnership which began in earnest in 2001 puts WHO officials under extreme pressure.

“Already then there were very critical voices against the influence. [WHO’s] administration is made of people not well paid who can’t fight against the pay of people in and from the industry – they are simply swept aside…[private] influence is rampant and that is why we can’t understand why the WHO we used to love…has become unrecognizable to us.”

Whether or not WHO officials are being bought off, clearly, the capacity and incentive of drug makers to lean on science are enormous.

Pandemic Profit

All US contracts for H1N1 vaccines went to just five companies: CSL Limited, Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and MedImmune. All five also produced shots for either SARS or avian flu. When swine flu took full flight in the third quarter of 2009, these firms’ earnings skyrocketed. But according to British MP, Paul Flynn, that was part of drug-makers plan.

Prior to winning any contracts, drug makers invested $4 billion in preparations for swine flu, he said. That investment may have gone to developing and patenting new, super-fast methods to create vaccines, such as using a bio-reactor to grow viruses, said Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, former health expert for the Council of Europe. These patents were key to drug industry profits, since companies can charge much more for patented drugs than un-patented ones, Wodarg said.

“If you have a patent you can monopolize…and this is what industry did…The alternative is not to have vaccines patented…By decentralizing the production you could be as fast and you wouldn’t have this small way you have to pass negotiating with one enterprise that has monopoly, or with four enterprises.”

Food and Drug agencies in Canada, the UK, France, the US and elsewhere guaranteed vaccine manufacturers that they would be shielded from any lawsuits connected to the vaccines. This enabled companies to fast-track the testing process, reducing some trials to as little as 5 days.

Wodarg and others have also voiced concern that the hastily developed vaccines are not entirely safe. Adjuvanted vaccines, which contain a kind of immune booster shown to produce auto-immune responses in some children, were sold in parts of Europe and Canada, but banned in the US.

The private research group, Markets and Markets, estimated that the global, H1N1 vaccine market will be worth over $7 billion a year by 2011.

The incredible profits associated with outbreaks have sparked a wider shift in medicine from care to profit, according to Marcia Angell, M.D., former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine and a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

“Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself.”

Angell reports that the drug industry spent around 14 percent of sales profits on research and development in 2000, while spending closer to 35 percent on “marketing and administration”. How that expenditure breaks down is not public knowledge, but 35% comes out to a lot of money. For instance, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck alone made $287 billion in 2007, according to the 2008 Pharma Report by IMS, a market intelligence firm.

The larger question begged by health agencies’ bad data, and the media’s dutiful reporting of it, is this: if fears are overstated every time there’s a flu outbreak, when the public really does need a vaccine, who will believe the boys who cried wolf?

What’s more, should the European investigations conclude that the WHO deliberately incited H1N1 paranoia to levels beyond reason in order to help drug makers, the implication is that both the private and public sectors need better oversight before being given any greater control over health care.

28 Jan 2010: WHO Scientist: Swine Flu Pandemic Was “Completely Exaggerated”

Steve Watson
Thursday, Jan 28th, 2010

Photo: infowars, fair use.

A scientist with the World Health Organisation has testified, during ongoing hearings in Strasbourg, France, that the swine flu pandemic was part of an overblown “angst campaign”, devised in conjunction with major drug companies to boost profits for vaccine manufacturers.

Professor Ulrich Keil, director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology, slammed the organization and its flu chief, Dr Keiji Fukuda while giving evidence before The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“With SARS, with avian flu, always the predictions are wrong…Why don’t we learn from history?” Keil said. “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.”

The WHO adviser on heart disease, added that the decision had led to a “gigantic misallocation” of health budgets.

“We know the great killers are hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, high body mass index, physical inactivity and low fruit and vegetable intake,” he said. “In spite of all these facts, governments instead wasted huge amounts of money by investing in pandemic scenarios whose evidence base is weak.”

PACE, a 47 nation body encompassing democratically elected members of parliament, will determine whether a “falsified pandemic” was declared by WHO in June 2009 on the advice of medical advisors, many of whom have close financial ties to the very pharmaceutical giants – GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Novartis, – that produced the H1N1 vaccines.

It will also look into the controversy surrounding the fact that two shots were initially advised when it was later revealed that one dose was entirely suitable, as well as investigating concerns over hastily developed vaccines containing adjuvants.

Pharmaceutical companies are thought to have made a profit of somewhere in the region of $7.5-$10 billion on H1N1 vaccines, recouping the billions they had invested in researching and developing pandemic vaccines after the bird flu scares in 2006 and 2007.

The worldwide death toll from H1N1 is thought to be around 13,500, just over a third of the number who die from regular flu every year in the U.S. alone.

Heading the hearings is the former chairman of the Health Committee of PACE, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg. A former German lawmaker, a medical doctor and epidemiologist. Wodarg has referred to the swine flu pandemic as “one of the greatest medical scandals of the century.”

Wodarg has pointed out that the WHO softened the definition of a pandemic from an outbreak in several continents at once with an above-average death rate, to one where the spread of the disease is constant.

[efoods]Just one month after changing the definition, and with just 144 people having died from H1N1, the flu was given the highest threat classification possible, a “stage-six pandemic alert”. By comparison, the mildest 20th Century pandemic killed a million people.

“I have never heard such a worldwide echo to a health political action,” Wodarg, an epidemiologist who formerly led the health committee for the Council of Europe, said at Tuesday’s hearing.

“It was stated in panic- stricken terms that this was a flu that could threaten humanity and a great number of humans could fall ill. This is why billions of dollars of medications were bought.” Wodarg said.

He added that the the change in definition “made it possible for the pharmaceutical industry to transform this opportunity into cash, under contracts which were mainly secret.”

“In my view, the WHO undertook an incomprehensible action, which cannot be justified by scientific evidence. The Council of Europe should investigate this to see how WHO can undertake this kind of dangerous nonsense,” said Dr Wodarg.

WHO’s flu chief, Dr Fukuda, insisted that its swine flu scientists do not have conflicts of interest owing to close links with pharmaceutical companies.

“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.” Fukuda told the inquiry.

He said those calling the epidemic fake were wrong and irresponsible.

PACE’s findings are expected to be announced January 29 and will likely be followed by an in-depth study and recommendations to European governments.

Sources for this story and further reading:

Swine Flu Didn’t Fly

Drug firms ‘drove swine flu pandemic warning to recoup £billions spent on research’

03 Febr 2010: Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg on Alex Jones: The false swine flu pandemic and the WHO cartel

05.01.2011: Now that the swine flu hysteria seems to be coming back (Britain and a few other places), it’s always worth it to repost this last year’s interview by Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, who oficially investigated the last year’s swine flu fraud for the Council of Europe. Let’s not fall for the same scam twice ok?

02/03/2010: Alex interviews German physician and politician for SPD, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, who is currently heading an official investigation into the swine flu pandemic fraud. Dr. Wodarg’s discoveries are deeply damaging to the WHO and to the WHO’s public-private associations with Big Pharma and pharma-funded institutes worldwide.

As is no novelty to anyone who has been studying this topic in depth, there is now an international network of scientists, institutes, pharma companies and government officials, with the WHO on top of it, running much of the health sector worldwide. This cartel — it is a cartel — is free to guide and manipulate public health policies around the world in whatever way they see fit. That’s what happened during the swine flu fraud, when a false pandemic was declared, billions were signed away by governments to big pharma in vaccine and antiviral contracts, and millions of people were injected with hazardous vaccines.

This has to keep being exposed, because the legal precedents and the organizational capabilities for declaring other ’emergencies’ of this kind have been created. There is no doubt that there will be other false pandemic flu scares in the near future. And, with those, dangerous adjuvanted vaccines will continue being pushed for public intake. To these elements of concern, add all the emergency/martial law powers governments have now put on the books, for supposed pandemic scenarios.


Investigation Chief: Swine Flu Pandemic Was A Hoax

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, February 4, 2010

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Appearing on The Alex Jones Show, outgoing Chair of the Council of Europe’s Sub-committee on Health Wolfgang Wodarg said that his panel’s investigation into the 2009 swine flu outbreak has found that the pandemic was a fake hoax manufactured by pharmaceutical companies in league with the WHO to make vast profits while endangering public health.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a 47 nation body encompassing democratically elected members of parliament, began hearings last month to investigate whether the H1N1 swine flu pandemic was falsified or exaggerated in an attempt to profit from vaccine sales.

Wodarg said that governments were “threatened” by special interest groups within the pharmaceutical industry as well as the WHO to buy the vaccines and inject their populations without any reasonable scientific reason for doing so, and yet in countries like Germany and France only around 6 per cent took the vaccine despite enough being available to cover 90 per cent of the population.

Wodarg said he was alarmed when the WHO cited early cases in Mexico as a threat and quickly moved to pandemic status, despite the fact that the cases were relatively mild and the virus was not new.

“This was the mildest flu ever and the people were much more clever than the government so we have to find out what was going on with WHO – why did they do this pandemic alarm,” asked Wodarg, noting that pharmaceutical interests within the World Health Organization were instrumental in creating the panic and reaping the financial dividends.

“We don’t know what really happened, we only know that they changed the definition of a pandemic, which was a very dangerous thing before and now is just a normal flu, and this is why business for pharmaceutical companies was open,” said Wodarg, adding that select pharmaceutical companies were handed a monopoly on creating the vaccine.

“It is their trick that they always try to monopolize this and we pay much more like this,” said Wodarg, noting that if patents were left open, vaccines would be produced much quicker and far cheaper.

Wodarg said there was “no other explanation” for what happened than the fact that the WHO worked in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture the panic in order to generate vast profits, agreeing with host Alex Jones that the entire farce was a hoax.

He also explained how health authorities were “already waiting for something to happen” before the pandemic started and then exploited the virus for their own purposes.

Wodarg said that the investigation was likely to recommend an end to the undue influence of pharmaceutical companies on public health institutions in Europe.

However, Wodarg pointed out, “There is no law for WHO, there is no one who punishes those people in WHO, we only have national law, so this is very important that we collect the information and on the national level we try to find those people responsible and we try to punish them.”

“Have investigations, have a deep look, we cannot tolerate such a development, we cannot have this next winter again, we don’t want such fake pandemics,” concluded Wodarg.

Wodarg said that vast quantities of unused vaccines were now being dumped on the third world and that other countries were simply trying to push ahead with vaccination programs even though the virus has proven not to be a major threat.

“The Japanese bought vaccines for 110 million people and they cannot return from this vaccine contract so they are in a very big political dilemma now and they already have problems because the Japanese people already know it wouldn’t be necessary to get vaccinated,” Wodarg told The Alex Jones Show.

Watch the interview with Wodarg below. [above]

08.03.2010, Spiegel: Seuchen: Chronik einer Hysterie

Zitat: “Fast ein Jahr lang hielt die Schweinegrippe die Welt in Atem. Eine gigantische Impfkampagne sollte ihr Einhalt gebieten. Dabei handelte es sich nur um einen eher harmlosen Virenstamm. Wie konnte es zu solch einer Überreaktion kommen? Eine Rekonstruktion.

Die Forscher machten sich daran, die molekulare Gestalt des Virus aufzuklären. Die Pharmaindustrie begann an Impfstoffen zu tüfteln. Und die Behörden schmiedeten Katastrophenpläne. Nur eines ignorierten sie alle: dass der neue Erreger eigentlich ziemlich harmlos war. Wie nur war so etwas möglich? […]

Monatelang wird der Shoc Room das Zentrum des weltweiten Kampfes gegen die Schweinegrippe sein. Er ist 24 Stunden lang besetzt, in drei Schichten wechseln sich die WHO-Mitarbeiter ab. Per Videokonferenz sind sie mit Ärzten, Wissenschaftlern, Politikern und Industrievertretern auf der ganzen Welt verbunden. Auf den Bildschirmen an den Wänden laufen rund um die Uhr Nachrichten, es werden Grafiken präsentiert, Landkarten und Statistiken.
[erinnert an das Nasa-Kontrollzentrum lol] […]

Auch die Medien befördern die Angst. Der SPIEGEL etwa hatte immer wieder über die Vogelgrippe berichtet. Nun widmet er dem neuen “Welt-Virus” eine Titelgeschichte, die geprägt ist von der Sorge, der Schweinegrippe-Erreger könne zum Horrorvirus mutieren (SPIEGEL 19/2009).

“Ich denke, wir haben alles richtig gemacht”, sagt der Vorsitzende Mackenzie rückblickend. Und formal hat er damit sogar recht.

Denn die Regularien besagen, dass Stufe 6 in Kraft tritt, wenn sich ein neues Virus unkontrollierbar in mehreren Regionen der Erde verbreitet. Über die Schwere der Erkrankung sagen sie nichts.

Tatsächlich aber verbinden die allermeisten Seuchenexperten den Begriff der “Pandemie” automatisch mit wirklich aggressiven Viren. Auf der Website der WHO etwa ist in der Antwort auf die Frage “Was ist eine Pandemie?” von “einer enormen Anzahl von Todes- und Krankheitsfällen” die Rede – jedenfalls bis zum 4. Mai 2009. Dann machte ein CNN-Reporter die Seuchenschützer auf den Widerspruch zur eher mild verlaufenden Schweinegrippe aufmerksam, und diese Passage wurde umgehend getilgt.

Auch die deutschen Seuchenschützer haben die offizielle WHO-Definition der Phase 6 offenbar gründlich missverstanden. Bei einer Influenza-Pandemie, heißt es im 2007 aktualisierten nationalen Pandemieplan, handle es sich um “eine lang anhaltende, länderübergreifende Großschadenslage”. Sie verursache “derart nachhaltige Schäden, dass die Lebensgrundlage zahlreicher Menschen gefährdet oder zerstört wird”.

Davon kann am 11. Juni 2009 keine Rede sein. Kritiker fragen spöttisch, ob die WHO demnächst auch einen neuen Schnupfen zur Pandemie erklären wolle. “Manchmal denken einige von uns, WHO steht für Welt-Hysterie-Organisation”, meint Richard Schabas, einstmals Gesundheitschef der kanadischen Provinz Ontario.

“Die Pharmaindustrie hat keine unserer Entscheidungen beeinflusst”, sagt Fukuda. Doch Mitte Mai, rund drei Wochen bevor die Schweinegrippe zur Pandemie erklärt wird, treffen sich in der WHO-Zentrale 30 hochrangige Vertreter von Pharmakonzernen mit WHO-Chefin Chan und Uno-Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon. Offiziell geht es darum, wie auch die Versorgung der Entwicklungsländer mit Pandemie-Impfstoff sichergestellt werden kann. Doch für die Impfstoffindustrie ist zu dieser Zeit etwas anderes die Schlüsselfrage: die Entscheidung für Phase 6.

Es geht um nichts Geringeres als die Versorgung großer Teile der Menschheit mit Grippe-Impfstoffen. Alles hängt an dieser Entscheidung: Phase 6 funktioniert wie ein Schalter, der die Kassen der Industrie risikofrei klingeln lässt. Denn viele Pandemie-Impfstoff-Verträge sind längst abgeschlossen. Deutschland etwa hat sich schon 2007 dem britischen Konzern GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) gegenüber verpflichtet, GSK-Pandemie-Impfstoff zu kaufen – sobald Phase 6 ausgerufen wird.”

English version: Reconstruction of a Mass Hysteria: The Swine Flu Panic of 2009

11.03.2010, stern: Impfrate war niedriger als in einer normalen Grippesaison
Zitat: “
50 Millionen Impfdosen gegen das Schweinegrippevirus H1N1 hatte Deutschland bestellt. Doch dann wollte sich kaum jemand impfen lassen. Jetzt ziehen die Bundesländer Bilanz.

Nicht einmal jeder zehnte Deutsche hat sich gegen Schweinegrippe impfen lassen. Das geht aus Daten des niedersächsischen Gesundheitsministeriums hervor. “Die Zahl liegt merklich unter der Impfrate einer normalen Grippesaison von rund 20 Prozent”, erläutert ein Ministeriumssprecher. Niedersachsen hat derzeit den Vorsitz der Landesgesundheitsminister. Nach den vorläufigen Daten aus 13 Bundesländern lag die Impfrate je nach Land zwischen vier und zehn Prozent.

Damit wurden nicht einmal acht Millionen Dosen des Impfstoffs Pandemrix verbraucht. Außerdem ist auch deshalb so viel Impfstoff übrig, weil anders als zunächst gedacht bei den meisten Menschen keine Zweifach-Impfung nötig war.”

19.03.2010 Plusminus: So geht Lobby – Das Geschäft mit der Schweinegrippe
Soviel Wahrheit war selbst in der ARD damals noch möglich. Heute wäre es ein Kündigungsgrund

22 März 2010: PACE to hold a second public hearing into the handling of the Swine Flu pandemic

Strasbourg, 22.03.2010 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold a second public hearing on the subject “The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed” in Paris on Monday 29th March, followed by a press conference.

Participants at the hearing, organised by PACE’s Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs, include:

Polish Health Minister Ewa Kopacz, who will explain her government’s response to the ‘flu pandemic declared by the World Health Organisation – Poland decided not to order any H1N1 vaccinesProfessor Marc Gentilini, an expert in infectious diseases, a member of the
French National Academy of Medicine and a former President of the French Red Cross, who will assess France’s response to the pandemic

Health researcher Dr Tom Jefferson of the independently-funded Cochrane Collaboration who will analyse the issue of the use of scientific evidence in influenza decision-making
Michèle Rivasi, a member of the Green Group in the European Parliament, who is calling for an inquiry by MEPs into the handling of the ‘flu pandemicThe committee held afirst public hearingin January, attended by representatives of the WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and independent health experts, following a motion by the outgoing Chair of PACE’s Sub-committee on Health Wolfgang Wodarg on “faked pandemics”.

It subsequently appointed Paul Flynn (United Kingdom, SOC) to prepare a report. He has already met British Minister of State for Public Health Gillian Merron as part of his inquiry, and will shortly visit the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to put follow-up questions. The committee is due to approve his report at the end of April, for a possible plenary debate in Strasbourg in June.


Practical information for the media:
The hearing, which is open to the press, takes place at the Council of Europe office in Paris (55 avenue Kléber, Paris 16ème, Metro: Boissière) from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Monday 29th March, followed by a press conference.

Video of the hearing and press conference (with interpretation into English and French) will be posted on the Assembly’s website around an hour after they conclude at the following link:

PACE Communication Division, e-mail
or +33 3 88 41 31 93

29.03.2010: Memorandum des Europarats zum Schweinegrippe-Skandal

“The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed”

07.04.2010, 20:54 Uhr: SRF Rundschau (Schweiz): Geschäft mit Schweinegrippe
mit Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

Zitat: “Im letzten Juni erklärte die Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO die Schweinegrippe zur Pandemie und trat damit hektische Aktivitäten los: Allein die Schweiz bestellte 13 Millionen Impfdosen. Die Pharmaindustrie verbuchte gewaltige Gewinne mit einer Katastrophe, die niemals stattfand. Steckt die WHO mit der Industrie unter einer Decke? Fast unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit ging der Europarat dieser Frage nach – mit aufrüttelnden Ergebnissen.”
Quelle: SRF.


20.04.2010: statista: Offiziell 253 Schweinegrippe-Tote in Deutschland

17.05.2010, SZ: Schweinegrippe: Statt Schutz ein Impf-Desaster
Zitat: “Bedenklicher Großversuch: Bund und Länder wollen 25 Millionen Menschen gegen die Schweinegrippe impfen. Doch nicht nur medizinische Gründe lassen am Sinn der Aktion zweifeln. […]

Diese Skepsis ist angebracht. Die WHO hat die Schweinegrippe Anfang Juni zur Pandemie erklärt, obwohl die Krankheit außerhalb Mexikos eher harmlos verlief, kaum ein Bedrohungsgefühl hervorrief und sich nicht so sprunghaft ausbreitete, wie vorhergesagt. In einigen Ländern entpuppten sich Regierungsberater, die vor dem globalen Seuchenzug warnten und mehr Medikamente forderten, als Lobbyisten der Pharmaindustrie.

Es gibt auch medizinische Gründe, um am Sinn der Impfung zu zweifeln. Ähnlich wie in den USA 1976 ist der Impfstoff neu, niemand weiß, wie er wirkt. Er enthält neben dem eigentlichen Impfstoff auch Wirkverstärker, mit denen kaum Erfahrungen bestehen. Dass die Beimischungen nicht harmlos sind, zeigt das Beispiel der Impfung gegen die Hirnhautentzündung FSME im Jahr 2000. Im Vergleich zur Vorgänger-Impfung wurde damals nur die Beimischung verändert – das neue Mittel musste nach wenigen Monaten wegen Nebenwirkungen vom Markt.

Mit einem neuen Vakzin nach nur kurzer klinischer Erprobung gleich 25 Millionen Bundesbürger gegen die Schweinegrippe impfen zu wollen, kann man als bedenklichen Großversuch bezeichnen, ohne der Panikmache verdächtig zu sein. Man muss kein Impfgegner sein, um diese Impfung abzulehnen.

Irritierend ist auch die Argumentation vieler Impf-Befürworter. Sie befürchten eine mögliche Mutation des Erregers, die diesen gefährlicher macht. Das ist tatsächlich möglich – heute, morgen, nächstes Jahr. Vielleicht passiert es aber auch nie – und ohnehin ist diese Gefahr bei nahezu allen Keimen gegeben. Deshalb ist es medizinisch originell, gegen einen Erreger zu impfen, um die Entstehung eines noch gefährlicheren zu verhindern. Man kann es auch als innovatives Geschäftsmodell bezeichnen.”


Schweinegrippe: “Die Welle hat begonnen”
Zitat: “In Süddeutschland nehmen die Schweinegrippe-Erkrankungen drastisch zu. Von dort werde in den kommenden Wochen eine Grippewelle über ganz Deutschland rollen, warnen Experten.
Die Schweinegrippe breitet sich immer schneller in Deutschland aus. In der 43. Kalenderwoche sind 3075 Personen neu erkrankt, wie das Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI) am Montag in Berlin mitteilte. In der 42. Kalenderwoche habe die Zahl der Neuerkrankungen noch bei 1860 gelegen. Insgesamt sind nach Angaben des RKI deutschlandweit bislang 29.907 Fälle der neuen Grippe registriert worden. “Die Welle hat begonnen”, sagte der Präsident des RKI, Jörg Hacker. […]
Drosten rief dringend dazu auf, sich gegen die Schweinegrippe impfen zu lassen. “Bei der Erkrankung handelt es sich um eine schwerwiegende allgemeine Virusinfektion, die erheblich stärkere Nebenwirkungen zeitigt als sich irgendjemand vom schlimmsten Impfstoff vorstellen kann.”

17.06.2010, ARD Monitor: Milliardengrab Schweinegrippe: Wer steuerte die WHO?

Zitat ARD-Seite: “Vor fast genau einem Jahr hat die Weltgesundheitsorganisation erstmals in ihrer Geschichte die Pandemiestufe 6 ausgerufen und die Welt mit der Schweinegrippe in einen beispiellosen Ausnahmezustand versetzt Bis heute sitzen Länder weltweit auf ungenutzten Vorräten von antiviralen Mitteln und Impfstoffen im Wert von Milliarden. Nur ein Irrtum, den man bis heute nicht zugeben kann oder das Ergebnis systematischer Einflussnahme von Pharmaherstellern?

Neue Rechercheergebnisse zeigen zumindest, was Öffentlichkeit und Entscheidungsträger in der Politik nicht erfahren haben: Viele wichtige Berater der WHO hatten auch enge Verbindungen zu genau den Pharmaherstellern, die von den Pandemieplanungen profitierten.”

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