“It’s one of the greatest medical scandals of the century” said Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, and it’s likely the costliest. In France alone, health officials spent 1.25 billion dollars on 94 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine, but only 5 million has been used. Now, like other countries such as the UK and Germany, it is trying to sell off the supply. But the epidemic has already spiked so who wants to buy?
What I find most incredulous is how governments have been so freakin’ gullible! How could they get sucked in by big pharma companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline, Sanofi and Baxter—with their obvious financial interests at stake? Even Obama got sucked in. In October 2009, our president called H1N1 a national emergency and said there is “rapid increase in illness from H1N1…the pandemic continues to evolve and rise rapidly…” But the numbers didn’t add up—you don’t call it a pandemic without doing some research.
These drug companies told everyone initially that two vaccines were needed, but later it was discovered that one shot is enough. So they doubled their money. And just to be on the safe side, that clever Glaxo Smith Kline sold governments a “no return” policy.
Health officials were led to believe that thousands upon thousands of people would die from H1N1 and in total, $20 billion was spent on the vaccine. But so far just 13,000 worldwide have died from the virus—definitely not the killer flu predicted. Besides, 250,000 people die of seasonal flu each year and Wodarg emphasizes this fact: “It’s [H1N1] just a normal kind of flu,” he said. “It does not cause a tenth of deaths caused by the classic seasonal flu.”
Some people (and not just conspiracy theorists) believe the swine flu outbreak was a ‘false pandemic’ driven by drug companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scam. Wodarg is one of them, and he is backed by members in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) who voted unanimously to investigate “the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign.”
The resolution just passed by the Council of Europe Parliament includes the charge that, “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines…pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies…to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines.”
Wodarg is now focusing on the motives for profit, as well as the ties between the World Health Organization (WHO), the pharmaceutical-industrial complex and research scientists. As well, he has raised concerns about the safety of swine flu vaccines and believe the drug companies intentionally deceived everyone by subjecting innocent people to an experimental and untested formula.
“The vaccines were developed too quickly. Some ingredients were insufficiently tested,” he said. “But there is worse to come. The vaccine developed by Novartis was produced in a bioreactor from cancerous cells, a technique that had never been used until now.”
So why isn’t the US government doing some of its own investigating? And if there isn’t a class action suit yet, there darn well should be. I’d sign up, if I were foolish enough to have taken the H1N1 vaccine.