According to the online Pharma Times:
"The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold an emergency debate and inquiry this month into the “influence” exerted by drugmakers on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global H1N1 flu campaign.
The text of the resolution approved by the Assembly calling for the debate and inquiry states that: “in order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies responsible for public health standards 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.”
The WHO’s “false pandemic” flu campaign is “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,” according to Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman the PACE Health Committee, who introduced the parliamentary motion. “The definition of an alarming pandemic must not be under the influence of drug-sellers,” he adds.
Dr Wodarg, a doctor and former SPD member of the German Bundestag, says that the “false pandemic” campaign began last May in Mexico City, when a hundred or so “normal” reported influenza cases were declared to be the beginning of a threatening new pandemic, although there was little scientific evidence for this. Nevertheless the WHO, “in cooperation with some big pharmaceutical companies and their scientists, re-defined pandemics,” removing the statement that “an enormous amount of people have contracted the illness or died” from its existing definition and replacing it by stating simply that there has to be a virus, spreading beyond borders and to which people have no immunity.
These new standards forced politicians in most states to react immediately and sign marketing commitments for additional and new vaccines against swine flu, through “sealed contracts” under which orders are secured in advance and governments take almost all responsibility. “In this way, the producers of vaccines are sure of enormous gains without having any financial risks. So they just wait until WHO says ‘pandemic’ and activate the contracts,” says Dr Wodarg.
“In January, we will arrange an emergency debate about the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the WHO, and 47 parliaments all over Europe are going to be informed. Following this, we will initiate an investigation and hearings involving those responsible for the pandemic emergency. The aim is that none of the pharmaceutical companies under any circumstances must be allowed to make their influence felt on pandemic emergencies,” he went on."
No where in the MSM has there been any coverage of this at all. BBC, Guardian, Times, Telegraph have nothing. The only mention came in the Independent. It was well-hidden in the Business News section under the heading "Novartis launches $40bn Alcon buyout", allowing the Independent to say, if challenged, that they had indeed reported on it:
"Swine flu swindle? Calls for EU debate
A key European Union body is considering an investigation into the role of drug companies in the World Health Organisation's swine flu campaign. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) has had a request to hold an emergency debate this month on the "influence" of pharmaceutical groups on the WHO's efforts to inform governments on the dangers of an H1N1 pandemic.The WHO's "false pandemic" flu campaign is "one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century," claimed Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman of the PACE Health Committee. A number of drugs companies have made hundreds of millions of pounds after governments across the globe submitted orders for millions of doses of specialist vaccine and treatments. The number of swine flu deaths is dramatically lower than initial predictions had forecast."
That's 138 words in the whole of the British press about "one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,"
And that's another scandal!
F. William Engdahl was the first one to break this here.
UPDATE: 08 JAN 2010
The Independent has done it again. The same story (this time only 95 words) is tagged on to the bottom of an article "Germany cancels part of GSK swine flu vaccine order",
UPDATE: 12 JANUARY 2010
Thanks to MikeD over at the Media Lens Message Board for posting a link to this Aljazeera report, and see this in the coments below:
The Daily Mail took up the story here yesterday:
The 'false' pandemic: Drug firms cashed in on scare over swine flu, claims Euro health chief
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1242147/The-false-pandemic-Drug-firms-cashed-scare-swine-flu-claims-Euro-health-chief.html#ixzz0Ny0kfkCS