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[Opinion] A Swine Flu Post-Mortem
Questions remain in the aftermath of H1N1
Michael Werbowski (minou)     Print Article 
Published 2010-02-10 12:40 (KST)   
Rarely in history have we seen something that turned out to be such a hoax as the recent "H1N1-pandemic."

What reportedly began in Mexico last spring, in Vera Cruz state at an industrial pork farm, was then upgraded to a global health crisis. Nine months later it ended with allegations of world-wide-scale hoax. Some people have suggested the flu scare was carefully coordinated from within the WHO's inner sanctum, in order to boost vaccine sales and the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Regardless of whether or not that is true, an examination of the facts shows that the warnings did not match reality.

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From a statistical standpoint, for example, swine flu was very small. Out of a total planetary population of approximately 6.8 billion people, only about 15,613 deaths have been directly attributed to H1N1 as of late 2009 (www.flucount.org). In 1918, by comparison, the mortality level attributed to the "Spanish flu" was 50 millions deaths. This was a three percent of the total world's population which was 1.6 billion at the time. Based on this measurable scale the Swine flu was indeed a big dud.

Despite this epidemic's low mortality rate, it was still judged, by both national government's medical experts and the UN health officials in Geneva, to be a "pandemic". This alarmist term has been used irresponsibly in a "fast and loose" manner to seemingly panic people and get them to go get jabbed to the delight of the vaccines' manufacturers. Officials during the height of the hysteria around June, spread highly exaggerated pronouncements about the extent and virulence of the "deadly outbreak" among the populace. Of course this was designed to deliberately scare the populace and it engendered a pandemic of fear which spread further and faster than the H1N1 -- the virus itself.

Misusing terminology and misleading claims

Pandemic, of course originates from the Greek words "pan" meaning all and "demos" or people. In colloquial language, then, to qualify as a pandemic an outbreak of a dreaded contagious disease must affect the vast majority. This was certainly not the case in Mexico. Yet at a "critical" period in late April 2009 there were 148 deaths "suspected" to be (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/27) directly related to the flu. They occurred in an urban center with over 20 million people. The "pandemic" prompted a virtual state of emergency to be enacted, which practically paralyzed the entire capital.

Not only did governments, evidently, oversell the severity of this virus as if it were a great deadly plague, they misled the public in the process and were apparently gouged by "Big Pharma" which overcharged their national clients to the delight of the vaccines' manufacturers. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/oct/11/swine-flu-vaccine-baxter)

The H1N1 "hoax" turns into a full- fledged "fiasco"

In France the Swine flu fiasco resulted in millions of unused and soon-to-expire doses of the H1N1 vaccine piling up government warehouses. Since the mass vaccination campaign began last October, around 5 million people got the jab. The French health ministry purchased many doses more than would cover the entire population of the country at a cost of $ 1.25 billion. Now France is stuck with vast quantities of vaccine, which is decreasing in potency, that they are frantically seeking to sell off. Conveniently, the manufacturers are reluctant to buy them back. Others countries, like Canada, unable to sell off the vaccines is offloading them to "needier" countries in the developing world as a gesture of their selfless generosity.
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