"As the 193 member states of the World Health Organization meet in Geneva, questions over the body's handling of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic are high on the agenda.
Some medical experts doubt whether this was really a pandemic at all ... "Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, a German doctor and former member of parliament, had been watching the spread of swine flu in Mexico City, and was puzzled at the reaction of the WHO"What we experienced in Mexico City was a very mild flu," he explained, "which did not kill more than usual - which killed even less people than usual. This was suddenly, a fast-spreading mild flu, a pandemic. But this is not the definition of a pandemic I learned, which has to be severe, with a much higher than usual death rate."
Tom Jefferson, a researcher for the international Cochrane Centre, the world's leading independent assessor of medical interventions and medical research, claims that the WHO changed the definition of what a pandemic actually was just weeks before it declared one on 11 June last year.
"On 1 May the WHO's global pandemic website had the old definition of an influenza pandemic, which included very large numbers of cases, complications and deaths," he said.
"By 4 May that definition had disappeared and what remained was simply a new virus which spreads rapidly and infects very many people."
Dr Jefferson also believes that the WHO advice put emphasis on the use of vaccines and antivirals, ahead of effective and inexpensive measures like hand-washing."
" ... Really the only people to benefit were the pharmaceutical companies"Paul Flynn British MP
All this was expected really! All of it! ... Would anybody ever trust this organisation again?! Shame on WHO! ... but will anyone in this organisation pay for terrifying the whole world? .... let's wait and see, although I am not hoping for much in this regard! But ...
Hopefully, this will bring a closure to the swine era ... the mess and the resulting scare!
... but .... what to do for next winter ... eh? ... the Marsians in flying saucers have landed perhaps?!
“For truth is precious and divine, too rich a pearl for carnal swine.”