Doubts cast on H1N1 scare
The severity of the H1N1 outbreak was deliberately exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scare, a leading European health expert has claimed. Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, has accused the makers of vaccines for the virus of influencing the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision to declare a pandemic. The council, a Strasbourg-based body responsible for the European Court of Human Rights, has decided to investigate Wodarg’s claims in an emergency debate on the issue to be held later this month. Wodarg said the crisis led to governments around the world ordering and stockpiling millions of doses of anti-flu drugs which were not needed.