WHO Slammed for Handling of Flu Pandemic
AFP, PARIS – The World Health Organisation’s handling of the swine flu pandemic was deeply marred by secrecy and conflict of interest with drug companies, a top medical journal said on Friday.
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that WHO guidelines on the use of antiviral drugs were prepared by experts who had received consulting fees from the top two manufacturers of these drugs, Roche and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
In apparent violation of its own rules, the WHO did not publicly disclose these conflicts when the guidelines were drawn up in 2004, according to the report, jointly authored by the London-based non-profit Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
A draft assessment prepared for the Council of Europe, also released on Friday, similarly lambasts the WHO for lack of transparency, wasting huge sums of public money and provoking “unjustified fears.”
It also points to potential health risks stemming from the “fast track” manufacture of vaccines.
As you might expect, WHO is now busy denying the allegations and justifying its actions.