Internet Exposes Corrupt WHO Over Pharma Swine Flu Hoax

World Health Organisation influenza chief Keiji Fukuda told 29 health experts reviewing the international response to the pandemic that the Internet had added a new dimension to flu alerts over the past year. While it meant information about swine flu became more widely available, it also produced "news, rumours, a great deal of speculation and criticism in multiple outlets," including blogs, social networking and websites, he said. Mass vaccination campaigns in Europe last year fell flat amid public doubts about the value of immunisation because of milder than expected swine flu symptoms, speculation about the safety of the vaccine and concern about the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. Former WHO infectious diseases chief David Heymann told AFP that public health community had to take into account a "new factor" with the Internet and social networking. The review panel's final overall report on the handling of the pandemic is due by January 2011, a WHO spokesman said. AFP

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