Friday, February 5, 2010

WHO challenged at public hearing on the handling of the Swine Flu pandemic/ Council of Europe

From the Council of Europe's website:

"Are decisions on pandemics taken on the best scientific evidence only?" was the question asked today at a public hearing of PACE's Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs into the handling of the H1N1 pandemic. The World Health Organisation's flu chief defended his organisation, saying its advice was not improperly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. Paul Flynn (United Kingdom, SOC) will now prepare a report on this topic, for possible debate by the plenary Assembly in July or October 2010.

Extracts of statements by main speakers
Statement by Dr Wolfgang Wodarg (PDF)
Statement by Dr Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organisation (PDF)
Statement by Dr Luc Hessel, European Vaccine Manufacturers (PDF)
Statement by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Keil
Biographies of participants (PDF)
Video of the hearing
Video of the press conference
Motion by Mr Wodarg and others (PDF)
Announcement of hearing

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