Millions of H1N1 vaccine doses may have to be discarded/ WP

From the WaPo:

Despite months of dire warnings and millions in taxpayer dollars, less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the government bought to fight the pandemic have been administered — leaving an estimated 71.5 million doses that must be discarded if they are not used before they expire…(and 25 million to be donated to poor countries)…

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, faces mounting charges that it overreacted to the pandemic. The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly is investigating allegations that the Geneva-based arm of the United Nations was influenced by pharmaceutical companies to exaggerate the risk, thereby helping in vaccine sales…

WHO officials have strongly disputed the charges, saying the response was vital given the uncertainty about the new virus and its potential threat. Many independent public health experts have defended the agency.

Nevertheless, the WHO has launched an internal review of its response and announced Monday that a committee of 29 outside experts (chosen by WHO, however–Nass) would conduct an independent assessment. The critique will include whether WHO’s pandemic alert system should consider the severity of a new virus, not just whether it is novel and spreading globally.

“Could we have made decisions better? Could we have considered things in a different way at the time?” said Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s top flu official, told reporters Monday. “We, along with many others, are asking the same kinds of questions of ourselves and each other…

Internationally, officials are concerned because the virus has started spreading widely for the first time in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere, especially in poor African countries with limited resources to stem the spread and treat cases.

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12 years ago

Hey, if the goal was to channel funds to the pharmaceutical companies, then they succeeded, while at the same time conducting social experimentation on what it takes to deceive the populations.

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