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The £1.2billion spent on tackling the swine flu pandemic that never was may have saved as few as 26 lives at a cost of up to £46million each, an astonishing study has found.
The vast sum spent on vaccinations, anti-virals and facemasks prevented such a paltry number of deaths because the virus turned out to be far less deadly than normal flu.
In the end, just 342 people died in England. At the height of the panic, chief medical officer Liam Donaldson warned that as many as 65,000 could die.
They calculated that between 26 and 67 lives were saved by the swine flu vaccination programme.
It may also have prevented 10,000 hospital admissions - but this only saved the NHS between £6.7million and £21.5million.
Originally posted by StevenDye
Since when did we start putting a price on a life? It was still worth it if it saved 26 people.