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4 June 2010
Key scientists behind World Health Organization advice on stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies which stood to profit, an investigation has found.
The British Medical Journal says the scientists had openly declared these interests in other publications yet WHO made no mention of the links.
It comes as a report from the Council of Europe criticised the lack of transparency around the handling of the swine flu pandemic.
A spokesman for WHO said the drug industry did not influence its decisions on swine flu.
Guidelines recommending governments stockpile antiviral drugs were issued by WHO in 2004.
The advice prompted many countries around the world into buying up large stocks of Tamiflu, made by Roche, and Relenza manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Germany: 470 cases, 16 deaths
Sweden: 15 cases, one death
Denmark: Seven cases
The Netherlands: Three cases
UK: Three cases
Spain: One case
Originally posted by CasiusIgnoranze
reply to post by BarmyBilly
Could Germany deactivating all its nuclear power stations by 2022 have anything to do with it?
www.bbc.co.uk...edit on 2-6-2011 by CasiusIgnoranze because: (no reason given)