- The much-touted threat of an H1N1 Pandemic flu fades
in the mildest flu season on record, and governments are left sitting on
millions of dollars of stocks of vaccines. The Parliamentary Assembly of
the Council of Europe will begin an official investigation into evidence
of scandalous corruption relationships in the new "Golden Triangle"
of the global drugs industry-WHO, its scientific academic 'advisors' of
SAGE, and the pharma drugs industry, yet new confirmations of the extent
of official corruption are emerging.
- Further information of official WHO corruption has emerged
as people begin to look more closely at the unelected officials wielding
so much power over our health.
- According to WHO's official declaration on conflicts
of interest, its official scientific advisory body, the Strategic Advisory
Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), are obliged to inform on all kinds
of financial research support, scholarships, payment for collaboration
and sponsor support for the research unit, during the past three years.
- Now, despite a WHO pledge of transparency in publishing
the ties of its members or advisors to the pharma industry, a Danish Freedom
of Information Act request by Louise Voller & Kristian Villesen for
the Danish daily newspaper Information has confirmed that the newest member
of the elite SAGE, Finnish Professor Juhani Eskola, an advisor managed
not to reveal the fact that his Finnish research laboratory, THL, a WHO
research center, got 6.3 million Euros (about $9 million) from swine flu
vaccine maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2009. GSK produces the H1N1 swine
flu vaccine, 'Pandemix' which the Finnish and many other governments, following
the recommendations of THL and WHO, purchased in large volumes as a national
- The Finnish Minister of Health has become involved in
the Eskola case and has asked for transparency concerning the researcher's
financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. However, Professor Eskola
doesn't agree that there is a problem. He secures and protects his 'WHO'
status, by offering a minor 'consultative payment' to the pharmaceutical
- The GSK money is the THL lab's largest income source.
Questioned about the obvious conflict of interest in the appointment of
Eskola to "objectively" advise WHO on vaccines, Eskola admits,
"We are aware that there appears to be a conflict interest."
- 'Mr Flu' and the stench of corruption
- Eskola is part of a much more pervasive corruption in
the scientific advisors of WHO. The scientist perhaps most influential
in the vaccine decisions of WHO since the outbreak of SARS in Asia and
Avian Flu several years ago is Holland's Professor Albert Osterhaus. Known
as 'Mr Flu' for his enormous influence over WHO and other flu decisions,
Osterhaus lost his shine recently when the Dutch Parliament was forced
to investigate Osterhaus' ties to the pharma industry.
- Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam Holland
has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of
the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only
is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has
been described as the Pharma Mafia, he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza
and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of
euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1.
- Osterhaus's credentials and expertise in his field were
not in question. What is in question, according to a short report published
by the journal Science, are his links to corporate interests that stand
to potentially profit from the swine flu pandemic. Science carried the
following brief note in its October 16 2009 issue about Osterhaus:
- " For the past 6 months, one could barely switch
on the television in the Netherlands without seeing the face of famed virus
hunter Albert Osterhaus talking about the swine flu pandemic. Or so it
has seemed. Osterhaus, who runs an internationally renowned virus lab at
Erasmus Medical Center, has been Mr. Flu. But last week, his reputation
took a nosedive after it was alleged that he has been stoking pandemic
fears to promote his own business interests in vaccine development.Last
week, his reputation took a nosedive after it was alleged that he has been
stoking pandemic fears to promote his own business interests in vaccine
development. As Science went to press, the Dutch House of Representatives
had even slated an emergency debate about the matter."
- Albert Osterhaus is no small player. He stands at the
global nexus of every major virus panic of the past decade from the mysterious
SARS deaths in HongKong, where current WHO Director Margaret Chan got her
start in her career as a local health official. According to his official
bio at the European Commission, Osterhaus was engaged in April 2003, at
the height of the panic over SARS (Severe Acquired Respiratory Syndrome)
in investigation of the Hong Kong outbreak of respiratory illnesses. The
EU report states, "he again showed his skill at moving fast to tackle
a serious problem. Within three weeks he had proved that the disease was
caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that resides in civet cats, other
carnivorous animals or bats."
- Then Osterhaus moved on as SARS cases vanished from view,
this time publicizing dangers of what he claimed was H5N1 Avian Flu. In
1997 he had already began sounding the alarm following the death in Hong
Kong of a three-year-old who Osterhaus learned had had direct contact with
birds. Osterhaus went into high gear lobbying across Holland and Europe
claiming that a deadly new mutation of avian flu had jumped to humans and
that drastic measures were required. He claimed to be the first scientist
in the world to show that H5N1 could be transferred into humans.
- In a BBC interview in October 2005 on the danger of Avian
Flu, Osterhaus declared, "if the virus manages indeed to, to mutate
itself in such a way that it can transmit from human to human, then we
have a completely different situation, we might be at the start of the
pandemic." He added, "there is a real chance that this virus
could be trafficked by the birds all the way to Europe. There is a real
risk, but nobody can estimate the risk at this moment, because we haven't
done the experiments." It never did manage to mutate, but he was ready
to "do the experiments," presumably for a hefty fee.
- To bolster his frightening pandemic scenario, Osterhaus
and his lab assistants in Rotterdam began assiduously assembling and freezing
samples of, well, bird shit, in an attempt to build a more scientific argument.
He claimed that at certain times of the year up to 30% of all European
birds acted as carriers of the deadly avian virus, H5N1. He also claimed
that farmers working with hens and chickens were then exposed. Osterhaus
briefed journalists who dutifully noted his alarm. Politicians were alerted.
He wrote papers proposing that the far away deaths in Asia from what he
termed H5N1 were coming to Europe, presumably on the wongs or in the innards
of deadly sick infected birds. He claimed that migratory birds were carrying
the deadly new disease as far west as Germany's Baltic island, Rügen,
Croatia and Ukraine. He conveniently ignored the fact that birds do not
migrate east to west but rather north to south.
- Osterhaus' Avian Flu alarm campaign really took off in
2003 when a Dutch veterinary doctor became ill and died. Osterhaus claimed
the death was from H5N1. He convinced the Dutch government to order slaughter
of millions of chickens. Yet no other infected persons died from the alleged
H5N1. Osterhaus claimed that that was simply proof of the effectiveness
of the preemptive slaughter campaign.
- Osterhaus claimed that bird feces were the source, via
air bombardment or droppings, onto populations and birds below. That was
the vehicle for the spread of the deadly new Asian strain of H5N1 he insisted.
- There was only one problem with the now voluminous frozen
samples of diverse bird excrement he and his associates had collected and
frozen at his institute. There was not one single confirmed example of
H5N1 virus found in any of his samples. At a May 2006 Congress of the World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Osterhaus and his Erasmus colleagues
were forced to admit that in testing 100,000 samples of their assiduously
saved bird feces, they had discovered not one single case of H5N1 virus.
- At a WHO conference in Verona in 2008 titled "Avian
influenza at the Human-Animal Interface," in a presentation to scientific
colleagues undoubtedly less impressed by appeals to pandemic emotion than
the non-scientific public, Osterhaus admitted that "A proper risk
assessment of H5N1 as the cause of a new pandemic cannot be made with the
currently available information." By then, however, his sights were
already firmly on other possible pandemic triggers to focus his vaccination
- A Mexican outbreak of a strange disease rapidly became
swine flu, the now-famous H1N1 Influenza A of 2009 and 'Mr Flu' was once
more at the forefront sounding the alarm at WHO.
- Tip of a big, big iceberg
- The financial ties of Eskola and Osterhaus to the pharma
industry that stands to gain from their scientific recommendations to WHO
is but the tip of a big, big iceberg.
- The following list of WHO researchers, prepared by Information,
name more scientists reported to have financial ties to Big Pharma, suggesting
the entire WHO system is systematically corrupt:
- *Dr. Peter Figueroa, Professor in the Department of Community
Health and Psychiatry in Jamaica, has received money from Merck.
- *Dr. Neil Ferguson has received funding from Baxter,
GlaxoSmithKline, and Roche, as well as from some insurance companies
- *Professor Malik Peiris in Hong Kong has received money
from Baxter GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur.
- *Dr. Arnold Monto, advisor to Chiron, GlaxoSmithKline,
MedImmune, Roche, Novartis, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur, has received funding
- *Dr. Friedrich Hayden, consultant to MedImmune and Sanofi
Pasteur, received money from those companies, in addition to Roche, RW
Johnson, and SmithKline Beecham.
- *'Dr Flu' Prof. Albert Osterhaus has received money from
Baxter, Crucell, Novartis, Hoffman-La Roche, MedImmune, Nobilon, Sanofi
Pasteur, MSD, GlaxoSmithKline, and Solvay.
- The WHO is in the powerful position of reviewing and
making vaccine recommendations to the world.
- Changing the definition of Pandemic
- In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in Germany,
epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Collaboration, an organization
of independent scientists evaluating all flu related studies, noted the
implications of the privatization of WHO and the commercialization of health:
- Jefferson:"one of the extraordinary features of
this influenza -- and the whole influenza saga -- is that there are some
people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse.
None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making
these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which
was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn't stop these people
from always making their predictions. Sometimes you get the feeling that
there is a whole industry almost waiting for a pandemic to occur.
- SPIEGEL: Who do you mean? The World Health Organization
- Jefferson: The WHO and public health officials, virologists
and the pharmaceutical companies. They've built this machine around the
impending pandemic. And there's a lot of money involved, and influence,
and careers, and entire institutions! And all it took was one of these
influenza viruses to mutate to start the machine grinding...
- When asked if the WHO had deliberately declared the Pandemic
Emergency in order to create a huge market for H1N1 vaccines and drugs,
- "Don't you think there's something noteworthy about
the fact that the WHO has changed its definition of pandemic? The old definition
was a new virus, which went around quickly, for which you didn't have immunity,
and which created a high morbidity and mortality rate. Now the last two
have been dropped, and that's how swine flu has been categorized as a pandemic."
- Conveniently enough, the WHO published the new Pandemic
definition in April 2009 just in time to allow WHO, on advice of SAGE and
others like Albert "Dr Flu" Osterhaus and David Salisbury, to
declare the mild cases of flu dubbed H1N1 Influenza A to be declared Pandemic
- Pandemic declaration automatically activates countless
national emergency preparations including mandatory stockpiling of vaccines,
vaccines supplied, of course, by the same pharmaceutical companies pouring
money into the advisors of WHO. For them the new "Golden Triangle"
is perhaps even more lucrative than the Asian Golden Triangle of drugs
in the 1960's Vietnam War era. And so far it's all legal to boot.
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a Donation of Millions from a Pharmaceutical Company, Dagbladet Information,
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