Millions of Expired Swine-flu Vaccines To Be Destroyed As Criticism Mounts
(The New American) -- by Alex Newman --
Amidst strong criticism of governments’ responses to the swine flu H1N1 hysteria, nearly half of the more than 150 million swine flu vaccines purchased by the feds for the American public will be incinerated after starting to expire earlier this week.
Forty million shots — worth more than $250 million — expired Wednesday and are already marked for destruction. A government estimate cited in various news reports claimed another 30 million doses would go bad soon. Those are not expected to be used either, and will also likely be disposed of.
"It's a lot, by historical standards," Food and Drug Administration vaccine boss Jerry Weir admitted to the Associated Press. The quantity of useless shots may even set a new record — more than four times the amount of seasonal flu vaccines normally left over.
Predictably, federal officials responsible for squandering nearly half of a billion dollars on the wasted vaccines are defending the purchases. "Although there were many doses of vaccine that went unused, it was much more appropriate to have been prepared for the worst case scenario than to have had too few doses," claimed a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In America, demand for vaccines was so low that, according to the AP, “by January local health departments were trying gimmicks to get anyone at all to come in for a shot.” But it didn’t work.
There were several reasons why so many tens of millions of swine flu inoculations never ended up being used. For one, swine flu turned out to be extremely mild compared to even the seasonal flu, which is linked to the deaths of more than three times the amount of Americans killed by swine flu last season. Also, countless experts raised concerns about the risks and efficacy of the barely tested H1N1 vaccines, as reported by The New American magazine at the height of the alleged “pandemic.”
A similar scenario is playing out around the world, where governments stockpiled massive quantities of vaccines that will now have to be destroyed. The antiviral drug Tamiflu was also purchased in huge amounts by governments, and a lot of that is expiring now too.
Meanwhile, the Council of Europe strongly criticized the World Health Organization’s fear-mongering and vaccine promotion. “The handling by the WHO of the H1N1 pandemic led to a waste of large sums of public money and unjustified scares and fears about health risks faced by the European public,” the European body concluded, saying there was “overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly overrated by WHO.” The world health body actually changed the definition of a pandemic during the crisis, allowing it to raise the alert.
The European investigation also found improper influence by pharmaceutical companies on the international body’s decision making, calling for the implementation of safe-guards against “undue influence by vested interests.” It also chastised the media and warned against future “sensationalism and scaremongering in the public health domain.”
“The ‘birds-flu’-campaign (2005/06) combined with the 'swine-flu'-campaign seem to have caused a great deal of damage not only to some vaccinated patients and to public health-budgets, but to the credibility and accountability of important international health-agencies,” noted a resolution approved by the council’s parliamentary health committee.
The man who led the charge for the investigation, health committee chairman and medical doctor Wolfgang Wodarg — a fierce critic of the vaccines — called the “false pandemic” one of the greatest medical scandals of the last century.
“The victims among millions of needlessly vaccinated people must be protected by their states,” he said, noting that the pharmaceutical companies and their cohorts were willing to "inflict bodily harm in their pursuit of profits." He has also called for legal action against parties responsible for the fiasco...MORE...LINK