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Swine Flu a “Faked Pandemic”

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe agree to launch enquiry amid revelations of gross conflicts of interest among experts advising the WHO to declare the swine flu pandemic Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

WHO expert advisory group linked to pharmaceutical industry

Those of us who have opposed the mass vaccinations against swine flu [1-3] (Fast-tracked Swine Flu Vaccine under Fire, SiS 43; Swine Flu Pandemic - To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? & other articles in the series, SiS 44; Cardiovascular Risks from Swine Flu Vaccines, SiS 45) can feel vindicated and relieved.

The truth is out. More than half of the experts advising the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare swine flu a ‘pandemic’ are linked to drug-makers that have reaped huge profits from untested vaccines and flu drugs [4].  Eleven of the 20 members of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) have profited from work done for the pharmaceutical industry or are linked to it through their universities. Many have declared interests in GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine maker that stands to benefit the most from the pandemic.

At the height of the pandemic scare, UK’s Chief Medical Officer warned of up to 65 000 deaths. The death toll now stands at 251; and the UK Government is now trying to offload up to £1 billion worth of unwanted swine flu vaccines.

Among the three UK experts with industrial links is Prof. Sir Roy Anderson, rector of Imperial College, London, also non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline. He received £87 000 for six board meetings in 2008 and £29 000 worth of shares. Since the swine flu outbreak the shares have risen in value by more than 10 percent.

Earlier, a Danish newspaper revealed, through the Danish Freedom of Information Act, that Prof. Juhani Eskola of SAGE and director of the Finnish research vaccine programme THL received nearly €6.3 million in 2009 for his research centre from GlaxoSmithKline, which was not declared on the WHO website [5]. Seven other WHO experts have ties to the pharmaceutical industry, most of them not declared on the WHO website.

One member of SAGE, Dr. Albert Osterhaus at Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands, heads the European Scientists Fighting Influenza, and is financed by Baxter, Crucell, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche, MedImmune, Nobilon, Sanofi Pasteur, MSD, Glaxo SmithKline and Solvay. He was under investigation for gross conflict of interest [6], which date back to the earlier bird flu scare [7] (see Where's the Bird Flu Pandemic? & other articles in the series, SiS 30).

SAGE group redefined ‘pandemic’ to mandate mass purchase of vaccines and drugs by governments

This SAGE group redefined ‘pandemic’ in an important way in order to mandate the mass purchase of vaccines and drugs by governments. Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jeffrey said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in Germany [8]: “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.”

European Council enquiry on “faked pandemic”

On 18 December 2009, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, former SPD Member of the German Parliament and now chair of the Health Committee of Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe (PACE) introduced a motion calling for an enquiry into the “faked pandemic”. It stated that [9] “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies have influenced scientists and official agencies, responsible for public health standards, to alarm governments worldwide. They have made them squander tight health care resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly exposed millions of healthy people to the risk of unknown side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines.”

It called on the member states of the Council of Europe to ask for an immediate investigation.

Wodarg is not just a politician; he is also an epidemiologist and specialist in lung disease and environmental medicine.

On 31 December, Wodarg’s resolution was passed by the Parliamentary Assembly. It will launch an enquiry in January 2010 into the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on the extent of the industry’s influence on WHO [10]. The enquiry extends to the industry’s earlier creation of the H5N1 bird flu campaign, and will be given “urgent” priority in the general assembly of the European Parliament.

Article first published 27/01/10


  1. Ho MW and Cummins J. Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine under fire. Science in Society 43,  4-6, 2009.
  2. Ho MW and Cummins J. Swine flu pandemic, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Science in Society 44, 22-24, 2009.
  3. Ho MW. Cardiovascular risks from flu vaccines. Science in Society 45 (to appear).
  4. “Swine flu taskforce’s links to vaccine giant: more than half the experts fighting the ‘pandemic have ties to drug firms”, Fiona Macrae and Sophie Borland, Mailonline, 14 January 2010,
  5. “WHO adviser conceals a donation of millions from a pharmaceutical company”, Louise Voller and Kristian Villesen for Danish daily newspaper Information. 10 December 2009,
  6. “WHO ‘Mr. Flu’ under investigation for gross conflict of interest”, by F. William Engdahl, Financial Sense Editorials, Uncommon News & Views for the Wise investor, 8 December 2009.
  7. Ho MW. Where’s the bird flu pandemic? Science in Society 30, 20-21, 2006.
  8. Karin Steinberger, Vogelgrippe: Der Mann mit der Vogelperspektive, Seuddeutsche Zeitung, 20 October, 2005, accessed in, cited in 6.
  9. Faked pandemics – a threat for health. Motion for a recommendation presented by Mr. Wodarg and others
  10. “Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to Invesigate “Pandemic” Scandal”, F. William Engdahl, Global Research . ca, 31 December 2009,

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Enviro Girl Comment left 29th January 2010 20:08:16
I've been reading of your work with Morgellon's Disease/GM Agrobacterium/used in U.S. Pesticides since 1979 - thank you for that! Heaven help us here in the U.S.A., Obama admin/Dept. of Homeland Security modified Bush's Pandemic Control Act to include strains of Swine Flu. They can now order vaccination and citizens refusing supposedly subject to up to a year in jail and up to $250K in fines. You wouldn't believe how the CDC (Centers for Disease Cover Up) and the FDA (Forcing Drugs Admin) have been ramming the vaccine down Americans' throats and inducing fear of death. I doubt they will push it further because the word is out $wine$tock was all about promoting vaccine sales & flu meds! The US GOV is run by corrupt Big Pharma Pimps. I heard Baxter Pharmaceuticals/Austria purposely unleased this GM virus to 18 countries in February 2009. Everyone should boycott any products from them and sell their stock - BAX on USNYSE. Please keep up the GREAT work!,

Anita Allen Comment left 28th January 2010 04:04:20
Dear Dr Ho, Thank you for this update and detail. My life has been hugely enriched by your efforts and those of your panel. My wish for 2010 is that you reach critical mass on the various issues and thrust them aside to make way for new paradigms. - Anita allen, Ekurhuleni, South Africa.

R. Irvine Comment left 28th January 2010 05:05:08
this e-mail was very timely. I had decided not to get the vaccine, but was lately beginning to doubt this decision. Thanks for all the research.

Emma Steiner Comment left 28th January 2010 05:05:02
Dear Dr.Ho. Your diligent research and reporting is so very much appreciated and needed. Your information is absolutely essential for us who are trying to educate on the local level. With deep appreciation and gratitude for providing us with such reliable disclosure info, that enables us at the grassroots to continue informing the public with confidence that our info is accurate. Deeply indebted!

nhlonipho ndlovu Comment left 28th January 2010 23:11:21
Dear Dr Ho.As a student ,i have come to greatly appreciate the authenticity and fearlessness of your work.It is astounding how the world can be defrauded by a few persons in persuit of riches.Thank you so much for opening our eyes to this lethal,money laundering schemes.I owe so much to you for unearthing the true reality.

Tania Cummings Comment left 26th April 2010 05:05:52
You won't find this in the mainstream media. We've just had a ban on further flu vaccinations in children under five years of age here in Australia, following vaccine-related illnesses in over forty children in the state of West Australia. This latter has been publicised as a public safety/health issue but not one media outlet that I am aware of has discussed the PACE enquiry, not even in relation to the illnesses of the children in WA.

Dr Belmont Comment left 12th February 2010 04:04:46
Am I supposed to be surprised at this corruption?The people who are doing it because they have no moral sense...never will.Have been trained by their parents and the system not to do the best for the public their patients. We have encouraged it ...we allow it ...This is why many people like myself refuse to take part in the society we operate on a fringe and we are called the unsafe,the untrustworthy,the unproven... We just help people.Humanity has a long way to travel but we will have to get rid of the baggage.