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WHO is accused of “crying wolf” over swine flu pandemic

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 06 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1904
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Three separate international inquiries will soon be investigating the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the H1N1 virus a pandemic. The most advanced, being conducted by the Council of Europe, began in January.

    Also, support is growing inside the European parliament for members to conduct their own investigation, and WHO itself will set up an independent review committee later this month.

    Paul Flynn, the British Labour MP who is drafting the report of the Council of Europe’s investigation into the pandemic, believes that the discrepancy between the scale of the warnings and the actual effect of the …

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