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WHO vaccine expert had conflict of interest, Danish newspaper claims

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c201
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

    Controversy has arisen at the World Health Organization after allegations that some WHO experts, including a leading vaccine adviser, have financial ties to the drug industry.

    Documents acquired through the Danish Freedom of Information Act by the Danish daily newspaper Information show that Juhani Eskola, a Finnish vaccines adviser on the WHO board, has received £5.6m (€6.2m; $9m) for his research centre, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare. The money, from GlaxoSmithKline for research on vaccines during 2009, is the institute’s main source of income.

    Professor Eskola is the deputy director general of the institute …

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