WHO says report exonerates agency in handling flu pandemic

The first results of a probe into the global handling of the H1N1 or swine flu pandemic have exonerated the World Health Organization (WHO) on two key issues according to the head of WHO.

Margaret Chan

The investigation, by an independent panel set up by the WHO found that the agency failed to issue timely guidance while the pandemic was happening in 2009 and 2010 but, did not find that the WHO was influenced by commercial interests.

WHO head Dr. Margaret Chan said the assessment of the response to the outbreak needed to give a firm answer on “two absolutely critical questions.”

“First, did WHO make the right call? Was this a real pandemic or not? Second, were WHO decisions, advice, and actions shaped in any way by ties with the pharmaceutical industry? In other words, did WHO declare a fake pandemic in order to line the pockets of industry? “The document exonerates WHO on both counts.”

The report did say the WHO needs to do a better job when it comes to flu response and alert plans.

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