WHO asks ex-manager of Big Pharma to evaluate its pandemic plans
"WHO sticks to Big Pharma!"
The german health expert, former MP and chairman of the Subcommittee for Health in the Council of Europe Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg accuses WHO to continue undue cooperation with specialists from pharmaceutical industry.
On October 15th 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a scientific evaluation of it's "pandemic" strategy. Prof. Jonathan Van Tam and his Institute at the University of Nottingham (UK) were designated as WHO partners for this delicate mission.
WHO does not seem to be irritated, that the evaluator, Prof. Van Tam has worked for ROCHE (Tamiflu), Aventis Pasteur MSD (Sanofi Aventis) and SmithKline Beecham (GSK) as Head of Medical Affairs and has been a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) in the multi-billion dollar business of threatening the world about birds- and swineflu "pandemics".
Although those pandemic threats soon turned out to be science-fiction or marketing ideas of some well paid pharma-experts, people like Van Tam were extremely successful for their sponsors. They managed to shape the flu strategies of WHO and of all countries listening to them.
Now in his position as a public health expert at Nottingham University, WHO has asked him again, to "evaluate how preparedness activities aided the response to pandemic (H1N1) 2009, identifying good practices for the future and areas where continued or additional WHO support is still needed." Prof VanTam has announced, that he plans to present his report at the end of 2010.
The Council of Europe had examined WHO's "faked" pandemics and the British Labour MP Paul Flynn has presented a well recognized report last June, which blamed WHO for hiding important facts and opening the door for interests of the industry while sacrificing its independence and its important role as a standard-setter for global health.
Ignoring the European Parliamentarians who were insisting on more transparency, WHO continues its dangerous relations with industry-financed experts and seems to be immune against public protest. We have experienced, that in spite of aggressive advertising and ongoing media-campaigns only few doctors and patients still follow the advice of a corrupted agency. But we should ask our governments, why they just observe and pay, while in the meantime the most important international health agency is misused for greedy marketing by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies.
|Jonathan Van-Tam MBE DM FFPH FRIPH, graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham in 1987. After 5 years of clinical medicine he pursued academic training in public health and epidemiology and developed a special interest in influenza and respiratory viruses. He became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1997 before joining the pharmaceutical industry as an Associate Director (anti-infectives) at SmithKline Beecham in 2000. In April 2001 he moved to Roche as Head of Medical Affairs, then joined Aventis Pasteur MSD in February 2002 as UK Medical Director. He returned to the public sector in 2004 at the HPA Centre for Infections, where he was Head of the Pandemic Influenza Office until October 2007. Jonathan has now returned to Nottingham as Professor of Health Protection. Over the years, he has published almost 100 scientific papers and written several chapters in textbooks. His specialist subject is influenza and pandemic preparedness. He has recently chaired the ECDC Expert Advisory Group on H5N1 human vaccines, which reported its findings in September 2007.|