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Friday, 13 August 2010

The Swine Flu Pandemic is Officially Over--But When did it Start?

Let's go back in time. Let's go back a year. Let's remember (cue Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" here) "The Dreaded Apocalyptic Flu Pandemic!" (Zoom in on people running and screaming in the streets...similar to scenes in a "Gadzilla" movie, but a bit "heftier" as that movie pre-dates Big Mac by a few decades.)  Well, I am happy to announce that the World Health Organization has declared the the pandemic is now over.

What flu pandemic you ask? Exactly!  And that's what a lot of us are asking. Yes, it's important to be prepared. Even the death of one person is too much. But the estimated toll was 65,000. Do you know what it is during a regular flu season? In the UK, it can vary from a low season at 3000 deaths to 12,000 for a high season. But even these numbers are said to be exagerrated.  How many lives were lost in this swine flu pandemic? 342.

British ministers and officials in the government spent £1.2 billion arming themselves with vaccine, drugs, and other paraphernalia to wage war on this deadly virus that was going to wipe out so many Britons. Now, the drugs are stockpiled somewhere, getting dusty while approximately 26 deaths were prevented. That's about £46 million per person. What a bargain! 

Meanwhile, the average British citizen is prohibited from having effective drugs to cure their cancer. The NHS insists that the they cannot afford to carry the drugs to save someone's life.

Madness. Sheer madness. And the only winner in this race is (once again) Big Pharma.