Initiative Citoyenne International Press Release
The Swine Flu ‘pandemic’ turned out to be nothing more than a storm in a teacup generated by a flurry of conflicts of interest. A majority of European Health Committee MEPs have nonetheless recently approved a report by Anne Delvaux (PPE) endorsing the existence of what was really an imaginary panic and calling for ‘more cooperation between member states’ to deal with future pandemics.
The document, available on the Cdh site, also states that the WHO – having chosen the perfect moment to modify its criteria for the definition of a pandemic – is now planning to change its criteria again by reinstating a criterion based on severity!
It is also somewhat perplexing to read that a majority of MEPs are in favour of a collective vaccine purchase scheme given that such a plan would clearly be more beneficial for the financial health of the vaccine manufacturers (for whom the risk of unsold stock and cancelled contracts would thus be reduced) than for any possible notion of health freedom and patient choice. A scheme of this kind will not only make it very easy for national ministers to dodge their responsibilities but will also increase the risk of pro-vaccine propaganda and enforcement against which trouble-making rebels like Poland will no longer be able to take a stand.
It is more than worrisome that the report fails to differentiate between the publication of conflicts of interest and their resolution. It has in fact been scientifically confirmed2 that to acknowledge links does not necessarily prevent them from having an effect on the people concerned.
The price of this denial, this arrogance, could be very high indeed.
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“Initiative Citoyenne is a group of Belgian citizens and health professionals whose aim, since the beginning, has been to achieve greater transparency with respect to swine flu. We have filed through our lawyers, Me G.H. Beauthier and Me P. Vanlangendonck, a number of legal proceedings against the State in an attempt to get the vital answers to our initial questions. When, in May 2010, the secret vaccine purchase contract was made public, here in Belgium, it was clear to us how much of it was incompatible with democracy and human dignity. This disgraceful text, that forbids any analysis of vaccine ingredients (e.g. the adjuvant) and shields the manufacturers against potential claims from the victims, constitutes firm evidence that most of the health ministers throughout the world are insufficiently informed and worse still, not really concerned about public interest. Unfortunately, it appears that only money and profit count. When it comes to health, this is simply unacceptable. The Polish Health Minister has shown the world that political courage is really possible. With swine flu, public awareness has awakened across the world and various initiatives have been created in many countries. We have produced a small film to encapsulate our activities since the beginning of this saga and to give people the opportunity to know us better. It would be a mistake to think that the swine flu saga is simply over. Nothing is really definitively over and as history is a process of constant renewal, we must pay careful attention, remain vigilant and understand that the future may bring more pandemics, so frequently announced but also so strangely predictable. “