Why are we getting more Pandemics? Because the WHO changed the definition to the joy of drug companies

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Why are we getting more Pandemics? Because the WHO changed the definition to the joy of drug companies

No, the world is not a scarier place than a few years back before the pandemic panic. The World Health Organization just changed the definition making it easier for Drug Companies to scare the world into buying their products.

The old definition of Pandemic was ...
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An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in several, simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness. WHO old definition

However under the new definition "deaths" is no longer a criteria. From this informative interview http://www.spiegel.de/inter...
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Don't you think there's something noteworthy about the fact that the WHO has changed its definition of pandemic?

The old definition was a new virus, which went around quickly, for which you didn't have immunity, and which created a high morbidity and mortality rate. Now the last two have been dropped, and that's how swine flu has been categorized as a pandemic.
As a result influenza, a condition without a high mortality gets classed as a pandemic, and the Drug companies make money finding solutions to counter it.
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With rhinoviruses, RSV and the majority of the other viruses, it's hard to make a lot of money or a career out of it.

Against influenza, though, there are vaccines, and there are drugs you can sell. And that's where the big money from the pharmaceuticals industry is. It makes sure that research on influenza is published in the good journals. And that's why you have more attention being paid there, and the entire research field becomes interesting for ambitious scientists.


Read more in this interesting interview

Interview with Epidemiologist Tom Jefferson
A Whole Industry Is Waiting For A Pandemic

The world has been gripped with fears of swine flu in recent weeks. In an interview with SPIEGEL, epidemiologist Tom Jefferson speaks about dangerous fear-mongering, misguided, money-driven research and why we should all be washing our hands a lot more often.

 http://www.spiegel.de/inter...
By netchicken: posted on 21-1-2010








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