The Swine flu pandemic never materialized, despite all the warnings that it could equal the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, which killed millions of people. To the average American, this is a relief, but governments in Europe and the US spent a lot of money stockpiling what turned out to be useless Swine Flu vaccines and Tamiflu. What happened (or DIDN'T happen)?
In the New York Review of Books, Helen Epstein writes that "After the 2009 'pandemic emergency declaration,' annual Tamiflu sales surged to $2 billion. In Korea, rumors of shortages led HSBC and other powerful banks to compete with hospitals for stocks of the drug. Countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America placed urgent Tamiflu orders from WHO's stockpile, and some governments even took out loans worth tens of millions of dollars from the World Bank's Avian and Human Influenza Facility to purchase it."
First, we need to understand the history of the H1N1 virus, which was first detected in Mexico in 2009, when that country experienced a spike in flu cases. A sample of the virus was sent across the border to the CDC (and also to Canada), where it became know as "Swine Flu" because, like most flu viruses, pigs were the original source of the virus. Although H1N1 flu viruses are usually mild, this one seemed to be especially aggressive, and the World Health Organization (WHO) became concerned. Epstein writes that "Panic spread throughout the world. In Mexico schools and offices were closed, flights were canceled, and the country lost $2.2 billion within a few weeks. In the UK, the government’s swine flu website received 2,600 hits per second and crashed soon after it opened--in New York so many people panicked over any flu-like symptom that hospital emergency rooms were swamped with ten times more patients than normal, worsening care for those who really needed it." Countries across the world ordered that all pigs be slaughtered.
Epstein reports that, "The predicted dire emergency did not occur. In the 2009–2010 'influenza season' about 18,000 people died from the disease worldwide, fewer than in previous years, and the vast majority of victims had serious underlying conditions such as cancer, lung disease, AIDS, or severe obesity, which can impair breathing. Since one influenza strain usually dominates all others during a typical flu season, H1N1 may actually have SAVED lives by displacing more aggressive viruses. "In March 2010, a Council of Europe report concluded that the H1N1 virus was known to be mild well before the WHO issued the pandemic 'declaration' and expressed concern about the influence of powerful pharmaceutical companies over decision-making at the agency."
Does this mean that the Swine Flu "epidemic" was a hoax perpetuated by drug companies? It's too soon to come to that conclusion, but some of the evidence certainly points that way. Wow! Where else are you going find all this important information IN ONE PLACE--and with links so you can know FOR CERTAIN that this is REAL SCIENCE. You can trust unknowncountry.com to tell you the truth (and we correct ourselves if we're wrong). If you want this kind of reporting to be there the next time you fire up your computer, be sure to subscribe today--and come hear more fascinating truths at our wonderful Dreamland Festival in June!