Swine flu skepticism demands deft response
European scientists and health authorities are facing angry questions about why H1N1 flu has not caused death and destruction on the scale first feared, and they need to respond deftly to ensure public support.
When faced with questions about why the swine flu hype and reality have been so far apart. Readers are informed that authorities need to respond deftly, Yes "deftly" to ensure public support? That is an interesting choice of words. How about they need to respond honestly? No.....deftly.
Let's see what that exactly means.....
Hmm, what it means is "skillfully and quickly". "Showing art or skill in performing or doing", adroit.
Deftly therefore then seems to be an ability to respond with skill in performing or doing.
So if authorities need to "respond deftly to ensure public support", it would seem this means they need to perform with skill?
I don't know about you, but I am thinking there has already been plenty of performance going on, we can debate the skill level endlessly. But the performance? Hysteria, fear, every emotion has been played, so much good theatre. I am not so sure the populace needs more of that.
More from the article:
"Accusations are flying in British and French media that the pandemic has been "hyped" by medical researchers to further their own cause, boost research grants and line the pockets of drug companies."
The facts would seem to bear that out.
France's Le Parisien newspaper ran the headline: "Swine flu: why the French distrust the vaccine" and noted a gap between the predicted impact of H1N1 and the less dramatic reality.
"Although some 30-odd people have died....the disease is not really frightening," it said. "Dangerous liaisons between certain experts, the labs and the government, the obscurity of the contracts between the state and the pharma firms have added to the doubt."
In Britain, health authorities' original worst-case scenario -- which said as many as 65,000 could die from H1N1 -- has twice been revised down and the prediction is now for around 1,000 deaths, way below the average annual toll of 4,000 to 8,000 deaths from seasonal winter flu.
We have pharmaceutical lobbyists, with a vested interest of course, advising governments world-wide and attending WHO meetings. Which would seem to be a conflict of interest. And the profits they have been recording? Big and the pharmaceutical industry has been crowing about it in the business pages. So is the reality healthcare or massive profit taking? The line does become blurred.
Makes one think of war and the "defence contractors" ? Which comes first the war or the weapons makers? Or do the weapons makers perpetuate the need for their products?
Which comes first the vaccine producers or the pandemic? Or do the vaccine producers perpetuate the need for their product?
It's that old, chicken or the egg problem.
Or is it?
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