Friday, January 15, 2010

Swine flu and the politics of pandemics: Ukraine and the World

Though seemingly unrelated they aren't. I am hoping the memory of the political shenanigans surrounding both of the events is still fresh in the mind?

At present  the Ukraine Elections are bound to see the Orange revolution set like the sun, as well it should.
It was not a true democratic, people power revolution  as many think, but a fomented western revolution.
It's leader Victor Yuschenko, in my humble opinion, likely lost the previous election.(As it went to an unprecedented 3 rounds)  How to "win" an election? Keep holding them until the desired results are attained ? The vote fraud was more then likely commited by Yuschenko's western benefactors for his benefit. Anytime I have perused the Ukrainian news, he has not been a very popular fellow. Always polling very low. In April 2009 he was polling around 3%, yes you read that right 3%!

As of today, the news out of the Ukraine is looking as if the candidate, that most likely truly did win the previous election is going to win. Polls indicate Viktor Yanukovych will be the winner.
A Kiev International Institute of Sociology poll indicated Yanukovych would capture 30 percent of the vote in the first round and 43 percent in the second round. His closest competitor, Yulia Tymoshenko, would get 16 percent in the first round and 29 percent in a run-off and incumbent Viktor Yushchenko would garner 3.5 percent in the first round, the survey conducted in December indicated

Interesting to note, this poll is placing Yulia Tymoshenko in 3rd place.
-Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko is in third place just days before an election takes place in the country
-Former economy minister Serhiy Tyhypko is in second place with 14.4 per cent, up 3.4 points since December.
-Former Ukrainian prime minister Viktor Yanukovych remains the favourite to win the first round with 30.5 per cent.

And yet, with Yulia polling so badly. Yulia says she will contest the election results?
How is this even possible that she would contest? I am hoping this is bravado on her part. But, can't help but wonder if the west is behind her bold proclamations?

Leading up to the Ukraine elections, one may recall much talk about the swine flu pandemic taking a turn for the worse in that country and the politicians, in particular Yulia, using it as advantageously as possible.
Now of course, that news has fallen to the wayside.
As has the whole swine flu scare.
Well almost...the scenario of government in cahoots with pharmaceutical companies would use and abuse swine flu hysteria for political purposes didn't just manifest in the Ukraine alone.
Sadly, that scenario was the real world wide pandemic! 

Swine flu has indeed been in the news as of late, but not because it has mutated or is raging away. Nothing like that at all.
What has been making the rounds regarding swine flu is very interesting
Ministers preparing to offload vaccines- Britian
Millions of pounds could be wasted if the Government is unable to get out of orders for the vaccine it has placed with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the pharmaceutical giant.
Officials confirmed that they are considering a number of options, including attempting to sell or give away millions of the vaccines.
-360 people across Britain have died after contracting swine flu since April. 

France selling off surplus vaccine

France ordered 94 million doses of the vaccine,  only 5 million of the swine flu vaccine doses have been administered in the country.
-In France 200 people died of the swine flu, many times less than that every year die of ordinary flu.

This dumping of vaccines is playing out in other coutries. Germany, Switzerland and Holland to name a few additional countries

There is much talk of collusion between governments, WHO and pharmaceutical companies.
So much so, that an investigation has been launched.

 EU to probe pharma over “false pandemic” 

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold an emergency debate and inquiry this month into the “influence” exerted by drugmakers on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global H1N1 flu campaign.

The text of the resolution approved by the Assembly calling for the debate and inquiry states that: “in order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies responsible for public health standards to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies, and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines.”

The WHO’s “false pandemic” flu campaign is “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,” according to Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman of the PACE Health Committee, who introduced the parliamentary motion. “The definition of an alarming pandemic must not be under the influence of drug-sellers,” he adds.

 I couldn't agree more, but will this investigation be hard-hitting or a whitewash?
I lean towards a whitewash, but stranger things have been know to happen.

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