April 12th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Committee begins scrutinizing WHO’s response to H1N1

by Madison Park
CNNhealth.com writer/producer

Health experts convening in Geneva, Switzerland, began its review of the World Health Organization’s response to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus Monday.

The committee will examine the ongoing global response to the pandemic H1N1 and to identify lessons learned about preparedness and response for future pandemics and public health emergencies.  The review committee is made of 29 experts in various aspects of public health, science and infectious diseases.

The WHO has been criticized for its handling of the pandemic with accusations that it exaggerated the flu’s threat after the virus spread globally last April.

“We want a frank and critical assessment,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general.  “WHO is not defining or restricting the scope of specific issues that may arise. If our member states have questions or concerns, we want to hear these questions and concerns raised.”  Her statement.

The review committee is expected to submit a preliminary report to the World Health Assembly in May.

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  1. Joel

    Ya H1N1 was WAY overblown. I work at a hospital I have not ONCE ran into a person with H1N1 in the past 6 months. I have heard from the nurses of a few but never to the level that was reported. More people died from the regular flu than from swine flu. Media Hype and WHO wanting more funding prolly.

    April 12, 2010 at 11:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. kimseng law

    The government of Taiwan forced the peoples to have a mandatory shooting of the locally made vaccine which brings about more adverse effects and even death and stil boosting about their role as successfully stopping this low virulence virus. shame on their judgement and leaning on side of the manufactures.

    April 12, 2010 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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    The main reason why the vaccine strategy will never save humanity from the eventual deaths of hundreds of millions of people, both young and old, is because the vaccine will always come too late. The reason is that if we analyse last year’s response we find that it took 13 months from detection to immunise less than 25% of Americans, the wealthiest country in the world. The Spanish flu in 1918/19 killed up to 100 million between week 16 and week 26 in the second wave. Therefore by the time we receive any vaccine most of us will be well dead. Consequently we have to get away from this foolish strategy and fight the killer virus at source and never let it happen in the first place – the preventative strategy and the only one that will really work. That strategy is – http://avian-influenza.cirad.fr/content/download/1931/11789/file/Kennedy-F-Shortridge.pdf

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