A controversial flu researcher has modified the flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic to allow it evade the human immune system. His lab’s previous works include recreating the Spanish flu and making a deadly bird flu strain highly transmittable.
The British government wasted $896 million dollars on buying two ant-flu drugs, despite their not being proven to prevent infections spreading or stop serious illness, according to scientists who spent four years studying and analyzing the medications.
UK’s Department of Health threw away £74m worth of Tamiflu, the antiviral drug, before its expiry date, due to unsafe storage procedures. In total the country has spent £600 million since 2006 on drugs to fight a flu pandemic that has not materialized.
Events at the Fukushima power plant have left people beyond Japan's border wondering whether they are in harm's way. In Russia's Far East, just across the water from Japan, they are worried about the threat of exposure.
Last year the British government spent almost 1.5 billion pounds to combat swine flu. But when it turned out the scale of the pandemic had been over-estimated, the country was left with a huge stockpile of unused drugs.
Last year the global media told a wonderful scare story: swine flu was a pandemic and it was threatening the world. Now the UN’s health authority is being accused of fear mongering on the behalf of drug companies.