A timely reminder of the Swine Flu 'pandemic' that wasn't - twice over. Does any of this sound familiar or has it completely slipped down the memory hole?
2009: Dire warning from The President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology a “plausible scenario” of 30,000 to 90,000 US deaths.
In The Washington Post, respected flu-book author John Barry estimated 89,000 to 207,000 deaths. The Obama administration declared the swine-flu a national emergency, TWICE.
Yet merely 12,500 Americans died of flu during the season, reports the CDC, which was a roughly a third the average number ... is there an echo here?
"Was the swine flu a fake pandemic?" reported the ABC in 2010
"False prophets of swine flu pandemic" said the NY Post
Swine flu 'a false pandemic' to sell vaccines, expert says
"The Department of Health and Ageing is encouraging everyone from 6 months upwards to be vaccinated free of charge before swine flu comes back next year"
Even the scientific journals got onboard:
BMJ Journals "Learning from Errors" 2010
Swine flu: false-positive rapid flu swab with resulting misdiagnosis of a case of Legionella pneumoniaSwine flu: false-positive rapid flu swab with resulting misdiagnosis of a case of Legionella pneumonia
The 'false' pandemic: Drug firms cashed in on scare over swine flu, claims Euro health chief
The Pandemic That Wasn't
Swine flu ‘debacle’ of 1976 is recalled
Not the first Rodeo: The 2009 "Swine Flu Pandemic" had already been successfully given a run back in 1976.
The fiasco of the 1976 ‘swine flu affair’
When the US Government Tried to Fast-Track a Flu Vaccine
The Time America Tried to Inoculate Everyone Against a Swine Flu Pandemic That Never Showed
The 1976 "epidemic" and subsequent vaccine was used to sell the 2009 vaccine ... despite widespread reports of a "false pandemic' the public fell for it all over again:
'1976 'swine flu' vaccine may offer pandemic H1N1 protection'
'1976 swine flu shot linked to stronger immune response to 21st century pandemic flu'
Single Vaccine Dose, Even One from 1976, Could Protect against the H1N1 Swine Flu
The outcome of 1976?
Less than one-quarter of the population received the swine flu inoculation, and the vaccine itself was associated with a paralysing immune disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, which caused more deaths than the virus it was supposed to prevent.
BMJ Journal" "Pandemrix vaccine: why was the public not told of early warning signs?"
In October 2009, the US National Institutes of Health infectious diseases chief, Anthony Fauci, appeared on YouTube to reassure Americans about the safety of the “swine flu” vaccine. “The track record for serious adverse events is very good. It’s very, very, very rare that you ever see anything that’s associated with the vaccine that’s a serious event,” he said.
Four months earlier, the World Health Organization had declared H1N1 influenza a pandemic, and by October 2009 the new vaccines were being rolled out across the world. A similar story was playing out in the UK, with prominent organisations, including the Department of Health, British Medical Association, and Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, working hard to convince a reluctant NHS workforce to get vaccinated. “We fully support the swine flu vaccination programme … The vaccine has been thoroughly tested,” they declared in a joint statement.
Except, it hadn’t. Anticipating a severe influenza pandemic, governments around the world had made various logistical and legal arrangements to shorten the time between recognition of a pandemic virus and the production of a vaccine and administration of that vaccine in the population. In Europe, one element of those plans was an agreement to grant licences to pandemic vaccines based on data from pre-pandemic “mock-up” vaccines produced using a different virus (H5N1 influenza). Another element, adopted by countries such as Canada, the US, UK, France, and Germany, was to provide vaccine manufacturers indemnity from liability for wrongdoing, thereby reducing the risk of a lawsuit stemming from vaccine related injury.