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Vaccine for swine flu pandemic was 'morally justified'

And so the backlash begins. As the current wave of H1N1 flu starts to fade in Europe, questions are being asked about the expensive vaccines bought to fight it.

Later this month members of parliament from countries in the Council of Europe, a club of 47 countries, will hold an inquiry into why the World Health Organization declared the pandemic, triggering government vaccine purchases.

Fourteen members of the council's Parliamentary Assembly have released a document charging that "pharmaceutical companies have influenced scientists and official agencies... to alarm governments" in order to "promote their patented drugs and vaccines". Countries which had standing vaccine orders that were activated by the swine flu pandemic are now trying to limit orders and sell or give away vaccine, as demand is low. This is partly because the pandemic has been relatively mild, and partly because most people have needed only one dose of vaccine instead of two as expected.
 
 

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