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Swine Flu Fizzles Out

Public health experts are likely to tell the world this month that the swine flu pandemic is ending.  The World Health Organization’s emergency committee may convene next week to review data and recommend that the agency declare the flu pandemic to be over.

U.S. health authorities determined last month that special medical measures to fight swine flu are no longer required and said other countries are likely to make similar assessments in coming weeks.

Bloomberg reports:

“Pharmaceutical companies reaped at least $10 billion in sales of vaccines and antivirals because of the outbreak ... WHO came under fire over its handling of the pandemic, and the BMJ, formerly known as British Medical Journal, published a report in June saying the agency was swayed by experts who received money from [drug companies] Roche and Glaxo.”

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