Governments are now planning to give people pandemic vaccines when there is no pandemic, Reuters admits. This latest wheeze goes under the name of “pre-pandemic” vaccination.
As Dr Rebecca Carley pointed out, the only way a pandemic will start is if people are foolish enough to take the vaccines.
„In 2009, during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, vaccines only became available months after the virus had spread around the world – and even then there was only enough for one in five of the world’s 7 billion people.
Next time, experts say, we need another approach.
Talk is centred on “pre-pandemic vaccination” – immunising people years in advance against a flu pandemic that has yet to happen, and may never come, rather than rushing to create vaccines once a new pandemic starts.“
Reuters also says some governments have stockpiled more of the pandemic vaccines now proven to have caused brain disorders like narcolepsy.
“Scientists and vaccine makers have already produced pre-pandemic H5N1 vaccines and some are stockpiled by wealthy countries like the United States and European governments for front-line medical staff.
Pharmaceutical companies have also invested heavily in ramping up flu vaccine production capacity – partly due to the H1N1 pandemic and partly in response to World Health Organisation (WHO) calls for better preparedness for next time.
Annual flu vaccination programmes have also gained impetus in recent years, with the result that seasonal campaigns are well-established in many developed and some developing countries and structures therefore exist to immunise lots of people.”