Alexis Tsipras’ could give a former health minister who helped supervise WHO’s plans to give the entire Greek population the risky swine flu jab in 2009 a cabinet seat as part of a reshuffle, it has emerged.
Names of potential new cabinet members floated in the Greek media include Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, the minister of health in 2009, who is not a member of parliament.
“As Minister of Health she was responsible for the National Health System and the public health policy implemented. She participated at the Council of Health Ministers and worked closely with the European Commission and World Health Organisation for facing the H1N1 flu epidemic,” says Wikipedia.
In 2009, Greece was the first country to announce plans to vaccinate the entire population in accordance with WHO pandemic plans, which contain provisions for force.
“Greece will vaccinate its entire population of 12 million against the H1N1 swine flu pandemic which has swept around the world in weeks, killing hundreds of people, the country’s health minister said on Friday.
The Mediterranean country, which receives about 15 million tourists every year, has confirmed more than 700 swine flu cases and no deaths, but world health experts say the true number of cases globally is far higher as only a few patients get tested.
“We decided that the entire population, all citizens and residents, without any exception, will be vaccinated against the flu,” Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said after a ministerial meeting.