1 February 2010
Government flu advisors not independent
By Daan de Wit
* One of the advisors for SAGE is Roy Anderson. About a month and a half after Margaret Chan declared the Swine Flu to be a pandemic, he left SAGE after it turned out that he was on the payroll of GlaxoSmithKline, one of the producers of the Swine Flu vaccine.
* Dr. Frederick Hayden was consulted by SAGE as an expert. As a result of a freedom of information request from the Danish newspaper Information, it's clear [translation] that he also received money from the pharmaceutical companies Roche and GSK.
* Information also writes about the Finnish Professor Eskola, member of SAGE. Eskola is the director of an institute that does research into vaccines. In 2009 his institute received around six million euros from GlaxoSmithKline, as reported by the Danish journalists Louise Voller and Kristian Villesen. On the recommendation of Eskola's institute and the WHO, the Finnish government procured GSK's Pandemrix to fight the Swine Flu. In the earlier parts of this series you can read extensively about Pandemrix, also procured by the Dutch government.
* Dr. Arnold Monto is an expert for SAGE. He was chairman for the WHO of a conference in August in which experts were consulted about H1N1. Two years earlier he was also chairman at a WHO conference on the possibility of a flu pandemic. But Monto is also a paid advisor for GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Novartis and Baxter.
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