The Influenza outbreak conspiracies propose that the infectious viral disease that affects birds and mammals (including humans), can be used to coerce a political or pharmaceutical agenda; and promote questionable vaccinations. In recent years, two outbreaks have been scrutinized by conspiracy theorists: the influenza A virus subtype H5N1 that spread in the mid-2000s and the 2009 flu pandemic.
According to proponents of the conspiracy theory behind H5N1, said virus either never really existed or, more likely, is by far less deadly than the media made it appear. The pharmaceutical corporations are accused of deliberately hyping up the threat posed by the flu viruses via mass media and WHO statements, to boost their profits from selling anti-flu medication such as Tamiflu.
On November 1, 2005, the US Government presented to National Institutes of Health a plan of fighting the spread of influenza. President Bush specifically warned about the H5N1 strain. Moreover, one of the measures suggested by the plan was investing another billion US dollars into development of Tamiflu, a medicine advertised as the only effective counter to H5N1.
Although Tamiflu was produced and marketed by Swiss-based Hoffmann–La Roche, it was originally developed and patented by US-based Gilead Sciences, meaning that they would profit from rising sales of Tamiflu as well.
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was the Chairman of Gilead Sciences between 1997 and 2001. Unconfirmed reports claimed that Rumsfeld invested 18 million dollars into Gilead stocks just prior to that, making a fortune off the Tamiflu sales.
In 2009, as WHO rated the danger of swine flu at the highest Phase 6, Tamiflu was once again advertised as an effective treatment against the backdrop of a massive fear campaign in the media.
In late 2011, Germany began destroying the unused swine flu vaccines that it had purchased at the height of hysteria. 30 million vaccine containers are estimated to be left in the country (about 84% of the originally purchased quantity), at a total cost of ca. 250 million euros. No refunds have ever been offered.
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- H1N1 Swine Flu Hoax/Fraud Conspiracy Theories.
- Germany to destroy expensive, unwanted swine flu vaccine