Yesterday TIME asked if the World Health Organization raised a false alarm about the swine flu. Most of the scolding came from representatives of affluent nation’s that wound up with a surplus of the vaccine, proving a financial loss for those that ordered more than they needed due to an elevated threat.
“WHO advised us falsely. They raised a false alarm,” says Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, who served in Germany’s parliament until September, faulting the U.N.’s global health agency for relying on an inadequate definition of a pandemic.
Wodarg notes that the agency declared the H1N1 pandemic based only on the new virus’ transmissibility and did not take into consideration the severity of the strain. Wodarg blames the WHO for raising the alarm over a virus with little destructive potential, leading countries to embark on expensive mass-vaccination programs.
If oversupply is the worst thing that happened in your country as a result of the H1N1 virus, consider yourself and your countrymen lucky and stop yer bitchin’. Jeez.