The swine flu pandemic could kill millions and cause anarchy in the world’s poorest nations unless £900m can be raised from rich countries to pay for vaccines and antiviral medicines, says a UN report leaked to the Observer.

The disclosure will provoke concerns that health officials will not be able to stem the growth of the worldwide H1N1 pandemic in developing countries. If the virus takes hold in the poorest nations, millions could die and the economies of fragile countries could be destroyed.




  1. Dr Dodd says:

    They should hit China and Saudi Arabia up for the cash. Everyone else is broke.

  2. Improbus says:

    Wow, “they” REALLY are trying to scare people. So far the numbers aren’t supporting the gloom and doomers. From the reports that I have read the “swine flu” is more mild than the seasonal version. Vague warnings from the UN aren’t going to scare me.

  3. RTaylor says:

    I don’t know if production can be increased in time. Certainly drug patents can be waved. I suspect this is being done anyway in many labs. Lets not bring politics into an humanitarian discussion. One thing for certain is the UN has failed. It was designed to fail because the powers that designed the charter did so to protect their sovereignty. Few would be affected if the UN was dissolved. No nation adheres unless it’s in their interest, including the US.

  4. Stars & Bars says:

    Fear Mongering by The CDC

    “CDC estimate that an average of 36,000 people die in the U.S. each year from seasonal flu”

    http://cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm

    But…

    According to the CDC 753 people died of the flu in 2002, a 286% increase from 2001 when only 257 died from the flu (page 16).

    http://cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr52/nvsr52_13.pdf

    Looks like sometimes the CDC doesn’t know the difference between the flu and pneumonia.

  5. Faxon says:

    And Anarchy in the poorest nations affects me how?

  6. Todd Peterson says:

    The big UN scam:

    The UN has become a bid scam operation:

    – $1500m for the bogus H1N1-virus
    – untold billions for the “global warming”-scam

  7. TheZ says:

    Down here in Australia, we had huge scare-mongering during our winter-flu season.

    – One health official warned of infrastructure breakdowns. We should stock up on water, candles and food. Basically a Mad Max type scenario.

    – A Professor in Virology announced an expected 20 thousand deaths in the month of August alone. Of course nothing of the sort happened. Even Professors want their 15 mins of fame it seems.

    Pregnant women and the obese were at higher risk, and there were tragic deaths..but it was far from the Armageddon that was predicted .

  8. TooManyPuppies says:

    Extortion at its finest! “Die from our lab created virus or die from Squalene. Either way, we want your money!”

    How about we just demolish the UN building?

  9. SparkyOne says:

    Globalized health care death panel

  10. mark says:

    Not sure I see the problem here.

  11. clancys_daddy says:

    Death, natures way of population control. By the way, swine flu way lower death expectancy than that of the regular flu. Also those who believe anything in the media is true on either side is an idiot, as the media never EVER has it right, if it bleeds, causes tears, shock disbelief, outrage, or mass hysteria/stupidity it leads.

  12. soundwash says:

    lol..what happen, some Chicago mobsters take over the U.N.? That’s extortion if i heard it.

    a cool $1.32b. -and what happens
    to the money if the pandemic turns
    out to be a bust?

    oh..shit..that’s it.. they want to vaccinate everyone so even if it does turn out to be a bust–

    (me thinks it was a bust from the getgo)

    -they can claim “looky, the vaccines saved the planet!” and run around patting themselves on the back and
    drink vaccine umbrella cocktails until their tails fall off..

    speaking of Chicago mobsters, isn’t obama supposed be Chairmain of the U.N Security Council on September 24th for a month?

    (which is rather odd, i can’t recall i’ve seen a president do that before)

    wonder if he’ll bring helicopter ben
    and his merry printing press with him to save the day..?

    -s

  13. sargasso says:

    #12. Nietzscheism, is probably the ugliest philosophical pathway for you to follow. As for the rest of you, narcissism in the face of a possible catastrophic humanitarian disaster, might hit your tweet following.

  14. chuck says:

    Up here is the great white North of BC, Canada, there have been 51 cases of H1N1 and 6 (so far) deaths. In contrast, there are usually between 400 and 800 deaths per year from the ordinary “seasonal” flu.

  15. It sounds like a ransom demand to me. Pay us or we can almost guarantee that the Swine Flu will get worse.

  16. That sure sounds like a ransom demand.

  17. Ron Larson says:

    Even if we “rich” countries bought everyone vaccinations, it doesn’t mean they will be used.

    Look at all the stupid Muslims in sub-Sarah Africa who will refuse any vaccination because they are told it is really a secret Israeli-American plan to sterilize them because we hate Islam.

    Well, I guess it will be as they say “God’s will”.

  18. soundwash says:

    SideBar:

    i feel this swine flu debacle fizzled out before it ever took off because there were nowhere near enough people believing it even existed.

    -therefore the stress levels that can greatly compromise health were never induced, let alone maintained long enough to get “the fire stoaked” as it were. -save perhaps the unlucky few who have completely yielded all country over their Reality to the
    the MemeMediaStream folks.

    Once you learn how to utilize the power of intent and belief, you see and understand things in a very different way.

    -s

  19. bobbo, not an epidemiologist says:

    It will be interesting when some flu comes along and the death rate in vaccinated countries is quite low compared to unvaccinated countries.

    Unless the UN is doing a good job of vaccinating the whole world every year, shouldn’t the differential performance be well established by now?

    How come this isn’t reported one way or the other?

    Epidemiology studies like this would be tantamount to a real “experiment.” My suspicious nature says sounds like there is no difference?

    Faith fails me again.

  20. Glenn E. says:

    Well a long time ago, they knocked out the Small Pox virus. Accept the US and Russia kept samples for “study”, and in case it could be used as a weapon. Then the USSR fell apart, and their sample disappeared. Last time I heard there was talk of Small Pox returning. The 1919 Influenza plague wiped out millions, and then burned itself out. And nobody thought to save any of it. So they went to Alaska to dig up any frozen, buried corpses that die of it. So they could have the deadly virus on hand to “study” again. And you can bet that the US military and Russian Military both now have samples of it. Just in case. So why worry about a stupid seasonal flu? When our own military has worse germs, to hang over our heads if we don’t keep them funded to protect us from them. “Oops! Somebody walked out the door with the deadly flu bug, while we were under-funded.” Or “We should have funded the Russians to keep them from poverty. So their viral stockpiles wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands.”

    We’re all being held hostage by these military overlords. Who accidentally loosen plagues if we don’t pay enough tribute. And what they’re calling “swine flu” now. Could really just be anything, flu like. But they needed the old moniker, to scare us into buying more shots in this economic recession.

    As far as third world nation go. What happened to the problem of AIDS? Wasn’t that, and war and starvation the primary killers? How did flu become No.1? Maybe because the international laws can’t he changed to make vaccines free to them, the way other meds were about to be (or already have). Drug manufacturing just requires the right formula and chemicals. Vaccines require getting a strain from a controlled source, to make copies of. It can’t be so easily be created from scratch.

  21. pedro's Mom says:

    As many above have already pointed out, all this governmental crying wolf is desensitizing the public to taking any governmental health warning seriously.

    It sounds like a bunch of governmental bureaucrats trying to increase their funding levels in a broke economy.

    I guess this is what 9/11 taught governments and bureaucrats; if you scare people, they will pay for and allow anything to make them feel safe.

    Liberty be damned.

  22. jollycynic says:

    pandemic sounds good to me, we have enough dysgenic trash in the world as is.

  23. deowll says:

    There are much worse diseases than H1N1 running around in 3rd world countries that need treated.

    We recently had a teacher die in the system but it was pneumonia. We are wiping down every thing but what we have is chicken pox, pink eye, the regular flu, etc. H1N1 is going to have take a number and get in line with the MERSA and the rest of the crap we have to worry about.

    I got my regular flu shot and that’s it.

  24. MikeN says:

    And the poor nations don’t have anarchy now?

  25. ECA says:

    I’ll post this here also..

    OK,
    Understand this..
    5,000,000,000 people in the world..
    the DEATH rate for this virus is??
    0.05% chance..
    OR 250000 people MAY DIE..EVEN if 10 times that DIED around the world..
    2,500,000..Not even 1% of the USA population. for the WHOLE WORLD. Even if you made this DOUBLE..THAT IS A WORLD WIDE NUMBER.
    for it to be 1% of the WORLD, you would need to make that NUMBER 500,000,000 divide that by 300,000,000 and its ALMOST DOUBLE the USA population, about ALL of the America’s.. and the WORST parts of the infection, WONT be in developed nations. it will be SIDE AFFECTS, like pneumonia.. that will KILL them off. Why not treat everyone for pneumonia..ITS CHEAP.

    What is this thing about MAKING PEOPLE LIVE forever?? 1% is NOT a devastating DEATH RATE..
    HIT 5% and you have a problem. Esp if its reoccurring.. If you get this bug, chances are you WILL survive, and wont get it AGAIN for at least 1-2 years..at the VERY LEAST.

    Who remembers HOW the vaccination for small pox was discovered?? It was found that DAIRY MAIDS caught a Flu like symptom, called COW POX. and NEVER caught small POX..
    ====================
    has anyone watched flutracker??
    ITS NOT CHANGING…

  26. Mike D says:

    Millions??? NO, BILLIONS must die. The UN can have nothing.

  27. ECA says:

    If you could tell me that 1 billion persons would DIE of this…Thats about 20% of the WORLD.
    I would be worried.


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