This documentary by Lilian Franck shines a light on how industry lobbies have infiltrated the World Health Organization and asks whether the organisation can be trusted to keep the public healthy. They WHO officials have to depend on scientists, and these scientists are supplied by the WTO’s sponsors [i.e. there is a clear and growing conflict of interest involved]. Many of these scientists, who also serve as salesmen, gave advice and made decisions that benefited the pharmaceutical industry. They even went so far as to change the criteria of what constitutes a pandemic.
“At the time of the swine flu outbreak, I was WHO general-secretary in the Department of Public Health, Intellectual Property and Medication. Nobody there was afraid,” says German Velasquez, who currently works with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). “I didn’t know anyone at the WHO who had himself vaccinated, including the director-general, who told journalists in response to their questions that she hadn’t had time but would get herself vaccinated later.”
It’s precisely this type of corruption, combined with arrogance, that feeds skepticism among the public when it comes to the opinions of so-called experts. To those excusing themselves and the WTO’s self-serving actions by invoking the transparency aspect of funding, that doesn’t solve anything and it doesn’t prove they are acting in good faith. Make time to watch this documentary, it’s well worth your time.