No evidence found that WHO colluded with vaccine makers

There is no evidence to suggest that the World Health Organization colluded with vaccine makers for increased profits during the swine flu epidemic, according to a report accepted by WHO member nations.

The member countries agreed that there were problems with the WHO response, but at the 64th annual WHO assembly, they embraced an expert report about the management of the 2009-2010 pandemic, RedOrbit.com reports.

"The resolutions (of the report) were adopted this morning in the plenary session," WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said, according to RedOrbit.com.

The Council of Europe prompted the investigation into the WHO’s handling of the outbreak. They accused the WHO of creating an unjustified scare that led to public money being used to stockpile 78 million doses of vaccine that then went unused and later had to be destroyed.

Some critics have gone so far as to accuse the WHO of declaring a pandemic early so as to directly enrich vaccine makers. A WHO appointed experts panel found no evidence of attempted or actual influence by commercial interests on WHO decisions.

The experts found no evidence of malfeasance, but admitted to shortcomings that included the absence of a consistent and measurable means to determine the severity of the outbreak.

According to the experts, the world is not ready to handle a severe pandemic. The panel came up with 15 recommendations for technological, policy and logistic improvements, and suggested that WHO create a fund of at least $100 million for future health emergencies.