See yesterday’s “White House Declares “Public Health Emergency” (Updated)” for background on the Swine Flu migration: http://greenmountaindaily.com/…
Now, according to breaking Chicago Tribune news,
Deerfield-based medical product giant Baxter International Inc. is working with the World Health Organization on a potential vaccine to curb the spread of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico, the company confirmed today.
Ironically, and according to the Toronto Sun back in February, Baxter “inadvertently released” samples of related viruses in shipments to four European countries along with samples of possible vaccines. The company released live H5N1 avian flu viruses from its research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria, the Toronto Sun noted.
The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.
Now Baxter, which has a growing vaccine business, has allegedly been called in to help control and stop the spread of the alleged H1N1 virus in Mexico. How ironic that the very multinational corporation that lost control of several related viruses only 2 months ago is called in as the savior to help bring the swine flu H5N1 virus under control. How do we know that they also have not lost control of other viruses in the past, or that other subsidiary labs have not lost control of this H1N1 virus?
According to tonight’s the Tribune breaking news: Baxter has
worked with foreign countries in the past to develop vaccines for the H5N1 virus commonly known as bird flu. Baxter has a cell-based technology that allows the company to more rapidly produce vaccines in the event of a pandemic than a decades-old method that uses eggs to process vaccines and can take weeks or even months longer.
“Upon learning about the swine flu outbreak in Mexico yesterday, Baxter requested a virus sample from WHO to do laboratory testing for potentially developing an experimental vaccine,” company spokesman Christopher Bona told the Tribune this afternoon. “Baxter has research and development and manufacturing pandemic planning expertise to rapidly develop candidate vaccines against potentially emerging influenza viruses.”
I find it ironic that the corporation developing vaccines against this virus lost control of the related viruses only 2 months ago when it inadvertently shipped the live virus out to at least 4 laboratories working to create a vaccine against this virus.
Now Baxter International has stepped forward as the Corporation most likely to fix it all with its magical vaccine process. Seems all too cozy to me. Either, Baxter International will be the savior of the world from the terrible swine flu pandemic, thus doing a great job for its stockholders, the stock market, and the pharmaceutical industry in general, or Baxter will help to cover up the corporate errors that first caused this swine flu. That could be the “inadvertent” release of the viruses it was creating and studying, or it could be the Mexican based pig farm in close proximity to a small Mexican town.
What’s your take?