It Gets Worse… Baxter to work to contain Mexico flu outbreak

See yesterday’s “White House Declares “Public Health Emergency” (Updated)” for background on the Swine Flu migration:…

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?

2 thoughts on “It Gets Worse… Baxter to work to contain Mexico flu outbreak

  1. … it’s highly suspect. I read this morning that there is an involuntary quarantine in North Carolina. Earlier this morning part of the article read:

    Raleigh, N.C. – The state’s health director said Monday afternoon that there are suspected cases of swine flu in North Carolina, but declined to say how many cases or where they were located.

    Dr. Jeffrey Engel said Monday evening that officials are involuntarily isolating patients who may have the virus. He declined to specifically say how many suspected cases were in the state, noting that the number is always changing, and he declined to say where they were located.

    “We’re working very closely with providers, and they are investigating cases on a daily basis,” Engel said. “It’s a very fluid situation and there will be suspect cases. People travel all the time.”

    It has since been changed to read:

    Raleigh, N.C. – Health officials hope to determine Tuesday whether there are any “probable” cases of swine flu within North Carolina. Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the state health director, said Monday there were a handful of suspected cases in sporadic locations, linked to people who recently traveled.

    He said nobody has been hospitalized and that the suspected cases have been ordered to in-home isolation.

    What concerns me is the DHS involvement, what this could mean as far as treatment of Mexican immigrants and the potential for some sort of forced vaccination (similar to 1976).

  2. And I would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids and that stupid antigenic shift! Drats, we researchers here at Baxter, experts who have studied virology for many years, forgot to take into account the fact that N5N1 bird flu genes can’t combine with those of influenza A(H1N1)genes when we unleashed all those big bad viruses into the general populace. Not only that, but we also forgot that antigenic shift takes decades to produce a novel strain. That didn’t stop us, though; we all took a vow of secrecy and swore never to tell a soul about what we did, then decided to manufacture a virulent strain of H1N1 in our multitudinous laboratories to correct our mistake. Afterward, we waited for it to spread, got the government to enlist us to create a vaccine for it, and now we’ll rake in all the profits that are guaranteed to ensue since everyone will be afraid of the astronomically high mortality rate that the swine flu has and buy our vaccine BWAHAHAHAHA… oh wait, the mortality rate is the same as that of the seasonal flu? F.U.C.K! It would’ve been the perfect plan, too, since everybody would be expecting the virus to be created naturally since epidemiologists have said for years that we’re a little bit overdue for a new strain of influenza as it is, thus creating a perfect subterfuge for our dastardly plans! Oh well, maybe we’ll try smallpox next year.

    … really children? Get real.

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