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WHO slammed over handling of swine flu

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WHO slammed over handling of swine flu

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The World Health Organisation is facing fresh claims that it exaggerated the risks of swine flu.

A study for the human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, finds the WHO guilty of provoking unjustified fears over the risks to public health. The UN agency is also accused of a lack of transparency, a theme picked up on in another probe, by the prestigious British Medical Journal.

It claims some experts behind WHO guidelines on stockpiling anti-flu drugs had links to pharmaceutical companies which stood to benefit.

The WHO firmly denies any conflict of interest or being influenced in any way by the industry. It insists the H1N1 pandemic is not over yet.