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  • 29 March 2010

    On 29 March 2010 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) held in Pars a second public hearing on the subject "The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed". Polish Minister of Health, Ms Ewa Kopacz, explained the Polish government's response to the ‘flu pandemic declared by the World Health Organisation - Poland decided not to order any H1N1 vaccines. Vice-minister of Health, Mr Marek Twardowski, also took part in the meeting.


    Participants at the hearing, organised by PACE's Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs, included also:


    • Professor Marc Gentilini, an expert in infectious diseases, a member of the French National Academy of Medicine and a former President of the French Red Cross, who was asked to assess France's response to the pandemic
    • Health researcher Dr Tom Jefferson of the independently-funded Cochrane Collaboration who was requested to analyse the issue of the use of scientific evidence in influenza decision-making
    • Michèle Rivasi, a member of the Green Group in the European Parliament, who is calling for an inquiry by MEPs into the handling of the ‘flu pandemic

    The committee held the first public hearing in January, attended by representatives of the WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and independent health experts, following a motion by the outgoing Chair of PACE's Sub-committee on Health Wolfgang Wodarg on "faked pandemics".


    It subsequently appointed Paul Flynn (United Kingdom, SOC) to prepare a report. He has already met British Minister of State for Public Health Gillian Merron as part of his inquiry, and will shortly visit the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to put follow-up questions. The committee is due to approve his report at the end of April, for a possible plenary debate in Strasbourg in June.


    Address by Minister Ewa Kopacz

    File of the second hearing

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