April 15, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Leading experts involved in the World Health Organisation’s decision to declare a flu pandemic on Wednesday rejected accusations of undue influence from the pharmaceutical industry.
The heads of panels of scientists advising the agency on vaccines and the alert said “meticulous care” was taken to avoid conflicts of interest and to keep a distance from industry as far as possible.
David Salisbury, of the WHO’s standing Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunisation, said candidates for the body were vetted before they joined and those with conflicts of interest were excluded.