AFP
June 7, 2010

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GENEVA — The head of a World Health Organisation panel probing the handling of the flu pandemic said Monday that criticism of the agency’s role which emerged last week would be taken up by his review.

Harvey Fineberg, chairman of the WHO’s Review Committee of external experts, welcomed the reports published on Friday by the British Medical Journal and a Council of Europe parliamentary committee.

“These reports raise questions about potential, inappropriate influences on WHO decision-making in the assessment and response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and, more generally, question practices employed by WHO to guard against conflict of interest among its expert advisers,” he said.

“These topics are among those that will be fully considered by our Review Committee,” he added in a statement.

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