In the latest bizarre media output from the Director-General of the WHO, Margaret Chan takes on anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists. Or does she?
From an interview in The Canadian Press with Helen Branswell:
And in wild and wacky reaches of the Internet – fertile ground for those who sow seeds of speculation and conspiracy – there are even accusations that the WHO colluded to create and unleash the new virus on an unsuspecting world.
“I can understand all these suspicions and conspiracy thinking, but I must emphasize there’s no basis for that. Absolutely no basis,” Chan insisted.
Asked if she really does understand how people could conclude the agency she heads had a hand in starting a pandemic, Chan’s tone changed.
“If indeed that conspiracy, if there is any evidence and basis to it, I want to see that (evidence), number 1,” she said.
If there is any solid proof, “I will personally kill the organization,” she said.
I’m not sure what the context is for the passage about the “wild and wacky reaches of the internet”. Was this the de rigeur denunciation of “those crazy people on the internet” by a MSM reporter or did Chan bring up the idea of the WHO conspiracy by herself? Chan’s response to this apparent question is bizarre. As Director-General of the WHO, she should know whether or not her organisation caused a pandemic. Hence, the presumed response should be that such rumors are completely false, period. Her request for evidence and promise to kill the WHO if any is found is odd. It suggests that such evidence might be found and that she, personally, has the power to destroy a United Nations organisation.
What would be the best way for the Director-General of the WHO to give aid and comfort to anti-vaccine advocates? Why, by disclosing that she herself has not been vaccinated.
From the AFP
World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan revealed Tuesday that she has yet to be vaccinated against the swine flu virus, which has killed over 11,500 people world-wide.
“I have asked my medical service to enquire where I can go to get my vaccination,” she told reporters in Geneva, pointing out that she has just returned from leave.
The WHO director-general stressed that she would “of course” get vaccinated and that “many of my staff” at the WHO have already taken their jabs against the A(H1N1) virus.
The Director-General of the WHO doesn’t know where she can get a flu shot? Really? The excerpt above will be used over and over again on anti-vaccine sites to create suspicion about the vaccine. Something Dr. Chan and her handlers cannot possibly not know.
For the record, I am a vigorous opponent of the anti-vaccine conspiracy sites on the internet (some of which include prominent flu forums with excellent relationships with the MSM). I don’t think the WHO created pandemic H1N1. But it is not crazy to wonder if pandemic H1N1 was created by someone in some way. After all, “seasonal” H1N1 most likely came from a Chinese laboratory.
What crazy internet conspiracy site did I get that one from?
The New York Times. What a bunch of wackos.