This should be a cautionary tale about trusting any agency of the United Nations.
Even with the best of intentions and the labour of many thousands of hard working and committed people, anything run by the UN is ultimately shot through with the ideologically driven politics of its member nations and the institutional elites that it draws its top bureaucrats from.
Plus, the agencies themselves become self serving and self perpetuating. Look at the extraordinary gravy train that is the IPCC. Does anyone seriously expect it to willingly turn around and ever express any doubt about the fake climate "crisis" that keeps them in fabulously well paid jobs, with endless first class air travel and five star hotel or resort accommodation? Not likely in my view.
Getting back to the WHO and how the politics of the member nations can distort things, it wasn't that long ago that the WHO abandoned the scientific gold standard of properly randomised blind trials as the only acceptable level of evidence in making its decisions.
This was partly as a sop to countries with still significant numbers of people living "traditional" lifestyles and their traditional "ways of knowing" and "wisdom."
What this means in reality is that in determining matters of policy related to our health the WHO will now give time effectively to witch doctors, shamans and other peddlers of idiot superstitions. So our retreat from the Enlightenment and reason continues.
Michael Fumento on how one of the world’s mildest flu viruses became one of the world’s biggest scares:
Fact is, the kind of flu WHO now freaks over is the least likely to actually kill.
Now experts in Victoria concede it might actually be good to contract this swine flu:
In which case, may it have been a mistake to try to stop more of us catching it now?