21 August 2009
The Swine flu
vaccine has been hit by new cancer fears after a German
health expert gave a shock warning about its safety.
Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg
is a politician and a specialist in lungs, hygiene and environmental
He is the chairman of
the health committee in the German parliament and European Council.
Lung specialist Wolfgang Wodarg
has said that there are many risks associated with the vaccine for
the H1N1 virus.
He has grave reservations about the firm Novartis who are
developing the vaccine and testing it in Germany. The vaccination is
injected “with a very hot needle”, Wodarg said. The nutrient
solution for the vaccine consists of cancerous cells from animals
and "we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction".
But more importantly, some people fear that the risk of cancer could
be increased by injecting the cells.
The vaccine - as Johannes Löwer, president of the Paul
Ehrlich Institute, has pointed out -
can also cause worse side effects than the
actual swine flu virus.
Wodrag also described people’s fear of the pandemic as an
“It is great business for
the pharmaceutical industry,”
he told the ‘Neuen Presse’.
Swine flu is not very different from
“On the contrary if you look at the
number of cases it is nothing compared to a normal flu
outbreak,” he added.
The chairman of the health committee in
the European Council has urged for a careful and calm reaction to
the virus. Up until now, the producers of the vaccine did not know
how many orders they would have by the autumn, but the German
Government is now a guaranteed customer.
Even the pharmaceutical companies are trying to exploit the fear
of the swine flu pandemic.