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Swine Flu: Panic or Pandemic?

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 May 2010

In June 2009 the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared swine flu a global pandemic.

Governments around the world sprang into action and ordered millions of doses of vaccine. But in the event thousands - not millions died - and swine flu proved to be less dangerous than ordinary seasonal flu. So why did the WHO announce a pandemic and were they right to do so?

For Assignment Imogen Foulkes visits two countries in Europe, one of which ordered 90 million doses of vaccine and used just 10% of them - the other of which ordered none.

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