Swine Flu: Panic or Pandemic?
Was the World Health Organisation right to declare a global swine flu pandemic? For Assignment Imogen Foulkes asks who made the key decisions that led to countries buying millions of doses of vaccine.
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.