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In April, the Trump administration suspended U.S. funding of the World Health Organization (WHO) for mishandling the Covid-19 virus crisis. The WHO was accused of misleading the public about transmissibility of Covid-19 with its January 14 tweet that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” despite Taiwan alerting the WHO otherwise on December 31, 2019. Being the top donor at 15% of annual WHO budget followed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at second place, many people criticized this decision in midst of a pandemic. However, this is not the first time the WHO has been accused of misrepresentation and cover-up. In 2010, the EU investigated the WHO for creating a ‘fake pandemic’ during the 2009 swine flu outbreak in order to create a lucrative international vaccine market for Big Pharma. In January 2009, there was a small outbreak of the swine flu in Mexico City. The flu gained attention in April when it appeared in California, and by June the WHO had declared a ‘pandemic’ despite the small number of cases worldwide. When the pandemic officially ended in August 2010, there were 491,382 confirmed cases and 18,449 deaths.

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