Methinks it is going to get warmer and warmer in this here panic-pastry kitchen of ours:
Public hearing on handling of H1N1 pandemic – A public parliamentary hearing “The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed?” was held during the session on 26 January. The hearing brought together representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and of European vaccine manufacturers, as well as independent medical experts, to discuss this topic with parliamentarians. The hearing was initiated by the outgoing Chair of PACEs Sub-committee on Health Wolfgang Wodarg, who together with some other members of the Assembly of the Council of Europe requested in a motion in December that the Assembly look into this question. The hearing was open to the press. Both hearing and press conference were webcast live.
Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg is a german physician. Born in 1947. He studied medicine in Berlin and Hamburg and obtained his medical degree and a doctor´s grade from the University of Hamburg. He obtained his postgraduate qualifications in internal medicine and pneumology, in public health, social medicine, hygiene and environmental medicine in Germany and further training in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University/ Baltimore, USA.
He worked as a ship´s doctor, port health authority and in the Bernhard-Nocht-Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hamburg. He practiced medicine in several clinics and was the director of a public health institute in Northern Germany for 13 years before getting elected for the German Bundestag.
Dr. Wodarg initiated and chaired for ten years the Specialist Committee on Environmental Health of the Chamber of Physicians (FAGUSH) and was a member of the Epidemiology Task Force in his country Schleswig-Holstein.
He was MP from 1994 till 2009, for the whole time a member of the Health Committee and since 2005 in the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development.
He initiated and was the speaker of the Enquete Commission "Law and Ethics of Modern Medicine" of the German Bundestag.
Dr. Wodarg is an Honorary Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE). From 1998 until January 2010, he was a member of the PACE, since 2002 Vice-Chairman of the European Socialist Group, since 2006 speaker of the German Social Democrats and deputy head of the german delegation in Strasbourg. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Culture, Education and Science and afterwards Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health until January 2009. Parallel he was a Member of the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe.
His initiatives and reports brought important issues such as "Faked Pandemics", private military companies, the role of media for democracy, palliative medicine or genetic testing and genetically modified organisms on the political agenda. Recently he was rapporteur on "Private military and security firms and the erosion of the state monopoly on the use of force” for the Political Affairs Committee and on "Palliative care: a model for innovative health and social policies” for the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee.
Dr. Wodarg is a lecturer at the University of Flensburg and President of the Rheuma-Liga Schleswig-Holstein.
Public hearing on handling of H1N1 pandemic
Here the statement presented by Dr. Wodarg: http://www.wodarg.de/english/3064512.html