Strasbourg, 22.03.2010 – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold a second public hearing on the subject “The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed” in Paris on Monday 29th March, followed by a press conference.
Participants at the hearing, organised by PACE’s Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs, include:
The committee held a first public hearing in January, attended by representatives of the WHO, the pharmaceutical industry and independent health experts, following a motion by the outgoing Chair of PACE’s Sub-committee on Health Wolfgang Wodarg on “faked pandemics”.
It subsequently appointed Paul Flynn (, SOC) to prepare a report. He has already met British Miner of State for Public Health Gillian Merron as part of his inquiry, and will shortly visit the headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to put follow-up questions. The committee is due to approve his report at the end of April, for a possible plenary debate in in June.
Practical information for the media:
The hearing, which is open to the press, takes place at the Council of Europe office in (55 avenue Kléber, 16ème, Metro: Boissière) from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Monday 29th March, followed by a press conference.
Video of the hearing and press conference (with interpretation into English and French) will be posted on the Assembly’s website around an hour after they conclude at the following link: mms://coenews.coe.int/vod/100329_w01_w.wmv
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