Last year, the number of human cases of avian flu dropped rather than rose for the first time -- from a paltry 115 in 2006 to an even more insignificant 86 in 2007. Frightening headlines warning of a pandemic that could kill 150 million people have all but vanished.
Although some experts still argue that preparations against bird flu must continue, many are finally beginning to realize what I said all along -- that this overhyped, oversold pandemic was never a threat in the first place.
According to Dr. Paul A. Offit, a vaccine specialist at Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia, H5 viruses have been around for 100 years and never caused a pandemic and probably never will.
Still, according to this New York Times article, scientists and governments are congratulating themselves for averting a threat that never was by stockpiling worthless vaccines, pointlessly culling hundreds of millions of birds, and pouring money into preparation efforts.
I can only imagine that the flu vaccine manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.