I have seen this video a while ago, which I posted in my main blog in portuguese, but since a few people were doubting on the words of this epidemiologist, I decided to search for the proof myself. Basically he tells that the criteria to declare an epidemic changed in may/2009, so that a minor virus outbreak could fit into the pandemic level.
On the video below, the epidemiologist Tom Jefferson tells a Swedish TV about this change and how it would enormously benefit pharmaceutical companies:
An influenza pandemic occurs with the appearance of a new influenza virus against which none of the population has any immunity. This results in several simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of cases and deaths. With the increase in global transport and communications, as well as urbanization and overcrowded conditions, epidemics resulting from a new influenza virus are likely to be established quickly around the world.
In the new definition, that appeared in May/2009, states that:
A disease epidemic occurs when there are more cases of that disease than normal. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic of a disease. An influenza pandemic may occur when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity. With the increase in global transport, as well as urbanization and overcrowded conditions in some areas, epidemics due to a new influenza virus are likely to take hold around the world, and become a pandemic faster than before. Pandemics can be either mild or severe in the illness and death they cause, and the severity of a pandemic can change over the course of that pandemic.
As you may have noticed, the part that says “This results in several simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of cases and deaths.” were removed in the new text, replacing it for the fuzzy and confused statement that “Pandemics can be either mild or severe in the illness and death they cause, and the severity of a pandemic can change over the course of that pandemic”
Where you can find the documents that prove this:
- Old definition:
- New definition: