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Handling of Swine Flu Pandemic Will Be Reviewed: WHO

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In response to growing criticism about how the swine flu pandemic was handled, the World Health Organization said Tuesday it will conduct an independent review.

Some critics have labeled the outbreak a "false pandemic" and claim pressure from drug makers influenced how it was managed, Agence France Presse reported.

"We expect and indeed welcome criticism and a chance to discuss it," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told journalists. "In the future we will do an evaluation of our work with outside experts in order to assess the work of WHO in the management of the pandemic influenza H1N1."

The review may not begin until the swine flu outbreak is believed to be over, which could take months or even years, AFP reported.

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