Deaths from H1N1 are about 1/3 of those of seasonal flu in both Canada and the US, millions of vaccine does are unsed and unwanted in Canada after an initial rush which was largely media generated. Intial "expert prediction of 10,000 deaths in Canada and up to 60,000 in the US sit at 420 in Canada and approximately 12,000 in the US. The Chief Medical officer of Canada estimates that between 2,000 and 8,000 die annually from seasonal flu here.
The European Union is investigating the whole mess and has asked WHO officials to come and testify. While their intentions may have been pure this is the second time in 5 or 6 years that WHO has cries wolf, the first being Avian flu and many people are beginning to insist on some accountability because huge financial resources which could have been used on other, more critical, health issues were diverted to swine flu.
A fair, after the fact, assessment was contained in yesterday's Globe and Mail written by credible people in Canadian health care.