The World Health Organization (WHO) recently admitted to shortcomings in its handling of the H1N1 pandemic. According to the Reuters article, this includes "a failure to communicate uncertainties about the new virus as it swept around the globe."
Many critics have said WHO created a panic about the virus, which turned out to have more of a moderate effect than originally thought. The article also described how poorer countries had limited access to the vaccines, while many vaccines were thrown out as the pandemic died down in developed countries. In a year or two, WHO will be able to compile a final death rate from H1N1.
Now that the pandemic has mostly died down, what are you thoughts on how the H1N1 virus outbreak was handled? Did it affect your laboratory, and how? Did you get a vaccine? Share your thoughts.