The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the 15 experts with connections to the pharmaceutical industry who gave it advice on the swine flu pandemic.

Six of the 15 declared conflicts of interest, including support from vaccine manufacturers.

The decision to classify the swine flu outbreak as a pandemic led the UK to spend £1.2bn on tackling the virus, including the cost of vaccinations, anti-viral drugs and facemasks, yet reports indicate that as few as 26 lives were saved according to reports.

Initial worst-case scenario estimates warned that 65,000 could die in the UK, but in England just 342 people lost their lives.

WHO director general Margaret Chan officially declared the H1N1 pandemic over on 10 august, and has since rejected allegations that drug companies influenced the WHO decision to declare the pandemic.