It led to huge amounts of taxpayers' money being wasted in stockpiling vaccines, it added.
Britain braced itself for up to 65,000 deaths and signed vaccine contracts worth £540million.
The actual number of deaths was fewer than 500 and the country is now desperately trying to unpick the contracts and unload millions of unused jabs.
Pharmaceutical companies, however, profited to the tune of £4.6billion from the sale of vaccines alone. Full story...