Screenshots of a report published in November 2021 are circulating on social media. Among other things, there are projections that a smallpox outbreak will begin in May 2022. Explanations.
Needless to say, it’s disconcerting. A report, published in November 2021, proposes simulations for an exercise in the event of an epidemic. Except it turns out that scientists have based their projections on the emergence of a new strain of … monkeypox.
Dans des captures d’écran relayées on Twitter, especially on which the virus is first mentioned on May 15, 2022, and the scenarios predict a rapid spread of blood variation, especially for certain conspiracy theories. .
Scenario of the monkeypox epidemic was planned more than a year ago, in March 2021, by The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) (p 12) – https://t.co/IZZMkaievO …
Precise on a day-to-day basis.
Extremely suspicious. pic.twitter.com/hFGMEKebhv
– #Eric #Dystoshow u00ae ufe0f (@dystoman) May 20, 2022
What is this report?
This is the report of a simulation exercise conducted in March 2021 and published in November by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). This NGO works to “reduce the nuclear and biological threats that endanger humanity”, according to Checknews, which is interested in this document.
In the introduction of the report (in English)the aim of the latter is stated at the outset: “NTI has joined the Munich Conference on Security to maintain a theoretical exercise on reducing biological threats with high consequences “. This study is in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While national and global leaders rightly focus on the immediate demands of the Covid-19 response, the international community cannot differ in putting in place the necessary measures to protect against future biological threats,” the authors said. of the report.
Why is monkeypox mentioned?
In this report, the scientists explained that you worked on a simulation exercise in which the scenario is as follows: “A deadly global pandemic involving an unusual strain of monkeypox virus that has emerged in the fictional nation of Brinia and spread around the world in 18 months. “
Except that the choice of this virus, put in parallel with its recent emergence is a troubling coincidence. Très pointée du doigt dans tel tel context, NTI decided to put a question-and-answer page on the line in order to propose more transparency on the report.
To the question of why smallpox was retained for study, the answer is then as follows: “Selection factors of monkeypox was the value of selecting a pathogen with different characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 viruswhich encouraged participants in the exercise to consider issues beyond those already identified by the current pandemic. “
What is Bill Gates doing in this story?
Among the conspiracy theories relayed on social media, Bill Gates’ name reappears regularly. With this scenario, which imagines a pandemic of smallpox, some Internet users have taken a shortcut to the WHO, while others accuse Bill Gates of being behind it all.
L’agenda de la variole du singe exists since March 2021 in the NTI simulation report.
We are dealing with a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY promoted by Bill Gates Biden Macron & consorts. Objective: reduction of the world’s population through natural selection#BillGatesBioTerrorist pic.twitter.com/1OwHVxhRQb
– Eric Naish (@ERIC_MINOT) May 22, 2022
Why: Because the Gates Foundation is one of NTI’s financial contributors, Jaime Yassif, one of the institution’s leaders, told AFP.
In the role of the WHO, or even Bill Gates in drafting the script, the latter states that “Although a member of each of these organizations participated in the simulation as an individual expert, none of these organizations played a role in their organization or funding.“Neither the Gates Foundation nor the WHO play an official role in the exercise.”
Should the envisaged scenario be feared?
On May 7, the first confirmed case of monkeypox was reported in Britain. New cases are rapidly emerging in various European countries, and on 21 May, the WHO confirmed the presence of the virus in twelve countries outside Africa, where monkeypox usually circulates. In France, it was announced that they had detected a 1st suspicious case since May 19.
Or in the imaginary scenario by scientists, the first cases of this modified monkeypox appear on May 15th. “We have no reason to believe that the current epidemic involves a modified pathogen, we have no convincing evidence to support the hypothesis,” NTI said in a question-and-answer session.
For the institution, this is a coincidence, which is not suspicious given the fact that this virus is already very well documented, that it has already been the subject of similar scenarios and that it is “a repertoire on the American list of selective agents and toxins, given its potential serious threat to human and animal health.”
WHO wants reassurance
Asked at a news conference on Monday, May 30, Rosamuld Lewis, an expert on smallpox in the organization, gave reassuring remarks about the current situation.
“At the moment, we are not worried about a global pandemic. It is still possible to stop this epidemic before it spreads. “