Screenshots of a report published in November 2021 are circulating on social media. In particular, 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 which an epidemic would occur. Except it turns out that scientists based their projections on the emergence of a new strain of … monkeypox.
Screenshots relayed on Twitter show that the virus is first mentioned on May 15, 2022, and that the scenarios envisage the rapid spread of smallpox, including some conspiracy theories. .
The monkeypox epidemic scenario was planned more than a year ago, in March 2021, by The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) (p. 12) – https://t.co/IZZMkaievO…
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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 for “the reduction of nuclear and biological threats endangering humanity”, Checknews states who was 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 conduct a theoretical exercise on the reduction of high-impact biological threats “. This study is in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While national and global leaders rightly focus on immediate requests for responses to Covid-19, the international community cannot delay the implementation of measures necessary to protect against future biological threats,” the authors said. of the report.
Why is monkeypox mentioned?
In this report, the scientists explain that they have implemented 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, paralleled with its recent emergence is a troubling coincidence. Very pointed in such a context, the NTI decided to put it online a question-and-answer page in order to offer more transparency on this report.
When asked why the smallpox was used for the study, the answer was: “One of the selection factors for monkeypox was the value of selecting a pathogen with different characteristics from SARS-CoV-2 virus.which 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 comes up regularly. With this scenario imagining a monkeypox pandemic, some netizens have taken a shortcut to the WHO, while others accuse Bill Gates of being behind it all.
The monkeypox agenda has been around since March 2021 in the NTI simulation report.
We are facing a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY promoted by Bill Gates Biden Macron & consorts. Objective: To reduce 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, confirmed to AFP Jaime Yassif, one of the leaders of the institution.
On the role of WHO, or even Bill Gates in the development of this scenario, it 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 its organization or funding.“Neither the Gates Foundation nor WHO played a formal 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 is reported to have been detected a 1st suspicious case as early as May 19th.
Or in the imagined 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, as we have not seen any convincing evidence to support such an assumption,” the NTI said in its Q&A.
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 undergone similar scenarios and that it is “listed on the U.S. list of selected agents and toxins, given its potential serious threat to human and animal health.”
WHO wants reassurance
Asked at a press briefing 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 concerned about a global pandemic. It is still possible to stop this epidemic before it spreads. “To date, seventeen cases of smallpox have been confirmed in France, including two in Occitania.