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In 2021, an American organization specializing in the prevention of nuclear and bacteriological risks organized a simulation of a monkeypox epidemic. The date chosen for this fictional scenario? May 2022. This coincidence has been widely exploited on the internet for ten days to affirm or imply that the recent multiplication of cases of “monkeypox” in Europe and the United States was orchestrated. And as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the many contributors to this NGO, the American billionaire – already targeted by numerous conspiracy theses for years – is accused of being behind this new health alert.
“2021 Document Proves Bill Gates Planned Monkeypox Attack for May 15, 2022,” says this text has been shared on Facebook at least 300 times since May 25, according to social media audience measurement software Crowdtangle. Despite the affirmative title, the rest of the text adopts a less direct tone “I’m not saying the recent and very real outbreak of ‘monkeypox’ was engineered. On the contrary, everything points to it happening naturally. But it’s a remarkable coincidence, isn’t it? And wouldn’t- “Isn’t this every globalist’s dream come true? Nothing like a pandemic to force people to give up their freedoms.”
Many publications on social networks (accumulating several tens of thousands of views and/or shares) are in the same mode, contenting themselves with highlighting a “puzzling coincidence”, wielding irony, innuendo and allusion and borrowing from the conspiratorial rhetoric that has become commonplace with Covid, which would have ruling and wealthy elites engineer epidemics to sell vaccines, reduce the world’s population and enslave the world.
Screenshot of the “1scandal” site taken on May 30, 2022
This publication of the site “Le Courrier des Stratèges” of May 23 is clearly affirmative: “The question that arises is the following: do they manufacture epidemics to impose a mode of global governance? In fact, several elements validate this postulate”. The text also takes up infox already broadcast at the time of the Covid: “ The goal: to scare citizens and get them to get vaccinated. Vaccination is an intermediate purpose (intended to inject nanotechnological material)”.
Some publications also claim that it was the WHO that organized this simulation.
In all of these posts, there are links or screenshots to a report from an organization called “Nuclear Threat Initiative” are presented as evidence. For example, the table below, representing a fictional chronology of a “monkeypox” attack, highlighted and annotated by Internet users.
An authentic document from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
This NGO, based in Washington, presents itself on its website as a “non-profit, non-partisan, global security organization specializing in reducing nuclear and biological threats that threaten humanity” (“The Nuclear Threat Initiative is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity”).
In November 2021, NTI published a 36-page report that chronicles an exercise “on table” intended to examine the “differences – nationally and internationally – in biosafety and (case of) pandemic preparedness modalities”. This exercise was carried out in March 2021, in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference, it is explained.
According to the fictional scenario, a “offensive” to monkey pox comes on May 15, 2022 in a fantasy land called Brinia. There were then 1,421 cases and 4 deaths. Ten months later, the scenario imagines 3.2 billion cases for 271 million deaths.
We can read at the end of the document that NTI had already carried out other exercises of the same kind, which had also been the subject of reports in 2019 and 2020.
On May 24, 2022, NTI issued a lengthy statement following the allegations regarding the 2021 exercise to recontextualize its work and explain that this entirely fictional and remote exercise had nothing to do with the multiplication of cases. monkeypox in several European countries and the United States in May 2022.
“Our goal in designing this exercise was to draw the attention of world leaders to the urgent need to improve international capabilities to prevent and respond to pandemics,” is it particularly explained.
“Following the recent detection of monkeypox cases in several countries NTI’s exercise report appeared in a number of social media (posts), noting that the fictional scenario included an increase in smallpox cases. of the monkey with a start date corresponding more or less with the current (situation)”adds the organization which adds that “some posts contain misinformation.”
Hoping “put a stop to rumours”NTI then explains in detail the context of this exercise.
The NGO also explains that “For the purposes of the exercise, we wanted to select a pathogen that was plausible in our scenario, and we chose monkeypox from several options offered by our experts.” The idea was in particular to choose a pathogen with a different profile from Sars-CoV-2 (the origin of Covid), so as to “address other problems than those already seen during the current pandemic” of Covid.
“The risks posed by monkeypox have been well documented for years by many health authorities, the information in our fictional scenario is not new”, she said again.
“The fact that several countries are currently experiencing an increase in cases of monkeypox is pure coincidence. The takeaway is not the particular pathogen (chosen) in our fictional scenario, (but) the fact that the world is completely unprepared for future pandemics and that we must act urgently to remedy this weakness”, writes NTI.
The WHO, the Gates Foundation and Event 201
Questioned by AFP, one of the managers of NTI, the biophysicist Jaime Yassif, indicated in an email on May 30, 2022 que “although a member of each of these organizations participated in the simulation as individual experts, none of these organizations played a role in its organization or funding”. “Neither the Gates Foundation nor the WHO played an official role in the exercise” of 2021, she insisted.
However, it is correct that the Gates Foundation is among NTI’s financial contributors, she added, noting that the Foundation “funds another project, specifically our Global Health Security Index”.
We can also see in NTI’s 2021 annual report that the Gates Foundation is one of its many funders.
Questioned by AFP, a spokesperson for the Foundation also confirmed on May 31 that “the Foundation is indeed still a contributor to NTI”. This database on the Foundation’s website lists the grants awarded to NTI. There are three, between 2004 and 2020, of 2.25 million dollars, 250,000 dollars and 1 million dollars respectively.
On the merits of the charges against Bill Gates and monkeypox, the spokesperson added that “These allegations are false.”
Created by the co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda, the eponymous Foundation finances many projects and organizations in the world around health most often, in particular vaccination and new technologies.
Bill Gates’ commitment to vaccines, his repeated calls for years to better prepare for pandemics have long earned him the enmity of antivax circles, relaunched with force on the occasion of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The billionaire is the recurring target of accusations without evidence, as summarized in detail in particular in this AFP article published in May 2020 (“Tracing, poisoned vaccines… Bill Gates, ‘voodoo doll’ of conspiracy theorists”).
Moreover, in 2020, similar insinuations had circulated extensively on social networks, accusing – already – the Gates Foundation of having fomented the Covid-19, with as alleged proof a … exercise “on table” organized in October 2019 and called “Event 201”, which imagined a coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Event 201 site, it was a mock response to “serious pandemics”with the objective ofminimize their large-scale economic and social consequences”.
These allegations implied that the billionaire knew of the existence of the Sars-CoV-2 virus before its official appearance in China in December 2019.
AFP Factual devoted this article to it: “The Bill Gates Foundation participated in a mock pandemic in 2019, but it had nothing to do with Covid-19.”
A multiplication of cases of monkey pox in May 2022
While the disease had previously only been detected in a dozen African countries, Britain reported a confirmed case of monkeypox on May 7, 2022, and since then nearly 400 cases have been reported to the WHO in nearly twenty countries usually not affected by this virus.
On May 31, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) assured that there was no fear for the moment that the spread of the monkeypox virus beyond African countries could trigger a global pandemic, as reported in this dispatch from AFP.
Asked during a briefing about this possibility, the WHO’s leading monkeypox expert, Rosamund Lewis, replied: “at this time, we are not concerned about a global pandemic”. “It is still possible to stop this epidemic before it spreads”, Ms. Lewis insisted.
As explained in this article from AFP Factual of May 25, 2022, monkey pox (“monkeypox” in English) or “simian orthopoxvirosis” is a disease considered rare, known in humans since 1970. It is caused by to a DNA virus.
“Monkey pox is an infectious disease that is caused by a virus transmitted to humans from infected animals, most commonly rodents (although the virus was first discovered in 1958 in a group of macaques that were studied for research purposes, hence its name)”, writes Inserm on its website.
“Unlike SARS-CoV-2 at the time of its appearance, it is therefore a virus that we have already known well for several decades”, adds the National Institute of Medical Research.
The Update and the WHO Disease Card are available on the WHO website.
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