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A pox on all these monkey panic-mongers

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IT WAS almost a relief when the World Health Organisation (WHO), possibly under direct pressure from its allegedly genocidal director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared monkeypox a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ on Saturday. It was almost inevitable; after all the deadly virus continues to spread, killing all in its wake . . . is what you would think if you were to read Medscape UK or the newsletter of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Global Health Now.

Here is a selection of not-at-all alarmist headlines from Medscape UK published within one week:

·        UK Monkeypox Symptoms ‘Differ from Previous Outbreaks’

·        WHO Says ‘Urgent and Coordinated Action is Imperative’ to Stop the Spread of Monkeypox

·        WHO Stops Short of Declaring Monkeypox Outbreak a Global Health Threat

·        Monkeypox Vaccine to Be Offered More Widely

·       We Should Vaccinate Gay and Bisexual Men for Monkeypox Now

Global Health Now of July 15, under the heading of ‘Unprecedented’ spread of monkeypox spurs call for faster response lists an article from Axios which reports 336 cases in New York, tripled in a week. According to the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law there were, on July 15, 1,814 cases in the United States and 12,556 cases worldwide. The Institute claims: ‘Our analysis shows, projected monkeypox cases may grow exponentially, and the time to act is now.’ Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? They roll out the usual global health tropes regarding mass vaccination, and diverting funding to a range of organisations including: ‘Black and Latinx, ballroom community, leather and other groups serving gay and bisexual men, transgender people and other affected communities’. I must admit that ‘ballroom community’ was a new one on me; banish any images of well-dressed men and women gliding around on Slipperine at afternoon tea in the Aldwych.

Apparently, health officials are ‘racing to halt the spread before the disease becomes endemic in more countries’. The subtext (very ‘sub’) is that this is a gay disease, spreading amongst gay men. It says that monkeypox ‘mainly spreads through direct contact with an infected person’s body fluids’. This points to an easy way to stop monkeypox spreading but which would necessitate suggesting some restraint regarding the carnal act that defines ‘the love that dare not speak its name’, and that is simply never going to happen. The analogies with the recent Covid ‘pandemic’ are obvious as are the analogies with HIV/Aids. Mark my words, the next announcement will be that ‘we are all at risk’ and that no sexual congress is safe without a condom. This has already been exemplified in the ridiculous and hypocritical advice over Social Gathering, Safer Sex and Monkeypox issued by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  which, as an alternative to sex, urges us to ‘masturbate together at a distance of at least six feet’ while making no specific mention of avoiding the highest risk activity of anal sex.

Global Health Now of July 15 excels itself with a link to a tweet containing a subsequent link to an op-Ed in STAT which advocates more widespread prescription of TPOXX (generic name tecovirimat) especially to gay men, at least one of whom is reported in the article to have ‘excruciating internal and external lesions around his anus’. TPOXX ‘may reduce symptoms and risk of death in patients with monkeypox’. Note the word ‘may’, which spurred me to investigate more about this wonder drug. It transpires that to be prescribed TPOXX you must be recruited into a clinical trial, which indicates that the drug is still being tested. Such is the ignorance of the author that he does not realise that being recruited into a clinical trial gives you only a 50 per cent probability of being given the purportedly active drug; you may equally be prescribed the placebo. The poor journalism is not surprising, but it is worth remembering that this was listed in Global Health Now which, regardless of one’s view on global health and all things Bloomberg, is published by one of the most highly regarded medical schools in the world. Clearly, when it comes to whipping up panic about monkeypox, anything goes. As indicated in a previous article, Big Pharma is busy preparing for a massive influx of public money for the production of monkeypox vaccines. Dr Robert Malone rightly said recently that we should delete the ‘k’ in monkeypox.

What level or risk regarding monkeypox forms the background to the present panic? If there are now 15,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide (as the latest WHO report claims) this constitutes only 0.0001 per cent of the world’s population; only five deaths have been recorded. Compare this with 241million cases of malaria in 2020 and a recorded 627,000 deaths, about which we hear little. In the UK there are 1,856 cases of monkeypox which constitutes 0.002 per cent of the population. If these figures were applied to the risks from Covid vaccines, we would be told there was nothing to worry about.

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Roger Watson
Roger Watson
Roger Watson is a Professor of Nursing.

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