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Monkeypox nonsense and peanut butter piffle


WE ARE ever vigilant to the reappearance of Covid-19 – not the actual virus, but to its reappearance in the pages of Global Health Now. While the virus poses virtually no risk to humans, news about it has the potential to spread fear and panic, leading to calls for the return of face masks and queues for needless, but potentially lethal, vaccines.

Having all of the above to contend with, we had almost forgotten about monkeypox, or ‘MPox’, as those of us in the front line who also have to be vigilant about racial and ethnic microaggressions know it. But our old favourite MPox is back in the news.

According to a report in Global Health Now about a study published in Science, it has become apparent that monkeypox has been around since 2017 and was, most probably, not caused by zoonotic transmission from monkeys or any other animals. The study was also picked up by the Guardian, and there can hardly be a more important indicator of just how serious the situation is.

According to Global Health Now we need ‘global surveillance to stem the virus’s continuing “unabated” circulation in humans’. But why? Given that it has been circulating without comment for nearly seven years, it is most probably the case that nobody knew they had it and if they did have it they clearly got over it. It is hard to fathom if it was a slow news day at Global Health Now or if this is the thin edge of a wedge to ramp up campaigns for vaccines and safe sex.

As for other nonsense from Global Health Now, it carried a report referencing the Mirror newspaper, yet another source of reliable health information, that responsibility for causing the next global pandemic could rest with you. That is, if you eat peanut butter. The story goes like this: you eat peanut butter; peanut butter contains palm oil; precious palm trees must be felled to satisfy your greed; this leads to deforestation; animals lose habitats and, in revenge, they seek us out and give us a deadly and highly contagious disease. Think about that the next time you stick your knife into a new jar of crunchy peanut butter (or smooth: we are all guilty).

More nonsense follows from Global Health Now. A report which caught my eye said: ‘A mass vaccination in early 2022 in Tokyo prevented 640,000 Covid-19 cases and averted up to 8.5million infections.’ I was hooked. Maybe I had been wrong about the vaccines all along. I read on to find out that the study being reported used ‘statistical modelling’. And we all know what a rip-roaring success that was in helping governments to prepare for the Covid-19 ‘pandemic’.

The study is summarised in the CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy) newsletter under a heading which says that the study only ‘suggests’ that the mass vaccination was effective. And, of course, that is all modelling can do: suggest. I am no modeller, but it struck me that to do such modelling, one of the inputs surely has to be an assumption that the vaccines worked. On reading the original paper, sure enough, it is stated that they used ‘a vaccine efficacy estimate’.

Here at TCW we are convinced that not only did the vaccines not work with anything like the claimed efficacy but that they cause manifest harms up to and including death. Even if they worked, how did it profit the people of Tokyo to be saved from a mild infection which was incredibly unlikely to kill them, only to be crippled by a vaccine injury, or worse? You can bet your bottom Yen that they did not include that in the Tokyo study.

Sounds like a case par excellence of the operation being a complete success but, sadly, the patient did not survive.

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

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