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South Africa’s brutal lockdown 3: Vaccine chief’s big backers ensured he could not fail

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The third and last part of this account of the man at the centre of South Africa’s disastrous lockdown and his widespread network of contacts and supporters. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

‘NO ONE is safe until everyone is safe’ is a favourite mantra of Professor Salim S Abdool Karim, South Africa’s number one Covid marshal. ‘Build Back Better’ is another. 

Yet another spurious scientific concept South Africa’s most powerful Professor has used to suppress South Africans with is asymptomatic transmission, similarly used by Sage to maintain destructive Covid-19 restrictions in the UK. 


In his position as chair of the Covid-19 MAC (the South African version of Sage), Karim told the then Minister of Health, Zwelini Mkhize, that if 100 people were infected by the virus between 50 and 80 per cent would have no symptoms, and therefore have an asymptomatic infection. 

Of course it was not true. So why did this epidemiologist parrot these memes? Because he believed them? Or because he and his wife have been comprehensively captured by a complex, self-reinforcing global network of unaccountable (often self-appointed) international ‘health’ organisations who both fund them and give them prestigious positions? 

Professor Karim holds several such in the World Health Organisation (WHO). He chairs the WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV, and is a member of its TB-HIV Task Force. He is also one of the nine members of the WHO’s Science Council which directly advises the WHO’s Director-General on issues impacting global health. 


This remit includes the WHO’s Pandemic Treaty innovation which aims to demolish sovereignty and democracy by enforcing a global medical tyranny. Countries signing up to this treaty risk being obliged to install surveillance systems to detect viruses and crush dissent. 

This year the Science Council published a report accelerating access to genomics in the name of ‘global health’, arguing that ‘public health concerns may justify genomic screening of either whole populations or subpopulations of asymptomatic individuals’ and that South Africa, as a global leader in discovering new virus variants like Omicron, ‘make it an ideal staging ground’ for an experiment to be conducted by the WHO, together with Africa CDC, on genomic surveillance which could lead to digital slavery. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) also happens to be conducting research into genomic surveillance, partnering with the Beijing Genomics Institute. 

While WHO advisers like Karim don’t receive remuneration other than expenses (not insignificant in matters of international travel), their positions give them influence, status and power both within the WHO and over the citizens in their own countries: power to dismiss genuine scientific debate and peer-reviewed studies as ‘fringe opinions’ and, ironically, disinformation. 

The WHO is not, as some might think, a disinterested party, most often reflecting the position of its biggest funders and its officers selected for their agendas, as with the recent appointment of Sir Jeremy Farrar as Chief Scientific Officer. 

As well as by the member states, the WHO is funded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with $375million making it the second biggest funder in 2021, and by Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, at $245million its fifth biggest funder. Previously known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation it describes itself as a public-private global health partnership set up to promote vaccination in poorer countries.

With its interests thus doubly represented, the BMGF is the only non-country to have a seat at the WHO’s top table. Alongside the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) which exists specifically to ‘accelerate the development of vaccines’ – especially mRNA ones – and the WHO, GAVI also runs COVAX, yet another global alliance focusing on the distribution of vaccines and of which South Africa is a member. 

Since 2013, Karim has also been chair of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel, another United Nations subsidiary consumed by Covid-19 and with which his wife, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, is also involved both as a Special Ambassador and co-chair on the UNAIDS Advisory Group to the Executive Director. Her boss there, Winnie Byanyima, who has co-chaired the WEF, is a champion of the People’s Vaccine for Covid-19, another organisation intent on promoting vaccines, and supported by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Quarraisha also co-chairs an Agenda 2030 committee, sits on two WHO committees advising on Covid-19 vaccine trials, and is deputy chair of the WHO Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The web of connections doesn’t end here. In October 2020, Gavi hosted Professor Salim Karim in his capacity as South Africa’s chair of the Covid-19 MAC in a video event promoting lockdowns and Covid-19 vaccines as humanity’s saviours

For the past 12 years Karim has sat on the BMGF’s Scientific Advisory Committee. In December 2020, Bill Gates paid tribute to both Karims, praising them for their roles in leading Aids and Covid-19 research, and as pandemic ‘experts’.


The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has also received funding from the BMGF. In 2013, during Karim’s tenure as president, the BMGF gave the organisation over $11.7million. In all since 2006, the BMGF has granted SAMRC over $23million, including $3.7million committed since June 2021. 

As reported in Parts 1 and 2, the ‘partners’ of Karim’s Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), and organisations linked to the Karims, have been in receipt of generous BMGF grants over the years. So too has CAPRISA, recently receiving a further $731,052 in October 2020 and another $187,454 a year later.   

Strangely, the CAPRISA website remains coy about this. A press release in October 2020 makes no mention of the BMGF grant CAPRISA received in that same month, and neither is this mentioned in its November and December press releases. 

In May 2020, Quarraisha Karim won the French Christophe Merieux Prize and was awarded €500,000. The Christophe Merieux Foundation is funded by the BMGF along with the Gilead Foundation, Wellcome Trust, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a number of Genomic Technology and pharmaceutical companies, including Bioneer and GSK. Under the control of the China CDC, its branch in Beijing has developed detection tests for Covid-19. 

Salim Karim is also vice president and Fellow of the International Science Council (ISC), another organisation in lockstep with the global Covid narrative. Earlier this year it published a report titled ‘Unprecedented & Unfinished: Covid-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy’, determined, it seems, to keep the Covid ‘threat’ going as long as possible. 

In 2021, an ISC Oversight Panel for the Covid-19 Outcome Scenarios Project was set up on which, of course, Karim sits. It is closely aligned with the UN Agenda 2030, recommending various stringent actions on how these goals should be fulfilled and governments’ ‘redesign risk strategies’ on pandemics and climate change, detailed here.

Malevolent actors in international organisations with their own agendas now dominate the funding of science, and are guilty of controlling and corrupting other national science and public health institutions. Guilty too are those scientists funded and rewarded by them, an indisputable truth no matter how many times these scientists publish with the laughable claim that there is ‘no conflict of interest’ in their research and trials. 

The Karims may well have set up CAPRISA many years ago with the laudable aim of reducing the toll of HIV/Aids on South Africa, but over the years they have become an integral and useful part of a elaborately globally constructed medical and scientific establishment working in its own interests if not for Big Pharma, and not, as they claim, in the interests of humanity or democratically decided public health policies.

Instead they follow the dictates of a billionaire computer salesman, and through social media and self-funded ‘fact checking’ demonise doctors and epidemiologists who don’t subscribe to the harrowing future of compulsory vaccinations and digital identity documents used to enforce Covid-19 restrictions that they have persuaded governments to buy into and to finance. 

The particular tragedy for the already impoverished South Africa is that while couples like the Karims have become extremely rich off helping impose this agenda, the policies they’ve promoted (and hugely benefited from themselves) have forced millions into poverty and starvation, and all to no real health purpose. 

All on the back of a lie, that a novel respiratory virus with a low mortality rate was a lethal threat. 

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradinehttps://www.conservativewoman.co.uk
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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