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Many Top NBA Players Hesitant to Promote COVID Vaccines: long list of others hesitant

Scroll the long list at the link of those who are hesitant….

ESPN reported:

Many of the NBA’s top players are expressing apprehension about accepting invitations to participate in league-sponsored public service announcements to bolster broader acceptance of the coronavirus vaccine, sources told ESPN.

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It Took 18 Suicides to Get This School System to Open Back Up

mercola.com

The nation’s fifth-largest school district, in Clark County, Nevada, is opening back up after 18 students committed suicide during the pandemic shutdown.

Administrators of the system, of which Las Vegas is a part, said they’d also had another “3,100 alerts of suicide risks or students in need of support through the district’s mental health monitoring system.”

Students deemed high-risk will first be evaluated and invited back to in-person learning based on their academic and social-emotional needs, Bakersfield Now reported. The New York Times also did a story on the deaths. “When we started to see the uptick in children taking their lives, we knew it wasn’t just the COVID numbers we need to look at anymore,” Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara told The Times.

A surge in youth suicides has been seen across the U.S. Some schools, like those in Las Vegas, have been closed more than a year.

SOURCES:

Bakersfield Now January 26, 2021

The New York Times January 24, 2021

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Anthony Fauci is the highest paid employee in the entire Federal Government – paid more than the President he has no salary cap

“Director of an institute that funds most of the research in infectious diseases” Wikipedia

mercola.com

There are 4 million employees in the federal government, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nation Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tops them out at $419,608 a year as of 2019. Fauci even makes more than the president.

That means that, within the next three years he will have raked in $2.5 million since 2019 — and more if he gets a raise. Fauci has been at the NIH since 1968, and presiding as director since 1984. While most federal salaries have a cap on them, Fauci’s is an exception.

SOURCE: Forbes January 25, 2021

Photo: screenshot Wikipedia

The day Biden was inaugurated, the Syrian government sent him a message imploring him to withdraw American forces from the country

Syria Sends First Message to President Biden: Withdraw Troops, Stop Stealing Oil

Syria has issued its first message to President Joe Biden, urging the incoming U.S. leader to withdraw troops from the war-torn nation and to abandon efforts to tap into the country’s oil reserves.

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/middleeast/syria-sends-first-message-to-president-biden-withdraw-troops-stop-stealing-oil/ar-BB1cW3KL

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U.S. forces choppered into Syria 24 hours after new commander-in-chief takes power
https://www.bizpacreview.com/2021/01/22/u-s-forces-choppered-into-syria-24-hours-after-new-commander-in-chief-takes-power-1020071/

24 Hours After Joe Biden Sworn In As President, The Swamp Orders US Troops Back Into Syria With Convoy Of 40 Trucks, Armored vehicles And Helicopters Flying Overhead
https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/24-hours-after-joe-biden-holoigram-sworn-in-as-president-the-swamp-orders-us-troops-back-into-syria-convoy-of-40-trucks-armored-vehicles-helicopters/

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Why does the ‘most popular’ presidential candidate of all time need 26,000 armed troops to protect him?

So no matter what they are telling you, those 26,000 Federal troops are not there for your safety. Instead, unmistakably, the Democratic Party is using those troops to send the rest of us a message about power: “We’re in charge now.” We run this nation from Honolulu to our colony in the Caribbean, and everything in between very much, including where you and your family live. Do not question us. Men with guns enforce our decrees, we control the Pentagon. And indeed, they do control The Pentagon. Republicans have spent years ignoring the leftward drift of our officer corps, but we can’t ignore it now. The mask is off.

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LINK: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/achtung-washington-dc-is-under-military-occupation-with-more-armed-troops-than-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-combined-to-begin-biden-reich-regime/

25K National Guard Troops in Washington DC … what is REALLY going on?

https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com

What REALLY is going on in Washington DC?

The Pentagon has authorized up to 25,000 National Guard members to help secure Washington, DC, for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day. That’s in addition to the thousands of US Secret Service, Capitol Police, and DC police that will be out in force for the event.

That’s a massive security presence. For comparison, that’s about half the entire number of US troops currently stationed in JapanPresident Barack Obama’s “surge” of additional US troops to Afghanistan in late 2009 consisted of 30,000 troops.

And so far, nobody — from the US Secret Service to the FBI to the National Guard itself — has provided a clear reason for why such a huge force is necessary to secure the nation’s capital.

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LINK: https://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2021/01/asking-question-of-why-so-many-military.html?fbclid=IwAR0PB5eGxsvVVBFHoa311NL1M2WrEoJv8kMeIpenwPvsD41pwY47jazLmBQ

Poison found in sealife samples THREE YEARS after an aerial brodifacoum poison operation (Ecocide Awareness NZ)

From Ecocide Awareness NZ

Staff from New Zealand Dept of Conservation are often employed as ‘consultants’ for overseas ‘pest’ eradication projects. One example of such an eradication attempt comes from Wake Atoll, known as ‘Wake Island’ – which is between Hawaii and Guam in the northern Pacific Ocean. It is made up of Wake, (525 ha), Peale (95 ha), and Wilkes Islands (76 ha).

Wake is an unincorporated U.S. territory that is managed by the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force. About 70 people reside on Wake (military personnel and contractors). Wake has approximately 19 km of coastline and is an important breeding area for many species of seabirds.Importantly, the coastline is also fished by the local residents for sport and food.

In 2012 an aerial brodifacoum poisoning operation took place over the islands to try to eradicate rats. How long brodifacoum persists in the environment is unclear, but we know it can potentially affect the food chain. These residues may impact on fish that are caught by Wake Island residents for sport and consumption. Three months after the poisoning, 5 out of 48 samples had “detectable levels” of poison – toxicologists therefore recommended a 942 day fishing ban after initial testing was done. But how much longer would the pesticide be in the food chain?

In 2015 – THREE YEARS AFTER this aerial operation of brodifacoum – samples from various marine life were taken. The scientists found that some fish (1 of 8 bluefin trevally, and 4 of 4 blacktail snapper, all from within a lagoon) had low but detectable levels of brodifacoum residues.

The scientists suggest that outcomes from their investigation should provide a comprehensive idea of the risks of contamination in marine life over the longer term from using pesticides aerially. In the article, the authors state “All reasonable efforts should be made to minimize unnecessary environmental and nontarget exposures (e.g., through precise application methods) and all risk assessments must consider the specific context of proposed action [poisoning the environment].”

However, an aerial distribution from helicopter of a lethal poison can NEVER be ‘precise’. The environment and the residents’ health have been put at risk.Reference: Siers, Shane R.; Shiels, Aaron B.; Volker, Steven F.; Rex, Kristen; and Pitt, William C., “Brodifacoum residues in fish three years after an island-wide rat eradication attempt in the tropical Pacific” (2020). USDA National Wildlife Research Center – Staff Publications. 2313.https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/icwdm_usdanwrc/2313

Kathy White says: “Remember the Hauraki Gulf brodifacoum poison drop? The dead dolphins, penguins, dogs and toxic sea-slugs? And the DOC man interviewed on TV, lying about having tested the penguins and them being negative. Fortunately there was an astute journalist who probed and discovered they hadn’t tested them – they had just examined them. Years later, in Penny Fisher’s journal articles, it talked about detecting brodifacoum in the penguins and them thinking the penguins may have died of starvation. They did later studies on anticoagulant rodenticides in penguins and found more than 50% of South Island test subjects had at least one anticoagulant in them.”

Image 1: Wake Island aerial view. Source: Pinterest

Image 2: Brodifacoum baits Source: Wellington Council

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Los Angeles ambulance crews told not to transport patients with little chance of survival

The Los Angeles Times reports that health officials say they need to “focus on patients with a greater chance of surviving” as COVID-19 cases are expected to grow in the coming weeks following the Christmas holiday.

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IT BEGINS: Ohio Authorizes Military To Begin Mass Injections Of Citizens With COVID-19 Vaccine By The National Guard

The Ohio National Guard will be allowed to help vaccinate the general populace against COVID-19. Health and Human Services gave the Ohio National Guard a waiver allowing them to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the general Ohio populace.

And so it begins, watching COVID-19 vaccines being administered to civilians by the United States military, where do you think all that is going to lead us to? Let me tell you where it leads, it leads to mandated, forced vaccinations of the civilian population at the point of a gun. Oh, it will start voluntarily all right, the kind-hearted National Guard soldiers working to inoculate people against a deadly virus, and then when people have accepted receiving voluntary injections from the military, things will turn and it will become mandatory.

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LINK: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/ohio-national-guard-authorized-to-begin-vaccinating-general-population-covid-19-coronavirus/

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Johns Hopkins Takes Down Study Showing US Deaths in 2020 No Different than Prior Years – It Doesn’t Fit their ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ Narrative

humansarefree.com

The Gateway Pundit reported back in August that according to the CDC only 6% of all deaths labeled as COVID deaths are solely related to the virus. The remaining deaths have on average at least 2 – 3 comorbidities present.

Our report on the actual COVID numbers went viral and was even retweeted by President Trump.

Over the weekend, a study was published by Johns Hopkins claiming that COVID-19 has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S.

Unfortunately, shortly after being published, the report was deleted from the web.

However, the report was retrieved using the Way-Back Machine and this is in part what was reported ….

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LINK: https://humansarefree.com/2020/11/johns-hopkins-takes-down-study-showing-us-deaths-in-2020-no-different-than-prior-years-it-doesnt-fit-their-were-all-gonna-die-narrative.html?fbclid=IwAR3m4FzJheOPF7rhE26cRt46qVlIjRF51FrIsSvIx-zrbnBP5KT3SQVu7yQ

Everyone’s Life is at Stake Now: Don’t Get Distracted by Politics

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

As Americans are fixated on the U.S. elections, which it appears will dominate the corporate news cycle for days on end now, the truly big story is not what is happening here in the U.S., but across the pond in the U.K. where the medical tyrants try to force a second lockdown on its citizens today (November 5th).

Samuel May of Off-Guardian reports:

So, during ‘Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus, 31 October 2020’, the usual trio of Johnson, Whitty and Vallance ‘did their thing’ once again, and sold us a lie.

We were shown some graph projections, made by the same people who were wrong in all their previous graph projections and which lacked any context whatsoever (like, for instance, what did last autumn’s hospital admissions look like by comparison?).

Yet these graphs were nevertheless unanimously and alarmingly clear, apparently: We’re all terribly, terribly at risk from the RONA, don’t you know, and we need a further 4 weeks of lockdown.

Johnson said: “From Thursday until the start of December, you must stay at home.” (Read the full article at Off-Guardian.)

The second lockdowns are scheduled for here in the U.S. as well, by the tyrannical medical oligarchy, and no matter who is crowned President of the U.S., all these political medical authorities will keep their jobs which many of them have had for decades, as they watch presidents come and go.

And please make no mistake about this: the results of these lockdowns will be death and destruction, unless a large enough percentage of the public wakes up and figures out that their enemy is not a politician, but the evil forces behind the Globalists and their agenda of using medical tyranny to bring in their New World Order.

If the American public once again complies with unconstitutional mandates to stay home, to close their businesses, and to try and force them to comply to medical procedures they do NOT consent to, including getting a COVID test, having their temperature taken, wearing a mask, or trying to force a medical product on them such as an injection by needle (vaccine), then they will be willingly compliant to destroying people’s jobs, giving up all medical privacy, and basically handing over their entire lives to the medical tyrants so they can do whatever they want.

And what they want, since they are not even shy about it anymore, is a reduced population where they are in complete control of the economy, and individual liberty is non-existent for the “greater good” of the collective society.

America is quickly becoming a totalitarian regime where both extreme facisim (medical tyranny) and extreme socialism (Marxism) will exist side by side, because they both end up in the same place: A police state with totalitarian rule.

And if you think Biden and the Democrats are our enemy, or if you think Trump and the Republicans are our enemy, you are playing right into their hand, which is to distract everyone from the real enemy, and the real issues, that we can only fight against TOGETHER, not while fighting each other.

For our UK brothers and sisters among our readership, you’re first up to bat. You have the opportunity to set the precedent, by practicing massive civil resistance to the COVID mandates.

It does NOT take violence. It just takes bodies. Assemble together, keep your businesses open, and resist ALL medical procedures (yes that includes masks!)

Resist the fear, because at the end of the day, that is the only thing the tyrants have to control the masses.

And the main way to resist fear is to stop watching and reading the corporate media. There will be a link at the bottom of all my articles of how to develop your own newsfeed, so you can get ALL sides to the most important issues facing us today.

Sadly, I am afraid that the worst is still ahead of us. As soon as a President is announced by the corporate media, there are plans in place to cause major unrest all across the U.S.

Resist the effort to join their cause, because it is all a con. As I have written and warned many times now, this is a battle between Good and Evil, between God and Satan. It is not a political battle. There are good people on both political sides. There are very bad characters and trouble makers on both sides too.

The old saying, “United we stand, divided we fall,” has never been truer.

Please read the other article I just recently wrote, because this is where the balance lies currently:

Which “Great Reset” Will You Choose?

SOURCE: https://vaccineimpact.com/2020/everyones-life-is-at-stake-now-dont-get-distracted-by-politics/

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Insects not meat; about your future food supply as current ones are destroyed by fire (plus other updates from the Ice Age Farmer)

Frequent fires burning down food production sites, eggs, grain etc. ‘Coincidental’ fires? IAF has a map to let you see visually what’s going down. They want an end to the wild animal farming & have literally shut it down in China. Just like that. See the pattern folk? Food is going. (It’s about carbon wink wink). And here in NZ we’ve been watching our wild food ruined for food with poisons. I have a post coming on glyphosate spraying in Canada all over wild places killing animals & wild plants. All with the govt’s blessing it appears. And with the shutting down of food production ‘they’ in various countries are dishing out millions to start up bug/insect farms. Slater burgers anybody? IAF suggests you get growing your own food fast. It’s all happening at lightening speed. Remember Bill Gates’ has promised another lockdown?

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Historical Examples of Secret Biological Testing On Citizens

From globalskywatch.com

These documentaries detail just a small part of the history of military and government testing against American citizens. This should be a wake-up call for those on the fence about chemtrails. And yes, this is legal.

Note: NZ is not exempt from these activities. Witness: https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/censored-from-nz-television-ivor-watkins-dows-release-of-deadly-245t-from-1962-81-in-new-plymouth/

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Planned Parenthood Admits in Court That It Sold Body Parts From Aborted Babies

From lifenews.com

The preliminary hearing for undercover journalist David Daleiden began Tuesday in California with Planned Parenthood admitting that it harvested aborted babies’ body parts and supplied them to human tissue procurement companies, according to the Center for Medical Progress.

Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face 15 felony charges for invasion of privacy because they exposed the abortion chain’s gruesome baby body parts trade. Tuesday began a nine-day preliminary hearing about whether the case should go to trial, Courthouse News reports.

“This preliminary stage is the put-up-or-shut-up stage,” Merritt’s attorney Nicolaie Cocis told the news outlet. “What today has revealed is the prosecution by the attorney general is political in nature and built on a house of cards.”

Daleiden’s and Merritt’s lawyers believe their prosecution is politically motivated by politicians like California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Kamala Harris, who received huge campaign donations from the abortion industry. No other journalists have been prosecuted for similar undercover investigations under California law, they contend.

On Tuesday, several abortion industry workers testified, including Melissa Fowler, the vice president of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Daleiden and Merritt recorded some of their undercover footage at an NAF conference.

“Planned Parenthood abortion providers appeared under oath in court today and admitted supplying the body parts of children in the womb to for-profit brokers like StemExpress,” Daleiden said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the Vice President of the National Abortion Federation denied any knowledge of the gruesome trafficking in fetal body parts, despite hosting StemExpress as a major vendor at the trade shows.”

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LINK: https://www.lifenews.com/2019/09/04/planned-parenthood-admits-in-court-that-it-sold-body-parts-from-aborted-babies/

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It’s all going according to the globalist plan

Agenda 21/30, global government, new world order now in plain sight, the perfect storm, especially with race in the mix. This is their trump card (no pun intended). They’ve used it for centuries. Divide and rule, easily done especially if you have long-term oppressed one of those parties. Either way they care zilch about any of us. And as always they have their quietly disguised ‘troops’ on the ground out there stirring up trouble, fomenting unrest, rolling out psyops so you can’t see the wood for the trees & what they want most of all is an excuse now to clamp down with police state rules. Too many waking up to the medical scenario … Remember, they control the media. Don’t take their bait. Stay safe folks. EWR

The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation

From thehill.com

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.

Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the near-total lockdown.

Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.

The recent Stanford University antibody study now estimates that the fatality rate if infected is likely 0.1 to 0.2 percent, a risk far lower than previous World Health Organization estimates that were 20 to 30 times higher and that motivated isolation policies.

In New York City, an epicenter of the pandemic with more than one-third of all U.S. deaths, the rate of death for people 18 to 45 years old is 0.01 percent, or 10 per 100,000 in the population. On the other hand, people aged 75 and over have a death rate 80 times that. For people under 18 years old, the rate of death is zero per 100,000.

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https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/494034-the-data-are-in-stop-the-panic-and-end-the-total-isolation

 

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Will You Be Corona Vaxxed? – Trump and Gates Say Yes!

Important information for you from aminutetomidnite.com, an update on the coming Trump-complicit plans for vaccinating you … and other related matters. EWR

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An open letter to Jacinda Adern re: COVID-19

This excellent article was contributed by New Zealand journalist Peter Drew who is clearly concerned & wants the word out. Please do share it far & wide. EWR

NOTE: the article has had over 52K views (47K of those by Kiwis) since posting … & 12K FB shares. It’s pleasing to see so many Kiwis are awake to what is going down.

By Peter Drew

Jacinda Adern

Prime Minister – New Zealand

Dear Jacinda,

I write this letter as a patriotic Kiwi with best intentions for my country and for the future health and welfare of my fellow Kiwis. You have a very difficult job at this moment in time. There can be no doubt about that.

There is a famous saying. “The first casualty of war is the truth”. Well, from what we are seeing around the world, the first casualty of a pandemic is not only the truth, but also rational thinking. That comment is directed at the COVID-19 situation in general rather than at you. In times of crisis, or potential crisis, emotion can be the enemy of truth and rational thinking. Especially fear. There has been a huge amount of emotion and fear flowing across New Zealand and the entire world the last few weeks. This letter attempts to momentarily push the emotion to one side and focus on rational thinking linked to facts and evidence.

Our country as we know it has been ripped apart in the blink of an eye, perhaps never to fully return. The economy and businesses decimated for the foreseeable future. Mental health problems and social problems set to explode with devastating consequences. The damage done is catastrophic. To inflict that onto the nation, there needs to be one heck of a good reason, and one heck of a strong case to do that. There needs to be an extreme level of critical danger in order to inflict this level of damage to try to safeguard the nation. Alongside that, we absolutely must balance that with an understanding that hindsight is always 20-20.

So, the question we need to approach with rational thinking, evidence, and facts is this. Was there/is there a sufficiently extreme level of critical danger facing New Zealand that warrants such damaging measures being taken? Is there a global pandemic of such unprecedented veracity and lethality sweeping across the world that it demands this extreme action for the good of the nation?

When initially informing the nation of the need for a full Level 4 lockdown, the rationale you put forward to the nation was, based on information from the global experts, that if these unprecedented extreme measures were not implemented, then upwards of 80,000 lives would potentially be lost. A terrible number indeed and worthy of the strongest level of consideration.

But let’s now have a look at what are some extremely disturbing pieces of information and perspectives that are emerging around this global catastrophe relating to what those global experts were, and are, saying. The evidence is now very clear from the top down, from our ‘global experts’, that the severity of the COVID-19 virus has been blown out of proportion by an enormous margin (despite what most of the media keeps hammering into us), both in terms of the initial projected mortality rates globally, and in terms of the actual reported numbers of deaths in each country. Alongside that, we have our global media that have whipped up a level of hysteria and fear that has been pumped through our entire DNA on a daily basis 24/7 to the point where COVID-19 has been perceived by the global public as nothing short of a doomsday plague.

The evidence now clearly shows a level of global miscalculation and deception/manipulation of rates of death from COVID-19 that can only be described as medical and political fraud.

COVID-19 began in Wuhan, China, under uncertain circumstances that are still being investigated. As COVID-19 began to spread to other countries, the Imperial College in London produced a piece of work where they used their computer modelling systems to produce some projections for what the global death rates were likely to be from COVID-19. The numbers were alarming to say the least, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) then began informing the world of the situation.

Now a few weeks further on, with the benefit of some hindsight, it is worth looking back at some of those projected numbers that were used to justify an unprecedented global lockdown. US projected deaths 2.2 million (updated projection 50,000 to 60,000), UK projected deaths 500,000 (updated projection 25,000 to 30,000), and New Zealand projected deaths 80,000 (updated projection – perhaps as low as 20).

If Imperial College had provided projections that were even somewhat within the vague ballpark of what we are now seeing, it is fair to say that implementing a catastrophic global lockdown would never have even been considered or accepted. For purposes of comparison, annual death rates from normal flu are 40,000 to 80,000 in the US, 20,000 in the UK, and around 800 in New Zealand.

Were the projections of the Imperial College consistent with what other similar medical science institutes and other scientists were saying? Absolutely not. Did the WHO consider what other institutes and other scientists were saying? It would seem not. Immediately upon the release of the Imperial College projections, Oxford University came back strongly saying that the Imperial College modelling was flawed (their reasoning outlined) and that as such their projected rates of death were significantly over-estimated, by a very large margin. https://www.dailywire.com/news/oxford-epidemiologist-heres-why-that-doomsday-model-is-likely-way-off. This position of Oxford University was backed up by numerous other high level medical experts around the world at the time. Here is a link to a highly informative interview with Dr Shiva, the inventor of e-mail at age 14, a world leader in Bio-Engineering, and now running for US Senate. https://youtu.be/6AHNoLhLPpI

Why did the WHO not take any of these other sources of information into account and instead just went with the doomsday projections of Imperial College with no questions asked? A point to note here. Bill Gates is the second largest funder of the WHO (behind only the United States), and also funds Imperial College.

The counter argument to this of course is that the reason the updated projections of deaths are so much lower now (by orders of magnitude of 20-40 times) is because of the extreme lockdown measures taken. Intuitively, this just doesn’t ring true to anything like that magnitude. Would New Zealand really have had 80,000 deaths if we hadn’t locked down? We also have numerous examples around the world where a lockdown wasn’t implemented, and rates of death were not noticeably higher. Sweden has not locked down at all, and have numbers of death relatively similar to lockdown countries. Nine states in the US did not lock down and their death rates are very small relatively. Australia did not go to Level 4 lock down and has a death rate virtually identical to New Zealand per capita.

The other factor that helped to instil huge hysteria and fear, and to justify a global lock down, was the death rate percentage that the WHO was initially telling the world. The WHO quoted a death rate of 3.4% for those infected with COVID-19. That is a catastrophic death rate (normal flu is 0.1%) and this helped create the doomsday death calculations around the world. It caused hysteria around the world, which was then magnified enormously by a rabid media.

The problem is that this death rate from the WHO was nothing short of fraudulent. It went completely against the standard methodology for calculating the mortality rate of a flu virus whereby you take the number of confirmed deaths and divide that by the estimated number of people who have been infected. Very simple. But that is not at all what the WHO did with COVID-19. They took the number of deaths and divided it only by the number of people who had been tested positive (a very small number). We know that the number of people being tested is only a tiny fraction of those who have actually been infected, by orders of magnitude of probably at least 10. Most likely much higher. As per the Oxford University analysis, they had estimated that probably half of the UK had already been infected earlier this year. This would have changed the COVID-19 mortality rate from the WHO’s doomsday level of 3.4% to something similar to a normal flu at 0.1%. Precisely what we are now seeing around the world, especially in New Zealand.

Perhaps the United States have some valid reasoning in the decision they have just taken to withdraw their annual $450 million funding for the WHO, pending a full investigation.

But if this information is not damning enough, it actually gets considerably worse. We have now seen that the reported number of deaths is hugely less than original projections of Imperial College, and most countries will likely end up with a number of deaths that is similar to normal flu. However, even these relatively moderate levels of reported deaths are seemingly being vastly overstated.

Hospitals around the world have a standard process for how deaths are categorised on their paperwork. To be listed as the flu being the cause of death it must be clear that flu was the primary cause of the person’s death. That is normal hospital process. However, for whatever reason, hospitals around the world have been instructed to deviate from that process with regards COVID-19. Anyone dying from any kind of respiratory issue or any kind of flu like symptoms are required to be categorised as dying from COVID-19, even if they have not even been tested for COVID-19. So, if you had a pre-existing respiratory issue and then died of normal complications of this, you are listed as having died of COVID-19 even if you haven’t even been tested for COVID-19. Here we have the Sir Patrick Vallance, UK Chief Scientific Adviser confirming this fact, as did Dr Deborah Birx who is leading on COVID-19 medical advice for the United States. https://youtu.be/HxKKTB2WBtY. This is medical fraud. It is as simple as that.

As well as this, if a person has at some point tested positive for COVID-19 and then subsequently dies of whatever cause, the hospitals are required to list the official cause of death as COVID-19 no matter what the actual cause of death might have been. For example, if someone was in the final stages of terminal cancer, or had had a massive stroke, but had previously tested positive for COVID-19, then the cause of death must be recorded as COVID-19. Just to make the point here with a crazy example, you could have some one tested positive for COVID-19 with zero symptoms and feeling absolutely fine, who is then run over by a bus. That person has to be listed as dying of COVID-19. We have to ask the very serious question of why this is being done like this? This has caused an enormous skewing of numbers on the rate of deaths from COVID-19. Listen here to the testimony of a Respiratory Therapist whistle blower in the United States as he describes this situation that seems to be consistent in hospitals across the world.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&time_continue=776&v=ZVe3PQ-dHwY

Consequently, in many countries we have seen the weekly death rates from pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses plummet relative to previous years because these types of deaths are now being categorised as COVID-19 deaths instead.

Italy is the country that was held up to the rest of the world as the case for justifying a full lock down. “We have to lock down otherwise we could be the next Italy”. However, it has since been acknowledged that, due to the reasons just outlined above, 99% of people who were reported to have died of COVID-19 in Italy had some other kind of serious illness, and that if standard recording processes had been implemented, the number of COVID-19 deaths in Italy would be approximately 12% of what has officially been reported to the rest of the terrified world. https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/23/italy-only-12-of-covid19-deaths-list-covid19-as-cause/

But even despite what seems to be a serious cooking of the books, the total rates of death in Italy during this COVID-19 period are not particularly unusual. Not something that has been well articulated by the media to try to dial down the level of fear and hysteria!

Now turning to New Zealand. We currently have 14 deaths (mostly very elderly people with serious health issues) and we have fluccuated between 10 to 20 people in hospital at any one time. This is after hospitals across the country moved heaven and earth to shift existing patients out and cancel thousands of upcoming appointments to prepare for the coming COVID-19 tsunami. A tsunami which never arrived. Barely even a gentle ripple in fact. This is not to say COVID-19 is not to be taken very seriously in New Zealand. It absolutely must. But the responses need to be proportional, and they need to be based on information that is as trustworthy and factual as possible in terms of severity and where/who is at the greatest risk. Protect and support those most at risk.

At the time of writing, we have approximately 1,500 positive tests for COVID-19 in New Zealand. Let’s take a fairly conservative estimate that 1 in 10 people who have been infected are being tested, bearing in mind that a large number of people who get infected are either asymptomatic (no symptoms) or very mild symptoms (Oxford University estimated half of the UK has been infected earlier this year). The conservative ratio of 1 in 10 would make the mortality rate in New Zealand 0.09% against a normal flu mortality rate of 0.1%. That is a conservative estimate. It is quite likely considerably lower than that.

Here is a twitter link to a Fox News journalist in the US being overheard on open microphone just prior to a press conference with President Trump, admitting that even in the much harder hit United States, studies on COVID-19 are showing mortality rates of 0.1%, the same as normal flu. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/04/hoax-fox-news-john-roberts-caught-hot-mic-discussing-covid-19-mortality-rate-technician-like-flu-video/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

So, we now know from the information and data in front of us, in our own country, what the severity level of COVID-19 is in New Zealand. This is real information that we have right now. Not the fraudulent death rates given to us by the WHO. There certainly is nothing even approaching an extreme level of critical danger that I mentioned at the beginning of this letter in order to justify a devastating lockdown. Mortality rates of a normal flu, at the very worst, but important to protect and support the elderly and the health vulnerable who are most at risk.

So if we now know this, why is New Zealand not fully open and operational right now? Every single day that New Zealand is in full or partial lockdown is utterly devastating for our country. We initially were put into this lockdown position through a quite mind-blowing level of negligence, fraud, deceit, or whatever you want to call it, from the global ‘experts’, for whatever reasons. That situation requires the highest level of investigation, as the United States have already indicated. Right now, all we can do in New Zealand is to take the information we now have, use some calm and rational thinking, and do what needs to be done.

We need to get the country back to work in trying to rebuild and reclaim our nation from the devastation that has sadly been caused. We also need to be very aware of the circumstances that led to this catastrophic situation so that lessons can be learned to prevent similar situations in the future. We need to get New Zealand going again, right now!

To finish with, I will switch back from rational thinking to emotion. Emotion does have a very necessary role with this situation. You, the NZ government, the medical establishment, and the entire country should be extremely angry about what has happened to our country. It has been utterly devastated, seemingly for no justifiable reason other than a fraudulent level of misinformation, deceit, exaggeration, and hysteria from our so called global experts.

Extremely serious questions need to be asked, investigations launched, and people and organisations held to account.

Yours sincerely,

Kiwi Patriot

As newly unemployed queue at foodbanks, a politician eats ice cream from her $25K fridge

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Defender Europe 20: the largest military deployment in the last 25 years, right on lockdown

There will be a similar readiness exercise in the Pacific later this year (see third video below). Intriguing that this one rolls out after the plandemic kicks in. And no protective gear, no distancing or other rules observed at all. We’ve been seeing this trend of military drills incorporating many nations for some time now. Part of the new global village scenario. Military on the streets more, training & interacting with the public. All the while we are seeing a greater police presence enforcing the lockdown rules as folk protest.

And meanwhile the military’s been rolling out in certain parts of the US also. EWR

 

“Defender Europe 20 is the largest deployment of the US, the UK, NATO allies & its partners in the last 25 years. The exercise will rehearse our ability to rapidly project a large scale, combat credible force and its equipment into Europe. Our squadron are the only one of its kind in the army. We’re designed to move tanks & other heavy pieces of equipment to wherever the end destination needs to be. During Exercise Defender Europe we’re going to move the squadron & all of our heavy equipment transporters into Belgium. We’ll move all of the American armour including …. from Belgium across mainland Europe and into Poland. Delivering our primary role in challenging & complex conditions, operating during winter in Poland…” (British Army, transcribed from the first video below).

Update : “In response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and recent guidance by the United States Secretary of Defense, we have modified exercise Defender-Europe 20 in size and scope. As of March 13, all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States to Europe has ceased”.  https://shape.nato.int/defender-europe/defender/newsroom/exercise-defendereurope-20-announcement-covid19-implications

 

 

 

New York Ministry of Coronavirus Compliance Begins Using Drones to Monitor Citizen Compliance…

Really could not resist to add the satirical image at the top there from the conservativetreehouse site. Cleverly portrayed as this is what it feels like in NZ supermarkets now. Little sound clips similar to this as you browse, ‘no cash’ signs, doors patrolled for numbers entering with the dress & demeanour of some of that staff striking fear into the hearts of the more timid elderly I’m sure. It’s certainly separated us all quite effectively as people are understandably scared. Do watch the vid at the link. It’s just like pre war Germany. Hitler would be proud. EWR

from theconservativetreehouse.com

CBS News is reporting on drones flying above New York metro-area parks that are now monitoring coronavirus distancing requirements and warning residents to comply.

Do not be alarmed comrades.  Currently the drones are not armed and only use speakers to broadcast warnings of violations to non-compliant citizens. The voice has a ring of familiarity to it. WATCH and LISTEN:

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/04/05/new-york-ministry-of-coronavirus-compliance-begins-using-drones-to-monitor-citizen-compliance/

Photo: theconservativetreehouse.com

Fauci now holds—and two Stanford researchers agree with him—that COVID-19 may not be so dangerous after all (2)

Fauci now holds – and two Stanford researchers agree with him – that COVID-19 may not be so dangerous after all

  • The Facts:Dr. Anthony Fauci was one of three authors in a paper recently published in the New England Medical Journal claiming that “the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza.”
  • Reflect On:Is it better to be safe than sorry? Or is there something else going on here? If we don’t take the same shutdown measures for other viruses and diseases that may be just as or more dangerous, why are we doing it for COVID19?

READ MORE

http://markcrispinmiller.com/2020/03/fauci-now-holds-and-two-stanford-researchers-agree-with-him-that-covid-19-may-not-be-so-dangerous-after-all-2/

 

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How Surveillance and 5G Are Being Fast-Tracked Under the Coronavirus lockdown

Note: I’m hearing stories of many more towers being installed across NZ folks. Watch out & let us know if you are seeing the same. Generally accompanied by Police who ask folk taking photos to move along. One observe counted 10 new towers in the Wellington region. The government knows that these have not been tested & that folk have been opposing the installation of 5G nation-wide. No real consultation. They’ve simply ignored us. Now if it were so benign they would roll out the evidence to prove it is not dangerous but nothing’s been forthcoming in fact a well known clip shows us the actual questioning of the industry who admitted, no no money has been spent on testing the tech.  We are flying blind. Still many of us know according to Barry Trower, microwave weapons expert / whistleblower that yes the tech is very dangerous. Watch your vicinity anyway & update us if you see anything. Particularly also watch the schools at night. There have been reports of installations of fast tracking 5G in other countries. All while we are forced to remain at home. Interesting isn’t it? EWR

Read the article anyway from Josh del Sol at Take Back Your Power updates.

SPECIAL REPORT by Derrick Broze & Josh del Sol

While much of the world has been focused on surviving a “pandemic”, social distancing and quarantines, the proponents of mass surveillance and 5G have been scoring major gains.

During this chaotic time it’s extremely important to take note of the advancements of legislation and political maneuvers which threaten our liberty and privacy.

First, on March 23, the 5G rollout progressed even further in the USA with President Donald Trump signing a bill aimed at “securing America’s 5G infrastructure.”

The act, titled the Secure 5G and Beyond Act, calls for a comprehensive plan to securitize a nationalized 5G grid in “not later than 180 days.”

Combined with an additional bill, the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which passed the House on 16 December 2019, these bills seek to nationalize 5G network control. Read more about these two bills.

CONFIRMED: 5G and related tech is being deployed at or near many schools during the lockdown

Last week, after seeing video of some installations of 5G and apparent biometrics at schools during the lockdown, we asked readers to share any evidence they had regarding this apparently fast-tracked deployment in their neighborhoods.

After dozens of comments, emails, and videos, we can safely say there is indeed an effort to install 5G related equipment at or near schools, and throughout cities in general.

For example, Twitter user “Just Michael” filmed an encounter with police parked at a local school, who were either performing or supporting the installation. When asked if what they’re doing is related to 5G installation, the apparent police officer acted odd and attempted to deflect the question.

Watch this rather shocking video:

Another clear example of telecommunications activity at schools comes from a Facebook video posted by IJ Hribal. In this video she visits a school in Longview, Texas to ask a contractor if his work involves 5G. The man claimed there was an ongoing 5G installation which actually began in December 2019. (Note: This has been flagged by Facebook as “fake news.”)

In another video posted on her Facebook page, IJ Hribal writes,

“5G being installed at North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA. This was sent to me by a brave mother who would like to remain anonymous. It’s time to check your schools and start putting these people on notice. We do NOT consent.

Finally, an email from the Mayor of Nevada City CA, Reinette Senum described an increase in activity at local high schools:

“AT&T is going off the hook these last couple weeks in our community. We have never seen anything like it…. We have also been overwhelmed by PG&E trucks including IES trucks installing ‘air conditioners’ on the top of our local high school roof tops. For air conditioner installations??”

Read Ms. Senum’s full letter on our Solutions For Humanity Telegram channel.

PASSED: $2 trillion stimulus package advances surveillance, “telemedicine”

The surveillance state is also being expanded in other ways within the 2200-page, $2 trillion stimulus package that was signed by Donald Trump on Friday, and supported by both parties. It includes billions of dollars to the criminal Federal Reserve for a new US digital dollar, allocates funding for telehealth and telemedicine services which will surely be powered by 5G ‘smart’ grid, and creates a fund for development of vaccines.

INTRODUCED: New bill to end encryption, tap private chats

Another new bill called the EARN IT Act of 2020 will attempt to force encrypted communication providers, like Telegram and Protonmail, to give American intelligence services the ability to wiretap private chats or face steep legal penalties.

The bill was heavily debated in early March but has since stalled, however, we should remain vigilant and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the constant focus on COVID-19. It should be noted that the bill was introduced with bipartisan support from Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and is also sponsored by Josh Hawley and Dianne Feinstein.

Like other bills being fast-tracked, this law’s supporters are using the cover of Coronavirus panic to quietly advance it without much of a debate.

REPORTS: Governments using ‘smart’ phones to track in-home quarantine compliance & social distancing

Will government agencies seek to actually track us in our homes, using our smart phones, to see if we are obeying their decrees?

It appears that’s where this could be headed, as the US government is reportedly already in talks with Google and Facebook about tracking the location of citizens using their smartphones to ensure they are practicing social distancing.

And around world, at least 11 nations are already using people’s smart phones to unlawfully track them during this COVID-19 event.

See the this regularly-updated COVID-19 Digital Rights Tracker.

The context: what this all means

As we have outlined here, there is clearly an effort to erect the final pieces of the global technocratic infrastructure while humanity is being pushed into a state of fear and panic over a virus with questionable fatality rates.

We are being lied to about the virulence of COVID-19. And the ramifications are unprecedented. For more perspective that intelligently challenges the official narrative, see these links:
Ben Swann video – the breakdown of WHO’s disinformation
Wall Street Journal article – fatality rate too high by orders of magnitude
New England Journal of Medicine article – Dr. Fauci’s admission
CNN article – “majority of people with Covid-19 only suffer mild symptoms, then recover”

It’s becoming increasingly clear that elitist criminals in government, media, and corporations are pushing forward a carefully-orchestrated agenda to establish a global society of technocracy. This agenda appears to include:

  1. vaccines which may be mandatory (or coerced via digital certificates, wristbands, or social credit score);
  2. a rapid, covert expansion of 5G;
  3. global biometric systems (such as this) to track who has been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19;
  4. the continuing implosion of the economy to make the public dependent on the State;
  5. a digital currency linked to the biometrics and 5G;
  6. fear-based social control system to normalize “social distancing” and unjustified fear of other human beings.  

The only way we will make it out of this precarious situation is to continue to educate our loved ones and community. We cannot simply stay in our “woke” bubbles and preach to the choir.

These are challenging developments to all of us who are paying attention to the facts about 5G, and waking up to see what appears to be an orchestrated technocratic false flag agenda, unprecedented in our nation’s history.

While many leaders in the battle to preserve humanity’s future are understandably in the mode of research, coping and regrouping at this time, going forward we will be in touch with more information about how we can effectively and powerfully respond.

There appears to be an increasingly limited window of time to reach the masses and we must take the opportunity or risk failing to achieve a truly awakened humanity. Please make an honest effort to communicate with your friends, family, and other people you may be interacting with online or in-person.

Together we can change the story that is unfolding in front of our eyes. We can make it through this dark night and create a better world which our hearts know is possible.

We are bringing forward solutions-based resources. Subscribe to our future updates via email or Telegram (click ‘JOIN’).

-Derrick Broze & Josh del Sol

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https://www.takebackyourpower.net/surveillance-5g-fast-tracked-under-coronavirus-pretext/

 

A coincidence is it that 3 years ago: “A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens”?

“Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world’s most dangerous pathogens “

… reads the headline from 2017 at the website nature.com

From WUHAN, CHINA. “Maximum-security biolab is part of plan to build network of BSL-4 facilities across China.”

A coincidence is it that 3 years later we have an outbreak of the coronavirus? EWR

The article:

“A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.

Some scientists outside China worry about pathogens escaping, and the addition of a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations. But Chinese microbiologists are celebrating their entrance to the elite cadre empowered to wrestle with the world’s greatest biological threats.

“It will offer more opportunities for Chinese researchers, and our contribution on the BSL‑4-level pathogens will benefit the world,” says George Gao, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology in Beijing. There are already two BSL-4 labs in Taiwan, but the National Bio-safety Laboratory, Wuhan, would be the first on the Chinese mainland.

The lab was certified as meeting the standards and criteria of BSL-4 by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in January. The CNAS examined the lab’s infrastructure, equipment and management, says a CNAS representative, paving the way for the Ministry of Health to give its approval. A representative from the ministry says it will move slowly and cautiously; if the assessment goes smoothly, it could approve the laboratory by the end of June.

BSL-4 is the highest level of biocontainment: its criteria include filtering air and treating water and waste before they leave the laboratory, and stipulating that researchers change clothes and shower before and after using lab facilities. Such labs are often controversial. The first BSL-4 lab in Japan was built in 1981, but operated with lower-risk pathogens until 2015, when safety concerns were finally overcome.

The expansion of BSL-4-lab networks in the United States and Europe over the past 15 years — with more than a dozen now in operation or under construction in each region — also met with resistance, including questions about the need for so many facilities.

“Viruses don’t know borders.”

The Wuhan lab cost 300 million yuan (US$44 million), and to allay safety concerns it was built far above the flood plain and with the capacity to withstand a magnitude-7 earthquake, although the area has no history of strong earthquakes. It will focus on the control of emerging diseases, store purified viruses and act as a World Health Organization ‘reference laboratory’ linked to similar labs around the world. “It will be a key node in the global biosafety-lab network,” says lab director Yuan Zhiming.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences approved the construction of a BSL-4 laboratory in 2003, and the epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) around the same time lent the project momentum. The lab was designed and constructed with French assistance as part of a 2004 cooperative agreement on the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases. But the complexity of the project, China’s lack of experience, difficulty in maintaining funding and long government approval procedures meant that construction wasn’t finished until the end of 2014.

The lab’s first project will be to study the BSL-3 pathogen that causes Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever: a deadly tick-borne virus that affects livestock across the world, including in northwest China, and that can jump to people.

Future plans include studying the pathogen that causes SARS, which also doesn’t require a BSL-4 lab, before moving on to Ebola and the West African Lassa virus, which do. Some one million Chinese people work in Africa; the country needs to be ready for any eventuality, says Yuan. “Viruses don’t know borders.”

Gao travelled to Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola outbreak, allowing his team to report the speed with which the virus mutated into new strains1. The Wuhan lab will give his group a chance to study how such viruses cause disease, and to develop treatments based on antibodies and small molecules, he says.

Muyi Xiao for Nature

The central monitor room at China’s National Bio-safety Laboratory.

The opportunities for international collaboration, meanwhile, will aid the genetic analysis and epidemiology of emergent diseases. “The world is facing more new emerging viruses, and we need more contribution from China,” says Gao. In particular, the emergence of zoonotic viruses — those that jump to humans from animals, such as SARS or Ebola — is a concern, says Bruno Lina, director of the VirPath virology lab in Lyon, France.

Many staff from the Wuhan lab have been training at a BSL-4 lab in Lyon, which some scientists find reassuring. And the facility has already carried out a test-run using a low-risk virus.

But worries surround the Chinese lab, too. The SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times, notes Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tim Trevan, founder of CHROME Biosafety and Biosecurity Consulting in Damascus, Maryland, says that an open culture is important to keeping BSL-4 labs safe, and he questions how easy this will be in China, where society emphasizes hierarchy. “Diversity of viewpoint, flat structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important,” he says.

Yuan says that he has worked to address this issue with staff. “We tell them the most important thing is that they report what they have or haven’t done,” he says. And the lab’s inter­national collaborations will increase openness. “Transparency is the basis of the lab,” he adds.

The plan to expand into a network heightens such concerns. One BSL-4 lab in Harbin is already awaiting accreditation; the next two are expected to be in Beijing and Kunming, the latter focused on using monkey models to study disease.

Lina says that China’s size justifies this scale, and that the opportunity to combine BSL-4 research with an abundance of research monkeys — Chinese researchers face less red tape than those in the West when it comes to research on primates — could be powerful. “If you want to test vaccines or antivirals, you need a non-human primate model,” says Lina.

But Ebright is not convinced of the need for more than one BSL-4 lab in mainland China. He suspects that the expansion there is a reaction to the networks in the United States and Europe, which he says are also unwarranted. He adds that governments will assume that such excess capacity is for the potential development of bioweapons.

“These facilities are inherently dual use,” he says. The prospect of ramping up opportunities to inject monkeys with pathogens also worries, rather than excites, him: “They can run, they can scratch, they can bite.”

Trevan says China’s investment in a BSL-4 lab may, above all, be a way to prove to the world that the nation is competitive. “It is a big status symbol in biology,” he says, “whether it’s a need or not.”

SOURCE: https://www.nature.com/news/inside-the-chinese-lab-poised-to-study-world-s-most-dangerous-pathogens-1.21487

Thanks to abovetopsecret.com for the link.

Photo Credit: nature.com