Monkeypox, a rare viral disease, has grabbed headlines and appears to be spreading across the United States. A New York resident has tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, public health officials announced Friday evening.
As governments around the world step up their mass vaccination efforts and point to pandemics as a pretext for undermining civil liberties, it should be noted that an influential global security organization known as the Nuclear Threat Initiative has released a war game document in March 2021 that specifically predicted a monkeypox outbreak in May 2022.
“A year ago, at a conference in Munich [sic]the NTI predicted a monkeypox terrorist attack in May 2022 in a germs game, except it looks like they were the terrorists,” Daniel Horowitz, editor of TheBlaze reported.
The wargame document provides valuable insight into how national governments and intergovernmental organizations intend to prepare for the next pandemic.
“In March 2021, NTI partnered with the Munich Security Conference to conduct a tabletop exercise on reducing high-consequence biological threats,” reads the conference document. “The exercise examined gaps in national and international biosecurity and pandemic preparedness architectures, exploring opportunities to improve capabilities to prevent and respond to high-consequence biological events. This report summarizes the scenario of the exercise, the main conclusions of the discussion and concrete recommendations for the international community.
“Developed in consultation with technical and political experts, the exercise scenario depicts a deadly global pandemic involving a unusual strain of monkeypox virus which first emerges in the fictional country of Brinia and eventually spreads around the world,” the document states. “Later in the exercise, the scenario reveals that the initial outbreak was caused by a terrorist attack using a pathogen engineered in a laboratory with inadequate biosafety and biosafety provisions and weak surveillance. The exercise scenario ends with more than three billion cases and 270 million dead worldwide.”
“As part of the scenario development process, NTI conducted a virtual consultation with experts in December 2020,” adds NTI.
Among the participants in the monkeypox wargame exercise: Dr. George Gao, director general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Chris Elias, President, Global Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Global Head of Global Public Health R&D, Johnson & Johnson; Dr. Beth Cameron, Senior Director, Office of Global Health Security and Biodefense, US National Security Council; Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust; Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations; Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, President, Munich Security Conference; and Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, Co-Chair and CEO of Nuclear Threat…