Dr Tim O'Shea explains why there's No Proof of Covid19 Diagnosis

There is no scientific proof of any threatening disease of Covid

RNA detection does not prove presence of virus. There is no reliable test to identify corona.
Does this mean that the virus is not what we have been told it is from CDC and WHO?
The symptom and recovery rate is no different than seasonal flu and all other deaths.

The numbers were skewed. Recovered cases were not being subtracted from the threatening numbers reported in the mainstream media. Corona symptoms are similar to any other cold or flu. There is no way to differentiate that there is a real virus. Only cases of annual seasonal flu.

Just finding this out that we are being lied to from day one, should make you really sick.

Germ theory or Germ warfare?

The Germ Theory: The New State Religion. - Dr Tim O'Shea

The socio-political implications of a manufactured plandemic.

A million supposed cases and nobody has proof? There's no proof all these people have the same disease. Science is now abandoned - politics took over. The longer the house arrest, the more power the bureaucrats have. The new state religion - the Germ Theory of Disease - is now mandatory. 99% obediently comply with house confinement and masks, with no science whatsoever.

Dr Tim O'Shea : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4KaVwI22bQ7hpIeQI8kilg

There is no epidemic. When the False Pandemic is eventually exposed, watch the (deep state) Dems panic!

Will the Sino-US' Ltd war go hot? Jews cock-baiting both sides? Will we be invaded by the UN?

We did rather crap on the IJ EU Inc. shit heap. The IJ EU Inc. and the IJ UN disinc. are an item. The IJ EU doesn't have an army. NATO is rather preoccupied helping to pirate atmospheric water in the Middle East, keeping the insurrection alive, and intimidating Russia. And sad to say, we are a member of the IJ Bilderberg's blunt instrument, I call it Satan's army for a reason.
The IJ EU is a criminal operation indefinitely because it cannot correct its accounts. Successive occupation regime corporations have defrauded you, the taxpayer. The occupation regime is engaged in criminal fraud and is a co-conspirator and accessory to the fact of handing over british tax money to a criminal enterprise since we were enrolled, and it continues.
The Serious Fraud Office has known about this since Mr Ashley Mote advised them in 2006, with evidence and has done SFA. Except he was banged up for years for fiddling his expenses. Pick any MP anywhere..., (it is also a control method.) We pay it. Still.
Audio: 26:55 https://soundcloud.com/user-222860353/christopher-story-eu-corruption-full-documentry
Because the occupation regime corporation is committing fraud, it is liable to arrest. The Police are sitting on their fannies doing SFA. Isn't there something in law compelling citizens to act to prevent crime when they can?
Both "Sides" Are Right -- and Wrong -- As Usual
Posted by Paul Stramer Lincoln County Watch April 20, 2020
By Anna Von Reitz
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Live Exercise: March 25 2020 Pompeo Let Slip How He Sees the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are in the midst of a "live exercise"

...according to US Secretary of State and former CIA head Mike Pompeo, who only a year ago openly boasted that “we lied, cheat and stole.” Pompeo admitted on CNN that “we’re in a live exercise here” when referring to COVID-19 during a press conference. This is yet more evidence that the entire coronavirus crisis has been scripted, planned for and orchestrated. The language that Pompeo used – “live exercise” – is eerily reminiscent of language used in false flag operations when the exercise or drill “went live”, i.e. when the very scenario that the authorities were planning for actually happened (see 9/11, 7/7 and numerous US mass shootings) as they were in the middle of their exercise. Yes, we are under a false flag plandemic covert operation.

Pompeo Slips Up and Calls the Pandemic a "Live Exercise"

Here’s the clip. Watch it for yourself. Notice how Trump, who is right by Pompeo’s side, appears to chide his Secretary of State right there and then during the TV performance. Trump says: “You should have let us know.” Does this indicate that Trump was not read in until later, reinforcing the idea that presidents and prime ministers don’t really run their countries, but are rather told what the plan is, and that they’d better get on board? Pompeo represented to Congress many a time (Strike against Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, murder of crown prince Jamal Khashoggi, North Korea disarmament, and on Ukraine) already rendering him the least credible secretary of state in history — has been at it again on the coronavirus pandemic.

Implications of Pompeo’s Comment

There are already various clues this whole pandemic – really a fake pandemic – was planned in advance. There is the 2010 Rockefeller Foundation paper which talked about it. There is the Illuminati insider who revealed secret plans to release a bioweapon on the Chinese by saying that “China will catch a cold.” There is the Bill Gates/Big Pharma/CDC Event 201 Simulation. There is possible Chinese Government foreknowledge. There is the simple fact that this pandemic is allowing the social engineers to simultaneously and rapidly roll out almost every conceivable NWO (New World Order) agenda, including censorship, surveillance, quarantine, martial law, the cashless agenda, governmental emergency powers, the 5G rollout, social isolation as the “new normal“, mandatory vaccinations and the human microchipping agenda.

On top of all of that, now we have Pompeo talking of a live exercise and essentially admitting that this is part of a script.

How much more proof will people require to see through this engineered crisis?


*50 years ago the Hong Kong flu (68-69) killed 1-4 million people.

Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com. Makia is on Steemit and FB.


Ex-CIA director Pompeo: "We lied, we cheated, we stole"

With business ties to foreign governments, connections to the defense and oil industries, nonchalance towards torture, and hatreds of entire cultures, it’s no surprise Mike Pompeo’s run as Trump's CIA Director was short lived – but his time in the White House continues on as U.S. Secretary of State and head of all U.S. diplomatic relations. Mike Pompeo is loved by the Koch brothers, big oil, Islamophobes, people against marriage equality, and of course, the deep state.

May 23, 2018 ... Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he "does not believe there is a deep state" at the State Department or the CIA. You know he's lying to save his sorry ass. Mike Pompeo's scandals big and small erode his dwindling credibility. However, when asked about something President Trump has said, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is prone to belittle the questioner rather than answer the original question. And with good cause given the evidence coming to public view regarding collusion of the Justice Department with FBI fabricating Russiagate to impeach an elected standing president, which in any book, is known as High Treason against the nation of America and its people. This is deep state machinery at work, twisting truth and running lies to deflect the crimes of bad actors. Apparently politicians, lawyers, judges, and journalists are allowed to ask lead questions, to deflate the predicate.

In the face of Fake News, maybe all that is left for the right, as former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon’s cynical political advice manages to gain traction once again tells us: that the best way for Trump to proceed against this onslaught of dishonesty is to constantly distract, to create chaos, to “flood the zone” with nonsensical excrement. As Pompeo himself admits, there is something rotten in the Judicial Department, and more fanatical in the political fabric of an America under attack by globalists. 911 was such an attack. Pedogate, Obamagate, Russiagate, Gatesgate, and now Covid isn't any different in its intent to harm the economic stability of a once great nation by a coerce cabal. So, as we should have learned from 911, Covid19 is an "inside job". I want to know WTF Rothschild has been up to the past 6 months. No MSM is reporting anything on him. Where is George Soros? We need to arrest him. And Kissinger, wham!

Jacob Rothschild owns one of the patents for “the Coronavirus.” Coronavirus is not a single virus but a family of viruses which includes the World Bank, IMF (secret cabal and bad players of the deep state, of which there were outbreaks in 2002 and 2004, 2008, and 2019) and this 'new' (novel) coronavirus identified in people in Wuhan.

Don't you just want to get some of these deep fake criminals and globalist shills alone in a washroom and rip their balls off? Or in the case of he/she/it anchorwomen, grab them by the pussy! To see if they have any balls..


COVID19 Pathogens as Politics

Finally, to sum it up, the articles went on to note how President John F. Kennedy had supported vaccination. It read:

"And we are proud of the history of our family as advocates of public health and promoters of immunization campaigns to bring life-saving vaccines to the poorest and most remote corners of America and the world, where children are the least likely to receive their full course of vaccinations. On this issue, Bobby is an outlier in the Kennedy family. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy urged the 80 million Americans, including almost 5 million children, who had not been vaccinated for polio to receive the Salk vaccine, which he called 'this miraculous drug.' In the same year, he signed an executive order creating the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has spent billions of dollars over the past decades in support of vaccine campaigns in developing countries." source: https://potus-geeks.livejournal.com

How does universal Health Care play into this?


Past Pandemics: Woodrow Wilson and the "Spanish Flu"

The Spanish flu was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic that lasted from January of 1918 to December of 1920. It infected 500 million people, roughly about a quarter of the world's population at the time. The death toll from the pandemic was estimated to have been anywhere from 17 to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million. In the U.S., about 28% of the population of 105 million became infected, and 500,000 to 675,000 died (in the range of 0.5% of the population). Indigenous tribes had particularly high rates of occurrence. In the "Four Corners" area alone, there were 3,293 registered deaths among Native Americans. Entire Inuit and Alaskan Native village communities died in Alaska. It was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

Some historians believe that the epidemic originated in the United States. Historian Alfred W. Crosby has concluded that the flu originated in Kansas, and there are reports of a particularly serious outbreak in Haskell County, Kansas in 1918. But other studies have concluded that the cases from Kansas were milder and had fewer deaths compared to the situation in New York City in the same time period. The consensus however is that the virus likely had a North American origin.

The massive troop movements that took place during World War I both increased transmission of the virus and and augmented its mutation. The war is also suspected to have increased the lethality of the virus. Soldiers' immune systems were likely weakened from malnourishment, as well as the stresses of combat and chemical attacks. Transportation systems at the time made it easier for soldiers, sailors, and civilian travelers to spread the disease. The problem was made worse because of the unwise decision on the part of government to censor news of the pandemic, leaving the population unaware and ill prepared to handle the outbreaks.

In the United States, the disease was first observed in Haskell County, Kansas, in January 1918. Local doctor Loring Miner to warn the US Public Health Service's academic journal. On March 4, 1918, company cook Albert Gitchell, from Haskell County, reported symptoms while at Fort Riley, a US military facility that at the time was training American troops during World War I. Gitchell was the first recorded victim of the flu. Within days, 522 men at the camp had reported sick. By March 11, 1918, reports of the virus came out of Queens, New York.

In August 1918, a more virulent strain appeared simultaneously in Brest, France; in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and in September, an outbreak was reported at the Boston Navy Yard and Camp Devens (later renamed Fort Devens), about 30 miles west of Boston. Other U.S. military sites were soon afflicted, and the virus had spread among troops being transported to Europe. The Allies of World War I came to call it the Spanish flu, because the pandemic received greater press attention after it moved from France to Spain in November 1918. Spain was one of the countries that had not imposed wartime censorship so news of its prevalence there was better known that most other places.

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In April 1919, President Woodrow Wilson traveled to the Paris Peace Conference for negotiations for a treaty ending the war. Soon after arriving, Wilson become ill with a fever and was reported to have violent fits of coughing that left him nearly unable to breathe. Wilson's condition deteriorated so quickly that his personal doctor, Cary T. Grayson, suspected that Wilson had been poisoned. But he soon revised his diagnosis to a case of influenza. Wilson was so ill that the talks were nearly cancelled. Wilson could not even sit up in bed. In a letter to Colonel Edward House, Wilson’s chief of staff, Grayson described that the night Wilson became ill as "one of the worst through which I have ever passed. I was able to control the spasms of coughing but his condition looked very serious.”

Wilson's administration kept Wilson's diagnosis a secret. Grayson told reporters that Wilson had a cold and just needed some rest. He blamed Wilson's illness on the rainy weather in Paris. Wilson’s condition worsened, and he began acting strangely. According to Wilson's biographer Scott Berg, “Generally predictable in his actions, Wilson began blurting unexpected orders. Twice he created a scene over pieces of furniture that had suddenly disappeared,” even though the furniture had not moved. Wilson also claimed that he was surrounded by spies. Needless to say, Wilson's behavior greatly concerned the American delegation.

Colonel Starling of the Secret Service noticed that Wilson “lacked his old quickness of grasp, and tired easily.” Starling reported that Wilson was obsessed with such details as who was using the official automobiles. Journalist Ray Stannard Baker was allowed to see Wilson and later remarked how shocked he was by Wilson’s sunken eyes, his weariness, and his pale and haggard look. The talks went on, with Wilson relying on his aides until his health allowed him to return to face-to-face talks. His poor health was said to have caused him to capitulate on some French demands that he had previously said were non-negotiable.

Rather than report flue symptoms, the prevailing mindset of the time was one of censorship, both about Wilson's illness and about the widespread effects of the flu. They claimed that they were doing this "to maintain morale". Censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and at home in the United States. Newspapers were free to report the epidemic's effects in neutral Spain, including the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII. The stories created the false impression that the flue was unique to Spain, giving rise to the pandemic's nickname, "Spanish flu".

Most influenza outbreaks disproportionately kill the very young and the very old, with a higher survival rate for those in between, but the Spanish flu pandemic resulted in a higher than expected mortality rate among young adults. As news of the flu seeped out, public dance halls and even churches were closed. The flu reached the White House. Margaret Wilson, the President's eldest daughter, got it. Secret Service members did, too. Even the White House sheep were reported to have the flu.

One of the lessons subsequently learned from this pandemic was that keeping silent and trying to hide the seriousness of the problem was the wrong strategy. It appears that this was a strategy that emanated from the highest levels, including the office of the President.
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Past Pandemics: Barack Obama and the 2009 Swine Flu

Barack Obama had just been inaugurated as President of the United States when the 2009 swine flu pandemic began. As if the President didn't have enough on his plate, what with a financial crisis, two ongoing wars and a proposed universal health care plan, now he had a pandemic too. The swine flu was an influenza pandemic that lasted from January 2009 to August 2010. It was the second of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus (the first being the 1918–1920 Spanish flu pandemic that had occurred on Woodrow Wilson's watch.)

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the first formal description of this virus was given in April 2009. It was described as appearing to be a new strain of H1N1, which had resulted from a triple reassortment of bird, swine, and human flu viruses further combined with a Eurasian pig flu virus. That's how they came up with the name "swine flu". If you're like me and have no idea what "reassortment" means in this context, it is the mixing of the genetic material of a species into new combinations in different individuals. Reassortment can result from a variety of causes, including assortment of chromosomes, and chromosomal crossover. The term us used when two similar viruses that are infecting the same cell exchange genetic material. Reassortment occurs among influenza viruses.

Some sources estimated that 11 to 21 percent of the global population at the time contracted the illness, (a total of between 700 million to 1.4 billion people out of a total world population at the time of 6.8 billion). This was more than the number of people infected by the Spanish flu pandemic. The 2009 pandemic resulted in between 150,000 to 575,000 fatalities. It was later discovered in a follow-up study completed in September 2010 that the risk of serious illness resulting from the 2009 H1N1 flu was no higher than that of the yearly seasonal flu. At the time, the World Health Organization estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 people die of seasonal flu annually.

Unlike most strains of influenza, the 2009 virus did not disproportionately infect adults older than 60 years, an unusual feature of that pandemic. The virus manifested itself with increased breathing difficulty that typically occurs three to six days after initial onset of flu symptoms. The pneumonia caused by flu can was either direct viral pneumonia or a secondary bacterial pneumonia. A November 2009 New England Journal of Medicine article recommended that flu patients receive both antivirals and antibiotics. In some cases, children would seem to be getting better and then relapses with high fever. The relapse was the result of bacterial pneumonia.

The 2001 H1N1 virus had begun spreading in Mexico. The first case in the United States was detected on April 15, 2009, in a 10-year-old patient in California. Two days later, Center for Disease Control laboratory testing confirmed a second infection in an 8-year-old also living in California. Within one week, the CDC had activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to what it had identified as an emerging public health threat.

President Obama declared the H1N1 flu a national emergency. He issued a proclamation allowing public health agencies as well as doctors and hospitals to bypass certain Food and Drug Act requirements, in order to expedite work on a vaccine. The proclamation said, "given that the rapid increase in illness across the Nation may overburden healthcare resources and that the temporary waiver of certain standard Federal requirements may be warranted in order to enable U.S. healthcare facilities to implement emergency operations plans." For example, FDA permission to use the investigational antiviral peramivir to treat patients who are critically ill with H1N1 was announced.

The Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency within days of the first reported cases. It started releasing medical supplies and drugs from the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile. According to the CDC website, “the real-time PCR test developed by CDC was cleared for use by diagnostic laboratories by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on April 28, 2009, less than two weeks after identification of the new pandemic virus.” Coincidentally, that was the same day that former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, was sworn in as President Obama's new HHS secretary.

The test developed by the CDC was created quickly and it turned out to accurately test for the virus. It was shared with governments around the world. According to Dr. Tom Frieden, who was CDC director under President Obama, testing for H1N1 and the United States’ willingness to share its test with other countries was a success. Friedan was quoted as saying, “I traveled all over the world and for years afterward even very hostile governments were saying thank you for sending it to us.”

Six days after the first case was identified in April 2009, the CDC began working to develop a candidate vaccine virus. Clinical trials began in July. On Sept. 15, the Food and Drug Administration approved four 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines. The first doses of the vaccine were available in October, and by December, 100 million doses were available to be ordered. There was some controversy about the slow pace of vaccine production. In October of 2009, Friedan said at a press briefing: “We are now in a period where the vaccine availability is increasing steadily but far too slowly. It’s frustrating to all of us. We wish there were more vaccine available. Manufacturers are working hard to get as much vaccine out safely as possible. The vaccine strains of the virus grow and that’s how we develop vaccine. Even if you yell at them, they don’t grow faster.”

Once it was manufactured, the vaccine was distributed widely. CDC arranged for 126.9 million doses of the vaccine to be shipped to tens of thousands of medical providers. About 81 million U.S. residents were vaccinated, and the strain is now a regular part of annual flu shots. President Barack Obama was vaccinated against H1N1 by a White House nurse on Dec. 21, 2009.

According to Sebelius, President Obama deserves high marks for his leadership during the H1N1 pandemic. She later said of her President. “From Day 1, he said: ‘We will be led by the facts. We need to tell people what we know and what we don’t know.’” Sebelius and her team were directed to hold twice-daily press conferences to keep the media informed. In June 2009, Obama invited experts who helped respond to the 1976 swine flu outbreak to a private meeting at the White House. He asked them “what went right and what went wrong. What do we need to learn, how do we need to do this,” according to Sebelius.

The pandemic began to taper off in November 2009. By May 2010, the number of cases was in steep decline. On August 10, 2010, the Director-General of the WHO, Margaret Chan, announced the end of the H1N1 pandemic. She announced that the H1N1 influenza event had moved into the post-pandemic period.

COVID-19 has many significant differences from the H1N1 swine flu. The biggest difference appears to be the mortality rate. The death rate of H1N1 was just 0.02%, while data to date seems to indicate that the case fatality rate (the number of reported deaths divided by the reported cases) for the coronavirus is 3% to 4%, according to WHO, thouth that number is expected to fall over time. Coronavirus appears to spread more easily than H1N1. Each person who is infected will likely infect more people than a patient who had H1N1. So far deaths from COVID-19 have been concentrated in those over age 65. By comparison, H1N1 struck children and young and middle-aged adults the hardest.
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Past Pandemics: George W. Bush and the 2003 SARS Outbreak

In November of 2002 an outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak was reported, leading to the spread of the virus throughout the world. No Americans died from SARS in the outbreak, and only 27 cases were reported. North of the border in Canada, there were 43 deaths and 251 cases, mainly in the Toronto area. The outbreak was traced to China's Guandong province, beginning on November 16, 2002. Guangdong province borders Hong Kong. A farmer in the Shunde district of Foshan County was believed to be the first case of infection. The People's Republic of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about this outbreak on February 10, 2003. They reported 305 cases, of which 105 were health-care workers. They reported five deaths from the virus. Initial reports were that the outbreak in Guangdong had peaked in mid-February 2003, but this turned out to be a false report, as 806 cases of infection and 34 deaths were subsequently reported.

The Chinese Government discouraged its press from reporting on SARS, and they also delayed reporting the outbreak to the WHO. They even kept the news from other areas in China outside of Guangdong province. A WHO team that travelled to Beijing was not allowed to visit Guangdong province for several weeks.

On January 31, 2003, a fishmonger named Zhou Zuofen checked in to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital in Guangzhou, where he infected 30 nurses and doctors. The virus soon spread to nearby hospitals. Eventually over 8,000 people from 29 different countries and territories were infected, and at least 774 died worldwide. The World Health Organization declared that the virus was contained on July 5, 2003, but several SARS cases were reported up until May 2004.

On April 4, 2003, President George W. Bush issued an executive order in which he added Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome to the list of communicable diseases for which a person can be quarantined. The order noted that SARS, a disease first recognized in late 2002 in China, is "associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, is transmitted from person to person predominantly by the aerosolized or droplet route, and, if spread in the population, would have severe public health consequences." President Bush's order noted that SARS was characterized by high fever and breathing difficulties, and that up to that time it had infected more than 2,270 people, killing 79, according to statistics provided by the WHO. It had spread to 16 countries, including the United States. No U.S. deaths had been reported and none would be.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the order should not be taken as any indication that the government intended to quarantine anyone and that while quarantines were not yet necessary, they could become necessary if the situation got worse. Earlier in the week, on April 1st, the U.S. government called back non-essential personnel in their consulate office in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The government also advised US citizens not to travel to the region.

Bush's order read as follows:

REVISED LIST OF QUARANTINABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264(b)), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the "Secretary"), in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose of specifying certain communicable diseases for regulations providing for the apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases, the following communicable diseases are hereby specified pursuant to section 361(b) of the Public Health Service Act: (a) Cholera; Diphtheria; infectious Tuberculosis; Plague; Smallpox; Yellow Fever; and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, Crimean-Congo, South American, and others not yet isolated or named). (b) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which is a disease associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, is transmitted from person to person predominantly by the aerosolized or droplet route, and, if spread in the population, would have severe public health consequences.

Sec. 2. The Secretary, in the Secretary's discretion, shall determine whether a particular condition constitutes a communicable disease of the type specified in section 1 of this order.

Sec. 3. The functions of the President under sections 362 and 364(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 265 and 267(a)) are assigned to the Secretary.

Sec. 4. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit enforceable at law or equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 5. Executive Order 12452 of December 22, 1983, is hereby revoked.

April 4, 2003.

The Bush White House was described by the Washington Post as "taking aggressive steps to ensure it does not erupt into a major health or political problem domestically", using their best efforts in "preparing for a possible epidemic here without frightening the public." An economist Bush was reportedly aware and mindful not only of the health impact, but of the economic impact as well. Government analysts at the State Department and CIA prepared classified reports on the potential ramifications of SARS. Both the National Security Council and National Economic Council considered various aspects of the epidemic.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a name familiar to those following the Covid-19 news, and then the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, conferred with the White House at least two dozen times during the SARS crisis. Fauci was complimentary to the attention shown by the Bush administration. He told the media, "It's almost the diametrical opposite of China. The atmosphere has been not to panic but to take it very seriously." Fauci continued to brief the President about updates on the search for a vaccine and why the illness had the "potential of turning into something much more serious." Fauch reported that in their first meeting on April 4, the president had asked him a "whole range of questions," including whether the mysterious germ emanating from southeast China could be the work of bioterrorists. It was during that 50-minute meeting, which included Vice-President Cheney, and CDC Director Julie L. Gerberding, that Bush agreed to sign an executive order giving federal health authorities the power to quarantine SARS patients arriving from another country.

The 2003 SARS outbreak raised legal issues about whether the CDC has sufficient power to close hospitals and quarantine large numbers of people if needed. Several legal scholars were of the opinion that the nation's patchwork of 50 different state public health laws, many antiquated and possibly unconstitutional, raised serious doubts about the extent of the federal government's powers.

The Bush administration also requested an additional $16 million for SARS from Congress, and the President was also concerned about what steps had been taken to contain an outbreak of SARS in Toronto. Dr. Gerberding said she was pleasantly surprised by the White House focus on SARS. She said, "When SARS was evolving, we were engaged in the preliminaries to war, and there was a great deal of concern from the standpoint of homeland security and the safety and well-being of our troops. More recently, there have been a fair number of inquiries about the potential economic aspects of SARS."

Bush was concerned about the potential impact of SARS on the global and U.S. economies, especially given the sluggish conditions that existed at the time. Bush's economic council added SARS to the list of indicators it monitors regularly. A conference call was organized between White House staff and high-tech entrepreneurs who were "extremely worried about the impact of SARS."

The World Health Organization removed the United States and Britain from the list of countries affected by SARS. At that point, neither country had any reported cases spreading among residents for at least 20 days, which was double the estimated incubation time. As of April 30, the United States had reported 56 probable cases and 233 suspected cases, according to the CDC. All recent cases were travelers arriving from SARS "hot spots" such as Beijing. The list of SARS-affected countries were China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, Canada, Mongolia and Singapore.

By May 2005, the New York Times reported: "Not a single case of the severe acute respiratory syndrome has been reported this year or in late 2004. It is the first winter without a case since the initial outbreak in late 2002. In addition, the epidemic strain of SARS that caused at least 774 deaths worldwide by June 2003 has not been seen outside of a laboratory since then."
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Past Pandemics: Ronald Reagan and the HIV/Aids Epidemic

Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) describe a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A person who is infected with this virus may not notice any symptoms at all, or may only experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. Typically, this is followed by a prolonged period with no symptoms. As the infection progresses, it interferes more with the immune system, increasing the risk of developing common infections such as tuberculosis, as well as other infections and tumors which are otherwise rare in people who have normal immune function. These late symptoms of infection are referred to as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV is spread primarily by unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.

AIDS was first clinically reported on June 5, 1981, with five cases in the United States. The initial cases were either intravenous drug users or homosexual men. each with no known cause of impaired immunity. These patients showed symptoms of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), a rare opportunistic infection that was known to occur in people with very compromised immune systems. Shortly thereafter, an unexpected number of homosexual men developed a previously rare skin cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). As more cases of PCP and KS emerged, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became concerned and a CDC task force was formed to monitor the outbreak.

In the early days, the CDC did not have an official name for the disease. Initially, the CDC coined the phrase "the 4H disease", for the syndrome seemed to affect heroin users, homosexuals, hemophiliacs, and Haitians. The media initially used the term GRID, which stood for gay-related immune deficiency, but after determining that AIDS was not isolated to the gay community,the term AIDS was introduced in July 1982. By September 1982 the CDC started referring to the disease as AIDS.

The first official government report on AIDS came on June 5, 1981, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a government publication. NBC Nightly News first reported the news about AIDS in June 1982, when reporter Robert Bazell reported that “the best guess is some infectious agent is causing it.”

The spread of the disease was occurring as a political debate was taking place in the United States about the morality of same-sex relationships. On March 22, 1980, evangelical Christian leaders delivered a petition to President Jimmy Carter demanding a halt to the advance of gay rights. Spokesman Bob Jones III told UPI, “God’s judgment is going to fall on America as on other societies that allowed homosexuality to become a protected way of life.” The message seemed to take hold as the anti-gay movement was considered to be a factor in the election of Ronald Reagan, who had support from a group known as the "Moral Majority." Conversely, those advocating for increased LGBTQ civil rights were being met with increasing opposition as more than a dozen states repealed sodomy bans in the 1970s.

The Reagan administration had been criticized for not taking the spread of the disease seriously because it was politically disadvantageous to do so. Reagan's press spokesman Larry Speakes made light of the subject in a number of press conferences. In a documentary by Scott Calonico called When AIDS Was Funny, audio of press conferences has shows Ronald Reagan's press secretary, Larry Speakes, and members of the media joking about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which they called "gay plague". Following is a transcript of one of the exchanges between Speakes and journalist Lester Kinsolving from 1982, at a time when nearly 1,000 people had died from AIDS:

Kinsolving: Does the president have any reaction to the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta that AIDS is now an epidemic in over 600 cases?
Speakes: AIDS? I haven't got anything on it.
Kinsolving: Over a third of them have died. It's known as "gay plague." [Press pool laughter.] No, it is. It's a pretty serious thing. One in every three people that get this have died. And I wonder if the president was aware of this.
Speakes: I don't have it. [Press pool laughter.] Do you?
Kinsolving: You don't have it? Well, I'm relieved to hear that, Larry! [Press pool laughter.]
Speakes: Do you?
Kinsolving: No, I don't.
Speakes: You didn't answer my question. How do you know? [Press pool laughter.]
Kinsolving: Does the president — in other words, the White House — look on this as a great joke?
Speakes: No, I don't know anything about it, Lester.

Even contemporary members of the media did not take the epidemic seriously. In 1984, when more than 4,200 had died, Kinsolving once again tried to ask about the issue, and once again he was mocked by Speakes for doing so:

Speakes: Lester is beginning to circle now. He's moving up front. Go ahead.
Kinsolving: Since the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta report is going to… [Press pool laughter.]
Speakes: This is going to be an AIDS question.
Kinsolving: …that an estimated…
Speakes: You were close.
Kinsolving: Can I ask the question, Larry? That an estimated 300,000 people have been exposed to AIDS, which can be transmitted through saliva. Will the president, as commander in chief, take steps to protect armed forces, food, and medical services from AIDS patients or those who run the risk of spreading AIDS in the same manner that they bed typhoid fever people from being involved in the health or food services? [Laughter from the press pool.]
Speakes: I don't know.
Kinsolving: Is the president concerned about this subject, Larry?
Speakes: I haven't heard him express concern.
Kinsolving: That seems to have evoked such jocular reaction here. [Press pool laughter.]
Unidentified person: It isn't only the jocks, Lester.
Unidentified person: Has he sworn off water faucets now?
Kinsolving: No, but I mean, is he going to do anything, Larry?
Speakes: Lester, I have not heard him express anything. Sorry.
Kinsolving: You mean he has expressed no opinion about this epidemic?
Speakes: No, but I must confess I haven't asked him about it.
Kinsolving: Will you ask him, Larry?
Speakes: Have you been checked? [Press pool laughter.]
Unidentified person: Is the president going to ban mouth-to-mouth kissing?
Kinsolving: What? Pardon? I didn't hear your answer.
Speakes: [Laughs.] Ah, it's hard work. I don't get paid enough. Um. Is there anything else we need to do here?

In 1984, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler (shown to the left in the photo above) announced the discovery of the virus that caused AIDS, the development of an AIDS test, and forecast that a vaccine would be available by 1986. But that prediction never became reality. The year before, in 1983, Heckler and New York City Mayor Ed Koch went to the hospital bedside of a 40-year-old AIDS patient named Peter Justice. Heckler held Justice’s hand, both out of compassion and to allay fears about how the disease was spread. Unlike others in her administration, Heckler showed a more empathetic and sympathetic perspective. She said, “We ought to be comforting the sick, rather than afflicting them and making them a class of outcasts.” Justice appeared to appreciate the visit, telling the media, “I’m delighted she’s here, I’m delighted she cares.”

Even after Heckler’s announcement, Reagan never publicly uttered the word “AIDS” until 1985, by which time over 12,000 Americans had died and the virus had begun to spread swiftly through hemophiliac populations and injection drug users. Reagan first mentioned AIDS, in response to a question at a press conference, on Sept. 17, 1985. On Feb. 5, 1986, he visited to the Department of Health and Human Services where he said, “One of our highest public health priorities is going to be continuing to find a cure for AIDS.” He announced that he had directed Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to prepare a major report on the disease.

Heckler herself was fired later that year, though it was spun as a promotion when she was appointed as Ambassador to Ireland.President Reagan today asked Margaret M. Heckler to give up her post as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and to become Ambassador to Ireland. Heckler had complained that it was very difficult for her to get the topic of AIDS on Cabinet meeting agendas or to discuss the crisis in detail with President Reagan. Speakes announced her exit as HHS Secretary, stating that Heckler had a private meeting with the President. It was reported that Donald T. Regan, the White House chief of staff, had waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to have Heckler removed.

The Reagan administration increased AIDS funding requests from $8 million in 1982 to $26.5 million in 1983. Congress raised that to $44 million, and the number essentially doubled every year thereafter during Reagan’s presidency.

In 1987, zidovudine, or AZT, became the first drug approved to treat AIDS. But the drug only seemed to slow the progression of the disease, and did not cure it prevent death. Patients were prescribed to take an AZT pill every four hours, night and day, forever. It was later discovered that this amount of AZT amounted to a toxic overdose.

Following is the audio of the press conferences referenced above:

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Past Pandemics: The 2019 Measles Outbreak and the Kennedy Family Discord

From January 1 to December 31, 2019, 1,282 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 31 states. Of these cases, 128 were hospitalized and 61 reported having complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis. This was the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992. More than 73% of the cases were linked to recent outbreaks in New York. The majority of cases were among people who were not vaccinated against measles. One of the surprising aspects of this outbreak was the position taken by Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late former Attorney-General and former New York Senator and Presidential candidate. What was surprising about Kennedy's viewpoint was that he was advocating against vaccination.

Kennedy serves as the chairman of Children's Health Defense (formerly the World Mercury Project), an advocacy group alleging that a large proportion of American children are suffering from conditions as diverse as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, food allergies, cancer and autoimmune diseases, all allegedly caused by exposure to a variety of chemicals. The Children's Health Defense has been campaigning against vaccination, fluoridation of drinking water, acetaminophen, aluminum, and wireless communications. This group has been identified as one of two major buyers of anti-vaccine Facebook advertising in late 2018 and early 2019.

Kennedy has claimed that the media and governments are engaged in a conspiracy to deny that vaccines cause autism. In June 2005, Kennedy authored an article in Rolling Stone and Salon called "Deadly Immunity", alleging a government conspiracy to conceal a connection between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. The article was said to have contained five factual errors, and Salon later issued corrections. Six years later, on January 16, 2011, Salon retracted the article completely.[156] According to Salon, the retraction was made because of accumulating evidence of alleged errors and scientific fraud underlying the vaccine-autism claim. However Rolling Stone stands by Kennedy's story.

In 2014 Kennedy published a book called Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak. The book purports to present evidence supporting the harm caused by mercury in vaccies. In April 2015, Kennedy participated in a Speakers' Forum to promote the film Trace Amounts, which promotes the link between autism and mercury in vaccinations. At a film screening, Kennedy described the autism epidemic as a "holocaust".

On January 10, 2017, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Kennedy and President-elect Donald Trump met to discuss a position in the Trump administration. Kennedy accepted an offer made by Trump to become the chairman of the Vaccine Safety Task Force, but the appointment was never made. A spokesperson for Trump's transition said that no final decision had been made.

Kennedy is not alone in his assertions. On February 15, 2017, Kennedy and actor Robert De Niro gave a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in which they accused the press of acting as propagandists for the $35 billion vaccination industry and refusing to allow debates on vaccination science.

Kennedy's position is not shared by other members of his family. On May 8, 2019, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph P. Kennedy and Maeve Kennedy McKean wrote an open letter stating that while their relative has championed many admirable causes, he "has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines". In the article they state:

"Americans have every right to be alarmed about the outbreak of measles in pockets of our country with unusually high rates of unvaccinated citizens, especially children. Right now, officials in 22 states are grappling with a resurgence of the disease, which was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. With over 700 cases already reported and indications that more outbreaks will occur, 2019 will likely see the most recorded cases of measles in decades... This problem isn’t only an American one. The World Health Organization reports a 300 percent increase in the numbers of measles cases around the world this year compared with the first three months of 2018. More than 110,000 people are now dying from measles every year. The WHO, the health arm of the United Nations, has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. Most cases of preventable diseases occur among unvaccinated children, because parents have chosen not to vaccinate, have delayed vaccination, have difficulty accessing vaccines, or the children were too young to receive the vaccines.

"These tragic numbers are caused by the growing fear and mistrust of vaccines—amplified by internet doomsayers. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—Joe and Kathleen’s brother and Maeve’s uncle—is part of this campaign to attack the institutions committed to reducing the tragedy of preventable infectious diseases. He has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines.

"We love Bobby. He is one of the great champions of the environment. His work to clean up the Hudson River and his tireless advocacy against multinational organizations who have polluted our waterways and endangered families has positively affected the lives of countless Americans. We stand behind him in his ongoing fight to protect our environment. However, on vaccines he is wrong. And his and others’ work against vaccines is having heartbreaking consequences. The challenge for public health officials right now is that many people are more afraid of the vaccines than the diseases, because they've been lucky enough to have never seen the diseases and their devastating impact. But that’s not luck; it’s the result of concerted vaccination efforts over many years. We don’t need measles outbreaks to remind us of the value of vaccination."

The article went on to point out how the public health benefits of vaccines far outweigh any potential side effects and how immunizations prevent some 2 million to 3 million deaths a year. It went on to state: "No matter what you might have read on social media, there is no scientific basis to allegations that vaccines against HPV pose a serious health threat. And numerous studies from many countries by many researchers have concluded that there is no link between autism and vaccines."

The article offered support for scientists and public health professionals at organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. It added: "Their tireless efforts guide the development, testing and distribution of safe and effective vaccines against 16 diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, influenza and HPV. The necessity and safety of vaccines are backed up by every major medical organization, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association and scores of others."

Finally, the article went on to note how President John F. Kennedy had supported vaccination. It read:

"And we are proud of the history of our family as advocates of public health and promoters of immunization campaigns to bring life-saving vaccines to the poorest and most remote corners of America and the world, where children are the least likely to receive their full course of vaccinations. On this issue, Bobby is an outlier in the Kennedy family. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy urged the 80 million Americans, including almost 5 million children, who had not been vaccinated for polio to receive the Salk vaccine, which he called 'this miraculous drug.' In the same year, he signed an executive order creating the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has spent billions of dollars over the past decades in support of vaccine campaigns in developing countries."

It was President John F. Kennedy who had signed the Vaccination Assistance Act in 1962. When doing so, Kennedy said in his message to Congress that “There is no longer any reason why American children should suffer from polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, or tetanus. I am asking the American people to join in a nationwide vaccination program to stamp out these four diseases.”

Despite the condemnation of his views by his family, Robert Kennedy Jr. continues his anti-vaccination advocacy. In June 4, 2019, during a visit to Samoa, Kennedy appeared in an Instagram photo with Australian-Samoan anti-vaccine activist Taylor Winterstein. He is also listed as executive producer of Vaxxed II: The People's Truth, the 2019 sequel to Andrew Wakefield's anti-vaccination documentary Vaxxed.
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Past Pandemics: Barack Obama and the Zika Virus Outbreak of 2015-16

In early 2015, a widespread epidemic of Zika fever, caused by the Zika virus, began in Brazil, spread to other parts of South and North America. It also affected several islands in the Pacific, and Southeast Asia. In January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus was likely to spread throughout most of the Americas by the end of the year. The Zika Virus is spread by mosquitoes. Its name comes from the Ziika Forest of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1947. Zika virus is similar to the dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. Since the 1950s, it has usually occured within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. But from 2007 to 2016, the virus spread eastward, across the Pacific Ocean to the Americas.

The infection often causes only mild symptoms, similar to a very mild form of dengue fever. There is no specific treatment, and no vaccines have been approved for clinical use yet, however a number of vaccines are currently in clinical trials. Its greatest danger is to pregnant women, as it can spread to the child ad cause severe brain malformations, and other birth defects. Zika infections in adults may result in Guillain–Barré syndrome, though this is rare.

In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. A number of countries were issued travel warnings, and the outbreak was expected to reduce tourism significantly. Several countries actually advised their citizens to delay pregnancy until more was known about the virus. The outbreak also raised concerns regarding the safety of athletes and spectators at the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On February 5, 2016, laboratory confirmation of a Zika virus infection in the U.S. was discovered in a non-traveler. The infected person contracted the virus through sexual contact with an infected partner, and the Center for Disease Control issued interim guidelines for prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus for the United States. The guidelines recommended that men who reside in or have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission who have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sex for the duration of the pregnancy. The guidelines also recommended that pregnant women discuss any possible Zika exposure with their male partners.

On February 23, the CDC issued a statement noting 14 reports of possible sexual transmission of the virus in the United States. A bill known as the Zika Authorization Plan Act of 2016 (H.R. 4562), was introduced in the second session of the United States 114th Congress by Representative Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, on February 12, 2016.

On May 6, Major League Baseball announced that a series of games between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates scheduled to be played at the end of the month in San Juan, Puerto Rico would be relocated to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida after a number of players on each team voiced concerns regarding the threat of Zika exposure. By mid-August at least 37 people had contracted the virus in neighborhoods near the city of Miami. CDC officials estimated that the actual number of infections was much higher due to under-reporting of mild illness. In June travelers to Dominican Republic showed the highest rate of infection in New York City in positive Zika tests there.

On July 1, 2016, President Barack Obama issued a statement reporting on the status of the Zika virus in the United States, but also seeking to convince Congress that funding for the development of a vaccine should be approved before members left on their summer vacation. He told the media that there were three points he wanted to stress.

On the first point he said:, "So just to summarize, number one, we have put forward guidelines in terms of travel to areas that have Zika, and we are recommending that pregnant women or women of child-bearing years who are thinking about being pregnant, or individuals who are traveling to Zika-infected areas, male partners who want to make sure that they're not infecting their spouses or their partners, that they have to take a look and see whether they're traveling in the right places. That's point number one. And you can go to the CDC website in order to find out how you can protect yourself. Stay informed and protect yourself during this summer.

His next point was: "Point number two is we have a crisis right now in Puerto Rico surrounding Zika, and we have to obtain the resources to make sure that we are engaging in mosquito abatement and providing the kind of basic health services to reduce the effects of Zika in Puerto Rico. And at a time when Puerto Rico is already going through a tough time and its public health infrastructure is being strained because of budget constraints and debt problems, it's especially important that we're responsive to the millions of American citizens who live there.And keep in mind that there's a lot of travel back and forth between Puerto Rico and the continental United States. So this is not something that, ultimately, may end up just being isolated there. That's point number two."

His final point concerned funding for the development of a vaccine. He said: "And point number three -- we have to get the money from Congress over the next two weeks to make sure that we can begin to develop the effective vaccines, the mosquito abatement tools, the state emergency response dollars so that all of us are safe and we're not seeing families dealing with tragedies that can last a lifetime. This is just common sense. And this is not the time to play politics. There are going to be all kinds of negotiations up on Capitol Hill around budget items for the remainder of the year, and that's to be expected -- that's what happens during budget negotiations. But when there are emergencies, when there are public health emergencies, when we know that we have the chance to prevent serious tragedies in the lives of families and protect the health and safety of our populations, and particularly our children, then those politics need to be set aside. So Congress should not leave, should not adjourn until they have this done. And I want all the American people to know that we have a chance at developing a vaccine quickly that will help a lot of people as long as Congress, over the next few weeks, does its job."

Unfortunately, funding was not approved until late September, when Congress finally approved federal funding for $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, along with money necessary to keep the government running through Dec. 9. The Senate vote was 72 to 26. Hours after the Senate approval, the House of Representatives followed suit, passing its bill by a 342 to 85 vote. The delay aggravated public health officials, as well as residents of many vulnerable states in the South.

The CDC declared all of Florida to be Zika-free in December, 2016. Zika remained endemic in Puerto Rico up until 2018, but the number of cases was reduced from about 8,000 reported per month at the peak in August 2016, decling to about 10 reported per month by April of 2017.
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