Event 201

October 18, 2019: The Bill Gates Foundation sponsors “Event 201” – a simulated exercise of a global coronavirus pandemic. In this fictional simulation, an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to people eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The disease starts quietly and slowly at first, but then starts to spread more rapidly in healthcare settings. The fictional scenario ends at the 18-month point, with 65 million people dead. Highlights of the pandemic exercise simulation can be seen in this video:


The Wuhan virus

January 29, 2020: Fast-forward three months, and the once fictional, simulated exercise is on the verge of becoming reality. A new coronavirus never seen before in humans, and suspected to have its origin in bats, has led to an outbreak in Wuhan, China with over 160 deaths and nearly 6,000 infections and counting.[1] Infections of the novel coronavirus have also been confirmed in many other countries. Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – is the most populous city in Central China with a population of 11 million people. The city is currently on lockdown, with travel into or out of the city restricted, in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.[2]

SARS déjà vu?

This is not the first time China has had to deal with a potentially pandemic coronavirus outbreak. Beginning in November 2002, a SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak ultimately infected 8,448 people and resulted in 774 deaths.[3] While that may sound like a lot of deaths, according to the CDC there were 6,515 influenza deaths just in the United States in 2017.[4] As terrible as SARS may have been, its global death toll was relatively minor compared to the death toll of a typical seasonal influenza virus.[5]

Swine flu debacle

The United States has its own troubled history with flu pandemic hysteria and propaganda driven flu shot campaigns. In 1976, an outbreak of the swine flu (H1N1) virus in New Jersey caused one death, hospitalized 13, and led to a nationwide, mass immunization program.[6] Approximately 45 million Americans ended up getting the swine flu vaccine which resulted in hundreds of people developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome – a neurological disorder that can cause paralysis, respiratory arrest, and death.[7] This CBS 60 Minutes episode takes a deeper look at how the swine flu debacle played out, and the consequences of the aftermath.

60 Minutes: Swine Flu

Man-made viruses

In 2014, The Atlantic published an article titled: Scientists are now creating new, incurable diseases in labs: Is that reasonable?[8] The article states:

“Swine flu, or H1N1, had been dead for 20 years when it suddenly re-emerged in 1977 with a curious twist. The new strain was genetically similar to one from the 1950s, almost as though it had been sitting frozen in a lab since then. Indeed, it eventually became clear that the late-70s flu outbreak was likely the result of a lowly lab worker’s snafu. Lab accidents like that are extremely rare. Still, two scientists are now arguing that it’s not worth continuing to create new, transmissible versions of deadly viruses in labs because the risk that the diseases will escape and infect the public is too great.”

Last year, scientists at the Canadian National Microbiology Lab sent live Ebola and Henipah viruses to Beijing, China on a commercial Air Canada flight. Ebola and Henipah are level 4 pathogens, meaning they’re some of the deadliest viruses in the world. They must be contained in a lab with the highest level of biosafety control. Chinese scientists have since been removed from the facility and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are currently investigating the case.[9]

Lab-made coronaviruses

In 2015, researchers created a chimeric SARS-like virus. They used the surface protein of a coronavirus, found in horseshoe bats in China, and the backbone of a virus that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mice. The hybrid virus could infect human airway cells and caused disease in mice. This prompted a virologist at the Pasteur Institute to express caution: “If the [new] virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory.” A biodefense expert at Rutgers University spoke more strongly stating: “The only impact of this work is the creation, in a lab, of a new, non-natural risk.”[10]

Back to Wuhan

In 2015, China constructed its first Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) facility – the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory. In 2017, the laboratory was cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. According to a Nature news article, some scientists outside of China expressed worry of pathogens escaping.[11] An additional concern, is that BSL-4 laboratories are “inherently dual use” – meaning they can be used to study viruses to create vaccines to protect people, but they can also be used to engineer viruses to be used as biological weapons.[12]

What does this all mean?

Here are but a few possibilities as to what may have went down in Wuhan.

  • The mainstream narrative is true – the novel coronavirus causing the Wuhan outbreak is a wild-type zoonotic virus that Event 201 tried to warn us about, and that scientists had been rightfully researching to try and create a vaccine against.
  • The Wuhan virus is a lab-made coronavirus that accidentally escaped out of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory. This would not be the first time this happened, as a SARS virus has twice previously escaped from a laboratory in Beijing.[13]
  • The Wuhan outbreak is being hyped up by the pharmaceutically-driven mainstream media to increase demand for a future coronavirus or universal flu vaccine. Event 201’s grim prediction of 65 million dead, and the timing of Netflix’s new docuseries “Pandemic: How to prevent an outbreak” may help to shape this narrative.
  • The Wuhan virus is a lab-made coronavirus that was intentionally released because someone has a vaccine to the virus already in the making, but not yet on the market. Create a problem, and then offer the solution. Brilliant marketing.
  • The Wuhan virus is a lab-made coronavirus that was intentionally released, maybe even by the Chinese government. This is more difficult to explain. Why would China do a false flag bioterrorism attack on its own people? According to a Reuters article, the Wuhan virus will shape China’s smart city vision. In other words, the outbreak could be used as justification for China to increase surveillance of its own citizens. The article states: After Wuhan, the pressure to deliver “health security” (via smart cities with sensors, cameras, and other gadgets) will be higher.[14]

There are a lot of “conspiracy theories” floating around the internet regarding the Wuhan virus (some of the possibilities above add to the list). But here is what is not a conspiracy theory:

  1. Scientists are creating new, disease-causing viruses in laboratories.
  2. Deadly viruses like ebola are being shipped across the globe.
  3. These viruses sometimes escape the laboratories where they are stored.

As to whether the Wuhan virus turns out to be more media hype or a serious global pandemic, only time will tell. In the meantime, keep up your vitamin D levels and stay calm.

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[1] https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/wuhan-virus-china-death-toll-12363768

[2] https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-wuhan-implements-unprecedented-lockdown-slow-spread-2020-01-22/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16978751/

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/flu.htm

[5] https://nypost.com/2020/01/23/dont-buy-the-media-hype-over-the-new-china-virus/

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_swine_flu_outbreak

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4599698/

[8] https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/when-viruses-escape-the-lab/371202/

[9] https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ebola-henipah-china-1.5232674

[10] https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/lab-made-coronavirus-triggers-debate-34502

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

[12] https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/24/virus-hit-wuhan-has-two-laboratories-linked-chines/

[13] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/gb-spotlight-20040427-03

[14] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-virus-breakingviews-idUSKBN1ZN09O