Background: Recently, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Australia and other countries have reported confirmed cases of monkeypox. The United States and Europe are investigating this and ordering vaccines to prevent it. There are rumors on Weibo, twitter and other platforms - American entrepreneur and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has long predicted that monkeypox virus will break out, Pfizer got the help of gates last year, and has prepared the vaccine - suggesting that the transmission of monkeypox cases is artificially designed.
-The online news that "Bill Gates predicted that monkeypox virus would break out in 2021 and help Pfizer prepare vaccine" lacks empirical evidence. Gates did express his views on topics such as "responding to disease pandemics and bioterrorism attacks" in 2021, but did not mention the words related to "monkeypox", and there are no vaccine products related to monkeypox virus in Pfizer's product catalogue.
-According to several media reports in Europe and the United States, the U.S. health department has ordered 13 million doses of jynneos vaccine from Bavaria Nord. The vaccine is one of the only two vaccines approved for smallpox virus prevention in the United States. It is also the only vaccine licensed specifically for monkeypox prevention in the United States.
Search "Pfizer Bill Gates monkeypox" and other keywords on Google, and you can't find authoritative information related to this. However, the idea of linking gates to the virus is not groundless. In November 2021, gates participated in an interview organized by the policy exchange think tank and had a dialogue with Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the UK Special Committee on health. In response to hunter's question on "how should the global government prevent the next pandemic that may come in the future", Gates said he hoped to write a book called "we are ready for the next pandemic" within five years, but this requires tens of billions of dollars from governments, including Britain and the United States.
At the same time, gates talked about the need to set up a world health organization level task force, which can carry out what he called "bacterial game" to prepare countries for bioterrorism attacks. For this reason, he said, "what would happen if a bioterrorist brought smallpox to 10 airports?"
Video screenshot of gates talking with Hunter
It should be emphasized that in this dialogue published by "policy exchange" on his YouTube account, gates did not mention any words related to "monkeypox". In addition, although Gates' remarks were later reprinted and reported by many media as "Gates warned terrorists that they might use smallpox as a weapon to launch a bioterrorism attack", the scene he mentioned in his conversation is a possibility that the WHO Working Group simulates this attack, rather than a prediction that this situation will actually happen.
In fact, Gates has long been concerned about disease pandemics and bioterrorism attacks. In 2015, at an event hosted by Ted, an American media organization, gates put forward his views on the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014 and believed that the world was not ready for the next virus outbreak. He pointed out that a terrible virus can bring disaster to mankind even more serious than a nuclear war.
In 2015, gates delivered a speech at Ted conference, saying that the world was not ready for the next virus outbreak.
Pfizer produces monkeypox vaccine
So, in the new coronavirus pandemic, Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company famous for producing mRNA vaccine, did it really "foresee" the emergence of this round of monkeypox cases and prepare the vaccine in advance? Under the "products" column of Pfizer's official website, there is a complete list of drugs and vaccines developed by the company, with a total of more than 300 products, but after verification, there are no vaccine products related to the so-called "monkeypox".
Screenshot of Pfizer official website product catalog page
According to the recent reports of Fortune magazine, Newsweek and the independent, following the confirmation of the first case of monkeypox infection in the United States, the U.S. health department currently orders 13 million doses of jynneos vaccine from Bavarian Nordic, with a total value of US $119 million.
Jynneos, also known as imvanex, is the only vaccine licensed in the United States to prevent monkeypox. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the vaccine in people aged 18 and over in September 2019, and the vaccine was filed with the European drug administration earlier, dating back to 2013. In addition, according to the information on the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), jynneos vaccine is also one of the only two vaccines approved for smallpox virus prevention in the United States.
Screenshot of FDA's official website announcing its approval of jynneos vaccine
As we all know, human beings have eliminated smallpox virus for more than 40 years. Why did the FDA approve the use of "smallpox vaccine" in 2019? In the news announcement on the approval of jynneos vaccine, the director of FDA biological products evaluation and Research Center Peter marks, MD, said: "after the global plan to eliminate smallpox, the World Health Organization demonstrated the eradication of naturally occurring smallpox disease in 1980. Routine vaccination of the American public stopped after the disease was eradicated in the United States in 1972. Therefore, most of the population in the United States and around the world are free of smallpox virus." Immunity... Although naturally occurring smallpox is no longer a global threat, the deliberate release of this highly infectious virus can have devastating effects. Today's approval reflects the U.S. government's commitment to preparedness by supporting the development of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutic agents and other medical countermeasures. "
In addition, it is worth noting that the data of FDA and CDC show that monkeypox infection occurred in the United States in 2003 and 2021.
The CDC official website explained the action principle of jynneos, saying that it was administered in the form of "a live virus that is non replicating", which needs to be completed by subcutaneous injection twice, with an interval of 4 weeks. The CDC stressed that people vaccinated with jynneos will not be considered vaccinated until they have completed two doses of vaccine.
Screenshot of CDC official website
To sum up, there is no evidence for the online news that "Bill Gates predicted an outbreak of monkeypox virus in 2021 and helped Pfizer prepare a vaccine". Gates did express his views on topics such as "responding to disease pandemics and bioterrorism attacks" in 2021, but did not mention any words related to "monkeypox", and there are no vaccine products related to monkeypox virus in Pfizer's product catalogue.
According to several media reports in Europe and the United States, the U.S. health department has ordered 13 million doses of jynneos vaccine from Bavaria Nord. The vaccine is one of the only two vaccines approved for smallpox virus prevention in the United States. It is also the only vaccine licensed specifically for monkeypox prevention in the United States.