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Curious Coincidences: Monkeypox Edition
1) November 2014: Bill Gates funds Chimerix’s antiviral brincidofovir. The drug is initially tested as a treatment for Ebola. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-11-19/gates-to-fund-ebola-survivor-blood-chimerix-drug-trials)
2) March 2021: A war game is conducted in which a terrorist group unleashes weaponized monkeypox at airports on May 15, 2022 (although it takes the world awhile to discover this origin). The original smallpox vaccine proves ineffective against it. Over 18 months, 3 billion are infected and 270 million die (9% mortality, consistent with the deadlier version of monkeypox and about 200 times deadlier than COVID). (https://www.nti.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/NTI_Paper_BIO-TTX_Final.pdf)
3) June 2021: Chimerix’s antiviral brincidofovir is approved by the FDA to treat the smallpox family of viruses under the brand name Tembexa. (https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/06/04/2242292/0/en/Chimerix-Receives-U-S-Food-and-Drug-Administration-Approval-for-TEMBEXA-brincidofovir-for-the-Treatment-of-Smallpox.html)
4) September 2021: The US government begins stockpiling another smallpox family antiviral drug, TPOXX, produced by SIGA Technologies. (https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/SIGA-TECHNOLOGIES-INC-10830/news/SIGA-Announces-BARDA-Exercise-of-Procurement-Option-Valued-at-112-5-Million-for-Oral-TPOXX-36410838/). Like COVID vaccines, TPOXX is gene-editing. (https://www.siga.com/wp-content/themes/sigahba/TPOXX-Fact-Sheet.pdf)
5) November 2021: Bill Gates—who (along with Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum) was also involved in the Event 201 war games of October 2019 that played out exactly as COVID did—warns, ‘what if a bioterrorist brought smallpox to 10 airports?’. (https://news.yahoo.com/bill-gates-warns-smallpox-terror-000100099.html) Most people talking about a hypothetical would say “an airport” or “some airports” rather than a specific number of airports.
6) May 16, 2022: Tiny research company Chimerix announces it sold the rights to its smallpox antiviral Tembexa to Emergent BioSolutions, a larger firm with more experience in drug mass production. The deal gives Chimerix the right to royalties between 15 and 20% of gross sales if Emergent BioSolutions is able to sell more than 1.7 million treatments. (https://ir.chimerix.com/news-releases/news-release-details/chimerix-announces-sale-tembexa-emergent-biosolutions-3375) The stock price is cut in half as soon as the markets open. Presumably, the market doesn’t believe that more than 1.7 million treatments can ever be sold for an eradicated illness.
7) May 18, 2022: Various Boston local news outlets report the first case of monkeypox in the US in 2022. (https://www.abc6.com/massachusetts-man-first-confirmed-case-of-monkeypox-in-the-us-this-year/) Cases are also suspected in New York City. (https://nypost.com/2022/05/19/possible-case-of-monkeypox-investigated-in-nyc/ ) Simultaneous outbreaks occur in Canada, several European countries and Australia. (https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/monkeypox-outbreak-europe-largest-ever-region-cases-cross-100-2022-05-20/ ) It rapidly becomes the world’s largest monkeypox outbreak ever and the only one to spread over such a wide area with no direct link to African travel.
8) May 19, 2022 7:30 AM New York time: SIGA announces the FDA approved an intravenous version of TPOXX for those in emergency care. (https://investor.siga.com/news-releases/news-release-details/siga-receives-approval-fda-intravenous-iv-formulation-tpoxxr)
9) May 19, 2022 9:30 AM New York time: Markets open and shares of SIGA Technologies (SIGA), Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) and Chimerix (CMRX) explode higher.
10) May 19, 2022 11:09 AM New York time: Before lunch, the fact checkers publish articles saying any suggestion Bill Gates might be involved in the monkeypox outbreak is a crazy conspiracy theory. (https://www.newsweek.com/fact-check-did-bill-gates-predict-monkeypox-outbreak-1708171)