The Looming Threat: Bioterrorism, Gain-of-Function Research, and the Next Global Pandemic Involving A Lab Made Reassortant Strain!
Editorial: Even as the world continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, a more sinister and dangerous threat is looming on the horizon. The increased reliance on biotechnology, coupled with the controversial practice of gain-of-function research, has created a potential breeding ground for a new and potentially deadlier pandemic.
This editorial explores the imminent threat of bioterrorism and the implications of gain-of-function research in the development of a novel, catastrophic virus and some of the controversial studies underway.
The Age of Bioterrorism
, the intentional release of biological agents to cause illness, death, and fear, has been a growing concern for decades. The rapid advancements in biotechnology have allowed for the creation and manipulation of pathogens for nefarious purposes. In the wrong hands, these agents could be weaponized, causing widespread devastation and panic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global health systems and has highlighted the potential for disastrous consequences if a new, more dangerous virus were to be unleashed. The combination of increased globalization and a lack of robust international regulations makes the world ripe for a pandemic induced by bioterrorism.
Contrary to fallacies that you need high tech labs to create new biological weapons…new strains of viruses with enhanced capabilities can be easily ‘grown’ in a home garage with so many necessary ingredients and devices easily available for purchase through legitimate online sites. (Thailand Medical News would soon be organizing online theoretical workshops that do not contravene any existing laws teaching interested parties as to how these are done as a new way to raise funds for our struggling website! What people do with that knowledge is not our problem! In fact we have uncovered ways by which you can even target viruses to specific ethnic groups or geolocations, age groups according to the genetic and epigenetic makeups in these groups or populations.)
Gain-of-Function Research: A Double-Edged Sword
Gain-of-function research involves the manipulation of pathogens to study their potential effects on humans, often by increasing their virulence or transmissibility. While this type of research can contribute valuable insights to vaccine and treatment development, it also poses significant risks.
The potential for accidental release or theft of these modified viruses from laboratories is a genuine concern, as is the unethical use of the knowledge gained from such research. In recent years, a heated debate has erupted within the scientific community about the necessity and ethics of gain-of-function research. Some argue that the potential benefits outweigh the risks, while others caution that the research could inadvertently facilitate the creation of a pandemic.
The Nightmare Scenario: A New, Deadly Virus
Imagine a new virus, engineered through bioterrorism and gain-of-function research, which is both highly transmissible and more lethal than COVID-19. This nightmare scenario could lead to an unprecedented global catastrophe, with healthcare systems collapsing and economies grinding to a halt.
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s already struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the introduction of a more virulent virus could push us to the brink of societal collapse. Governments and healthcare organizations must invest in pandemic preparedness, including robust surveillance systems, rapid response teams, and international collaborations to address the dual threats of bioterrorism and the unintended consequences of gain-of-function research.
At least 9 countries are now rumored to be involved in clandestine research involving the development of new bioweapons including developing reassortant strains.
We have received word that there is even ongoing research that involved Omicron variants, the H5N1 virus and HIV and to many people’s surprise the new bioweapons being developed are not mean to kill people fast and in horrifying manners like Marburg or Ebola viruses but rather silently and over a moderate period of time, causing a variety of conditions to appear so that there no suspicions that a bioweapon is at play! Many will simply die from arising medical or health problems similar to what we are seeing with COVID-19 and Long COVID but slightly faster and more aggressive.
The Need for Global Cooperation and Regulation
To mitigate the risks posed by bioterrorism and gain-of-function research, it is vital to establish a comprehensive international regulatory framework. This framework should include stringent guidelines for laboratory security, ethical considerations, and the responsible conduct of research. Increased transparency and information sharing among nations are also crucial to fostering trust and collaboration in the face of potential biological threats.
Additionally, global cooperation is needed to strengthen public health infrastructure, improve early detection of emerging infectious diseases, and ensure the rapid development and distribution of vaccines and treatments. Only through a unified, global effort can we hope to prevent the next pandemic from wreaking havoc on our societies.
There should be stronger vigilance against countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Iran, Switzerland, North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a sobering reminder of the vulnerability of our interconnected world. As we move forward, we must remain vigilant in addressing the dangers posed by bioterrorism and gain-of-function research. By strengthening international cooperation, regulatory frameworks, and public health infrastructure, we can minimize the risk of a new, more devastating pandemic and ensure a safer future for all.
The next catastrophic pandemic is inevitable, COVID-19 was just dry runs by those with vested interests.