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"The US Is Bluffing": China Claims Trump Too "Weakened" By Pandemic To Intervene In Hong Kong

In his overnight market commentary, Rabobank's Michael Every laid out an interesting hypothesis why markets continue to fade the risk of a serious escalation in tensions between the US and China: "within serious HK money circles there is absolute certainty that the US is now an EU-style paper tiger and has no stomach for a real fight, and that Trump is so beholden to Wall Street that he won’t dare act."

And while Every himself disagrees with this sanguine assessment, saying this stance "captures the self-confidence in Beijing but utterly fails to capture the bipartisan anger in DC, or the fact that both sides are using Beijing as a stick to beat each other with in the 2020 presidential election, or that the US has financial weapons as fearsome as its military, or that the Fed is there to prop up the stock market anyway", he appears to have a point regarding China's "self-confidence."

In an editorial published in China's Global Times, the authors claim that Trump is indeed nothing but a paper tiger and that "US talk of Hong Kong a nothingburger" in response to Beijing's formulation of a national security law. To be sure, the article is filled with the usual jingoist allegations, first claiming that "the US is again leading the Western camp in besieging China" a stance that is driven by the "compression of Western values", resulting from "the rise of emerging markets and developing countries becoming increasingly independent."

The editorial then makes a rather valid point that how China frames national security in the context of Hong Kong is entirely its own matter and not that of the US:

Fighting the national security law for Hong Kong is not a universal value and cannot withstand serious scrutiny. Isn't national security the top priority for each and every country? Washington has always used national security as an excuse to suppress normal commercial activities. Saying that the national security law in Hong Kong hinders the city's high degree of autonomy and ends its freedom will hardly fool all Westerners, let alone manipulate the whole international community.

China indeed has every right to pursue whatever it sees as its national interest; the real question is who will suffer more from the explicit return of Hong Kong under China rule. And while Trump has claimed that Hong Kong will be crippled as a financial gateway to China should it lose its special trade status with the US, China counters that the US is no longer a critical partners, read source of foreign funds (a curious position considering China's capital account is about to turn negative and will, more than ever, rely on outside sources of capital). Instead, the Global Times argues that as Hong Kong's relationship with the US fades, it will be replaced by a more powerful one with China:

The biggest pillar for Hong Kong's status as an international financial center is its role as a window to the Chinese mainland as well as its special relationship with the mainland economy.

The special trade status given by the US is important, but is not a decisive factor to determine whether Hong Kong is a financial center or not. As long as the economy in the Chinese mainland keeps booming, Hong Kong will not decline. If the US changes its policy toward Hong Kong, that will result in a lose-lose situation. But Hong Kong will be able to adjust and maintain its prosperity with the support of the Chinese central government.

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-bluffing-china-claims-trump-too-weakened-pandemic-intervene-hong-kong
 

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We failed?

Cuomo admits 'we all failed' at making coronavirus projections

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted Monday that coronavirus projections from experts were all wrong – and he's getting out of the business of speculating because of it.

Cuomo said he can't predict when the hospitalization and death rate numbers will drop to the necessary threshold required for reopening certain regions because as he put it, "we all failed" at predicting.

"Now, people can speculate. People can guess. I think next week, I think two weeks, I think a month," Cuomo told reporters on Memorial Day. "I'm out of that business because we all failed at that business. Right? All the early national experts. Here's my projection model. Here's my projection model. They were all wrong. They were all wrong."

Cuomo's rare admission came during an event at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City when a reporter asked the governor when hard-hit New York City might reopen.

Cuomo mentioned the statewide criteria that regions needed to hit to phase out of quarantine, which included a 14-day decline in coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths. But, he admitted he didn't "want to guess" when the Big Apple could meet the benchmark because past projections have been wrong.

"There are a lot of variables. I understand that. We didn't know what the social distancing would actually amount to. I get it, but we were all wrong," Cuomo said. "So, I'm sort of out of the guessing business, right? We watched the numbers. We prepare as the numbers drop, so when the number actually hits the threshold, we're ready to go. We just finished that. We're in the midst of that with Long Island, Mid-Hudson region, etc. But… I don't want to guess."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-we-all-failed-coronavirus-projections-new-york


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These governors are guilty of murder, plain and simple. They should hang but it would be poetic justice if enough family members of the people they murdered march on the governor's mansion with torches, pitchforks and lots of rope. If I lost my Mom or Dad as a result of these tyrant's murderous policies that's where I'd be!

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MEANWHILE...........

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CDC Confirms Remarkably Low Death Rate - Media Chooses To Ignore COVID-19 Realities


Most people are more likely to wind up six feet under because of almost anything else under the sun other than COVID-19.

The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public.

For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%.

Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26% - almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago.

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/cdc-confirms-remarkably-low-death-rate-media-chooses-ignore-covid-19-realities

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Spain’s coronavirus death toll DROPS by 2,000… after new counting system introduced

Spanish authorities have revised the coronavirus statistics, weeding out duplicate cases and deaths not linked to the dreaded disease. As a result, the country’s death toll sharply dropped by nearly 2,000.

The Covid-19 figures were revised downward on Monday, after health authorities rolled out a new counting system.

The current sharp drop in the coronavirus death numbers comes after the government was able to identify cases that had been counted twice, as well as to exclude altogether deaths that had been wrongly attributed to the virus.

Spain’s health ministry warned that “the discrepancies that may appear with respect to the data on total cases previously reported are the result of their validation by the autonomous communities and the transition to the new surveillance strategy.” It added that the figures are likely to fluctuate in the next few days as well.

However, even with the revised tally, Spain remains one of the worst affected by the pandemic. The total number of Covid-19 deaths now stands at 26,834 – 1,918 less than the total yesterday. The number of confirmed cases dropped by several hundreds as well, and currently stands at the 235,400 mark.

Worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has already killed nearly 350,000 people, and more than 5.5 million have been infected.

https://www.rt.com/news/489729-spain-coronavirus-deathtoll-drop/
 

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, with absolutely no fucks left to give; grabs the mic and completely DESTROYS the Left and their Corona Virus shut down!!! Calling the left “Fucking tyrants who want our freedom and to enslave us.”

https://twitter.com/Kingfreespeech/status/1265092447820025863
 

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Oops…turns out CV and HIV to have something in common.

attached PDF is the paper in case it disappears
sauce: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.24.111823v1

via ZH: https://www.zerohedge.com/health/coronavirus-uses-same-strategy-hiv-evade-immune-response-chinese-study-finds

punchline:
>Some more details on the Hui study: the researchers collected killer T cells from five patients who had recently recovered from Covid-19; those immune cells are generated by people after they are infected with Sars-CoV-2, and whose job is to find and destroy the virus. But the killer T cells used in the study were not effective at eliminating the virus in infected cells. When the scientists took a closer look they found that a molecule known as major histocompatibility complex, or MHC, was missing.

>The molecule is an identification tag usually present in the membrane of a healthy cell, or in sick cells infected by other coronaviruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars. It changes with infections, alerting the immune system whether a cell is healthy or infected by a virus. However, there is one notable disease that makes MHC molecules disappears from the cell surface: HIV.
 

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The Science is Conclusive: Masks and Respirators do NOT Prevent Transmission of Viruses

Abstract

Masks and respirators do not work. There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.

Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5 μm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.

The present paper about masks illustrates the degree to which governments, the mainstream media, and institutional propagandists can decide to operate in a science vacuum, or select only incomplete science that serves their interests. Such recklessness is also certainly the case with the current global lockdown of over 1 billion people, an unprecedented experiment in medical and political history.

Review of the Medical Literature

Here are key anchor points to the extensive scientific literature that establishes that wearing surgical masks and respirators (e.g., "N95") does not reduce the risk of contracting a verified illness:

Jacobs, J. L. et al. (2009) "Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: A randomized controlled trial", American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 37, Issue 5, 417 - 419.

N95-masked health-care workers (HCW) were significantly more likely to experience headaches. Face mask use in HCW was not demonstrated to provide benefit in terms of cold symptoms or getting colds.

Cowling, B. et al. (2010) "Face masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: A systematic review", Epidemiology and Infection, 138(4), 449-456. doi:10.1017/S0950268809991658

None of the studies reviewed showed a benefit from wearing a mask, in either HCW or community members in households (H). See summary Tables 1 and 2 therein.

bin-Reza et al. (2012) "The use of masks and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: a systematic review of the scientific evidence", Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 6(4), 257-267.

"There were 17 eligible studies. […] None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask ⁄ respirator use and protection against influenza infection."

Smith, J.D. et al. (2016) "Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis", CMAJ Mar 2016, cmaj.150835; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.150835

"We identified 6 clinical studies … In the meta-analysis of the clinical studies, we found no significant difference between N95 respirators and surgical masks in associated risk of (a) laboratory-confirmed respiratory infection, (b) influenza-like illness, or (c) reported work-place absenteeism."

Offeddu, V. et al. (2017) "Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis", Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 65, Issue 11, 1 December 2017, Pages 1934-1942, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/cix681

"Self-reported assessment of clinical outcomes was prone to bias. Evidence of a protective effect of masks or respirators against verified respiratory infection (VRI) was not statistically significant"; as per Fig. 2c therein:

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THE CDC SLASHED THE COVID-19 FATALITY RATE TO A FRACTION OF EARLIER ESTIMATE USED TO JUSTIFY LOCKDOWNS
https://mises.org/power-market/cdc-...ction-earlier-estimate-used-justify-lockdowns

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In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) was claiming that the fatality rate was a very high 3.4 percent.

Yet as time went on, it became increasingly clear that such high estimates were essentially meaningless because researchers had no idea how many people were actually infected with the disease.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new estimates suggesting that the real fatality rate is around 0.26 percent.
 

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the real fatality rate is around 0.26 percent.
So we are either dealing with a bunch of freeking gov idiots, or much worse, a bunch of thieving fascists attempting to imprison us, within our own world, with medical moronity and fatuousness.
 

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So we are either dealing with a bunch of freeking gov idiots, or much worse, a ...<snipped>....
Not just government idiots.... many in America are still wearing masks.
Hell, just go back to the posts made in this thread in March and look at all the fear some posted.
 

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yeah the masks still blow me away with the lies (fear) they are still promoting. I have an EEOC complaint and a possible pending lawsuit against a major retailer who was stupid enough to refuse me entry because I wouldn't wear a mask.
 

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Needs to go viral. This is the judge's ruling in the Mainer vs. Pritzker case. A judge who blatantly speaks the real truth, in the courtroom, about the insanity of the lock down orders and how illegal they all are.

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19997671/ruling.pdf

Here is news article verifying that the Judge actually did say what is in that document.

http://www.thexradio.com/news/78-local-news/44763-judge-mchaney-s-comments-at-the-conclusion-of-the-mainer-v-pritzker-hearing-friday
 

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Tanzanian President Bans Wearing Of Face Masks

Here is the excerpt and English translation of the letter sent to news rooms

“To The Media,

President of The Republic of Tanzania Dr John Pombe Magufuli has today on 24, May 2020 banned the use of face masks by Tanzanians as the usage has caused fear and panic to Tanzanians leading to some closing down their businesses.His excellency The President has also allowed normal resumption of public transport as well as normal resumption of schools.We thank God for the defeat against Corona, let continue to wash hands to observe hygene, Bye Corona.”

https://www.zimeye.net/2020/05/27/tanzanian-president-bans-wearing-of-face-masks/
 

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Based OC California Sheriff Won’t Enforce Masks: ‘We Are Not the Mask Police’

A California sheriff is vowing to look the other way as it pertains to enforcing an order requiring that residents wear masks in public.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes made his announcement Tuesday in front of the county’s board of supervisors. The county recently passed an order requiring all residents to wear a mask if they cannot stay six feet away from people, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We are not the mask police — nor do I intend to be the mask police,” Barnes said. “I think what we have seen repeatedly throughout the community is Orange County residents acting responsibly.”

Barnes went on to call the residents “adults” who “can take the protective measures as they see fit.”

“We have not dealt with these issues through enforcement, and I will direct my staff not to direct any enforcement toward the … mask requirement,” he added.

Orange County has had 5,646 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Thursday, 136 of them being fatal, according to the Orange County Department of Public Health’s website.

Barnes is not the only sheriff not to enforce a mask order. Police and sheriffs’ unions in Texas’s largest county, Harris County, said in April that they would not enforce an order by county Judge Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat, requiring that everyone wear a mask.

https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/05/28/california-sheriff-wont-enforce-masks-not-mask-police/
 

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Boston Police Commissioner William Gross Blasts Liberal Judges Releasing Violent Offenders Over Coronavirus Fears: “Let Them Stay at Your House With Your Family”

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross blasted liberal judges at a Thursday press conference on a surge in violence, blaming the judges for creating an atmosphere where offenders are not afraid to commit crimes because the courts are closed and violent prisoners–including an accused murderer–are being released by judges because of fears of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus spreading behind bars. Gross told the judges, “If you feel so comfortable releasing them, let them stay at your house with your family.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross speaks at a press conference May 28, screen image via WCVB-TV/YouTube

One case that Gross singled out was the release last month of accused murderer William James Utley who was out on bail with a GPS monitor for 2016 gun charges when he allegedly stabbed a man to death in a bar fight in 2018. The 40-year-old Utley was jailed awaiting trial after being indicted by a grand jury for second degree murder when he was ordered released by a judge because he has leukemia and would be susceptible to the coronavirus. The judge ordered him released with a GPS monitor.

Separately, on Wednesday night in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester five people were shot in a mass shooting, one fatally. Two other victims showed up at a hospital–one with a gunshot and the other with a stab wound.

Gross went on rant on his private Facebook page, reported the Dorchester Reporter:

Police Commissioner William Gross last night expressed frustration on his Facebook account.

“On the way to Franklin Field for 8 people shot. Thank you Liberal Judges, for your release of a murderer and several violent persons, YOU have set the tone that people can do whatever they want because there will be no repercussions from the courts,” he wrote.

“Over 45 guns off of the streets from search warrants within a month’s time… 24 directly from a person. Out of the 24, 16 were verified gang members. Several have been bailed the next day or within weeks. It’s the judges, not the D.A. Stand up for your rights people!”

At Thursday’s press conference Gross went further, urging sympathetic judges to let the prisoners live in their homes, reported WHDH-TV:

…“Not one judge has ever provided a certificate that said any COVID-19 releases are fully rehabilitated,” Gross said. “So the mentality on the street is you can do whatever you want.”

As an example, Gross pointed to murder suspect William James Utley, 40, who was released from jail after his attorney argued that a health condition made him more susceptible to the coronavirus.

“If you [judges] feel so comfortable releasing them, let them stay at your house with your family,” Gross said.” Now see if things would change, come on! We’re in the middle of a pandemic!”

Gross said the current mentality on the streets of Boston is “do whatever we want” with no repercussions because the courts are closed.

“Look at the numbers. Five homicides in a row, the attempted murder of four police officers in broad daylight, a 10-year-old girl shot in her apartment, a 17-year-old girl murdered on the street,” Gross said. “Use your common sense and be fair to people in the community. The people are not rehabilitated.”…

Video via WCVB-TV in which Gross also commented it was in many ways unfair to the prisoners to release them under poor conditions, in many cases to areas more infected with the virus than the jails, and without being rehabilitated:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/boston-police-commissioner-william-gross-blasts-liberal-judges-releasing-violent-offenders-coronavirus-fears-let-stay-house-family/
 

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Gross told the judges, “If you feel so comfortable releasing them, let them stay at your house with your family.”
Same position I took back in the 90s when overcrowding was out of control and the BOP had an unwritten policy of staffing only at 90% of budgeted manpower. ( Wardens rec'd bonuses for finishing their fiscal year under budget) .
Yet staff were getting hurt and killed for the Bonus Money.
 

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Gov. Cuomo admits he wouldn't send his mother to a nursing home amid coronavirus crisis

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6160158117001#sp=show-clips
 

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Did you know that HUSSEIN gave a speech in 2014 about how a "spanish flu" type virus could hit in FIVE YEARS…..

(Insert COVID-19 hitting in late 2019)….

[KNOWINGLY]

COINCIDENCE??

https://mobile.twitter.com/Jhomes551/status/1266181324026544134
 

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TPTB will not share viral "Information" as the work is to develop military weapons for the future.
What other need is there to manipulate a virus's structure ?
 

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Lefties splodey heads!!! :dduck::dduck::dduck:

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Sonoma County Sheriff Letter to Sonoma County Residents

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May 28, 2020
Letter to Sonoma County Residents,
I am writing to you as your elected Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner. Over the last few weeks, I have heard from many people expressing concern with the perceived overreach of the Sonoma County Public Health Orders and their inconsistencies with our neighboring counties and Governor Newsom’s Public Health orders. I have consistently heard the message that Sonoma County’s Public Health Orders are far more restrictive than the Governor’s Order’s despite the fact that our COVID-19 infection rate is low compared to other counties. With over 23,000 tests conducted, Sonoma County has seen a declining rate of positive tests, from 3% three weeks ago to 2.2% today. As a community we have experienced 4 deaths; I do not want to minimize this fact as any loss of life is tragic and sad.

The first Public Health Order and subsequent Public Health Orders have placed significant restrictions on our freedoms we were not accustomed to in a free society. Most people complied with the Health Orders because they believed, as did I, that the Health Orders were the best solution to the unknown and potentially dangerous situation we were facing with COVID-19.

Over the last 10 weeks we have learned a lot and made significant progress. The curve has been flattened; hospitals were not overrun with patients; we have dramatically increased testing which verified the infection rate in Sonoma County is under control and decreasing. Yet we continue to see successive Public Health Orders that contain inconsistent restrictions on business and personal activities without explanation. Based on what we have learned, now is the time to move to a risk-based system and move beyond blanket orders that are crushing our community. Simple universal measures can be taken to protect the vulnerable among us and to slow the spread of COVID-19 within Sonoma County. Understanding your risk of infection and consulting with your doctor or health care provider on what prevention measures are best for you is a personal responsibility each of us must take.

Over the last several weeks, I have asked for more information and transparency from our Public Health Department and our Public Health Officer to explain why, with such a low infection rate, we have not moved to a less restrictive, risk based system. I firmly believe the public must be kept informed so we can develop effective public policy and our elected officials can make informed, evidence based decisions, balancing risk against the catastrophic impacts of the Shelter in Place order on our community. Unfortunately, the Public Health Department and the Public Health Officer have ignored my requests and the requests of the media to provide desperately needed information. This lack of transparency and lack of engagement is incredibly disappointing at a time when all levels of government should be working together.

As your elected Sheriff, I can no longer in good conscience continue to enforce Sonoma County Public Health Orders, without explanation, that criminalize otherwise lawful business and personal behavior. Effective June 1, 2020 I am directing all Sheriff’s Office staff to discontinue the enforcement of the Sonoma County Public Health Orders issued by the Sonoma County Public Health Department and the Public Health Officer. Reports of violations, when brought to our attention, will be evaluated against the California State guidelines on a case-by-case basis. Where appropriate, the Sheriff’s Office will use public interactions as an opportunity to educate people on how to mitigate the risk and spread of the COVID-19 infection. Pursuant to this shift in policy, I am directing the Sheriff’s Office Detention Division to refuse the booking arrest of individuals whose sole booking charge is for a violation of the Sonoma County Public Health Order. It is important to understand my decision does not affect enforcement policy or enforcement decisions by other law enforcement or regulatory agencies in Sonoma County; it applies to Sheriff’s Office operations in the jurisdictions we serve….(cont)

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There will be repercussions for the US pulling out of the WHO.
 
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Burundi Kicks Out WHO Coronavirus Team For Interference In Internal Matters

By GreatGameIndia -May 15, 2020

Looks like WHO’s days in Africa are over. Days after Tanzania kicked WHO out of the country, now Burundi becomes the second African country to expel entire WHO Coronavirus team from his nation for interference in internal matters. In a letter addressed to WHO’s Africa headquarters, the foreign ministry says the four officials must leave by Friday.

President of Madagascar has claimed that the WHO offered $20m bribe to poison COVID-19 cure.


a controversy has erupted in Nigeria whereby it is revealed that Bill Gates offered $10 million bribe for a forced vaccination program for Coronavirus to the Nigerian House of Representatives.

https://greatgameindia.com/burundi-kicks-out-who-coronavirus-team/

seems to me that this needs to go viral