Which one of these fellows is more trustworthy?

I know you picked the guy on the left! Ok, moving on!

 

Last year, current and former world leaders joined experts to conduct a tabletop exercise simulating a deadly monkeypox outbreak. And now, the results of that exercise are attracting fresh attention, with monkeypox making headlines after cases were reported in a dozen countries—including the U.S., U.K. and Australia—in a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside of Africa.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) partnered with the Munich Security Conference for its annual exercise on March 17, 2021—virtually due to COVID-19— and summarized the scenario, key findings and actionable recommendations in a report released in November.

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But Jaime Yassif, vice president of Global Biological Policy and Programs at NTI and the report’s lead author, said the use of monkeypox as the virus in the exercise scenario was coincidental.

“We wanted to select a pathogen that would be a plausible fit for our fictional scenario, and we chose monkeypox from a range of options offered by our expert advisers,” she told Newsweek. “The fact that several countries are currently experiencing an outbreak of monkeypox is purely a coincidence.”

newsweek article 5/24/2022

 

well, ok then!

 

 

end notes-images from a google search.

 

RIP to John P. O’Neill, February 6, 1952 – September 11, 2001

 

 

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