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The European Commission-funded comic book “Infected” foresaw a worldwide lockdown enforced after B1049 disease leaked out of a Chinese testing facility that was carrying out experiments on deadly pathogens. Similar to the coronavirus pandemic, the fictional virus was transmitted from animals to humans before rapidly spreading across the globe through international travel and trade links. The publication, released in 2012, tells the story of how the EU played a leading role in the international effort to bring the outbreak under control.
As the infections popped up across the world, bosses from the EU’s Commission, Parliament and Council eventually claim credit for bringing the disease under control.
They proclaimed to have been at the forefront of a global effort to find a vaccine, which kept the worldwide death toll below just one million.
But they were only able to act with the help of a time traveller who came back in time to warn about the pandemic that had claimed almost one billion victims in the future.
He befriended Chan Wenling – whose boss at the Chinese lab passed on the deadly disease to an unsuspecting journalist – and worked to convince people to act together in order to save lives.
In another parallel to the real-life pandemic, their efforts to save the day were, however, almost thwarted by a crooked official who wants to cover up the leak from the laboratory.
He uses the disease to seize control of democracy by implementing draconian social distancing rules and engineering phoney vaccines.
The fictional publication was released by the EU Commission’s international cooperation and development arm.
While the story bears an uncanny resemblance to the coronavirus pandemic, it was released as an educational tool.
Eurocrats wanted to inform readers about the dangers of a potential pandemic – including Ebola and SARS – and how the EU would respond.
“While the story may be fictional, it is nevertheless intertwined with some factual information,” the publication explained.
An accompanying factsheet explains the need for “pandemic readiness”, “cross-sectoral cooperation” and management of the “interactions between animals, humans and their diverse environments”.
It even calls for “better surveillance” in diseases transmitted between animals and humans, and even limit population sizes to prevent a future outbreak.
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“Around 70 percent of new human infectious diseases originate in animals,” it reads.
“The number of EIDs is increasing exponentially, with new ones diagnosed almost every year.
“Better surveillance of diseases might partially explain this trend but the main factor seems to be the increase in the size of human and animal populations, together with dramatic changes in human and animal movements around the planet in the context of globalisation.
“Diseases do no know borders. Viruses and other agents benefit from larger population reservoirs, more numerous contacts between populations and various specifies and a strong boost to circulation around the planet.”
Romanian MEP Cristian Terheş, of the conservative ECR group, said: “How wrong the EU propaganda proved to be.
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“European citizens were told that the solutions to their problems is to allow more and more power from the national states to be taken by the European bureaucracy in Brussels, which supposedly knows better what needs to be done everywhere in the EU.
“However, the last coronavirus pandemic has shown that EU contributed too little and too late in helping the national states to deal with the situation. It’s been three months already since this pandemic affected the European economies and EU was not been able to come up yet with the recovery plan to help the member states overcoming the economical crisis. Instead of acting fast in assessing the problem and helping the states, the European bureaucracy is negotiating behind closed doors and under the tables to include some provisions in this plan that might help some states but will undermine others. Once such provision is centring this recovery plan on the utopian ‘Green Deal’.
“Solidarity, the bedrock of the European concept, is not achieved when EU imposes from top down ‘one size fits all’ regulations, but when Brussels listens to the national states and assists them in doing their best for their own citizens. National governments in touch with the needs of their people know better the problems and can act faster to solve them.”
Since the coronavirus outbreak, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has attempted to push an EU-led effort to find a vaccine.
The German even hosted an “international pledging” summit to help raise cash from other world leaders for the project.
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