Former UK Scientific Advisor: Another Pandemic 'Absolutely Inevitable'

Former UK Scientific Advisor: Another Pandemic 'Absolutely Inevitable'
Above: Former Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance leaves following his appearance at the Covid Inquiry on November 20, 2023 in London, England. Image copyright: Leon Neal/Staff/Getty Images News via Getty Images

The Facts

  • Former UK chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has warned that another pandemic is "absolutely inevitable" and called for preparing for future pandemics to be treated like potential wars.

  • Furthermore, he said Britain isn't prepared for another pandemic, alleging that the G7 countries have forgotten the importance of "continual government focus and attention."

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

The next pandemic is merely a question of when — rather than if — and the world must be ready because human timetables will be worthless. That's why a global pandemic treaty has to be in place as soon as possible to improve preparedness and response to such an event and ensure a safer future for humankind.

Establishment-critical narrative

Even before the once-in-a-generation coronavirus pandemic ended, the media and WHO were looking for a new worldwide health emergency, so warnings about the next pandemic are nothing but new. Adopting a treaty would effectively create a large pandemic industry and allow personal freedoms to be restricted again.

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