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The US Is Woefully Underprepared For The Next Pandemic

The US Is Woefully Underprepared For The Next Pandemic 86

One hundred years after the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918, global health leadership stands at a crossroads. The United States continues to expand its policy of isolationism at a time when international cooperation in health could not be more important.

The state of pandemic preparedness and the necessary steps for protecting the people throughout the world was the topic of The Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs’ 2nd Annual White Paper.

As pandemic policy scholars, with two of us spending the majority of our career in the federal government, we believe that it is essential to prepare the country and the world for the next pandemic. It is not a matter of if, but when, the next disease will sweep the world with deadly and costly consequences.

There are many topic areas that national leaders must address to create better preparedness and response capabilities, but we believe three are most urgent.

These include targeting the resistance to antimicrobial agents that has come about because of overuse and misuse of antibiotics; ensuring continuity of supply chains; and improving and strengthening leadership.

Overuse of a wonder drug

Prior to Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, even the smallest scratch could be deadly. Its discovery, however, helped contribute to the perception that man had conquered disease, despite Fleming’s warning that “the thoughtless person playing with penicillin treatment is morally responsible for the death of a man who succumbs to infection with the penicillin resistant organism.”

Now, 70 years later, society is quickly reaching the precipice of that reality.

The problem of antibiotic overuse and misuses is extensive. In fact, in the United States, 80 percent of all antibiotic use occurs in the agricultural sector and the majority of this use is nontherapeutic, meaning it is not medically necessary.

Misuse of antibiotics also occurs frequently in the human health sector, however. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance estimated that if changes are not made, the world could witness 10 million deaths annually due to antimicrobial resistant infections.

To help prevent this public health threat from reaching that level of crisis with potential catastrophic implications, we recommend four actions.

First, an increase of investment needs to be made by the federal government and the private sector into research, development and production of new antimicrobials.

In 2014, WHO also called for greater investment in discovering new antimicrobials, but in the last 50 years, only one new class of antibiotics has been discovered.

Second, governments throughout the world need to create stronger internationally harmonized regulatory systems for agriculture production and veterinary use of antimicrobials.

For example, in the United States, antibiotics cannot be purchased without a prescription from either a medical doctor or a veterinarian (for the agricultural sector).

But many countries in the developing world have no oversight for animal or human use of antibiotics. In some places, particularly African countries, many antibiotics can be purchased over the counter.

You may already have experienced the third recommendation, if your doctor has sent you home from an appointment without an antibiotic prescription because your illness was viral.

Health care providers and consumers need to decrease misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in human health by only prescribing antibiotics in cases of bacterial infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for this, including recommendations for patients.

Last, governments throughout the world need to understand that fighting antimicrobial resistance requires a collaboration between animal health, human health and environmental health.

This idea, known as One Health, works to bring together researchers and professionals from these three areas to address disease-related challenges.

While these actions require monetary and time investments, they are essential. Without taking these actions society may find itself in a post-antibiotic world.

This world, as former Director-General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan explained in 2012, means “the end of modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee would once again kill.”

Will global supply chains collapse?

Modern society is able to function and flourish in large part because of the global supply chains transporting parts, equipment and supplies with speed, efficiency and just-in-time delivery, which allows business to keep carrying costs low because they can order what they need and have it shipped quickly, or “just in time.”

Global supply chains, which consist of production specialization through comparative advantage, has enabled great economic development, but their just-in-time structure also leaves them exceedingly vulnerable. Components of the critical medical infrastructure, such as components essential to running life support machines or insulin for diabetics, are always in transit.

This means that even a localized disease could deprive people of needed medical supplies. For example, if an epidemic hits a town in Asia where N95 masks, which are used to protect people from hazardous substances, are manufactured, there may no longer be any N95 masks to be shipped to the United States or elsewhere.

The United States experienced supply chain breakdown when Hurricane Maria caused a disruption in the supply of small bag IV saline. A manufacturer in Puerto Rico that produces nearly half of all the saline utilized in the U.S. had to halt production because of the hurricane.

This interconnectedness of the global economy and the expansiveness of medical supply chains means that a disruption anywhere along the line could spell disaster worldwide.

To help prevent such a disaster, the federal government needs to understand the United States’ critical supply chains. The federal government and private sector should be aware of likely points of breakdown.

Once there is understanding, the U.S. must implement new policies that enable private sector innovation to diversify production and transportation where possible.

Diversification of production and transportation means that there is not just one production source for critical supplies. Thus, a disruption in one geographical location would not cripple the entire supply chain.

Centralized, involved leadership

Diseases do not respect borders, and for this reason, pandemics are a global threat. Therefore, the U.S. must address the threat of pandemics in cooperation with all other nations and with multilateral institutions such as the World Health Organization, the U.N. Security Council, UNICEF and more.

We believe that investment in global health security, such as the establishment of a permanent fund for influenza preparedness and response, and remaining engaged with the international community to prevent an outbreak from becoming a pandemic is the best way to protect the American people.

Additionally, we believe that the U.S. should commit to pandemic preparedness by creating a position of authority within the White House that transcends administrations and elevates pandemics as existential threats to a national security priority. There is a need to have decision-making authority and oversight vested at the highest levels of government.

In the midst of a pandemic, decisions must be made quickly. Quick decision-making can often be hindered by the absence of high-level leadership. The need for high-level leadership, coordination and a new strategy are essential to mitigate the threat of pandemics, but these fundamental pandemic preparedness gaps persist.The Conversation

The next great pandemic is coming. The true question is: Will we be ready when it does? Right now, that answer is no, because the country lacks the sufficient safeguards we have outlined.

But if the United States chooses to elevate the issue of pandemic preparedness and biosecurity as a national security priority, we could be. Outbreaks are inevitable, but pandemics are not if we take action now.

Christine Crudo Blackburn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University ; Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and Executive Professor, Texas A&M University , and Gerald W. Parker, Associate Dean For Global One Health, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; and Director, Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program, Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

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Mission impossible: Physicist from Great Britain described the coming end of the world

Mission impossible: Physicist from Great Britain described the coming end of the world 91

Ultimately, the sun will explode, and all that remains of our once magnificent star is a small, faintly glowing ember, says Brian Cox.

The Earth will probably not live up to this moment. And if it does, it will be in the form of burnt and barren stones that will witness the dying agony of the Sun, explained British physics professor Brian Cox . When will the end of the world happen and what it will be, the scientist told the BBC program “Wonders of the Universe“.

The sun is what gives life to our planet, but this same star can kill us all. Unfortunately, it is not getting younger, so the likelihood of its explosion only increases every year.

The sun has remained unchanged for four billion years. It burns 600 million tons of hydrogen into helium every second. This solar energy is the foundation of life on Earth. 

According to Cox, when the hydrogen dries up in the interior of the Sun, the final stage of the life of the star will begin. This will be disastrous for the Earth. 

“The sun will not just go out. When the star runs out of fuel, its core will begin to expand rapidly. The additional heat that will be released in the process will cause the outer layers of the Sun to expand. The luminary will increase to such an extent that it will fill the entire horizon when viewed from Earth. For this will be the end of our planet – all living things will perish under the incinerating light,” the physicist said.

“Gradually, our planet will become hotter and hotter, so that the last perfect day will come on Earth, but in the end, the existence of all life will become impossible,” the physicist described as the last day of life on Earth.

After the solar core collapses, the extra heat it generates will cause the outer layers of the Sun to expand, and this will burn the Earth. The catastrophe will happen in about a billion years. Then the Sun will become a red dwarf – this is the final phase of the star’s life. 

In six billion years, the Sun will explode, throwing a huge amount of gas and dust into space, forming a giant nebula, the professor explained.

It is unlikely that humanity will be able to stop this process, therefore the only possible salvation is the exodus to other planets.

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Why some US preachers think that “Antichrist will come from Russia”

Why some US preachers think that "Antichrist will come from Russia" 92

The USSR was perceived by wide sections of American society not only as a geopolitical, but also a sacred enemy, which was reflected in Ronald Reagan’s speech to evangelicals in 1983, when the American president dubbed the Soviet Union an evil empire.

The restructuring and subsequent disintegration of the Soviet state softened the perception of Russia in many religious communities, but the country’s activity in the Middle East revived old eschatological concepts based on a peculiar interpretation of the Bible.

Why some US preachers think that

The interpretation of scripture continues to give some Christian activists in the United States a pretext for detecting apocalyptic threats from Russia. As the modern writer and evangelist Joel Rosenberg states, the collapse of the USSR does not mean the death of the Russian bear, but “Ezekiel gives a clear understanding that he is in hibernation and will soon return with revenge.”

Ezekiel’s prophecy

A negative assessment of the USSR among American religious communities has always been based not only on Soviet atheism and destruction of churches, but also on the biblical prophecy of Ezekiel. In accordance with this prediction, “in the last years” the ruler Gog from the northern land of Magog will invade Israel with the Persians, Ethiopians and Libyans, as well as with the wars of Homer and the “House of Fogarma”.

The wrath of God will fall on the invaders, and a great shock will happen in the land of Israel: all living beings will “tremble” and “mountains will fall, and cliffs will fall, and all walls will fall to the ground.” However, the invaders will be defeated after “all-sinking rain, stone hail, fire and brimstone” hit them: Gog and his troops will perish, and God will send fire to the land of the invading ruler.

Why some US preachers think that

All this, according to the prophecy, will happen to the glory of the Lord. It is noteworthy that in the New Testament the words Gog and Magog designate pagan tribes that will go to battle with the people of God.

The events from the Old Testament book of Ezekiel were subsequently associated by theologians with the Antichrist and the last judgment. According to the blessed Augustine, Gog represents the enemies of the church, and Magog personifies the devil.

What does Russia have to do with it?

Nevertheless, the allegorical interpretation of the concepts from the prophecy of Ezekiel was never the only one, as early as the 1st century AD the historian Josephus Flavius ​​identified the people of Magog with the Scythians. Later, many readings of the Old Testament words appeared, which were attributed by researchers to different peoples living north of Israel.

The reason for Magog’s connection with Russia was the 1st verse of the 39th chapter of the book of Ezekiel, in which Gog is called the prince of Rosha (which is consonant with Russia), Meshech and Tubala (Tubala). There are no capital letters in Hebrew, which is why Bible translators often had to deal with ambiguous situations. The word “rosh” was given the meaning of a proper name only by the Greeks, while representatives of the Latin faith most often understood it as the adjective “main”.

It was this word that caused the binding of Ezekiel’s prophecy to Russia. At the same time, in the Bible of King James, which Protestants consider canonical, Gog is called “the supreme prince of Meshech and Tubal.”

This version of the Holy Scripture is considered the official one for the English language and is most widespread in the United States, therefore it is very strange when American Christian activists resort to the Greek translation when interpreting Ezekiel.

Freaks and speculators

There is no state church in the United States, and religious policy contributes to the emergence of a wide variety of spiritual communities, which is why Christian denominations are widespread in the country – organizations that are intermediate between the church and the sect. Most often, the preachers of these particular associations declare that Russia is connected with the Antichrist.

Why some US preachers think that

Thus, the official website of The Family International movement claims that Russia is Magog, and Meshekh and Tubal are Moscow and Tobolsk. According to supporters of such views, domestic support for Syria could lead to an invasion of Israel, which would mean the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy. The founder of the religious movement Koinonia House, Chuck Missler, who announced the beginning of the apocalypse on January 1, 2000, believes that Russia will attack Israel together with Turkey, which will withdraw from NATO.

Joel Rosenberg, mentioned above, interprets the book of Ezekiel as a prediction of Russia’s invasion of the holy land together with Muslim countries, first of all, with Iran, which in the Old Testament is understood as Persians. Typically, people who claim such things have a reputation in the United States as either eccentric or religious speculators.

Each on a different path

Throughout the history of Christianity, many social groups that called themselves adherents of the truth of the faith created their own Antichrist, which, according to the Bible, is covered with good ideas. The Protestants, including Martin Luther and John Calvin, considered the Popes to be his incarnation, the Russian Old Believers considered Peter I in this capacity.

The Bible, in isolation from its canonical reading, provides opportunities for a varied interpretation of reality, not only because of the imagery and volume, but also because of the complexity of translation from ancient Hebrew, which fell out of use in the 2nd century AD.

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Everyone is waiting for the beginning of the Apocalypse from the New Year while an Israeli mystic warns of a “new plague” approaching

Everyone is waiting for the beginning of the Apocalypse from the New Year while an Israeli mystic warns of a "new plague" approaching 93

On the eve of each coming New Year, all newspapers, magazines and other media resources have always been engaged in promising predictions for the next 365 days. Nothing, of course, never came true, but it was like a tradition: astrologers and political scientists provide forecasts, and the people listen to them. Then, after a couple of months, everything that was promised evaporates and after another ten months, the cycle repeats again.

This went on from year to year, for many years – even from the era when there was no television. However, in 2020, something like that has changed and now, on the eve of the New Year, the tabloids are racing with each other to spread predictions about the End of the World. Some refer to Nostradamus, others to someone else there, but everything promises a noble star – chips, aliens, war, zombies, cataclysms and so on.

We don’t know how it will be with the war and cataclysms, but something has clearly changed in the mass consciousness – after all, newspapers write what the public reads.

Against this apocalyptic background, the editorial office of israel365news stands out well – they have always concentrated more on the signs of the End of the World. And now, in the approach of 2021, the Editorial Board sat down there, summed up the balance and found that at least ten, the main signs of rounding off the current civilization cycle have come true.

We will not retell everything in great detail, since we devoted separate material to each moment at one time or another, but when these new phenomena add up to, as it were, one, this is also a kind of event.

There are many new phenomena: frequent rains over Israel, as a result – the desalination of the Dead Sea and the appearance of fish there; the widespread outbreak of locusts, whose population in some places has increased by 8,000 times; the “plague” epidemic, the role of which today is obviously played by COVID-19; an increase in seismic activity in Israel, which indicates an imminent earthquake of great strength, which will be a harbinger of the war between Gog and Magog, which will enter an active phase. The most important thing though is the elections.

The coalition in Israel has collapsed, and the fourth elections, according to the prophecy, will not happen – the Messiah will come to Israel.

It is possible that everything will happen exactly as the rabbis say, perhaps the rabbis are wrong, but let’s see what happened in October-December in Saudi Arabia:

https://twitter.com/ghtaan4/status/1339452983705268225?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

It has been raining since October, turning deserts into seas, and not for the first time or year. The result is a radical change in the landscape:

https://twitter.com/saleh_alazzaz/status/1317126143292678146?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The problem is that the Quran says:

“The Day of Judgment will not come until the Arab land is again transformed into pastures, along which rivers flow ”

This is exactly what is being observed now.

At the same time, many other large and small signs of the imminent Doomsday have come true: the spread of printing and books, the construction of high houses, the acceleration of time, the fall in morals, and so on.

After all this, the so-called “Camel Battle” should happen, when two large Muslim countries collide with each other. Then the invasion of the tribes of Yajuj (Gogi) and Majuj (Magogi) will begin. And then – the Middle East will crack in half, and in the literal sense, after which water will rush into some of the holes, and smoke and fire will fall from others. In general terms, the Koran writes about it this way:

“The sun will be twisted, the mountains will move and the stars will fall, the seas will blaze, the sky will be pulled back, Paradise will be brought closer and Hell will be kindled.”

In general, it is rather surprising that Islamic mystics speak about the End of the World exactly the same as mystics in Israel. There is also an exact same picture of the Apocalypse in Christian sources – both ancient and modern. There cannot be so many coincidences out of the blue. Moreover, the main coincidence is that all three religions write about the sudden arrival of all this. The Koran tells about this moment as follows:

“… you will not have time to eat a piece of bread, make a bargain, a deal or drink milked camel milk.”

As experienced military people say, a real war always begins suddenly. With the End of the World, it will also be, obviously, approximately the same. That is, it is impossible for mortals to predict the exact date, so all that remains is to wait for the fulfillment of other, the final signs.

Israeli prophet warns of approaching “new plague”

israel365news.com, in the material of December 23, posted some small forecasts with reference to the new sermon of the mystical rabbi Nir Ben Artzi.

Ben Artzi has a number of confirmed predictions, the main of which is a pandemic, which he guessed month after month and even described a little in the most general terms. Also, Ben Artzi has predictions and less, predictions, so to speak, local, concerning the events in Syria.

So, when the Russian military began to hastily deploy unparalleled S-300 systems in Syria in large numbers, everyone in Israel became terribly nervous. But the rabbi reassured the people that these missiles would not threaten the Jews in any way. Although the generals of the Russian Federation on TV argued the opposite – somehow miraculously not a single Russian missile flew into any Israeli plane.

Everyone is waiting for the beginning of the Apocalypse from the New Year while an Israeli mystic warns of a "new plague" approaching 94

Further, as we all remember, the Iranians were indignant about the non-firing missiles and said that Russian missiles were bad and that “we will put our own.” Since December last year, Tehran began to carry these miraculous missiles to Syria and civilians in Israel again got scared and again came to the rabbi for advice. To this, Rabbi Rabbi Ben Artzi only quoted Psalm 37:15:

“Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will break.”

As soon as the rabbi said this, a streak of misfortunes fell on the valiant Iranian missilemen – the missiles began to explode either at the start, sometimes during transportation, and sometimes even at the plant.

This summer, when the pandemic seems to have calmed down a bit, Ben Artzi promised a second wave. Moreover, he promised not for the fall, as everyone was wanging, but said that at the end of December a new strain would come and wild blockages would begin. As you can see, everything happened exactly as he predicted, so the words of the mystic about the next plague should be taken into account. He said the following about this plague in a recent sermon:

“There is an epidemic of plague in the world now, but very soon there will be another epidemic. This is because God wants to change humanity into a different species. “

According to the rabbi, the new epidemic will be much worse than what we are now seeing, it will sweep in a wave across the United States and Russia, so Ben Artzi urged the Jews of these countries to urgently go to Israel, for only there will be salvation, especially since the next stage, according to rabbi, there will be the coming of the Messiah.

Of course, the words of the rabbi about “changing people into a different species” are not very clear, which should probably be understood somehow in the context of the whole sermon, but israel365news does not cite the whole sermon. Nevertheless, one thing is clear: if you believe Ben Artzi (and we wouldn’t believe a mystic with such a reputation) – the world is waiting for some new disease, against which even coronavirus may seem like a children’s matinee.

However, whatever the reputation of Ben Artzi, any new prophecy should be compared with the words of other mystics. Oddly enough, other mystics, for example, the famous Polish parapsychologist Krzysztof Jackowski, say almost the same thing, that is, the adventures with the plague for the next three months will be tough.

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