October Surprise In May: Is Biden Addressing 'Monkeypox' As A Prelude To 'Emergency Voting Procedures'?

By Darren Nagel | Monday, 23 May 2022 15:45
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President Joe Biden looks worried about the surge of monkeypox cases and many on the right are concerned that this might be the October surprise that Dems need in order to justify drastically altering voting procedures, as was the case in 2020 when lax rules resulted in more votes than voters in many districts.

During his visit to Osan Air Base in South Korea, Biden spoke about the disease, saying the United States is looking into whether vaccines could be crafted. He also voiced concerns about the virus's effects if it were to spread.

Health advisers "haven't told me the level of exposure yet, but it is something that everybody should be concerned about," Biden said. "It is a concern that it would be consequential if it were to spread." The fact that the Health Professionals in the U.S. government have not yet weighed in but Biden is bringing this up is making the GOP nervous that he is laying facts on the ground in order to justify invoking emergency voting rules that would allow 'drop-boxes' to be placed in voting districts. The same drop boxes are featured in Dinesh D'Souza's '2000 Mules' which confronts alleged ballot fraud using these drop boxes.

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Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that Biden was "being apprised of this on a very regular basis" and that the U.S. had vaccines available to treat the disease.

The U.S. verified its first case of monkeypox this year on Wednesday after an adult man traveled to Canada and contracted the disease. There are 92 confirmed cases of the disease and 28 suspected cases across 12 nations, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

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Monkeypox is commonly found in the tropical forests of Central and West Africa and is carried by animals, including primates. The disease usually starts with a fever, muscle aches, chills, and swollen lymph nodes and then grows into a full-blown rash of pox-like blisters. The virus's similarity to smallpox allows doctors to administer the smallpox vaccine as a method to stop the virus. Smallpox vaccines currently have an 85% effectiveness rate against monkeypox infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The current risk to the public is "very, very low," Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Director Tom Inglesby told the Washington Post.

Infections have been confirmed in nine European countries, as well as the US, Canada and Australia.

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Monkeypox is most popular in Central and West Africa remote parts. It is a rare viral infection that is usually soft and from which most people recover in a few weeks, according to the UK's National Health Service.

The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be very low.

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Till now, public health agencies in Europe have confirmed cases in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.

In a statement on Friday, the WHO said that the recent outbreaks "are atypical, as they are occurring in non-endemic countries".

It said it was "working with the affected countries and others to expand disease surveillance to find and support people who may be affected". It is not yet clear why this unusual outbreak is happening now.

One option is that the virus has been modified somehow, although there is currently little evidence suggesting this is a new variant.

Another reason is that the virus has found itself in the right place at the right time to thrive.

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