As Johnson, Vallance, and Whitty announced their renewed apocalypse warning, even the most gullible of watchers must have begun to realise they were being conned.
At a Downing Street press conference on Saturday, Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance announced that a new Covid variant had been discovered and that this one (titled Omicron) would need stringent new measures to curb the spread of. The Prime Minister announced that face-coverings would once again be mandatory in shops and on public transport and everyone arriving in the U.K. would have to take a PCR test, regardless of their vaccination status, in an effort to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant.
Chris Whitty announced that there was a “reasonable chance” the new variant could partially escape vaccines and, in the next breath, said it was therefore very important for people to get the booster jab, but nobody from the assembled press challenged him on the lack of any logic in what he'd just said.
Omicron, then, is a Godsend for Whitty and Vallance. It enables them to claim vaccines alone won't be enough whilst also increasing the imperative to take more. Its emergence, in the last week of November, is also incredibly fortuitus for the technocrats.
But does the Omicron story pass the sniff test? No, of course it doesn't. The timing of its discovery appears dubious to say the least. According to the World Health Organisation Omicron was discovered on Wednesday; reported to the WHO on Thursday and the first 2 cases of it were discovered in Britain on Friday, with new restrictions and a doomsday prophecy by Whitty on Saturday.
The WHO states:
'The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The epidemiological situation in South Africa has been characterized by three distinct peaks in reported cases, the latest of which was predominantly the Delta variant. In recent weeks, infections have increased steeply, coinciding with the detection of B.1.1.529 variant. The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021.
This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa. Current SARS-CoV-2 PCR diagnostics continue to detect this variant. Several labs have indicated that for one widely used PCR test, one of the three target genes is not detected (called S gene dropout or S gene target failure) and this test can therefore be used as marker for this variant, pending sequencing confirmation. Using this approach, this variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage.'
Leaving aside the obvious fact that PCR tests cannot detect viruses in the first place, the sheer speed at which this variant was identified, isolated, codified and classified as being more of a risk than previous variants sounds unlikely if not unfeasible.
The announcement of the new virus comes in a week when some countries had been asked to vote on keeping Covid restrictions, the public's fear of plague stories on the wane, and questions were beginning to be asked about vaccine deaths by the mainstream media.
The fear-factor would need to be increased - enter Omicron, this wasn't just a new variant, this was a super-new variant with all sorts of new and dangerous characteristics.