Back in late February 2020, the Imperial College of London made this announcement on behalf of the World Health Organization:
Obviously, given the current state of pandemic panic, Dr. Nabarro's appointment as a special envoy for the World Health Organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is very important since he will be responsible for providing advice to various governments around the world as they learn how to deal with the novel coronavirus.
Let's take a look at Dr. Nabarro's track record from back when he was one of the most senior public health officials at the World Health Organization. Here is a newspaper article that appeared in the Guardian back in September 2005 when the H5N1 (aka the "Bird Flu") influenza epidemic was taking place:
You will notice that I have highlighted the section where he states that the "consequences in terms of human life when the pandemic does start are going to be extraordinary and very damaging..." and that "the rage of deaths could be anything between five and 150 million."
I can certainly remember the panic that the highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza created around the world since it appeared to mutate into a form that was transmissible from person to person. In fact, the perceived danger led to this, again from the Guardian newspaper:
So, with all of this fear-mongering by one of the World Health Organization's key pandemic specialists, what was the final death toll from H5N1? From the WHO's own website, here is a table showing the number of human infections and deaths from 2003 to 2020:
Your eyes are not deceiving you. There were only 861 cases of H5N1 found in humans and, of these, 455 deaths were recorded, all but one of which (Canada) were in developing nations. Dr. Nabarro was only out by a factor of between 2,198 percent and 329,670 percent. That's not too bad, is it? Then again, if you were a chicken living in Southeast Asia, your odds of dying prematurely were pretty high.
And, this expert is still actively appearing in the U.K. media during the current pandemic:
Given the pandemic panic that is being created, in large part, by the World Health Organization which is being relied on by governments around the world for scientifically accurate advice during this crisis, it is interesting to see that one of their six "special envoys" appointed as WHO's response to the coronavirus has a track record that is, to put it mildly, less than special.
Originally appeared at: Viable Opposition