Polio is on the front pages of British newspapers again for the first time in decades. What a time to be alive.
For those who missed it, two days ago the UK government declared a “national incident” after traces of the polio virus were detected in sewage from North London.
Yes, a “national incident”…for traces…found in sewage.
This is a massive escalation, even compared to the pandemic. Covid and Monkeypox at least had the good taste to wait for a single person to actually have the disease (allegedly) before hitting the big red panic button.
In a somewhat startling coincidence, just two days before the “polio in London” news broke, Forbes published an article headlined…
There May Be A New Polio Epidemic On Its Way- If So, What We Can Do
It’s totally unrelated, talking about a “polio-like” enterovirus that hasn’t yet had a vaccine approved in the US, and never mentions London once.
The same (or similar) news hitting headlines around the world for (supposedly) totally different reasons makes my inner-cynic twitch.
So, what’s going on here?
While it may look like polio is suddenly back in the news, it’s actually been there longer than you’d think and has been building to this point.
The truth is it all fits into a very predictable pattern.
In November of 2020, a new “genetically engineered” and “triple-locked” polio vaccine was the first vaccine to be granted “emergency use listing” by the World Health Organization, despite there being only around five thousand cases of polio in the world over the last decade.