Again at the top of world news - COVID-19. As expected, some countries reported the onset of a second wave of coronavirus infection. WHO predicts an increase in mortality from this disease in the next two months, and according to Hopkins University, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world is approaching a million, while the total number of cases has exceeded 29 million.
They promised a second wave - get
In Israel, for example, a second lockdown begins on September 18: the authorities announced the introduction of a three-week total quarantine against the background of a sharp increase in the incidence. Almost everything will be closed - from schools and kindergartens to restaurants, cafes and private boarding houses, and state institutions will not receive visitors during this period.
They are openly talking about possible quarantine in some European countries, as the number of cases is growing again. In France alone, more than 10 thousand new cases of infection were recorded per day. Even Emmanuel Macron himself coughed suspiciously.
In some European countries, schoolchildren and students are again sent to online education, another quarantine is becoming a reality. Photo: Ricardo Castelan Cruz / Globallookpress
And this is against the backdrop of both the strengthening of the countermeasures themselves and the tightening of punishment for non-compliance. Moreover, if in the first wave the largest percentage of cases fell on fairly elderly people, now COVID-19 has also affected young people.
Most of the schoolchildren are again sent to the "remote", some of the parents will also have to give up work. Most of all, people are afraid of the prospect of another quarantine - because of this, many French people can go bankrupt.
A record number of cases is also noted in the Czech Republic - more than one and a half thousand per day. In Austria, too, not everything is safe, in connection with which, from September 14, in all public places, citizens can appear exclusively in masks.
Due to the worsening epidemiological situation, the entrance to some cities in Spain is closed. You can get there only in an emergency.
The situation is alarming, and some people even panic. More and more often, various conspiracy theories are heard: supposedly the virus was created in order to reduce the population of the planet. Any information that does not fit into the usual framework becomes the basis for the next version of a global conspiracy, for example, world capital. And it is difficult to accuse people of "creating fakes" - this very world capital itself gives food for such rumors.
World Bank dictates "pandemic timing"?
So just the other day, reports began to multiply on the Web that the World Bank "extended the pandemic" until 2025 and "will force everyone to sit in quarantine." The basis for such statements was an internal document called the Strategic Preparedness and Response Program for COVID-19. This program is designed for 5 years and will end by March 31, 2025. The document was created on April 2, 2020, and from that moment it was in the public domain - you could get acquainted with it on the World Bank website.
"By this time, by March 31, 2025, these perverts are planning to shove us all into the digital camp," one of the netizens wrote angrily, posting a screenshot of a page of the document.
Let me tell you right away: there is a serious mistake in this statement. This document talks about how the World Bank for Reconstruction and Development plans to support the health care system of 25 developing countries over these five years to help prevent the spread of coronavirus infection and reduce possible deaths from it, while, of course, dictating its own conditions.
The 60-page program carefully outlines the World Bank backed pandemic response and assistance to eligible countries to combat both the pandemic and its aftermath.
And this information was by no means secret: just in March of this year, the press service of the financial organization announced that it was planning to allocate more than $ 12 billion "to provide emergency assistance" to combat COVID-19.
In the same press release, it was announced that the World Bank intends to provide up to $ 160 billion to countries in need over the next 15 months. And all this is "to protect the poor and vulnerable groups of the population, support business and accelerate economic recovery."
The funds allocated were to be used "to strengthen health systems, improve access to health services and strengthen epidemiological surveillance in developing countries."
"The main task in the first phase is to help health systems solve the immediate problems associated with COVID-19. For example, thanks to the allocated funding, a number of countries - from Afghanistan and Haiti to India, Mongolia and Tajikistan - will be able to attract more health workers to work, provide they should be properly trained and provided with the necessary equipment for the provision of emergency medical care. "
Just business, nothing personal
Of course, there is no talk of any altruism on the part of world capital. Before us is only a sober calculation and the desire to "stand at the forefront, controlling the situation." So if there is a certain "conspiracy" in all of the above, then its goal is to preserve capital and, if possible, increase it.
To see the whole situation more broadly, one must probably look back - remember the events that took place not only at the very beginning of the pandemic, when WHO called on "to prepare for the worst - COVID-19 is about to overwhelm the world", but much earlier.
As you know, the "scenario" - true, "hypothetical" - a new unknown pandemic was considered at one of the World Bank meetings back in 2017. And such an imitation, oddly enough, was carried out by a financial institution for the fourth time. Previously, the same scenario was presented in Davos. The Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation took part in the "staging". The G20 ministers of health and finance were introduced to this scenario.
The main interest of the World Bank was in the following: it was necessary to understand how epidemiological cataclysms can affect the economy and what financial risks the pandemic carries with it. Moreover, there was no doubt that the global spread of any infection would surely happen. And the experience of fighting the epidemics of the Zika and Ebola viruses showed that it is very difficult to collect "a dollar for the world" in emergency situations.
It was then that the idea of creating the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) and the issue of securities for 425 million dollars was born in the depths of the World Bank. The funds raised were to be sent to countries that need help to contain the pandemic.
This is not to say that this is a very large amount, because more than $ 7 billion was ultimately raised for the fight against Ebola alone, although quite late.
The "pandemic bonds" were issued to the financial market in 2017. At that time, many investors found the new financial instrument incredibly attractive and the demand for securities doubled the supply, because the holders of securities were promised increased coupon payments of 12.5% per annum. However, it was clear: as soon as a pandemic was declared in the world, dividend payments would immediately stop. And this risk of losing certain funds or even the entire amount invested in bonds was the flip side of high payments.
Why WHO was late with the pandemic
As everyone remembers, at a time when a new insidious disease that came from China hit one country after another, the WHO was accused that the pandemic was declared "too late": if the organization's leadership had made a statement earlier, when the infection only began to penetrate from China not only to other countries, but also to other continents, it would be easier to deal with it.
And this question is - why has WHO made it to mass spread without declaring a pandemic? - sounded repeatedly. Perhaps the answer to it is quite simple: the whole point is ... in money, or rather in these very "pandemic bonds", which are tied to massive infectious diseases and should have served to attract money in the event of their global spread.
The bonds issued in 2017 were scheduled to mature in July 2020. But then it was necessary to declare a pandemic - and the bonds significantly lost in value, and the holders of the shares suffered serious losses. That is why many experts, making claims to WHO about the delay in declaring a pandemic, believed that this was done "in the interests of Wall Street," and the bonds themselves, in their opinion, were never intended to help poor countries in the face of a cataclysm, and created "to enrich large investors."
Help or financial bondage?
One way or another, in all cases the interests of "big world capital" are in the first place. After all, if you carefully read the same program of urgent measures of the World Bank, designed to help developing countries, and there are only 25 of them on the list, it becomes clear: for the most part, this is not about any grants or gratuitous financing of health care or the economy of these countries , but about loans and tranches. That is, about the money that will then have to be returned. And in some cases - albeit with small, but percentages. Helping, quietly dragged into financial bondage.
The global banking system is using the pandemic crisis to enrich itself by driving the world into debt bondage. Photo: Fotostand / K. Schmitt / Globallookpress
At the same time, of course, the World Bank, in determining who and how it will help, will require the fulfillment of a number of conditions, and this is not only compliance with certain quarantine measures, although, of course, even WHO cannot require a country to declare quarantine on its territory. ... But the World Bank program mentions mask mode and "mandatory handwashing", and even possible army support, as well as "political consultations" to help overcome the consequences of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. And if suddenly somewhere "to play by the prescribed rules" they do not want, then most likely they will not receive money.
Something like this happened with Belarus. As you know, the Belarusian National Bank previously turned to another financial structure - the IMF - with a request to allocate $ 940 million to the country to combat the consequences of the pandemic. And this request was denied to Minsk. First of all, because Alexander Lukashenko refused to introduce quarantine.
Is everything in the interests of world capital?
Aside from the specific topic of World Bank financing of developing countries, it is worth mentioning the "Annual Economic Report. Containment Measures. Political Interventions" released a couple of months ago by the Bank for International Settlements (its second, unspoken name - the Central Bank of Central Banks). There are, of course, many interesting points and theses in it, the main one of which is that "the bank's mission is global financial stability."
Of course, the report sets aside a place for the global crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus infection, and also mentions - where can we go without it! - the impending "second wave of the pandemic," which will "provoke gigantic unemployment" and a long "coma" of the world economy.
And at the forefront of the fight against the recession are, as we are told, the world's banks. True, in the course of this struggle, financiers are buying up private business securities for a pittance, in order to become its full-fledged owners, eventually gaining control over the real sector of the economy of many countries of the world. But this is how everything looks very beautiful: the pandemic continues, we will help you all! Well, if later the whole world ends up in the hands of a narrow circle of bankers - that's such a trifle!