Driving home from Mass today, Mrs ERJ read an article about the Biden Administration making a deal with the World Health Organization to let them "manage" the United States in the event of an epidemic.
The Constitution gives the power to make treaties to the US Senate. Biden bypassed that requirement through trickery, according to the article, by agreeing to enforce the "treaty" while it was in "provisional" status. That is, they agreed to enforce the WHO directives BEFORE the language is passed by the Senate.
Looking at just Covid-19, according to the CDC it has been documented as infecting the following species of animals:
- Snow Leopards Otters
- non-human primates
- Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamii?)
- White-tailed deer
- Mule deer
- Black-tailed marmoset
- Giant anteater
Corona virus other than Covid-19 are documented as infecting cattle and hogs.
One of the concerns, from an epidemiological standpoint is that a virus changes when it bounces from species-to-species. It almost always becomes less infective and has lower mortality than a straight human-to-human transmission. That is how distemper vaccine was developed, the distemper virus was used to infect ferrets and the "new" virus was similar enough to generate immune responses in canines but not similar enough to make them sick.
Even within a species, virus tend to become more infectious and less lethal. It is not in the virus's best interest to kill of the host before it has had a chance to spread and in the case of humans, it is even better if the infection is symptom free so the host continues to mingle with other humans.
Let them eat Lobster
It has been observed that in a universe of near infinite numbers, the improbable becomes inevitable.
Each infected human carries approximately 50 billion discrete Covid virus at peak infection. That is a pretty big number.
There are roughly 70 million hogs in the US and about 30 million cattle. If they each can carry a similar number of virus then that is a lot of throws of the dice.
And then we have influenza which we know can infect poultry, wild birds and hogs.
It is likely that the WHO will "manage" pandemics at some point by ordering the livestock in the United States be destroyed preemptively as a precaution to reduce the likelihood of hyper-virulent strains from developing.
The World Health Organization is one of the UN Family of Organizations and other parts of the UN have already communicated that they are anti-meat. My confidence is less than 100% that the WHO will be unswayed by other UN initiatives in the use of their new authority.