Influenza, being truly an infectious disease, has often proved itself most valuable to the Centres for Disease Control throughout the western world.
Even though the winter following the end of World War I was the last time a flu epidemic caused widespread deaths, the CDC has pushed annual flu vaccinations right up to the present day.
At times, the agency has even rung the alarm over an impending flu crisis, hoping to use memories of the 1918 epidemic to gain emergency Government powers and impose mass vaccinations.
By using such tactics in 1957 over the Asian flu, the CDC managed to wrangle extra money out of Congress to expand the EIS and crash-produce a vaccine.
But the flu season was already winding down by the time the vaccine was ready, and the flu itself turned out to have been as mild as in any other year.
By 1976, CDC director David Sencer wanted to try again, though on a grander scale.
After one soldier in Pennsylvania died of a flu-related pneumonia in January of that year, Sencer predicted that a pig-borne human virus nicknamed the “swine flu,” would soon devastate the United States.
Terrified with visions of impending doom, Congress moved to authorise the CDC’s immunization plan for every man, woman, and child in the country.
Unexpectedly, the legislation suddenly stalled when the insurance companies underwriting the vaccine discovered that it had seriously toxic side effects.
AIDS and SARS are ways for epidemiologists (e.g., the CDC, WHO, etc.) to secure their jobs and continued funding for their agencies.
No new emerging epidemics, maybe no CDC, and definitely no WHO, so we’ve now got an infrastructure that REQUIRES the ‘discovery’ of new, threatening epidemics.
And the mainstream media pick a new one every year.