Bio-Terror: Danger Concealed
by Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
February 16, 2003
Translated from the German. Note- I am not a professional translator -this translation was done using the tools on the home page. But with an understanding that Germans put their verbs last and a little common sense this should be readable.
1st. Berlin. The Federal Government concealed obviously month-long recognitions according to what the Iraq over biological weapons of mass destruction orders and with them Germany threatened. In a government paper of the 9 August of the past year, that exists this newspaper is warned before attacks with pock viruses, which up to 25 millions German could fall to the victim, no sufficient Impfschutz should be available. The not publication of the paper nourishes had concealed the suspicion, the red green coalition few weeks before the Bundestag election the actual threat through the Iraq and would inform further the public not completely about the measurement of the threat.
In the paper, it concerns distributed became a model out of the alliance health ministry, that according to fax Kennung extend in the Federal Government and confessed was among other things for the 12 August also the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Because of the acute threat by the Iraq, so the procurement should be established by pock vaccine for the total population. According to the model exist the "German security services" not only how by the government until now maintained became, vaguely references, but rather "documented recognitions" that the Iraq over organic battle materials orders. In the paper, it is named further that pock pathogens become" stored outside of more official More american and Russian Labore "illegally" among other things in the "Iraq and in North Korea. Just as there "are references on that that terror groups strive" for the manufacture of biological battle materials. For the case of an American military blow against Baghdad would be "to fear" that the Iraq "with the battle materials standing biological it to the decree, therefore also pock viruses reacts".
The measurement of the threat for Germany openly is described in the paper for the first time. "In one - no longer certainly to be excluded - attack in the area of the organic terrorism" that would be "devastating scenario" an attack with pock pathogens. Without Impfschutz "could be reckoned with 30 to 40 percent deaths, that is about 25 million persons alone in the Federal Republic". Further it, "the public life would become in the trap of an epidemic already before the deadly effects of the plague yet at the day of the Bekanntwerdens collapse" is named.
In the mean time the Federal Government arranged the full provision with vaccine, that is supposed to be guaranteed to the March. Let also an organic attack outside of Germany be dangerous: "a release of pock viruses somewhere differently in the world places for Germany based on the extremely easy transferability of the pathogens and the mobility of the world population an extraordinary danger there."
The health ministry confirmed the existence of the model, referred however on that that one had selected a drastic language, around Gelder "free in the household committee for vaccine freizubekommen". The number of the dead would be exaggerated and would count only then if all inhabitants would infect, what would be "totally unrealistic". The minister herself received the model for a language slip of paper in the household committee, strich however most passage over the Iraq and the effects of an attack in November. The FDP chairperson Westerwelle, that for some time already the Federal Government for that criticized that it would color the danger, said this newspaper: "the threat situation through the Iraq is far more serious, than the government admit wants."
The pock warning in the wording:
Bonn, the 9 August 2002
Supplementary establishment to the apl.-/apl. VE proposition of 09.08.2002 re the procurement of pock vaccine
The immediate provision of 10 Mio as well as VE in the amount of 20 Mio For the procurement of pock vaccine is for following reasons impersonally imperative and temporally urgent.
1St probability of an attack
The international estimation and especially the reports of the messages services refer to an acute intensification of the threat situation: documented recognitions exist the German security services, that pock pathogen outside of the official Labore in Atlanta and Koltsovo illegally, z. B. in Russia, Iraq and North Korea, stored become. Just as there are references on that that terror groups strive for the manufacture of biological battle materials. Also a release of pock viruses somewhere differently in the world represents an extraordinary danger for Germany based on the extremely easy transferability of the pathogens and the mobility of the world population. The indications of a possibly short-termed impending attack of the USA on the Iraq condense themselves. It stand to fear that the Iraq in such a trap with the battle materials standing biological it to the decree, therefore also pock viruses reacts.
2Nd effects of an attack
In one - no longer certainly to be excluded - attack in the area of the organic terrorism that would exist devastating by far scenario in the case of an attack with pock pathogens. The population in Germany - also the persons vaccinated into the '70er's - shows no sufficient immunity. It could be reckoned with 30 to 40% deaths, i.e. about 25 million persons alone in the Federal Republic. The public life would collapse in the trap of an epidemic already before the deadly effects of the plague yet at the day of the Bekanntwerdens.
Protection from a distribution of the plague can offer only a pock vaccination. For that vaccine had ready sufficiently for the total population. The alliance has in October 2001 already 6 million cans pock vaccine out of an old existence before ratio. With the procurement of this vaccine, of which at that time no larger quantity was available, a first emergency reserve could be formed solely. It suffices however in no case in order to dam an outbreak. Ends this reason undertook BMI, BMVg and BMG in the last months most intensive exertions in order to initiate a further Bevorratung.
Also in comparison with other countries, the immediate provision is indispensable:
- The USA has already warehoused and/or ordered enough vaccine for the total population, control can it that briefly. The immediate vaccination of more than 500000 persons prepares the USA public health against pock.
- Israel prepares itself actively for the possibility of a terrorist attack with pock viruses and controls vaccine for the total population.
The degree of the provision with pock vaccine in the single countries is publicly known. As one of the most important western industrial nations and based on the insufficient Bevorratung, Germany is completely unprotected - an especially "attractive" goal for bioterrorist attacks.
Frankfurt general Sunday newspaper, 16.02.2003