In the “60 Minutes” clip above, Bill Whitaker speaks with Dr. Matt Hepburn, a retired Army infectious illness doctor, a few tiny sensor that may be embedded underneath your pores and skin. Its objective is to trace chemical reactions occurring inside your physique, which can reveal that you just’re contaminated with a virus like COVID-19 or influenza and about to begin having signs the subsequent day.
Hepburn describes it as a “check engine light,”1 which might have large usefulness, as an illustration, on an plane provider the place hundreds of sailors reside in shut quarters. If the sensor offers the sign that you just’re “sick,” although you don’t have any signs, a blood draw may very well be self-administered, supplying you with a prognosis in three to 5 minutes.
“As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks,” Hepburn stated.2 Admittedly, a sensor that is implanted underneath your pores and skin has an Orwellian ring to it, which is why Whitaker made the disclaimer, “It’s not some dreaded government microchip to track your every move, but a tissue-like gel engineered to continuously test your blood.”
But in mild of the federal government’s latest intrusions on private liberties and talent to pressure quarantines on anybody within the title of public security, even within the absence of sickness, is not that primarily the identical factor?
Vaccine Coordinator for Operation Warp Speed
To put this into perspective, take into account that Hepburn is the vaccine coordinator for Operation Warp Speed (OWS). OWS, a joint operation between U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD), continues to be shrouded in secrecy however, little by little, information is rising that long-term monitoring of the U.S. public is a part of the plan.
At face worth, OWS is a public-private partnership that was tasked with producing therapeutics and a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine.3 OWS invested an estimated $18 billion primarily in late-stage medical improvement and early manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines, and agreements to buy at the very least 455 million doses had been made.4
Rather than simply guaranteeing a vaccine is produced and made out there for individuals who need it, nevertheless, Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed — he is been dubbed the coronavirus vaccine czar5 — stated in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in October 2020 that the rollout would come with “incredibly precise … tracking systems.”6,7
Their objective? “To ensure that patients each get two doses of the same vaccine and to monitor them for adverse health effects.”8 In an interview with The New York Times, Slaoui described it as a “very active pharmaco vigilance surveillance system.”9
Similar language was reiterated in an October 2020 perspective article printed in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), written by Slaoui and Hepburn.10 Writing in NEJM, the duo wrote, “Because some technologies have limited previous data on safety in humans, the long-term safety of these vaccines will be carefully assessed using pharmacovigilance surveillance strategies.”11
In addition to working with OWS, Hepburn is a former program supervisor for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the place he oversaw the event of the implantable biosensor proven within the “60 Minutes” clip with its maker, Profusa.12 The sensor permits an individual’s physiology to be examined at a distance by way of smartphone connectivity. Profusa can be backed by Google, the biggest information mining firm on the earth.
Is Military Leadership and Total Surveillance the Plan?
OWS, reasonably than being directed by public well being officers, is closely dominated by army, know-how firms and U.S. intelligence companies, likening it to a successor for Total Information Awareness (TIA), a program managed by DARPA that sprung up after the 9/11 assaults.
At the time, TIA was in search of to gather Americans’ medical data, fingerprints and different biometric information, together with DNA and data relating to private funds, journey and media consumption.13
Hepburn has praised the DOD’s position in OWS, calling it “transformative.” “One of the most important lessons learned is the value of military leadership,” he stated throughout a speech to the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States’ digital annual assembly in December 2020.14
In addition to the vaccine contracts the DOD obtained “in record time that was mutually beneficial” for the vaccine producers, Hepburn instructed members of the well being care group “‘to convey a message that these vaccines are safe and efficacious, and that vaccination is important’ as a counterpoint to widespread misinformation in the general public about vaccines …”15
Rather than taking on a public well being initiative, as it could first seem, Hepburn stated the DOD’s position within the pandemic was a collaboration not just for Americans however for folks globally, and it is set to turn into the brand new customary: “[T]his is the new standard for rapid product development, and will apply not only to pandemics but also to develop product for combat health in half the time,” he stated.16
Stopping Pandemics Before They Begin?
In addition to the under-skin sensor, DARPA has been engaged on different tasks, together with a custom-made filter that may be placed on a typical dialysis machine to take away COVID-19 from the blood.
As blood passes by the machine, the virus is eliminated, returning solely wholesome blood again to the physique. A critically sick partner of a army member, identified solely as “Patient 16,” reportedly acquired the therapy for 4 days and made a full restoration.17
Other scientists have recovered human antibodies for the 1918 Spanish flu, which they obtained from folks nonetheless alive in the present day who had lived by that pandemic. When they contaminated animals with the 1918 flu virus — sure, they nonetheless have it — the antibodies had been efficient in stopping it.18
Hepburn and his staff have additionally funded analysis on a simulated Zika virus outbreak, making a treatment in 78 days, whereas different Pentagon researchers are within the course of of making a vaccine that may work towards all coronaviruses, even the frequent chilly. It’s presently in medical trials.19
Injectable Biosensor Seeking FDA Approval
Hydrogel is a DARPA invention that includes nanotechnology and nanobots. This “bioelectronic interface” is a part of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines’ supply system. The biochip being developed by Profusa is just like the proposed COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in that it makes use of hydrogel.
The implant is the dimensions of a grain of rice, and connects to an online database that can preserve monitor of adjustments in your biochemistry and a variety of biometrics, comparable to coronary heart and respiratory charge and way more.
The know-how consists of three elements:20 the implanted sensor, a reader positioned on the floor of the pores and skin and the software program that permits the reader to ship the collected information by way of Bluetooth to your telephone or pill, which in flip will be related to different online sources comparable to your physician’s web site. As Defense One defined in March 2020:21
“The sensor has two elements. One is a 3mm string of hydrogel, a fabric whose community of polymer chains is utilized in some contact lenses and different implants. Inserted underneath the pores and skin with a syringe, the string features a specifically engineered molecule that sends a fluorescent sign exterior of the physique when the physique begins to combat an an infection.
The different half is an digital element hooked up to the pores and skin. It sends mild by the pores and skin, detects the fluorescent sign and generates one other sign that the wearer can ship to a health care provider, web site, and many others. It’s like a blood lab on the pores and skin that may decide up the physique’s response to sickness earlier than the presence of different signs, like coughing.”
Profusa stated it supposed to hunt FDA approval for his or her tissue-integrating biosensor in 2021,22 and a DARPA-backed research can be underway to measure early indicators of influenza by way of the biosensor know-how. The injectable sensors might be used to measure physiological statuses to disclose not solely indicators of human response to an infection but additionally “exposure to disease in healthy volunteers.”23
A wi-fi patch that measures tissue oxygen ranges would even be used, sending information to a cell system for real-time information. According to Profusa, the biosensors might detect illness outbreaks, organic assaults and pandemics as much as three weeks sooner than present strategies.24 It would appear, nevertheless, that to ensure that such sensors to work on a widespread scale, in depth adoption could be required.
24-Hour Monitoring in Exchange for ‘Safety’
There are evident privateness and moral issues with regards to rolling out an implantable sensor that can monitor your each sniffle, even earlier than you attain for a tissue. The information will then be despatched digitally to your cellphone, and who could have entry? Perhaps an excellent worse prospect is, what information might probably be despatched the opposite means — from the sensor into your physique? For occasion, know-how critic Adam Keiper identified in The New Atlantis:25
“Aside from nanotech’s potential as a weapon of mass destruction, it could also make possible totally novel forms of violence and oppression. Nanotechnology could theoretically be used to make mind-control systems, invisible and mobile eavesdropping devices, or unimaginably horrific tools of torture.”
In order to cease a illness outbreak three weeks early, providing a fearful public an phantasm of security, you’d solely have to surrender your privateness, and undergo being monitored and hooked as much as “the cloud,” maybe completely.
If you keep in mind TIA after the 9/11 assaults, you might also do not forget that it was shortly defunded by Congress after important public backlash, together with issues that TIA would undermine private privateness.
In the case of OWS and the rising biosensors, there’s little unfavourable press, and media shops are overwhelmingly supportive of the operation as a strategy to resolve the COVID-19 disaster and future pandemics. One of my favourite impartial journalists, Whitney Webb, put it this manner:
“It’s actually alarming, and it appears to level to the achievement of an agenda that was tried to be pushed by or foisted on the American public after 9/11, referred to as Total Information Awareness, which was managed, initially, by DARPA.
It was about utilizing medical information and non-medical information — primarily all information about you — to stop terror assaults earlier than they may occur, and likewise to stop bioterror assaults and even forestall naturally occurring illness outbreaks.
Lots of the identical initiatives proposed underneath that unique program after 9/11 have primarily been resurrected, with up to date know-how, underneath the guise of combating COVID-19.”