Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and recent COVID-19 “leader”, just got approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a pilot to release millions of genetically modified mosquitos, citing the ability to “combat the spread of diseases such as Zika, yellow fever, and dengue.” Currently, there are no outbreak reports of Zika, yellow fever, or dengue in America.
In 2016, Zika became a worldwide public health emergency. Most dengue outbreaks can be found in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
About mid-way through the COVID pandemic in 2021, British-based company Oxitec started their pilot and was approved to release about 750 million GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Locals tried pushing back with billboards and meetings, but the pilot commenced nonetheless.
Oxitec’s first version of the Gates-funded GMO mosquito was designed to only kill all of the offspring, however, this GMO version was designed to pass along a lethal gene that only kills females, allowing the male to live on. “The second generation of the mosquito allows us to target only the females, and allows the males to continue to go and do more of their work, which helps effectiveness,” said Oxitec CEO Grey Frandsen.
In an article by the EU Times, Dana Perls, program manager for Friends of the Earth stated “Once you release these mosquitos into the environment, you cannot recall them,” she said. “This could, in fact, create problems that we don’t have already.” Going on to say “When you disrupt an ecological system whether it’s a small disruption or a big disruption, you’re going to have an impact.”
Mosquitos have been around for more than 30 million years have over 2,700 species, and have more well-crafted sensors than a military aircraft. The female mosquito is the only one who will bite as the blood is needed to mature her eggs, and is a pro at finding warm-blooded humans because of her chemical sensors, visual sensors, heat sensors.
In Florida, the project is a continuation of Oxitec’s completed pilot with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. The California pilot is currently being planned with the Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District in Tulare County.
Although the EPA has approved the plan, biotech firm Oxitec, which is bankrolled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will need to seek individual approval from the states.
In 2018 New York, Massachusetts and Virginia were among the states with the highest mosquito concentration. The United States does not have any states that do not have any mosquitos.