"My assessment is that this is absolutely another case of the media and the government cooperating to spin up fear that is absolutely unfounded," he told host Steve Bannon during the May 23 edition of "War Room: Pandemic."
The mRNA inventor read an article from Gavi to drive home his point. "Similar to viruses like Ebola, transmission only happens in close proximity or contact with lesions or bodily fluids. Although symptoms often ease within a month, one case in 10 can be fatal," the scientist read.
However, elsewhere in the article, the World Health Organization said the aggregate case fatality rate is 3.7 percent. "So, how Gavi goes from 3.7 percent, which is a worst-case scenario, to one in every ten can be fatal boggles my mind," Malone commented.
Malone told Bannon that monkeypox is related to smallpox. "So is cowpox, which is used to vaccinate against smallpox," he added. "There are a number of these poxviruses that are absolutely not lethal in humans. The mortality rate in humans is less than one percent and this is only spread by close contact."
According to Malone, monkeypox has been endemic in Central Africa "for probably the history of humankind" because it resides in a number of animal species. He also noted that all the cases so far have been men who had sex with other men. (Related: Monkeypox outbreak in Spain being spread through homosexual encounters among men.)
Bannon said the government bought "13 million vaccines that they can put away on dry ice or something." Malone added that, as a matter of fact, "authorities already have stockpiled vaccines for smallpox."
He said the government has just spent million of dollars of taxpayers' money to mitigate a threat by buying a product that it already has in the stockpile. Malone noted that the threat can be easily mitigated through contact tracing and standard public health measures. "This is a gross overreaction," he said.
After confirming one case in the U.S., the government has ordered millions of doses of the smallpox vaccine, which is supposedly around 85 percent effective against monkeypox.
"It's a live virus," said Jay Hooper of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. "It can cause a deadly infection in people with severely compromised immune systems."
Bavarian Nordic, the Danish biotech company that produces Jynnneos, announced that it won the hefty 119-million-dollar deal. This contract includes an option to buy $180 million worth of more vaccines.
"While the full circumstances around the current monkeypox cases in Europe remain to be elucidated, the speed at which these have evolved, combined with the potential for infections, beyond the initial case going undetected, calls for a rapid and coordinated approach by the health authorities, and we are pleased to assist in this emergency situation," said Bavarian Nordic President and CEO Paul Chaplin in a statement.
The current monkeypox outbreak began in the United Kingdom in early May and slowly spread from there to other Western European nations and then to Canada.
Watch the full May 23 episode of "War Room: Pandemic" below.
The video is from the GalacticStorm channel on Brighteon.TV.