Moderna Chief Bragged to WEF Attendees About Predicting a ‘Billion Dollar’ Pandemic in 2019.

Stephane Bancel's comments have been glossed over, but surely he has questions to answer?


Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel boasted to a CNBC host that his pharmaceuticals company had begun working on a COVID-19 vaccine before the virus even had a name. Bancel said he wanted an mRNA vaccine factory on every continent, and that his company was making a deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to bring Modern COVID-19 vaccines to China. But these weren’t Bancel’s only stunning admissions, made at the World Economic Forum’s Davos conference in 2023. The big pharma boss also bragged that he foresaw a pandemic that would be a huge money spinner for his company… at the end of 2019.

Bancel was a featured speaker on the January 18th WEF panel, “State of the Pandemic.”

During that event, moderator and Euronews Senior Business Editor Sasha Vakulina asked:

“Let’s talk about vaccine development, ’cause we’ve heard how it happened obviously with COVID-19 starting from 2022 and how extraordinary the process was also in terms of the speed. How is the development, adoption, and scaling of vaccines going on when it comes for different variants and sub-variants?”

She called this one of the “big concerns” the WEF Davos attendees had.

The “great news” was that Moderna and other vaccine makers have “manufacturing capacity,” Bancel began.

“When the [COVID] pandemic happened, Moderna had made a hundred thousand doses in 2019 for the whole year. And I remember walking after those into the office of my other manufacturing and I say, ‘How we make [sic] a billion dollars next year?’ And they look at me a bit funny and say, ‘What?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, we need to make a billion dollars next year, there’s going to be a pandemic.’”

Bancel would likely justify his apparent excitement about the potential pandemic making Moderna so much money by claiming that he wanted to make the money with “life-saving” vaccines. But asking how to make a billion dollars off a new technology while people are mysteriously getting sick around the world is a strange way of saying it. And he wonders why his staff looked at him “a bit funny.”

We now have evidence that COVID vaccines, including Moderna’s, are not particularly effective against COVID-19 contraction, and can have serious and dangerous side effects. Boston Magazine claimed, in 2020, that Bancel wrote to National Institutes of Health (NIH) deputy director Barney Graham as soon as he saw the news about “viral pneumonia” in China in January 2020 (COVID-19 first surfaced in December 2019, according to the CDC, but the magazine said Bancel found out about it in January), and Graham reportedly wrote Bancel, “If it’s a coronavirus, we know what to do and have proven mRNA is effective.”

Bancel wanted a pandemic, and the pandemic came.

According to this version of events, Bancel only found out about the new virus—which might be a coronavirus—in January 2020. Yet by his own account at Davos, Bancel knew there would be a lucrative pandemic, early on. Boston Magazine also said Moderna was about to announce it would be making an mRNA vaccine when Bancel found out about the new coronavirus, and that Moderna began planning to make a COVID vaccine almost right away.

Considering Moderna had no other licensed product before the COVID vaccine, though the company website says it developed unlicensed vaccines before then, there remain questions about their rush 100,000 doses. But as long as people like Bancel and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla continue to escape from real media scrutiny, we may never know the sequence of events that led these people and their corporates to make billions from technology that had still not widely been tested, for prolonged periods of time.

Catherine Salgado

Catherine Salgado is a double-major in Classical Languages and Theology and a former contributor to The National Pulse.

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