Category: China’s Medical Research
Alina Chan and Matt Ridley, Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19 (Harper: New York, 2021). 416 pp. ISBN: 978-0063139121. $19.99.
Something happened in 2019, probably towards the middle of the year. It might’ve been a single event, or perhaps a series of them. If it was an accident, it’s very possible that the people most directly implicated weren’t aware at first; some of them might still be uncertain about their responsibility. If it was deliberate, it’s unlikely anybody intended – let alone envisioned – what actually came to pass. Most people with subject expertise know or suspect that scientists are directly implicated in this event, but few will discuss it openly. I am talking, of course, about the release of SARS-CoV-2 into the human population.
Alina Chan and Matt Ridley’s Viral is, as far as I know, the only book from a major trade publisher to consider the problem of virus origins in anything approaching an objective light. Of necessity, its treatment is heavily compromised. Viral appeared in November 2021, as the mass vaccination campaign lent new political utility to virus terror and encouraged a sudden openness to lab-leak theories. Throughout Viral, from their dedication to “the people who have suffered and lost during the Covid-19 pandemic” to the final page, Chan and Ridley accordingly maximise the risk of Corona infection. More seriously, they undermine their own analysis by striving everywhere for an exaggerated moderation, often failing to draw the conclusions demanded by their own evidence and burying the lede. Probably Harper editors are as much to blame for this as the authors; the effect is to create a false equivalency between the natural and artificial origins theories, and to present a far weaker case for laboratory origins than is possible.
Among the weakest moments of the entire book are chapters 12 and 13, Chan and Ridley assume the guise of attorney making final statements to a jury, in favour of “Spillover” and “Accident” respectively. This isn’t a trial; these scenarios aren’t even mutually exclusive; and “Accident” is far from the only alternative to a zoonotic event. If anything, the lab-leak theory is the centrist view, between the benign and sinister extremes of zoonosis and bioattack. Thus do Chan and Ridley impose an intellectual frame upon the problem that simultaneously blinds readers to the full spectrum of possibility and enfeebles their own position.
But, for all of that, Viral is also a serious and useful book that provides valuable perspective on the recent history of laboratory leaks, which are far more common than almost anyone realises (Chapter 7); the recent history of gain-of-function research (Chapters 8 and 9); the deliberate obfuscations of the World Health Organisation (Chapter 10); and much else besides.
At its core, Viral is an extremely useful compendium of the evidence that the loose Twitter collective known (not altogether fortunately ) as the Decentralised Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigation COVID-19, or DRASTIC, has assembled on the origins of SARS-2. The evidence is rooted above all in the research and strange behaviour of a small group of scientists associated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, including the so-called bat-woman Shi Zhengli and her close collaborators, Ralph Baric at Chapel Hill and Peter Daszak of the EcoHealth Alliance.
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Quarantines, lockdowns, masks, social distancing, vaccines—these measures created fear and hardship without slowing or stopping the spread. There is no evidence that they prevented a single death. On the contrary, fear and panic are known to make all symptoms worse. Without all the draconian measures we would not be worse off than we are, and we wouldn’t have sacrificed our economy and ruined the lives of so many people.
The medical industry uses its veneer of technological advancement to rob you of your body’s ability to heal and then sells it back to you. At the best, vaccines stimulate your body’s innate, natural, immune response. That’s the most positive thing that can be said for them. For a healthy person, no such stimulation is needed. Love and social engagement is much more effective in building up the body’s immune system than any number of vaccines (and the mRNA jabs masquerading as vaccines). Stealing the possibility of social engagement from us created the real pandemic, and it was done consciously with malice aforethought. Plenty of simulations (e.g., “Event 201”) were run—by Johns Hopkins, the CDC, big pharma, and the Chinese—in the decade leading up to 2019 that show how the medical industry, big pharma, and the others colluded to reduce our lives, destroy our small businesses, and isolate us.
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Chinese intelligence has a systematic and well-funded campaign that successfully recruits U.S. Federal Reserve System economists and others to provide sensitive financial information and data in exchange for money and other benefits, according to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
“This investigation makes clear that China’s malign efforts at influence and information theft are not limited to science and technology fields. American economic and monetary policy is also being targeted by the Chinese government,” Portman, the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC), said in a statement in conjunction with the release of a new report by congressional investigators.
The investigative report Portman made public on July 26 was prepared by the Republican staff of the Senate panel. The document updates a report on Chinese subversion in the United States released in 2019, when Portman was the committee’s chairman.
“As our investigation reveals, the Chinese government is using every tool at its disposal to infiltrate and steal valuable information,” Portman said. “We cannot let the American taxpayer continue to unwittingly fund China’s military and economic rise, which is why our report makes strong recommendations to enhance and protect our Federal Reserve.
“This report shows that we cannot make any American taxpayer-funded investment in science, technology, or economic policy without including safeguarding and security protections like my proposed ‘Safeguarding American Innovation Act.‘”
While Portman’s proposal has 17 co-sponsors, including a dozen Republicans and five Democrats, the Democratic-controlled HSGAC hasn’t held a hearing or otherwise moved to consider the proposal. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) succeeded Portman as committee chairman in 2021.
“This investigation of the U.S. Federal Reserve shows how China has used a variety of tactics to recruit U.S.-based economists to provide China with knowledge and intellectual capital in exchange for monetary gain and other benefits,” the report says.
The report says Fed investigators have identified at least 13 individuals within the financial system who represent “stark examples of the ways in which the Chinese government has attempted to gain access to sensitive internal information and influence the Federal Reserve.”
The investigators, according to the report, dubbed the 13 individuals as the “P-Network,” and noted they work in eight of the central bank’s 12 regional banks.
“One Federal Reserve Bank employee with sensitive access to Federal Reserve Board data provided modeling code to a Chinese university with ties to the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). Another Federal Reserve Bank employee attempted to transfer large volumes of data from the Federal Reserve to an external on at least two occasions,” the report says.
Another Fed employee was forcibly detained while in China on four occasions, and he and his family members were threatened with imprisonment if he didn’t cooperate, the report says.
Yet another Federal Reserve employee, when confronted by investigators with concerns about his activities with Chinese individuals and programs, changed his email addresses and began using an encrypted communication channel, according to the report.
Investigators even found a Fed employee who regularly communicates with officials within China’s Xinhua News Agency, which is notorious for being a tool of the Beijing regime’s international spying efforts.
In addition, the report found that a number of Federal Reserve employees have maintained close ties for years to Chinese academic organizations known to be affiliated with China’s Thousand Talents Program, which is central to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) subversion campaign aimed at the United States and other Western nations.
Investigators also found that another employee working for a Fed bank “had been searching for articles relating to individuals who had been arrested for economic espionage and lying about providing intelligence agents with confidential information in exchange for financial compensation,” the report says. The individual used “xijinping” as a password.
The report says the situation is complicated by the Federal Reserve’s lack of sufficient counter-intelligence resources to deal effectively with the Chinese attack.
“Despite the long-running and brazen acts by Chinese officials and certain Federal Reserve employees, the investigation found the Federal Reserve unable to counter this threat effectively,” the report says. “Compounding this was a lack of internal counter-intelligence competency at the Federal Reserve or sufficient ongoing cooperation with federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”
After the HSGAC investigation was initiated, Fed officials implemented a new requirement barring employees from accepting any compensation from any country of concern, including China, according to the report.
Source: The Epoch Times
In a recent interview, Fauci said he has an “open mind” but still believes that the virus occurred naturally after previously dismissing the theory that it emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in late 2019. “It looks very much like this was a natural occurrence, but you keep an open mind,” Fauci said.
When asked about Fauci’s recent comments on Monday, Redfield told Fox News that he still suspects COVID-19 emerged “from the laboratory” and “had to be educated in the laboratory to gain the efficient human-to-human transmission capability that it has.”
“There’s very little evidence, if you really want to be critical, to support” the natural emergence theory, he said. The former Trump administration official then compared COVID-19 to prior coronaviruses such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that emerged about 10 years ago, saying that neither virus had the same transmission capacity as COVID-19.
“So it’s really exceptional that this virus is one of the most infectious viruses for man. And I still argue that’s because it was educated how to infect human tissue,” Redfield told Fox News.
The same Wuhan laboratory, he added, was the subject of a 2014 report amid claims that researchers performed research on bat-borne viruses that could impact humans.
“I’m disappointed in the [National Institutes of Health] for not leading an objective evaluation from the beginning,” Redfield told the outlet. “I think it really is antithetical to the science where they took a very strong position that people like myself who are somehow conspiratorial just because we have a different scientific hypothesis.”
A reason why the Wuhan lab leak theory has not been fully recognized, Redfield argued, is due to the politicization of the pandemic response and the pressure that was heaped on scientists who sought objective approaches while studying the origins of COVID-19.
“I’ve been very disappointed in the scientific community led by [National Institutes of Health] that has really dug their heels in from the beginning to try to minimize any of us that have a different hypothesis,” he said.
Both the NIH and Fauci have come under scrutiny over the agency’s decision to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to a third-party group to assist in researching bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab.
After spending years working at the NIH, Redfield was named by former President Donald Trump to head the CDC in March 2018. He stepped down at the end of Trump’s term in January 2021.
Source: The Epoch Times
January 28, 2022 Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House top medical adviser, shouldn’t be on TV; he should be under federal investigation answering serious questions about his knowledge of the National Institutes of Health’s reckless funding of dangerous gain-of-function research of bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan lab via EcoHealth Alliance while overseeing the government agency.
And the so-called infectious disease expert leading the US COVID-19 pandemic response should be explaining shocking new information and emails obtained by Fox News’ “Special Report” program exposing Fauci’s reported role in withholding vital information about the true origins of the suspected bioengineered coronavirus and subsequent alleged cover-up at the outset of the pandemic beginning in January 2020.
The fact that America’s highest medical officer reportedly failed to disclose this critical information to the public is beyond frightening; it’s a dereliction of duty warranting his immediate dismissal and full investigation by authorities.
“On January 31, Dr. Kristian Andersen, a noted virologist at the Scripps Lab, privately told Fauci that after discussion with his colleagues some of COVID-19’s features look possibly engineered and the ‘genome is inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory,’ ” reports Fox News.
“Hours later, Fauci hastily organized a call with dozens of worldwide virologists, and notes from the meeting obtained by Special Report reveal that suspicions of the lab leak theory were suppressed over concerns of how the public would react to news of possible Chinese government involvement.”
So instead of being upfront with the American people and world at large about where and how the deadly pandemic began, it appears that Fauci & Co. were more concerned with protecting Communist China’s image and shielding the oppressive regime from accountability. In the meeting, now retired former National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins expressed fears that “science and international harmony” could be harmed and “accusations of China’s involvement could distract top researchers.”
Huh? Did Team Fauci do Communist China’s bidding by acting as its de facto public relations firm covering up its possible role in unleashing mass genocide? And have Fauci, Collins or other staffers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ever communicated with Chinese authorities or colluded with others within the domestic or international scientific community to deliberately deceive the public on the virus’s origins?
These are just some of the questions the FBI and members of Congress should be demanding answers to as a matter of national security and public health, given the pandemic has killed millions worldwide and is still causing an average of over 2,000 American deaths per day, according to statistics by Johns Hopkins University.
But that’s not all. “Just four days later, five researchers who were on the call authored preliminary findings abandoning their early private beliefs that the virus was likely the result of a lab leak,” reported Fox News. What caused these scientists to do an immediate about-face and reverse their initial findings?
What we do know is that various drafts of their “new” talking points and vacillating “scientific” positions on the origins of the coronavirus were suspiciously sent to Fauci and Collins for their approval. And Fauci and Collins continued to work behind the scenes to squash the lab leak theory for the months that followed.
So, here’s where we’re at in America today: Over the course of the pandemic, Fauci has been instrumental in getting social media networks and Big Tech to censor anyone spreading “misinformation” about vaccines or lab leak “conspiracy theories” while spreading misinformation himself to America and the world who relied on his trusted medical and “scientific” opinions.
Talk about a hypocrite! Has Fauci, Collins and/or the scientific research community benefitted financially or otherwise protecting China throughout the pandemic? And did Fauci commit perjury before Congress when claiming earlier this month his financial disclosures were public information?
This is where the FBI should be directing its attention — at real domestic threats such as those responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 900,000 Americans to date, and the subsequent alleged cover-up — not targeting innocent parents at local school board meetings who haven’t killed a fly.
Source: New York Post
- In 2015, Chinese military scientists wrote a paper titled “The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons”
- It suggests that coronaviruses are a good material from which to generate a new bioweapon that can cause more damage than traditional bioweapons
- The document, which was also obtained by investigators with the U.S. State Department, describes that a third world war would be “biological,” with bioweapons “the core weapon for victory”
- The document goes into disturbing detail about how to best release a bioweapon to cause the maximum amount of carnage
- MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, stated the document “raises major concerns” as “even under the tightest controls these weapons are dangerous”
In a June 2021 interview, whistleblower Dr. Li Meng Yan, a physician and virologist who worked at the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health, a top coronavirus research lab, revealed evidence to support her belief that SARS-CoV-2 is not of natural origin and was created by the Chinese military intentionally to use as a bioweapon.1
Yan revealed that, in 2015, Chinese military scientists wrote a paper titled “The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons,” which suggests that, based on what’s known about SARS-1, coronaviruses are a good material from which to generate a new bioweapon that can cause more damage than traditional bioweapons.
China Prepared for ‘Biological’ Third World War
The document, which was also obtained by investigators with the U.S. State Department, suggests that a third world war would be “biological,” with bioweapons “the core weapon for victory.”2 Yan said:3
“Americans don’t understand that the government can do these things to destroy the world, and they even make their own citizens become victims in the beginning … We know that in China, based on Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) history, these kinds of things repeatedly happen … So we are not surprised. And China’s government kept telling that this is a bioweapon, but they insist that it’s from the U.S.”
Yan refers to SARS-CoV-2 as the PLA, or People’s Liberation Army, virus and states that it was owned by the Chinese military. China has been searching for decades for a novel zoonotic virus that can infect humans, secretly conducting experiments that were never published. According to Yan, the Chinese government was conducting trials in Wuhan around the time of the initial COVID-19 outbreak.
She believes they didn’t mean to launch the virus in Wuhan at that time, but because they lacked proper knowledge about its transmissibility it became out of control and turned into an outbreak.
At that point, with the virus already in circulation, they decided to take advantage of the outbreak and “destroy the world, since it’s already happened.” Initially, people were allowed to leave China and travel throughout the world, bringing the virus with them.
Ideal Conditions for Bioweapons’ Release Detailed
The document goes into disturbing detail about how to best release a bioweapon to cause the maximum amount of carnage. Daily Mail reported:4
“The scientists say such attacks should not be carried out in the middle of a clear day, as intense sunlight can damage the pathogens, while rain or snow can affect the aerosol particles. Instead, it should be released at night, or at dawn, dusk, or under cloudy weather, with ‘a stable wind direction … so that the aerosol can float into the target area.’
Meanwhile, the research also notes that such an attack would result in a surge of patients requiring hospital treatment, which then ‘could cause the enemy’s medical system to collapse.’”
The document’s 18 authors worked at high-risk laboratories, where chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon said China had successfully thwarted attempts at regulation or policing.5 Among the achievements made to further bioweapons were “major advances in the delivery of biological agents,” according to the document.
“For example, the newfound ability to freeze-dry micro-organisms has made it possible to store biological agents and aerosolize them during attacks,” the documented states. Daily Mail reported that U.K. MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, added, “This document raises major concerns about the ambitions of some of those who advise the top party leadership. Even under the tightest controls these weapons are dangerous.”6
Dual Use Research Is Inherently Risky
Gain-of-function (GOF) research refers to studies that have the potential to enhance the ability of pathogens to cause disease, including enhancing either their pathogenicity or transmissibility.7 GOF is a type of dual use research, which is so named because it involves research on select agents and toxins that could either benefit society or destroy it, depending on whether or not it falls into the wrong hands.
China’s GOF research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has been at the center of concerns that COVID-19 may have originated in a lab.
Ralph Baric, Ph.D., at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developed humanized mice used in GOF research by WIV8 and worked closely with Shi Zhengli, Ph.D., director of WIV’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, also known as “bat woman,” on research using genetic engineering to create a “new bat SARS-like virus … that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans.” According to Peter Gøtzsche with the Institute for Scientific Freedom:9
“Their work focused on enhancing the ability of bat viruses to attack humans so as to ‘examine the emergence potential.’ In 2015, they created a novel virus by taking the backbone of the SARS virus replacing its spike protein with one from another bat virus known as SHC014-CoV.10 This manufactured virus was able to infect a lab culture of cells from the human airways.
They wrote that scientific review panels might deem their research too risky to pursue but argued that it had the potential to prepare for and mitigate future outbreaks. However, the value of gain-of-function studies in preventing the COVID-19 pandemic was negative, as this research highly likely created the pandemic.”
Further, as Daily Mail reported, dual use research can be used either for good or for evil, depending on motives. Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, explained:11
“There is no clear distinction for research capability because whether it’s used offensively or defensively is not a decision these scientists would take. If you are building skills ostensibly to protect your military from a biological attack, you’re at the same time giving your military a capacity to use these weapons offensively. You can’t separate the two.”
Chinese Military Involved in Coronavirus Research?
Chinese dissident Lianchao Han, who formerly worked for the Chinese government, raised concerns that military researchers and coronavirus experts may be working closely on biodefense operations. Cao Wu-Chun, a senior army officer and government adviser on bioterrorism, for instance, has worked with Shi on virus-detection projects.12
“A comment was made on social media after Colonel Cao published a paper on a fatal tick bite, saying he and Prof Shi ‘can always find a virus that has never been found in humans’, adding: ‘I suspect this is another so-called ‘scientific research’ made in the laboratory,’” Daily Mail reported.13
WIV researchers have been conducting experiments involving the bat coronavirus RaTG13 — said to be the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2, with 96.2% similarity — since at least 2016. In 2012, six miners working in a copper mine with known bats present were infected with a bat coronavirus and developed COVID-19-like symptoms. RaTG13 was sampled from the mine where the miners were infected.14
“It later emerged she [Shi] changed its name from another virus identified in a previous paper, thus obscuring its link to three miners who died from a strange respiratory disease they caught clearing bat droppings,” according to Daily Mail.15 However, in another twist, Yan said that the Chinese government told Shi to “throw out fake virus RaTG13 as the ancestor of SARS-CoV-2” as part of the misinformation campaign to deflect from the virus’ real origin. According to Yan:16
“They say the Bat Woman Shi Zhengli got RaTG13 from a copper mine in Yunnan and, after a bit of modifications, inserted the furin cleavage site to make it the Sars-CoV-2 virus. I have actually proved in my reports that this is not true.
Yunnan is in the west, but the real virus comes from the east, Zhoushan. It’s just a way of diverting attention from the role of the Chinese military. It is the People’s Liberation Army which found Zhoushan bat coronaviruses ZC45 and ZXC21 in 2017 in the east of China and it is these viruses that come closest to Sars-CoV-2.”
US Warned of Foreign Threats to Biomedical Research
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, sent a warning to 10,000 academic institutions warning of foreign threats to U.S. biomedical research in 2018. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, even more scrutiny has been placed on the ties between China, including Wuhan, and U.S. academia, especially as the idea that SARS-CoV-2 originated in a bioweapons laboratory in Wuhan, China, gained traction.
The Galveston National Laboratory, which is part of the University of Texas, is a level 4 laboratory that studies highly dangerous pathogens. It was investigated, as it had approximately 24 contracts with Chinese universities and technology companies, along with ties to WIV and exchanges between national security scientists and research sharing.17
The former chairman of the Harvard department of chemistry, nanoscience expert Charles Lieber, Ph.D., was also arrested in early 2020 by federal agencies, suspected of illegal dealings with China.18 In December 2021, he was convicted of making false statements and lying to federal investigators in an attempt to hide his participation in the Chinese Thousand Talents Program.19
The Thousand Talents Program (TTP), created by the Chinese Communist Party in 2008, was said to be a method to create an innovative society, but has raised red flags for posing a threat to U.S. technology endeavors.
“[O]ver the years, the program, which is estimated to have had approximately 7,000 participants, has become extremely controversial, generating deep concern within the U.S. government about Chinese IP theft,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies explained.20
The Department of Justice also has an ongoing campaign to identify and stop so-called “nontraditional collaborators” — known as the China Initiative — which began in November 2018. Most of the cases involve scientists in academia or high-tech industries, with varying levels of allegations.
Andrew Lelling, former U.S. attorney for the Massachusetts district, described U.S. researchers accepting support from Chinese researchers while also receiving federal funding as a “dangerous game” that could easily backfire.21
Further, while offensive biowarfare research was ended in the U.S. in 1969, and the U.S. and China adopted a treaty banning the development of bioweapons, there are loopholes. Namely, defensive bioweapons research is still allowed, which means the U.S. and other countries are permitted to manufacture and study toxins that could be used against it by an enemy.22
Daily Mail quoted David Asher, who led state department inquiries into the origins of COVID-19, who explained, “The Chinese have made it clear they see biotechnology as a big part of the future of hybrid warfare. The big question is whether their work in these fields is offensive or defensive.”23
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- 7 National Institutes of Health, Gain of Function Research
- 8 YouTube June 29, 2021
- 9 Scientific Freedom May 19, 2021
- 10 Nature Medicine volume 21, pages1508–1513(2015)
- 14 Jamie Metzl, Origins of SARS-CoV-2 February 8, 2021
- 16 The Week June 13, 2021
- 17 Fox News May 1, 2020
- 18 The Economist February 1, 2020
- 19 U.S. DOJ December 21, 2021
- 20 Center for Strategic & International Studies May 5, 2020
- 21 Science February 3, 2020
- 22 Archive.today, Boston Globe July 30, 2021
Source: Mercola.com accessed 22 Jul 2022
In a sudden reversal, the World Health Organization (WHO) now admits that the COVID-19 virus might well have come out of a Wuhan lab. In a lengthy new report, the organization claims that the lab leak theory is plausible and needs to be studied.
The U-turn comes after two previous WHO reports roundly dismissed the lab leak theory.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Communist Party is already crying foul, issuing a statement claiming that the lab leak theory is a false claim concocted by anti-China forces for political purposes and that it has nothing to do with science.
Source: The Epoch Times