The supposed World Health Organization-Chinese government “investigation” into the origins of COVID-19 is becoming widely exposed in the global media as a sham, orchestrated by Chinese Communist officials, WHO bureaucrats (funded by the US, China, and Bill Gates), complicit scientists who carry out dangerous lab engineering of viruses, and US funders of the Wuhan Lab disaster including Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Peter Daszak from the Eco-Health Alliance.
What most of the mass media are still downplaying or concealing however is that this disastrous but predictable lab accident and cover-up by the Chinese government is being aided and abetted by a US and international cabal who are desperate to keep us in the dark about what actually happened in Wuhan: Big Pharma drug and vaccine companies, Silicon Valley, global gene engineers, the military industrial-biological weapons complex, Bill Gates-funded media, and members of the Trump and Biden administrations, including Anthony Fauci. After a year, proponents of the official story, who denounce as “conspiracy theorists” anyone who dares to call attention to the increasingly obvious evidence that this was a lab leak, still haven’t found any credible evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, jumped naturally from a bat, crossed with other wild animals, and then began to spread among humans, leaving behind no genetic or epidemiological evidence whatsoever.
China initially claimed that COVID-19 came from slaughtering and eating wild bats in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Marketin Wuhan. This story was dutifully regurgitated 24/7 in the global mass media for months despite criticisms by independent investigators (including Chinese scientists and doctors who were quickly silenced or disappeared) that no bats were sold in the seafood markets, that a number of initial victims of COVID-19 had no connection to the seafood market, and that SARS-CoV-2 appeared to be lab engineered or pre-adapted to spread readily into humans. Once the “bats in the seafood market” explanation was no longer credible, Chinese officials then began pushing the even more preposterous idea that COVID must have originated in another country and then was imported into China via frozen food imports. No credible scientist or journalist buys this latest attempt to cover up the truth.
The cracks in the cover-up started appearing early last year when two Chinese scientists published a paper showing that a laboratory escape was the most logical reason for the pandemic. The Chinese government forced the paper to be deleted from the website and silenced the researchers.
However, despite silencing researchers, blocking independent researchers from fact-finding missions, deleting key databases with thousands of coronaviruses, publishing papers carefully vetted by the Chinese Communist Party so they comply with their propaganda, and punishing Australia with trade sanctions for proposing an independent inquiry into the origins, the cracks in the COVID cover-up have now turned into a flood. The dam of lies and intimidation, that the Chinese government and military have built to hold back the flood of information has collapsed.
All roads lead to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). It is the only place in Wuhan with a collection of live coronaviruses, live bats, and scientists carrying out “Gain of Function” research that genetically modified these viruses to make them more infectious to humans.
March 2021 - the Global Media Embraces Lab Leak Origin
March 2021 will be seen as the turning point when the mainstream media around the world began to embrace the concept that a lab leak is credible and should not be ruled out.
Rowan Jacobsen wrote an article in Newsweek on March 25 proposing that WIV researchers brought the virus to Wuhan, not animals.
“The WIV had spent years identifying the caves where the scary ones [coronaviruses] lurked. Over a four-year period, it visited one cave in Yunnan repeatedly and brought back 1,322 samples, including at least nine of SARS-CoV-2's close relatives. Overall, the effort brought more than 15,000 bat samples back to Wuhan, which included more than 400 coronaviruses new to science and at least 50 of the variety that can infect people. And we know almost nothing about this cache.”
Most significantly the WIV was actively genetically modifying these coronaviruses through Gain of Function (GOF) research to make them more infectious to humans. The WIV researchers have published numerous scientific papers on this research showing how they modified the spike proteins, the part of the virus that infects cells. This research was funded in part by Anthony Fauci’s NIAID who channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, to WIV. Daszak was a coauthor on several of the WIVs published papers on their GOF research. He specifically did the final editing so he had an intimate knowledge of this research. Daszak was part of the widely discredited WHO team that stated that a lab leak was highly unlikely.
Besides the Newsweek article, USA Today, The Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Sun, New York Magazine, and an number of other mass media outlets and scientific journals are now openly questioning the “official story” on the origins of COVID-19.
On March 26 the former Director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, told CNN that he believed that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a Wuhan Lab.
Scientists are now supporting the Lab Leak Origin
A peer reviewed scientific paper was published on March 25 in Environmental Chemistry Letters by Rossana Segreto, Yuri Deigin and colleagues titled: Should we discount the laboratory origin of COVID‑19?
Segreto, a virologist, and her scientist colleagues, clearly dismantled the data free opinions for a natural transmission from animals (zoonotic) to humans. They go into great detail about the GOF research that the WIV and many other researchers have been doing on coronaviruses. They show how SARS-CoV-2 has a unique insert in the spike protein, the part of the virus that infects people, called a Furin Cleavage Site. The composition of this spike is unlike any other coronavirus. This unique Furin Cleavage Site gives SARS-CoV-2 the ability to bind to the ACE2 receptor which is found in many different parts of the human body. The ACE2 receptor then assists the virus to infect the cells of the human host.
Very significantly they show detailed evidence how SARS-CoV-2 was better adapted to infect humans than any other animals, including bats, from the beginning of the pandemic, when it was first identified. Previous coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS evolved in stages over time before they were able to infect people. In the beginning they were better adapted at infecting their host animals than humans and became more infectious to people as they mutated over time. This is not the case with SARS-CoV-2. It was strongly adapted to infect humans from day one which is why it spread so quickly around the world to create this pandemic. This evidence makes natural evolution highly unlikely.
The other animals that SARS-CoV-2 is strongly adapted to are the humanized, genetically engineered mice found in virology laboratories. The researchers present compelling evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was allowed to evolve in humanized genetically engineered mice. These are mice that have been engineered to have human-like lungs and other organs with human ACE2 receptors. Gain of Function scientists use a technique called serial passaging to change a virus so it can infect new species. This involves infecting a different animal species from the normal host animal with a disease. They collect the infectious agent after infecting the new species and then infect a new animal of that species with it. They do this many times until the disease has mutated enough to become highly infectious to the new animal species. It has now gained a new function. GOF scientists have been using this technique with genetically modified mice with humanized ACE2 receptors so that a virus can evolve a function of being able to infect people. The Furin Cleavage Spike on SARS-CoV-2 is uniquely adapted to bind to the human ACE2 receptor and this is why it causes damage to many parts of the human body.
Segreto et al. explain why options A & B of a natural (zoonotic) infection of people are highly unlikely based on the evidence. The evidence for option C, that SARS-CoV-2 is the result of Gain of Function research and a lab escape, is the most compelling.
Segreto and her colleagues concluded: “The combination of binding strength, human and mouse peptide mimicry, as well as high adaptation for human infection and transmission from the earliest strains might suggest the use of humanized mice for the development of SARS-CoV-2 in a laboratory environment. The application of mouse strains expressing human ACE2 for SARS-CoV-related research is well documented.”
In a video interview that was originally taken on Dec. 9, 2019, Peter Daszak states that researchers at WIV were genetically modifying coronaviruses and then infecting humanized mice and human cells with them. This is just weeks before the media started reporting about the new coronavirus disease in Wuhan. Daszak’s statements confirm the scientists' research conclusions and are strong evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was developed at WIV using humanized mice.
How Likely is a Lab Escape?
So how likely is an escape from a lab of a GOF function experiment where a virus has been modified to infect people?
USA Today published an in depth well researched article on March 22 titled “Could an accident have caused COVID-19? Why the Wuhan lab-leak theory shouldn't be dismissed”.
The article’s author, Alison Young, exposes a litany of lab leaks and their cover-ups.
“According to documents I obtained recently using the federal Freedom of Information Act, U.S. laboratories reported more than 450 accidents during 2015 through 2019 while experimenting with some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens – those subject to federal regulation because they “pose a severe threat” to health and also have the potential to be turned into bioweapons. These pathogens, which the U.S. government calls “select agents,” include anthrax, Ebola, plague, deadly strains of avian influenza and types of the SARS coronaviruses.”
The article details the numerous escapes of deadly diseases and the many lab workers who have been infected, including how the original SARS escaped from labs in China and other countries and infected people.
Josh Rogin writing in Politico on March 3 gave further details about his earlier 2020 Washington Post article where US State Department officials sent a cable to Washington DC detailing the dangers of poor labs safety systems at the WIV in 2017 and 2018.
He stated: “When they sat down with the scientists at the WIV, the American diplomats were shocked by what they heard. The Chinese researchers told them they didn’t have enough properly trained technicians to safely operate their BSL-4 lab. The Wuhan scientists were asking for more support to get the lab up to top standards. [The diplomats] also warned that the WIV researchers had found new bat coronaviruses could easily infect human cells, and which used the same cellular route that had been used by the original SARS coronavirus.”
Rogin concludes: “Taken together, those two points—a particularly dangerous groups of viruses being studied in a lab with real safety problems—were intended as a warning about a potential public-health crisis, one of the cable writers told me. They kept the cables unclassified because they wanted more people back home to be able to read and share them, according to the cable writer. But there was no response from State Department headquarters and they were never made public. And as U.S.-China tensions rose over the course of 2018, American diplomats lost access to labs such as the one at the WIV.”
The above tweet from the Chinese government managed China Daily shows the top seal of the refrigerator that stores viruses is broken and leaking. The staff member is wearing a basic cloth face mask. These masks do not prevent virus infections. This tweet clearly showed the poor safety standards at WIV and how easily staff can be infected with viruses. The tweet was taken down after this was pointed out in the international media.
An article by Joe Hoft on March 24 in Gateway Pundit shows that the greatest concentration of people seeking medical help for COVID-19 symptoms in Wuhan before January 18, 2020, were close to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Researchers used data published by the Wuhan Wuchang District Health Bureau that showed that the early phase of the COVID outbreak occurred in the residential areas along Huanghelou and Ziyang streets. These streets are located within the four miles of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
A diagram from the Wuhan Wuchang District Health Bureau publication, slightly modified to show the locations of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV, black star) and the Biological Preparations Institute (BPI, yellow square), shows that the highest concentration of help seekers before January 18, 2020, were in the areas between those two research institutions. Note that the Seafood Market that was originally pushed as the source does not have nearly as many people ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
This data showing the highest concentration of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the Wuchang District has been further confirmed by a peer reviewed scientific paper published in Nature Communications by Shiyi Cao et al.
The researchers conducted a city-wide SARS-CoV-2 testing program between May 14 and June 1, 2020 in Wuhan, 5 weeks after the lockdown had finished. They produced a map of the districts with the number of people who were positive for the virus, even though they were asymptomatic. The map shows that six months after the start of the outbreak, the highest concentration of people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 were in the Wuchang District where the WIV is situated.
Most significantly the researchers stated that this data was consistent with the earlier data for people with the symptoms of COVID-19. They wrote: “We found that asymptomatic positive rates in different districts of Wuhan were correlated with the prevalence of previously confirmed cases. This is in line with the temporal and spatial evolution (especially the long-tailed characteristic) of infectious diseases.” This peer reviewed scientific data clearly shows that the Wuchang District of Wuhan where the WIV is based, is the epicenter of the of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This map by Shiyi Cao et al, shows The Wuchang District, colored deep red, because it has the highest concentration of people infected with SARS-CoV-2. The number of infections decrease as they move away from Wuchang. This clearly shows that the Wuchang District is the epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic that started in Wuhan. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is in Wuchang.
This data shows that Wuchang District of Wuhan was the epicenter at the start of the pandemic. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is situated in the Wuchang District. The evidence shows that the WIV had a collection of hundreds, possibly thousands of coronaviruses. They published numerous papers on the various types of Gain of Function research they were doing with coronaviruses including making then more infectious to humans. The scientific evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 was highly adapted to infecting humans from the beginning. Segreto and colleagues presented compelling evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was genetically modified in humanized genetically engineered mice through GOF serial passaging in a peer reviewed scientific paper. Josh Rogin presents clear evidence that WIV contained dangerous coronaviruses in a lab with major safety problems.
The preponderance of evidence makes it clear that SARS-CoV-2 was engineered utilizing Gain of Function manipulations to make a coronavirus that readily infects humans and unfortunately that this supercharged virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The final word comes from Josh Rogin. He wrote that the US State Department diplomats said: “We were trying to warn that that lab was a serious danger,” one of the cable writers who had visited the lab told me. “I have to admit, I thought it would be maybe a SARS-like outbreak again. If I knew it would turn out to be the greatest pandemic in human history, I would have made a bigger stink about it.”
Hindsight is useless unless we learn from it. We have to accept the reality of the credible evidence and ban all Gain of Function research to stop the next pandemic.
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