The devastation wreaked by the COVID-19 virus on human life and the world economy – especially the way it made doomsday scenarios of contagion all too real – has made ordinary people anxious to know its origin.
Sadly, there may be enough evidence and reason to suspect that the pandemic might have been the result of a vaccine arms race that skirted dangerously close to bioweapons development.
And that a leak from a lab in Wuhan, China – inadvertent or not – may have been responsible for the pandemic.
If so, the behind-the-scenes players were the U.S. government, Big Pharma, and China – which in essence means the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
This is no fuzzy conspiracy theory. It’s a complex story, and calls for careful unraveling. Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck does that in a stunning “chalkboard exposé” – his signature methodology for connecting the dots on important issues of the day. Crimes or Cover-Up?
Exposing the World’s Most Dangerous Lie, a two-hour production, has Beck unfolding the map and the timeline in three parts:
- 1) The Vaccine Arms Race,
- 2) The Pandemic Begins, and
- 3) Censorship and Cover-Up. (Supporting documents for his presentation are available here).
There are four key dramatis personae:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the U.S. President;
- Dr. Ralph Baric, epidemiologist and expert on coronaviruses at the University of North Carolina;
- Dr. Peter Daszak, a zoologist whose EcoHealth Alliance channeled over $3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which became the epicenter of the outbreak; and
- Dr. Zhengli Shi, a Chinese virologist at the Wuhan institute who was collaborating with Dr. Daszak.
Over 83,000 pages of emails from Dr. Baric, obtained by the U.S. Right to Know Organization, and over 3,000 pages of Dr. Fauci’s emails (including those to and from Dr. Daszak), accessed by media under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), provide evidence to suspect alleged risky, possibly unethical behavior and a cover-up.
To this, sheaf Beck adds more documents and federal contracts that fill out the picture.
This article, “Part 1” of the story, focuses on the first section of Beck’s chalkboard exposé.
The Vaccine Arms Race
According to Beck, the story begins in 2002, with a SARS outbreak in China that became a worldwide health threat. The death toll was over 8,000 people in 26 countries.
To the CCP it represented the most severe sociopolitical crisis since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. China suffered great damage to its international image, the CCP withheld information from the public and the rest of the world, and took little action to check this epidemic of a serious respiratory illness caused by one of a subfamily of RNA viruses known as coronaviruses.
At the time, scientists first pondered the ominous possibility that coronaviruses may in the future cause widespread health crises.
Beck’s perspective is that at the time of incipient developments, they believed they were making a principled effort to understand coronaviruses and develop vaccines against them.
In 2005, three years after the SARS outbreak, Dr. Baric published a paper at the NIH website on his research on SARS coronavirus causes and mortality in laboratory-bred mice.
With funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), he was searching for bats with coronavirus to determine if mice could be infected with bat fecal matter. He was able to produce a lethal mouse-adapted coronavirus. Remember, the motive was to ultimately get a coronavirus that could potentialy target humans and then develop a vaccine.
In the same year, at the Wuhan institute, Dr. Shi began collaborating with Dr. Daszak, a zoologist and president of the EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO that supports programs on global health and pandemic prevention. She was helping Dr. Daszak find coronavirus-infected bat droppings.
In 2006, the U.S. government passed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act of 2006.
An unusual combination of subjects, to say the least. Suspiciously hidden in the Act was the Rule of Construction Concerning National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program, granting liability waivers to vaccine companies working on Emergency Use Authorized (EUA) inoculations. As Beck sees it, the government pushed through this protection for Big Pharma under the cover of hurricane appropriations legislation.
Did this event – happening when the vaccine arms race was just beginning – mark the beginning of a public-private partnership with Big Pharma?
That’s a question directly linked to the billions of dollars in profit that Big Pharma has earned during the pandemic, drawing much on public-funded research carried out in federal institutions by scientists paid from the exchequer.
To return to the hunt for the virus, in 2013, Dr. Shi located a remote cave in Yunnan, China, with samples of seven different isolates of SARS-like coronavirus, two previously unknown.
She was unable to culture these viruses with the technology she had available in her lab.
So Baric requested that she send him the genetic data of one of the previously unknown viruses. At his lab, Baric was able to take the spike protein from the newly discovered virus and move it into the SARS virus he had already produced to see if it could be passed from bats or mice to humans.
In his experiments, Dr. Baric used humanized mice to see if he could achieve success with what’s known as “gain of function”, or GoF, methodology.
Essentially, it involves altering viruses to infect species they wouldn’t normally infect so that the virus and its effects could be studied under lab conditions or to develop vaccines.
While it’s a standard methodology, there are risks:
a) of the virus inadvertently escaping from the lab; and
b) the use of the virus for developing bioweapons.
So such experiments are supposed to be subject to rigorous oversight.
In 2014, determining that the research was too risky, the U.S. government halted selected funding of GoF research for SARS viruses. But it gave Dr. Baric a waiver. Funding continued to Dr. Daszak at the EcoHealth Alliance, who diverted the money to Dr. Shi in Wuhan.
In 2015, Dr. Baric, who was able to produce transgenic or humanized mice, published A SARS-like cluster of circulating coronaviruses show potential for human emergence announcing the transmissibility of a coronavirus that can be spread to humans and efficiently infect human airway cells. Dr. Shi was listed as a co-author.
Many virologists, who were unaware that the work was being done in concert with Communist China, responded with alarm. A virus that grows remarkably well in human cells is extremely dangerous, after all.
“If the virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory,” warned Dr. Simon Wain-Hobson of the Pasteur Institute, Paris. And Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist and biodefense expert at Rutgers University, cautioned, “The only impact of this work is the creation, in a lab, of a new, non-natural risk.”
Dr. Baric responded that further studies with the virus would be on non-human primates, to extrapolate data relevant to humans. And Dr. Daszak argued that the research would help identify which “pathogens should be prioritized for further research attention.”
The next year Dr. Baric issued a correction to the paper saying part of his funding came from the U.S. government via Dr. Daszak’s outfit and went to Dr. Shi at the Wuhan lab.
Essentially, it speaks of a rich pool of SARS-CoV viruses transmissible to humans – all found from multiple species of bats from the same cave in Yunnan province over a period of five years.
According to Beck’s copious research, in 2018, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an elite defense research group, rejected a EcoHealth Alliance proposal, named Project DEFUSE, seeking funds for collaborative studies with the CCP to inject bat coronavirus into humanized mice for developing vaccines. This GoF research was deemed too risky.
Last week, Project Veritas, a non-profit that exposes corruption, obtained a leaked memorandum confirming the Project DEFUSE rejection.
The memo was written by U.S. Marine Major Joseph Murphy, who was working at DARPA at the time. Research deemed a security and biohazard risk by the Department of Defense had been cleared for funding by Dr. Fauci.
Major Murphy concludes that COVID-19 is an “American-created recombinant bat vaccine or its precursor virus,” presumably released in a lab in August 2019.
It circulated and mutated in the Chinese population and reached epidemic status in November or December. Later, it spread across the world.
So what we are left pondering at the end of Part One of the coronavirus story is whether it was the pursuit of a profitable vaccine or the witting or unwitting development of a bioweapon.
One thing is clear, as a post-pandemic paper by Rosanna Segreta and Yuri Deigin says: the artificial origin of the Covid virus is no baseless conspiracy theory, and the pandemic can plausibly be linked to a lab leak.
Source: Janet Levy – Arutz Sheva