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Fauci Reportedly Briefed Health Leaders in 2020 of Potential ‘Lab Leak’ of ‘Unusual’ COVID Strain
Svetlana Ekimenko, Sputnik News, Jan 7 2021

Republican lawmakers have called for Anthony Fauci to be fired for having “blood on his hands,” and demanded that he testify before congressional committees and provide information related to the origins of COVID-19 amid a trove of emails released by BuzzFeed, dating back to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. As a flurry of media reports of late have revived speculations regarding the “lab leak” theory, which suggests that COVID-19 was an engineered pathogen, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, has claimed that Dr Anthony Fauci had not entirely dismissed the notion last year. The chief medical adviser to the US president had briefed world leaders in 2020 on the possibility that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, said Gottlieb, when appearing on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday.

The ex-FDA chief, who served under Trump, had cited a former senior member of the Trump administration as testifying to Fauci’s statements at the time. Gottlieb added that the same source had recently reconfirmed Fauci’s words dated to 2020. The former FDA commissioner’s book ‘Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed US and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic‘ is set to come out in September. Last spring, when Dr Fauci had attended a meeting of world health leaders in Europe around the World Health Assembly, he briefed them that the coronavirus outbreak could have been the result of a lab leak, and admitted that the strain looked unusual, Gottlieb revealed. Further on in the conversation on the CBS show, the former FDA chief underscored that when US scientists looked at the strain, they had suspicions. He added:

I think the broader issue here for me is that we look at these things through the lens of science and we don’t necessarily look at it through the lens of national security and a scientific mindset looks at the virus and the virus’s behavior and its sequence and draws a conclusion. A national security assessment looks at that as one piece of evidence, but then looks at the behavior of the Chinese government, looks at the behavior of the lab, looks at other evidence around the lab, including the infections that we now know took place, and that changes the overall assessment. So the virologists who are now still focused on saying, we don’t think this was a lab source, they’re still I think looking at this through the lens of what does the sequence look like, what does the virus look like? That is just one piece of evidence. And I think this is partly why these kinds of assessments need to be in the hands of the national security apparatus, not just the scientific community.

In a previous appearance on the same show Gottlieb slammed China, which he said was able to provide “exculpatory” evidence proving that COVID did not leak from a lab, but has so far refused to do so. He also cited evidence supposedly in favour of the theory after reports claimed three scientists who worked at the The Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalised in Nov 2019. US media reports suggesting that the employees of the Wuhan Institute fell gravely ill right ahead of the outbreak of COVID-19 have been dismissed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry as “smear campaigns and blame shifting.” Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is currently under fire over accusations that he was not forthcoming about the idea that COVID-19 might have originated from a lab leak in his discussions within the administration and in the other work he was carrying out.

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Apr 17 2020. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP

Republican lawmakers have been demanding that Fauci be fired. On Saturday, Republican House Representative Matt Gaetz claimed in an interview that Dr Fauci “has blood on his hands.” Earlier, two top House Republicans said it was “imperative” for Fauci to testify before congressional committees and provide information related to the origins of COVID-19. The barrage of criticism aimed at Fauci has also been fuelled by the recent release by BuzzFeed of 3,200 pages of the chief medical adviser’s emails dating back to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In one of the alleged emails, Peter Daszak, head of the EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit organisation with ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, reportedly thanked Fauci for “downplaying the possibility” that COVID-19 had escaped from a lab in Wuhan. Fauci, however, dismissed the recent allegations targeting him and his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Trump departs after addressing the coronavirus task force daily briefing as Fauci stands by. Mar 26 2020. Photo: Jonathan Ernst

“Are you really saying that we are implicated because we gave a multi-billion dollar institution $120,000 a year for bat surveillance?” he said, according to the Financial Times, in a reference to the grant that, via EcoHealth Alliance, ended up at the lab in China which has been conducting tests on bat coronaviruses for decades.

Workers are seen next to a cage with mice inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, Feb 23 2017. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

Many who support the “lab leak” theory have been insisting that the mere fact the city that houses the lab became ground zero for the outbreak is too great a coincidence. The idea the COVID-19 virus escaped from a Wuhan lab in China, something that was regarded as somewhat of a “fringe theory” until recently, is now the subject of an official review, after Biden ordered the intelligence community to redouble efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus and to report their findings to him within 90 days, “including on whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.” The US President acknowledged that a majority of the intelligence community had “coalesced” around two scenarios, but “do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.” In March, the WHO released the full version of its report on the origins of the coronavirus, in which the WHO called a leak of COVID-19 from a laboratory very unlikely, suggesting that the virus was most likely transmitted to humans from bats via another animal.

Manmade Virus Theory Gains Traction as Scientists Say Covid Genes Never Seen in Natural Coronavirus
Ilya Tsukanov, Sputnik News, Jun 7 2021

The COVID-19 ‘manmade virus’ theory first surfaced in early 2020, when the US accused China of engaging in dangerous research involving coronaviruses. The claims were temporarily muted after it emerged that US was involved in funding research at the Wuhan lab where the virus leak allegedly took place. The claims reemerged with new force last week. SARS-CoV-2’s genetic sequencing almost certainly demonstrates that it is an artificially-manipulated virus developed in a laboratory, Steven Quay and Richard Muller, a pair of scientists investigating the coronavirus, have concluded. In an op-ed for the WSJ published Sunday, Quay, who briefed Congress on the virus’s origins early last year, and who published a 193-page study in January suggesting the virus was “laboratory derived,” joined Muller, a physics professor at University of California’s Berkeley, to once again tout the lab leak theory.

In the article, the scientists suggested that “the most compelling reason” to support the lab leak theory wasn’t related to the circumstantial evidence about Chinese experiments in coronavirus gain of function research, alleged illnesses among lab workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology or US intelligence reports, but because SARS-Cov-2’s “genetic footprint has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.” Specifically, the scientists alleged, SARS-Cov-2’s genome or “blueprint for the factory of a cell to make proteins,” appears to have been artificially “supercharged” for gain-of-function research, splicing genes to create a rare genetic pattern never found in nature. Quay and Muller stated:

In fact, in the entire class of coronavirus that includes CoV-2, the CGG-CGG [gene] combination has never been found naturally. That means the common method of viruses picking up new skills, called recombination, cannot operate here. A virus simply cannot pick up a sequence from another virus if that sequence isn’t present in any other virus.

At the same time, they suggested, while “the double CGC is suppressed naturally,” that isn’t the case with lab work, where a double CGG combination serves as “the insertion sequence of choice because it is readily available and convenient, and scientists have a great deal of experience inserting it.” The scientists went on to suggest that there was “additional scientific evidence” pointing to SARS-CoV-2’s artificial, manmade origin, specifically the alleged “dramatic differences in the genetic diversity of CoV-2, compared with the coronaviruses responsible for SARS and MERS. Those viruses, they said, rapidly evolved as they spread among humans. SARS-CoV-2, on the other hand, appeared to have “already adapted into an extremely contagious version” once it began to spread among people, “precisely what is done in gain-of-function research.”

The Trump administration first began accusing China of engaging in dangerous coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the spring of 2020, citing what it claimed was scientific data and intelligence reports that the global pandemic was the result of a leak at the Wuhan lab. China shot back, suggesting that the US may have deliberately spread the coronavirus in Wuhan during the 2019 Military World Games. Mutual recriminations were then muted, partially with the help of senior US health officials, including Trump coronavirus czar Anthony Fauci, who insisted that all available evidence suggested that the virus occurred naturally. Later, media investigations showed that US, Canadian, and Australian scientists and academic institutions collaborated heavily in bat coronavirus experiments in Wuhan, and contributed millions of dollars in grant money to the Chinese lab for such research. The manmade virus claims reemerged again in Mar 2021, as the US and its allies again began accusing Beijing of pressuring investigators in a WHO team’s fact-finding trip to Wuhan. The WHO investigators dismissed the claims, and urged critics to actually read their report, which presented four distinct possibilities on how the pandemic may have begun.

Investigations of a possible US role in causing the global pandemic reemerged again last week after a massive trove of emails revealed that Dr Fauci publicly downplayed manmade virus claims while privately admitting it to be a possibility, and personally approved hundreds of thousands of dollars in National Institute of Health funding to the Wuhan lab for coronavirus gain of function research before the pandemic. Fauci has denied any wrongdoing, suggesting that funding he approved was just a drop in the bucket among the billions of dollars-worth of experiments being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Chinese authorities have continued to forcefully deny the lab leak theory as well, pointing out that Michael R Gordon, the WSJ journalist who recently reported on Wuhan scientists falling ill in 2019, was the same contributor who fabricated lies about Iraq’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ in the lead up to the Iraq War in 2003. The stakes in finding out who or what caused the global coronavirus pandemic could not be higher. In the 15 months that the health emergency has been around, over 3.7m people have died of complications from the illness, over 173m more have been infected, and economies the world over have been decimated by the consequences of lockdowns and other precautions taken to try to combat the virus’s spread.

3 Comments

  1. Paul
    Posted June 8, 2021 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    If you use the “motive, method, opportunity” model it appears to favour an American release of the virus in China with the intent of blaming China. I’m struggling to see a credible motive for China to do it, and given the start of it in Wuhan which is an essential industrial and transport hub, I see even less incentive for the Chinese to have done this. If China indeed was behind this it only makes sense as an accident, and it doesn’t explain the appearance at the same time of a different strain among Iran’s ruling elite (though knowing who else in that area has a Level 4 lab, and admitted at the time to working with Coronaviruses, it isn’t hard to make an educated guess). America had the Wuhan Military games in 2019 and a strangely disinterested team that was billeted near the wet-market. Expected incubation periods of new cases that emerged fit the timeline following the Wuhan games perfectly, and method seems to be very easy, so the US had opportunity, and method really doesn’t demand any complexity. Motive? A trade war being won by China and anxiety over the fate of dollar hegemony? Trillions in bonds sold to China since 911 to fund Israel’s bullshit in the Middle East, which would be coming due around now? This is my own speculation and I don’t know enough to be able to validate the possibility, but I have noticed a recent trend with the revival of the Lab-leak story that voices in America are starting to talk of “reparations” from China in the trillions, which funnily enough represents the kind of numbers associated with China’s US bond holdings. It has long been my suspicion that the US Banking cabal wrote debt (particularly sine the 2008 financial crisis) in the firm belief that they would ultimately never have to make good on their obligations.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted June 8, 2021 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    yup, trump calls for ten trllion in compensaion:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-criticizes-biden-policies-calls-for-reparations-from-china-for-covid-19-11622948284

  3. Paul
    Posted June 8, 2021 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    The Iranian outbreak has been memory-holed, which sometimes is all you need to know.

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