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GOP Rep Asks Scientists Why They ‘Did a 180’ on COVID Lab Leak After Fauci Emailed Them – Summit News

Researchers in Wuhan, China, working with the Chinese military, were genetically engineering the world’s deadliest coronaviruses to create a new mutant virus just as the Covid-19 pandemic began, according to the Sunday Timeswhich has reviewed hundreds of documents, “including previously confidential reports, internal memos, scientific papers and email correspondence that have been obtained through sources or by freedom of information activists in the three years since the investigation began pandemic”.

The time also interviewed U.S. State Department researchers, including experts specializing in China, emerging pandemic threats and biological warfare, who conducted what the outlet describes as “the first major investigation of the U.S. on the origins of the Covid-19 outbreak”.

[O]Our new research paints the clearest picture yet of what happened in the Wuhan lab.

The facility, which had begun hunting the origins of the Sars virus in 2003, attracted funding from the US government through a New York-based charity whose chairman was a British-born and educated zoologist. America’s top coronavirus scientist shared cutting-edge virus manipulation techniques.

The institute engaged in increasingly risky experiments on coronaviruses it collected from bat caves in southern China. Initially, he made his findings public and argued that the associated risks were justified because the work could help science develop vaccines.

That changed in 2016 after that Researchers discovered a new type of coronavirus in a mine shaft in Mojiang, Yunnan province where people had died from symptoms similar to Sars. –Sunday Times

The Mojiang mine strain that killed several people is now recognized as “the only members of the immediate family of Covid-19 known to exist before the pandemic” and were transported to Wuhan Institute of Virology. After that, “The paper trail starts to get dark,” said one American researcher. “That’s exactly how it was when the ranked program started. My opinion is that the reason Mojiang was covered up was due to related military secrecy [the army’s] search for dual-use capabilities in biological weapons and virological vaccines”.

According to American researchersthe WIV embarked on a classified program to make the mine’s viruses more transmissible to humans, which they believe led to the creation of Covid-19than then leaked into the city of Wuhan after a laboratory accident.

“It has become more and more clear Wuhan Institute of Virology participated in the creation, promulgation and cover-up of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said one of the researchers, who found evidence that the researchers working on these experiments were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms similar to Covid, just a month before the West became aware of the pandemic. A family member of the victims also died.

“We were pretty sure it was probably Covid-19 because they were working on advanced coronavirus research in the lab. They’re trained biologists in their thirties and forties. Thirty-five-year-old scientists don’t get sick with the flu very often,” he said. say a researcher.

Meanwhile, a separate analysis reveals that the epicenter of the original Covid-19 outbreak was near the WIVnot Wuhan’s “wet” wildlife market as previously thought.

“I interviewed scientists in Asia who have close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” said one of the researchers, who said they had evidence that the WIV was also working on a vaccine against Covid-19 before the pandemic. “They told me they believe there was vaccine research in the fall of 2019, relevant to the Covid-19 vaccination.”

Rutgers University microbiologist Richard Ebright called the experiments “by far the most reckless and dangerous research into coronavirus, or indeed any virus, known to have been conducted at any time in anywhere”.

Humanized mouse tests

Professor Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina is pioneering cutting-edge experiments that use a technique to merge different pathogens combining their genes. To test the effects of these chimeric coronaviruses, Baric created “humanized” mice, who were injected with genes that allowed them to develop human-like lungs and vascular systems.

“Ominously, tools exist to simultaneously modify genomes to increase virulence [and] transmissibility,” Baric wrote in a 2006 paper. “These biological weapons could be directed at humans, domestic animals or crops, causing a devastating impact on human civilization.”

In the meantime, by 2012, activists and scientists were beginning to reject gain-of-function research for its inherent dangers.

“About 30 laboratories are now working with live Sars virus worldwide. The probability of an escape from at least one laboratory is high,” wrote Lynn Klotz, a senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “Would one escape in ten lead to a major outbreak or pandemic? One in a hundred? One in a thousand? No one knows. But for any of these probabilities, the probability-weighted number of casualties and deaths would be intolerably high “.

In 2013, WIV researcher Shi Zhengli called Ralph Baric to ask for your help in growing sufficient quantities of a Sars-like virus found in a cave, SHC014, for testing. Baric agreed, and the WIV provided him with the strain’s genetic sequence so he could recreate genes from its spike proteins. Baric’s team inserted the SHC014s “spike gene” into a copy of the original Sars virus they created in North Carolina and tested the new chimeric virus in humanized mice.

Meanwhile a May 2014EcoHealth Alliance received $3.7 million from the US National Institutes of Health, of which more than $500,000 went to fund the purchase of laboratory equipment at the WIV, and $130,000 went directly to Shi and the his assistant

The Obama administration then banned gain-of-function research, but a “loophole” allowed the practice to continue if it was deemed “urgent and safe.” Baric argued this to the NIH, which approved.

The results of Baric’s experiment with the genetic sequence given to him by Shi were published in co-authored research in November 2015. The combined copy of Sars and the SHC014 virus was a potential mass killer. It caused severe lung damage in humanized mice and was resistant to vaccines developed for Sars. The paper acknowledged that it might have been too dangerous an experiment.

It caused quite a stir. “If the virus escaped, no one could predict the trajectory“, warned Simon Wain-Hobson, virologist at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. -Sunday hours

And in May 2016, Daszak told a conference in New York that he was getting “closer and closer” to obtaining a virus “that could actually become pathogenic in people.”

For 2017He wrote in a paper that his team had tried to create eight mutant coronaviruses based on strains found in Shitou Cave, two of which were found to infect human cells. The research had been done in BSL-2 laboratorieswhile US guidelines for this research require BSL-3 precautions, including self-closing doors, filtered air, and scientists equipped with full PPE while under medical supervision, the time write

Enter the smoking gun

How Shi was creating his eight mutant viruses, WIV made ‘another dangerous leap forward’ with his work on Shitou Cave viruses, in which Ebright describes how the most dangerous coronavirus experiment ever conducted – which was funded in part with EcoHealth grant money.

The scientists selected three lab-grown mutant viruses, created by mixing Sars-like viruses with WIV1, which had been shown to infect human cells. These mutants were then injected into the nose of albino mice with human lungs.

The goal was to see if the viruses had the potential to cause a pandemic if they merged, as they might do naturally in a bat colony. The original WIV1 virus was injected into another group of mice as a comparison.

Mice were monitored in their cages for two weeks. The results were shocking. The mutant virus that fused WIV1 with SHC014 killed 75 percent of the rodents and was three times more lethal than the original WIV1. In the first days of infection, the human lungs of the mice were found to contain a viral load up to 10,000 times greater than the original WIV1 virus.

Scientists had created a highly infectious supercoronavirus with a terrifying death rate that in all likelihood would never have emerged in the wild. The new genetically modified virus was not Covid-19, but it could have been even more deadly if it had leaked. -Sunday hours

In its April 2018 annual progress report, the WIV, EcoHealth’s Peter Daszak omitted mouse deaths. Nor did he mention them in his grant renewal application submitted to the NIH later that year. In fact, he said they had only experienced “mild clinical signs like Sars”.

So Daszak lied, since the experiment had killed six of the eight infected humanized mice.

Daszak was eventually cleared, but says his statement about “mild” disease was based on preliminary results (even though the mice had died months before he issued his statement).

The US State Department intervenes

As global lockdowns came to an end, US State Department investigators gained access secret intelligence on China’s coronavirus experiments in the months and years before the emergence of Covid-19. More than a dozen investigators, with unparalleled access to “metadata, phone information and Internet information” from US intelligence intercepts, published a report in early 2021 that he made two statements; that the WIV was experimenting with a strain, RaTG13, found in the Moijang mine, and that covert military research – including experiments conducted on animal test subjects, were being conducted just prior to the pandemic.

“They were working with all nine different variants of Covid,” said one of the researchers, adding that they believe a WIV virus was even closer to Covid-19 than RaTG13.

“We are sure they were working on a closer unpublished variant, possibly collected in Mojiang.”

And of course others believe that Covid-19 was largely an American production…

Either way, here you go. Apologies from the MSM, fact checkers, social media companies and the Biden administration can be sent to [email protected].

This post was originally published on Zero Hedge


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