By MIKE MAGEE
The truth hurts.
Eighteen months after a disaster that killed 3.5 million people around the world, the truth is creeping in. Human error likely caused the Covid pandemic, and America’s medico-industrial complex was right in the middle of it.
Signs of a “great awakening” emerged from various corners in May.
On May 14, UNC’s top virologist Ralph Baric, who worked closely with Wuhan’s chief virologist and batwoman extraordinary Shi Zhengli, signed with 17 other scientists to a scientific editionl who demanded a re-examination of the causality of Covid writing “the theories of accidental laboratory release and zoonotic fallout both remain viable”.
May 26, Francis collins, chief of NIH, which partially funded Zhengli’s risky bat virus research (more on this in a moment), admitted to congressional investigators that “we can’t rule out the possibility of some sort laboratory accident “.
And on June 3, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the ubiquitous Tony Fauci advised anyone who might want to listen to “keep an open mind”. What he would like us to open our minds to is not a Chinese-led conspiracy of armed microbes, but simply scientific recklessness and human error.
It is now well established that three virology scientists from Wuhan were hospitalized in the fall of 2019 with Covid. But the initial report of the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in China of this cluster of pneumonia cases was only released on the last day of 2019.
It took just another 50 days for the tight-knit group of global research virologists to pull themselves together and write a Lancet Editorial in which they said: “We stand in solidarity in strongly condemning conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 has no natural origin” and that they “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus is native to wildlife.”
Their chief coordinator was one of the Pierre Daszak, a licensed power broker at the U.S. Industrial Medical Complex and chairman of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, which was a major funder of Shi Zhengli’s work in Wuhan.
Daszak is known to have adopted militarized terms in the fight against global infectious diseases. In 2020, he writes in the New York Times, “Pandemics are like terrorist attacks: we know roughly where they come from and what is responsible for them, but we don’t know exactly when the next one will happen. They must be treated the same – by identifying all possible sources and dismantling them before the next pandemic. “
Daszak’s argument that the risks involved in Shi Zhengli’s Wuhan bat viruses were justified as defensive and preventative was convincing enough to the NIH and the Department of Defense that its EcoHealth Alliance was funded. from 2013 to 2020 (contracts, grants, sub-grants) in excess of $ 100 million – $ 39 million from Pentagon / DOD funds, $ 65 million from USAID / State Department and $ 20 million from HHS / NIH / CDC.
As a veteran science journalist Nicolas wade deciphered in a classic Science – The Wire article, “For 20 years, mostly under public attention, they had played a dangerous game. In their laboratories, they regularly created viruses more dangerous than those that exist in nature. They argued that it was safe to do so and that by going ahead of nature they could predict and prevent natural “spillovers”, the passage of viruses from animal host to human. If SARS2 had indeed escaped from such a laboratory experiment, one might expect a wild backlash, and the storm of public outrage would affect virologists everywhere, not just in China.
The EcoHealth Alliance connection to Wuhan and Daszak’s connection to Shi Zhengli have been somewhat isolated by a UNC virologist named Ralph Baric. Zhengli and Baric had teamed up in November 2015 to manipulate the crucial spike protein of the SARS1 virus creating a “chimera” – possessing the genetic material of two different viral stars. At the time, other scientists sounded the alarm, including that of the Pasteur Institute Simon wain hobson who wrote “If the virus escaped, no one could predict the trajectory.”
Risky experiments, called “Gain of function” studies, have been justified as super-safe, safe, predictive and preventive. Shi returned to her labs in 2018 and 2019 with a grant from the Fauci National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Nicholas Wade read the grant proposal and somewhat alarmingly concluded that Shi was creating chimeric viruses with a range of human infectivity as measured in genetically engineered viruses. “humanized” mice. Basically, she was helping the virus discover “the best combination of coronavirus backbone and advanced protein to infect human cells.”
When you see photos of scientists in spacesuits awkwardly trying to complete experiments, it’s maximum security – BSL4. As it turns out, Shi’s “gain-of-function” experiments were carried out two rungs down the safety ladder at BSL2– the level of safety equivalent to that of a dental practice.
On January 15 of this year, the State Department confessed in issuing this statement, “The US government has reason to believe that several researchers within the WIV fell ill in the fall of 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses. “
It’s not as if the Industrial Medical Complex hadn’t been warned. Seven years earlier, a group of concerned scientists called the Cambridge Task Force issued the statement: “The accident risks associated with the newly created ‘potential pandemic pathogens’ raise serious new concerns. The creation of new, highly transmissible strains of dangerous viruses in the laboratory, in particular, but not limited to influenza, poses significantly increased risks. Accidental infection in such an environment could trigger epidemics that would be difficult or impossible to control. “
As Nicholas Wade’s investigation details, with absolute evidence yet to be discovered, the overwhelming and growing mountain of evidence points to nationally sustained human error. According to Wade, “The US government shares a strange common interest with the Chinese authorities: neither is keen to draw attention to the fact that Dr. Shi’s work on the coronavirus has been funded by the Nationals. United States Institutes of Health.
As Fauci said this week, “We have to keep an open mind.” It apparently goes both ways. Its National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recently, in August 2020, awarded $ 82 million to establish the Emerging Infectious Disease Research Centers to ten principal investigators. Peter Daszak is # 3 on the list.
Mike Magee, MD is a medical historian and health economist and author of “Code Blue: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex”.