|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 25, 2021 at 3:20 PM|
The World Health Organization concluded in February that the lab origin theory lacked evidence and that the team investigating the virus's origins should abandon it. Hundreds of scientists from all over the world were outraged and demanded that the WHO investigate the Wuhan lab hypothesis further.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology project was started nine years ago with the goal of researching bat viruses. The Chinese army was in charge of this high-security facility.
According to documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday, a nationwide scheme directed by a leading state agency was launched nine years ago to discover new viruses and detect the biological "dark matter" involved in disease transmission.
In the first three years of the project, one leading Chinese scientist, who published the first genetic sequence of the Covid-19 virus in January last year, discovered 143 new diseases.
It would make sense for a scientist who is familiar with the COVID-19 virus to be the first to sequence its genome. The military's involvement, as well as research into viruses that could be weaponized, has raised red flags among Western intelligence agencies. It's worth noting that there's no direct evidence that China has a military bioweapons program. However, it's difficult to think of another reason for the military's interest.
The fact that a virus-detection project is led by both civilian and military scientists appears to back up incendiary claims from the US that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and the country's 2.1 million-strong armed forces collaborate.
Shi Zhengli, a WIV virologist nicknamed "Bat Woman" for her trips to find samples in caves, and Cao Wuchun, a senior army officer and government adviser on bioterrorism, are among the scheme's five team leaders.
Last month, Prof Shi denied the US allegations, saying, "I'm not aware of any military work at the WIV." That information is false.'
The US State Department has expressed concern about the lab's "gain of function" work. Gain of function, in essence, “puts positive selective pressure on microorganisms to cause mutations that increase pathogenicity, transmissibility, and antigenicity.” To put it another way, gain of function takes a bad bug and makes it even worse.
Why would a group of civilian scientists do such a thing? The common response is that they were attempting to understand life at its most fundamental level. Gain of function takes on a whole new, dark meaning now that the military connection has been confirmed.
The documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday describe a major project called "the discovery of animal-delivered pathogens carried by wild animals," which aimed to find and study organisms that could infect humans.
It was founded in 2012 and is supported by China's National Natural Science Foundation. Xu Jianguo, the project's leader, boasted at a 2019 conference that "a giant network of infectious disease prevention and control is taking shape."
In addition, the professor led the first expert group to investigate Covid's appearance in Wuhan. Despite evidence from hospitals, he initially denied human transmission, then insisted in mid-January that "this epidemic is limited and will end if there are no new cases next week."
We'll never get the whole truth from China. And once the pandemic is a distant memory, the desire to learn more about its origins will fade as well.
It will be easy for China to get away with it. Their wholly-owned subsidiary, the World Health Organization, will assist them in this endeavor. An American president would have to be brave to demand accountability and put his money where his mouth is. Economic sanctions against China would not only invite retaliation, but they would also harm their economy more than our sanctions would harm ours. This would be especially true if we were able to enlist the help of the rest of the industrialized world.
China is not yet the world's most powerful country. Until then, the Chinese Communist Party must be shown that their failures to contain the pandemic have a significant cost in the real world.