This is one of those things that’s been stirring in my head pretty much since the beginning of this crisis.
COVID 19 is also known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which is shortened to SARS-CoV-2. It is also called COVID 19 is a Corona Virus Disease discovered in 2019.
COVID 19, properly called the Chinese Wuhan Lab Virus, is more pathogenic than the previous version of SARS which appeared in 2003. The reason for that is thought to be attributable to the presence of a “spike” protein on the virus.
Spike proteins are what coronaviruses use to bind to the membrane of the human cells that they infect. The binding process is activated by certain cell enzymes.
SARS-CoV-2, however, has a specific structure that allows it to bind “at least 10 times more tightly than the corresponding spike protein of [SARS-CoV] to their common host cell receptor.”
Partly, this is due to the fact that the spike protein contains a site that recognizes and becomes activated by an enzyme called furin.
Furin is a host-cell enzyme in various human organs, such as the liver, the lungs, and the small intestines. The fact that this enzyme resides in all of these human tissues means that the virus can potentially attack several organs at once.
SARS-CoV and coronaviruses in the same family do not have the same furin activation site, some studies have shown.
The “furin-like cleavage site” recently discovered in SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins may explain the viral life cycle and pathogenicity of the virus, say researchers.
So how did it get there? We’ll speculate on that later.
November 2019: China knows of Patient Zero
Jan. 14: Under orders from China, the World Health Organization declares COVID 19 is not contagious.
Now for some things you might not know. Fauci is neck deep in the Wuhan lab:
But just last year, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization led by Dr. Fauci, funded scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other institutions for work on gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses.
In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.
Many scientists have criticized gain of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release.
But “what’s Gain of Function?” you ask. This
Gain of Function Research
Certain gain-of-function studies with the potential to enhance the pathogenicity or transmissibility of potential pandemic pathogens (PPPs) have raised biosafety and biosecurity concerns, including the potential dual use risks associated with the misuse of the information or products resulting from such research.
Fauci has spent a lot of time talking up “transmissibility.”
On October 16, 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of the U.S. Government (USG) gain-of-function (GOF) deliberative process to re-evaluate the potential risks and benefits associated with certain GOF experiments. During this process the USG paused the release of federal funding for GOF studies anticipated to enhance the pathogenicity or transmissibility among mammals by respiratory droplets of influenza, MERS, or SARS viruses.
Enhance the transmissibility, you say…
And don’t miss this:
A second phase of the project, beginning that year, included additional surveillance work but also gain-of-function research for the purpose of understanding how bat coronaviruses could mutate to attack humans. The project was run by EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit research group, under the direction of President Peter Daszak, an expert on disease ecology. NIH canceled the project just this past Friday, April 24th, Politico reported. Daszak did not immediately respond to Newsweek requests for comment.
How to cause mutation it so it could infect humans. Hmmm
A top Australian vaccine researcher calls COVID 19 virus almost perfectly adapted for humans:
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is “almost perfectly human adapted” — lending credence to the possibility it was man-made in a Chinese lab, a top Australian vaccine researcher says.
Nikolai Petrovsky was shocked when research found that the virus was more virulent in humans than any other animal, the Daily Mail reported.
He said it was like the new strain of coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, was “completely optimized from day one without the need to evolve” like other viruses.
“This is a new virus that has never been in humans before, but it has an extraordinarily high binding to human receptors, which is very surprising,” Petrovsky told the Mail. “It is almost perfectly human adapted, it couldn’t do any better.”
Fauci strenuously argues that this virus did not come from a lab
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci told the publication on Monday.
Based on the scientific evidence, he said the coronavirus wasn’t accidentally released from a lab either.
But Mike Pompeo says that there is “enormous evidence” that the virus came from a lab:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “enormous evidence” exists indicating the coronavirus pandemic began in a lab in Wuhan, China and that the ruling Communist Party did everything it could to keep the outbreak under wraps.
“There’s enormous evidence that that’s where this began. We’ve said from the beginning that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset. But I think the whole world can see now,” he said on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday.
“Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories. These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.”
Now the same Australian researchers suggest this virus was manipulated:
A forthcoming Australian scientific study concludes that the coronavirus causing the global pandemic contains unique properties suggesting it was manipulated in a Chinese laboratory and was not the result of a natural occurrence.
Five scientists who conducted the study discovered an unusual ability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as the pathogen behind COVID-19 is called, to easily infect humans.
The scientists said there is no sign so far that the virus can be found in other animals, including bats or the exotic wildlife sold for fresh meat at a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first identified and where China maintains a major laboratory studying such viruses.
Jan 11, 2017, shortly before Trump is inaugurated, Fauci is part of a panel in which he says:
Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is “no doubt” Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.
During a forum on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, Fauci said the Trump administration will not only be challenged by ongoing global health threats such as influenza and HIV, but also a surprise disease outbreak.
And he added
“We will definitely get surprised in the next few years.”
Definitely. Not maybe. Definitely
Also participating in this panel was one Ronald Klain, a democrat lawyer operative, who said:
“It’s hard to think of a more important time to show a willingness to speak out in the public health community and the global health community than it is right now on the eve of Donald Trump becoming our next president,” Klain said. “The risks have never been higher, and the question of his perspective on these issues has never been more dubious than it is with Donald Trump.”
For a moment, let’s see what the amazing Klainkin was saying earlier this year:
Let’s look at what Biden’s “coronavirus adviser,” Ron Klain, was saying in February. Klain doesn’t have a medical background, he’s a political operative and a lawyer who Barack Obama made his Ebola czar. On February 13, Klain said that we “don’t have a COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S but we are starting to see a fear epidemic.” He then praised NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call to go to Chinatown, go shopping and “stand with your neighbors” showing a picture of the mayor in close quarters with several people eating dim sum.
Klain and Fauci on a panel predicting with certainty that a surprise disease outbreak would occur under Trump?
What did they know that we did not? Fauci’s history suggests that they knew a lot. IMO this virus was manipulated in a lab to be more pathogenic, transmissible and virulent to humans than it ever was naturally.
The virus got out of the lab and the Chinese knew it and it smothered the information. Their refusal to seal the province from the rest of the world while sealing it from the rest of China signals one thing to me.