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They need to arrest Daszak, JK Mazet, Yount, Menachery, and others, and put them in pre-trial detention, as public safety menaces, before they let something worse loose. The existence of UK born, raised, and educated Daszak on US soil, once again, points to the failures in the US immigration system – likely H1B. And, why did the UK protect Daszak’s Ukrainian father, who appears to have fought with Nazi German forces during WWII, from the Soviets and allow him to move to the UK? Was Baric’s father a Croatian Nazi?
“McCaul Releases Addendum to Origins of COVID-19 Report Press Release 08.01.21
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican has released an addendum to his Origins of COVID-19 report released in September 2020. https://gop-foreignaffairs.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ORIGINS-OF-COVID-19-REPORT.pdf https://gop-foreignaffairs.house.gov/finalcovid-19pandemicoriginsreport/
The addendum outlines evidence that points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) as the source of the outbreak, and outlines some of the many steps researchers at the WIV along with Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance took to cover up the research being done there. It also breaks down how scientific papers written by researchers at the WIV not only prove the WIV was doing dangerous genetic modification research on coronaviruses at unsafe biosafety levels, but also that WIV researchers had the ability to genetically modify coronaviruses as early as 2016 without leaving any trace of that modification.
“As we continue to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe it’s time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source of the outbreak. Instead, as this report lays out, a preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead to the WIV,” stated Rep. Michael McCaul. “We know gain-of-function research was happening at the WIV and we know it was being done in unsafe conditions. We also now know the head of the Chinese CDC and the director of the WIV’s BSL-4 lab publicly expressed concerns about safety at PRC labs in the summer of 2019. It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019. When they realized what happened, Chinese Communist Party officials and scientists at the WIV began frantically covering up the leak, including taking their virus database offline in the middle of the night and requesting more than $1 million for additional security.
“But their coverup was too late – the virus was already spreading throughout the megacity of Wuhan. Within a month, satellite images show a significant uptick in the number of people at hospitals around the WIV with symptoms similar to COVID-19. At the same time, athletes at the Military World Games became sick with symptoms similar to COVID-19. Some of them carried the virus back to their home countries – creating one of the earliest super spreader events in the world, and explaining how countries who participated in the games had reported cases as early as November 2019.
“It is also concerning the scientific community told the American people for more than a year it was impossible to modify a virus without leaving a trace when this technology existed more than 14 years before the pandemic began. As this report lays out, researchers at the WIV were also able to successfully modify coronaviruses without leaving a trace as early as 2016. Therefore it is no longer appropriate for anyone to dismiss the notion this virus could have been genetically modified before it leaked from the WIV.
“Now is the time to use all of the tools the U.S. government has to continue to root out the full truth of how this virus came to be. That includes subpoenaing Peter Daszak to appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to answer the many questions his inconsistent – and in some instances outright and knowingly inaccurate – statements have raised. It also includes Congress passing legislation to sanction scientists at the WIV and CCP officials who participated in this coverup. This was the greatest coverup of all time and has caused the deaths of more than four million people around world, and people must be held responsible.”
Highlights from The Origins of COVID-19 Report Addendum
There were significant concerns about the lax safety protocols in PRC labs, including from the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the head of the WIV’s BSL-4 lab.
There were multiple requests for maintenance at the WIV, including in their new facility that had been operational for less than two years. Some of those requests included maintenance on “environmental air disinfection system” and “hazardous waste treatment system” – which would indicate concerns about how these systems meant to prevent lab leaks were functioning.
Scientists at the WIV were conducting gain-of-function research at BSL-2 and BSL-3 safety levels. A BSL-2 lab has the same safety protocols as a dentist’s office.
Scientists have been able to genetically modify coronaviruses without leaving a trace of that modification since 2005. Scientists at the WIV successfully modified coronaviruses without leaving a trace as early as 2016 – three years prior to the outbreak.
At the request of WIV researchers, Peter Daszak attempted to hide his close association with the WIV while he referred to anyone in the scientific community who said a lab leak should be investigated as promoting a “conspiracy theory.”
Shi Zhengli has repeatedly lied about:
* The gain-of-function research being done at the WIV;
* The People’s Liberation Army’s presence at the WIV;
* The timing of when she sequenced the virus that is the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 in order to hide what they knew about that virus prior to the pandemic;
* Safety protocols being followed when they were not; and
* Why the WIV took their virus database offline on September 12, 2019.”
Page 33 of the 84 page document:
“In 2014, Shi and Daszak coauthored two more joint WIV-EcoHealth Alliance papers. The lead author for one of the papers, entitled “Detection of diverse novel astroviruses from small mammals in China,” was Ben Hu, a WIV researcher who was a coauthor of earlier Shi/Daszak papers. Shi is listed as the corresponding author, and the paper was again jointly funded by the PRC government (including grant no. 2013FY113500) and USAID’s PREDICT program.
The next year, in 2015, Shi provided Ralph Baric and other researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with spike protein sequences and plasmids of SCH014, one of the viruses Shi, Daszak, and WIV researchers identified in bat feces samples in 2013.
American researchers used those samples to create “a chimeric virus expressing the spike of bat coronavirus SHC014 in a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone.” In other words, they removed the spike protein from SHC014 and inserted it into a SARS coronavirus that was genetically manipulated to better infect mice. This work was done under BSL-3 conditions.
The newly created virus was then shown to bind to ACE2 in humans, replicate “efficiently” in primary human airways cells, and withstand antibodies and vaccines. Researchers concluded that the work “suggests a potential risk of SARS-CoV re-emergence from viruses currently circulating in bat populations.” This research was funded by NIAID and the NIH under multiple awards (nos. U19AI109761, U19AI107810, AI085524, F32AI102561, K99AG049092, DK065988), USAID’s PREDICT program via EcoHealth Alliance, and the PRC government. Baric was the corresponding author.
2015 also saw the publication of another Shi/Hu/Wang/Daszak paper. Entitled “Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Bat Coronavirus Closely Related to the Direct Progenitor of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus,” it was published in the Journal of Virology. Nine of the twelve authors were WIV researchers, including Hu and Shi, who was the corresponding author. Here the WIV reported the successful isolation of a second novel coronavirus, WIV16. The SARS-like coronavirus was isolated from a single sample of bat fecal matter collected in Kunming, Yunnan Province of the PRC in July 2013. Like previous papers, this work was supported by a NIAID grant (no. R01AI110964) and by grants from the PRC government (including grant no. 2013FY113500).
In addition to her aforementioned work with researchers at UNC Chapel Hill, Shi also provided them with additional bat coronavirus sequences and plasmid of WIV1’s spike protein. The resulting paper, “SARS-like WIV1-CoV poised for human emergence,” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in March 2016. While neither Shi nor Daszak (nor any WIV researcher) are listed as coauthors, Baric was the corresponding author.
Hu, Ben, et. al. “Detection of diverse novel astroviruses from small mammals in China.” J Gen Virol. Nov 2014, 95(Pt 11): 2442-2449. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25034867/ Menachery, Vineet, et. al. “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence.” Nat Med, 9 Nov. 2015, 21:1508–1513. https://doi.org/10.1038/nm.3985 Menachery Ibid. Ibid. Yang, Xing-Lou et al. “Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Bat Coronavirus Closely Related to the Direct Progenitor of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.” Journal of Virology, 30 Dec. 2015, 90(6): 3253-6.” https://dx.doi.org/10.1128%2FJVI.02582-15
US NIAID Funded Baric-Shi “Gain of Function” Research Featured in Fauci FOIA Emails Built Upon Mouse “Gain of Function” Virus Created By the NIAID, the CDC and UNC-Chapel Hill; Fauci Head of NIAID Since 1983