Elon Musk demands Anthony Fauci be prosecuted after NIH admits to funding gain-of-function research at Wuhan lab

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Elon Musk demanded the prosecution of Dr. Anthony Fauci after a National Institutes of Health official confessed that U.S. taxpayer funds were used for risky gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China. The alarming admission by the top NIH bureaucrat directly contradicts sworn testimony that Fauci made when questioned by Congress.

On Thursday, acting NIH Director and current Principal Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak was questioned during a hearing by the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. The hearing had a mission to compel Tabak to "explain numerous inconsistencies between the public and private testimonies of NIH employees and EcoHealth President, Dr. Peter Daszak."

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) asked Tabak about the NIH's role in risky gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through the Manhattan-based EcoHealth Alliance – the nonprofit organization that was involved in controversial coronavirus experiments.

Lesko inquired, "Dr. Tabak, did NIH fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through EcoHealth?"

Tabak replied, "It depends on your definition of gain-of-function research. If you’re speaking about the generic term, yes, we did."

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic declared, "Dr. Tabak offered substantial evidence that Dr. Daszak purposefully misled both the NIH and the Select Subcommittee about EcoHealth’s efforts to comply with grant procedures."

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Tabak's response also contradicts Fauci's repeated claims that there was no gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab funded by the NIH.

As Blaze News previously reported, Fauci clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during a fiery confrontation before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in May 2021.

Paul asked Fauci, "Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?"

Fauci answered, "Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect. The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund 'gain of function research' in the Wuhan Institute."

In July 2021, Paul pressed Fauci about the NIH using taxpayer money to fund gain-of-research experiments at the Wuhan lab.

Paul asked, "Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11, where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research?"

Fauci replied, "Sen. Paul, I have never lied before the Congress. And I do not retract that statement."

Fauci, now 83, then attacked Paul by saying, "You don't know what you're talking about, quite frankly."

On Wednesday, Paul told Newsmax, "So, you have this bureaucrat Anthony Fauci in charge of the money spigot who is not really a researcher in this, but saying adamantly that it wasn't gain-of-function. Why does he say that? Because he wants to escape responsibility for having funded research and for having made the terrible decision to fund research that led to a pandemic that killed millions of people."

Dr. Paul Questions Dr. Fauci on Wuhan Lab and Gain of Function Research - May 11, 2021 www.youtube.com

On Friday, Elon Musk wrote on the X social media platform: "Prosecute/Fauci."

U.S. Code Section 1621 states that anyone who "willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true" is guilty of perjury and shall be fined or imprisoned up to five years, or both. The statute of limitations for perjury is five years from the time the statement was made.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines gain-of-function research as:

Studies, or research that improves the ability of a pathogen to cause disease, help define the fundamental nature of human-pathogen interactions, thereby enabling assessment of the pandemic potential of emerging infectious agents, informing public health and preparedness efforts, and furthering medical countermeasure development.

In October 2014, the Obama administration halted all federal funding for risky gain-of-function studies.

Former President Barack Obama's White House announced a "pause" to "assess the potential risks and benefits associated with a subset of life sciences research known as 'gain-of-function' studies."

The NIH announced in December 2017 – when Donald Trump was president – that it was lifting the funding pause on gain-of-function experiments.

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Rand Paul claims '15 US agencies' knew about Wuhan’s development of COVID-19 and did NOTHING

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Apparently, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) did a little digging into the COVID-19 pandemic and what he found was that “15 U.S. agencies knew full well that the Wuhan lab was trying to create a virus like COVID-19 in 2018, and they did nothing,” reports Pat Gray.

“If that’s true — and certainly it is — somebody’s head needs to roll, somebody needs to go to prison over this,” he tells Jeffy, adding that “that someone is Anthony Fauci.”

“How many millions of people died because nobody said anything, nobody did anything about it?” Pat asks.

Of course, the left is “trying to blame those deaths on Donald Trump because he didn’t act supposedly the way they wanted him to,” and yet “these people did nothing” even though “they knew about [the virus’ development] the whole time.”

“These officials, according to Rand Paul, knew that the Chinese lab was proposing to create a COVID-19 like virus, and not one of them revealed that scheme to the public,” reads Pat. “In fact, 15 agencies with the knowledge of that project have continuously refused to release any information concerning this alarming and dangerous research.”

Further, “Government officials representing at least 15 federal agencies were briefed on a project proposed by Peter Daszak — Ecohealth Alliance head and the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” which “proposed to insert furin cleavage sites into a coronavirus to create a novel chimeric virus that would’ve been shockingly similar to the COVID-19 virus.”

“All technical stuff aside,” says Pat, “they knew about it, they did nothing, and nothing is going to happen to anyone — and we all know it.”

To learn more about Fauci’s likely role in the scandal, watch the clip below.

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Esteemed molecular biologist warns of 'smoking gun' evidence COVID-19 was engineered by researchers at Chinese lab

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An esteemed molecular biologist has come forward to warn of "smoking gun" evidence that COVID-19 not only originated from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, but it was engineered by researchers at the Chinese lab.

Richard H. Ebright, Ph.D., is a molecular biologist at Rutgers University and is on the Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University and Laboratory Director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. The Harvard Junior Fellow earned the Searle Scholar Award, was named a Johnson & Johnson Discovery Research Fellow, was awarded the Walter J. Johnson Prize, was named Infectious Diseases Society of America Fellow, and took home the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award.

Ebright has also served on the National Institutes of Health Molecular Biology Study Section and National Institutes of Health special emphasis panels.

He has more than 175 publications and more than 40 issued and pending patents.

Ebright is also an outspoken critic of the unchallenged narrative of the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Ebright notes that a document from 2018 points to "smoking gun" evidence that COVID-19 was engineered by researchers at a Chinese lab.

Ebright spotlights a March 2018 grant proposal for experiments called "Project DEFUSE."

American and Chinese virologists lobbied to receive a $14 million grant from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, for funding to engineer bat viruses related to SARS-CoV-1 to examine how they could jump to human transmission.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "The proposal for Project DEFUSE specified that the viruses’ infectivity would be enhanced by inserting into them a genetic element known as a furin cleavage site. Depending on the starting viruses, this protocol could have produced SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which has a distinctive furin cleavage site."

The proposal involved Chinese bat researcher Zhengli Shi, EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak, and Ralph Baric – a University of North Carolina professor, who reportedly collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on "risky bat-virus research" in 2015.

Commentary noted, "The proposal outlines a joint project between Baric’s UNC lab and a team headed by WIV senior scientist Zhengli Shi, the famous 'Bat Lady' of the Wuhan lab. The proposal was drafted under the supervision of Peter Daszak — whose EcoHealth Alliance would funnel the hoped-for grant money to the researchers — and was addressed to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)."

The proposal was ultimately denied by DARPA.

However, Project DEFUSE may have been funded by the Chinese government and executed by researchers at the Wuhan Lab of Virology.

The Washington Times reported, "Nonetheless, speculation persists about whether the research may have proceeded with support from the Chinese government. Project DEFUSE also suggested modifications to bat coronavirus spike proteins, introducing 'human-specific cleavage sites.' Notably, these techniques are similar to those some biologists surmise could have played a role in crafting the coronavirus responsible for the global health crisis."

Nicholas Wade – a former science editor of the New York Times – wrote in the WSJ, "Viruses made according to the DEFUSE protocol could have been available by the time COVID-19 broke out, sometime between August and November 2019. This would account for the otherwise unexplained timing of the pandemic along with its place of origin."

Dr. Filippa Lentzos – an associate professor of science and international security at King’s College London – has also urged the world to acknowledge that the COVID pandemic may have originated from research by scientists.

"We have to acknowledge the fact that the pandemic could have started from some research-related incident," Lentzos said in a United Nations speech.

"Are we going to find that out? In my view, I think it’s very unlikely that we will," she stated. "We need to do better in future. We are going to see more ambiguous events."

“There will be an outbreak, and we won’t know if it’s natural, deliberate, or accidental, and as an international community we need to find ways in which we can investigate that," Lentzos warned. "For our purposes what is important we need to acknowledge that it could have been, and so what should your responses be."

As Blaze News reported on Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced new guidelines regarding COVID-19 that are in stark contrast to previous recommendations by the health agency.

The CDC now says people who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine from others for at least five days, advised treating coronavirus in the same manner as the flu, and to gather outside to prevent sickness.

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Bombshell report finds Chinese lab mapped COVID-19 virus weeks before China notified the world

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Chinese researchers reportedly identified and mapped the COVID-19 virus weeks before China notified the world, according to a new bombshell report. The alarming findings raise serious concerns about China's transparency regarding the initial coronavirus outbreak.

According to documents obtained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a Chinese researcher uploaded a nearly complete sequence of the COVID-19 virus structure to a U.S. database run by the National Institute of Health on Dec. 28, 2019 – two weeks before China officially notified the world about the deadly virus to the world.

The Chinese researcher has been named as Dr. Lili Ren – a virologist at the Institute of Pathogen Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee noted that the Institute of Pathogen Biology of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences has ties to the Chinese Communist Party and People's Liberation Army. The Republican lawmakers also noted that Ren is a "current subgrantee of non-profit EcoHealth Alliance on the same National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) grant as the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which has been debarred from receiving NIH grants for ten years for failing to provide laboratory records requested by NIH and for conducting research that 'did lead or could lead to health issues or other unacceptable outcomes.'"

Ren reportedly tried to publish the genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to GenBank – a comprehensive database of genetic sequences that is publicly available and operated by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

However, GenBank reportedly notified Ren via email three days later that her submission was incomplete and that she needed to provide additional annotations. After Ren did not provide the annotations, GenBank deleted Ren's genetic sequencing from its processing queue on Jan. 16, 2020, according to the Washington Post.

Interestingly enough, a different team of Chinese researchers submitted a "nearly identical" genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 to GenBank that was published on Jan. 12, 2020, according to a letter sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from Melanie Anne Egorin – a senior official at the HHS.

China didn't officially notify the World Health Organization about the COVID-19 sequence until Jan. 12, 2020.

Before the virus was identified as a novel coronavirus, Beijing had maintained the outbreak was a cluster of cases of pneumonia "of unknown cause" in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Chinese officials linked the outbreak to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.

"The existence of a SARS-CoV-2 sequence days before the CCP acknowledged an outbreak, and more than two weeks before the China CDC release their sequence, calls into question how early the CCP knew about the virus and how long they withheld this information from the world, resulting in more deaths and wasting critical time to develop vaccines and treatments," said Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Republicans said the Biden administration, the NIH, and HHS have "obstructed and delayed Congressional investigations into the origins of SARS-CoV-2" and "refused to produce this sequence for over seven months."

The sequence was only released to the House Energy and Commerce Committee after it had threatened subpoenas.

Committee Chair Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) said, "This significant discovery further underscores why we cannot trust any of the so-called ‘facts’ or data provided by the CCP and calls into serious question the legitimacy of any scientific theories based on such information."

"The American people deserve to know the truth about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, and our investigation has uncovered numerous causes for concern, including how taxpayers’ dollars are spent, how our government’s public health agencies operate, and the need for more oversight into research grants to foreign scientists," the Republican representatives stated on Wednesday. "In addition to equipping us to better prepare for the next pandemic, this investigation’s findings will help us as policymakers as we work to strengthen America’s biosafety practices and bolster oversight of research grants."

The Wall Street Journal reported, "Having the virus information two weeks earlier 'would have helped in the early stages of the outbreak,' particularly with putting a more effective testing regimen in place, said Richard Ebright, a microbiologist at Rutgers University."

Jesse Bloom – a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle – told the Washington Post, "That two weeks would have made a tangible difference in quite a few people’s lives."

There have been an estimated 7 million COVID-19 deaths.

The Chinese Embassy told the WSJ, "China has kept refining our COVID response based on science to make it more targeted. China’s COVID response policies are science-based, effective, and consistent with China’s national realities. They can stand the test of history."

Ren did not respond to a request for comment from the Wall Street Journal.

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THESE recently obtained Fauci emails may put him in JAIL

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What should be done with Anthony Fauci?

Senator Rand Paul thinks jail time might be sufficient — but not likely.

“We referred him twice to the Department of Justice; we haven’t gotten a lot of action. We barely can even get a letter back saying they’ve received the referral,” the senator tells Dave Rubin.

However, the referral sent was a criminal referral for lying to Congress, which is a felony. Fauci could face up to five years in prison for that.

“I think he deserves that, but above and beyond that, he also deserves the culpability basically for funding the research that became the pandemic. And this is a big deal. This is no small mistake that he made,” Rand says.

“It may be one of the worst mistakes made in modern history.”

And why did that mistake happen?

“Because Dr. Fauci’s opinion is that, even if a pandemic were to occur, gain of function — this juicing up of viruses research — is worth it,” Rand says.

Rand doesn’t believe that the millions of Americans who died or whose family members died would agree that it was worth it.

“I think you’d find that most American families, and frankly, worldwide, would be upset, you know, that this actually came from government-funded projects at the behest of Anthony Fauci,” he says.

However, the American people might be more distrusting next time around, especially considering the recent release of damning emails from January 2020.

In these emails, Fauci’s tenor reflects that he’s concerned not only about the origin of the virus, but that the origins could “boomerang and come back” and that he would be exposed as the one who approved the funding that created it.

“We know, for one thing, Fauci allowed this research to happen in communist China without any review by the safety committee. That alone is malfeasance, and he should be punished for it as well,” Rand adds.

While the pile of evidence for Fauci’s betrayal of the American people is stacked astoundingly high, the mainstream media doesn’t seem to care — at all.

Rand is ultimately in disbelief, as there’s never “been a cover-up so thoroughly exposed and caught and delivered by their own emails,” and “yet not one person from the mainstream media has reported on this at all.”

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New bombshell email shows Anthony Fauci warning about 'gain-of-function experiments' at Wuhan lab, Rand Paul reacts: 'Orchestrated a cover-up'

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Dr. Anthony Fauci previously admitted that it was a "fact" that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were known to be conducting "gain-of-function experiments" on bat viruses, according to a newly surfaced email.

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic released an email from Fauci dated Feb. 1, 2020. The email was sent to Robert Kadlec (then assistant secretary of Health and Human Services), Lawrence Kerr (then director of the Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats within the HHS), Brian Harrison (HHS chief of staff), and Garrett Grigsby (then director of Office of Global Affairs Department of the HHS).

Fauci began the email by discussing a meeting with Jeremy Farrar – the director of the Wellcome Trust, an influential global charitable foundation focused on medical research. The meeting also included "highly credible scientists" and then-National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.

Fauci said the scientists were "concerned about the fact that upon viewing the sequences of several isolates of the nCoV, there were mutations in the virus that would be most unusual to have evolved naturally in the bats and that there was a suspicion that this mutation was intentionally inserted."

"The suspicion was heightened by the fact that scientists in Wuhan University are known to have been working on gain-of-function experiments to determine the molecular mechanisms associated with bat viruses adapting to human infection, and the outbreak originated in Wuhan," Fauci wrote.

"Upon considerable discussion, some of the scientists felt more strongly about this possibility, but two others felt differently," said Fauci – who previously served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "They felt that it was entirely conceivable that this could have evolved naturally even though these mutations have never been seen in a bat virus before."

Fauci continued, "The reasons for each side of the argument are too complicated to bother you with."

The former chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden concluded that a large "internationally credible organization," especially the World Health Organization, should investigate the Wuhan lab-leak theory. Fauci said Farrar and Collins would contact Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO.

Fauci added, "They pass no judgment at all at this point and feel that the group's mandate should be: 'What are the evolutionary origins of 2019-nCov, important for future risk assessment and understanding of animal/human coronaviruses.'"

Fauci claimed, "In this way, there is no assumption of foul play or guilt on anyone's part and merely an intense scientific look at the evolutionary origins of this virus. Where that leads remains to be seen."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) commented on Fauci's exposed email: "In case you needed any more proof Fauci orchestrated a cover-up… Now ask yourself why…"

Paul has clashed often with Fauci about NIH-funded gain-of-function experiments conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

During a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions regarding the pandemic response in May 2021, Fauci responded to questioning by the Republican senator from Kentucky, "Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely, entirely and completely incorrect. The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute."

During a July 2021 Senate Health Committee hearing on the federal government's COVID-19 response, Paul challenged Fauci, "Dr. Fauci, as you are aware, it is a crime to lie to Congress. On your last trip to our committee on May 11, you stated that the NIH 'has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.'"

Paul mentioned the relationship between Dr. Shi, a bat coronavirus expert from the Wuhan lab, and the EcoHealth Alliance that had received funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Paul said, "And yet, gain-of-function research was done entirely in the Wuhan Institute by Dr. Shi and was funded by the NIH."

Fauci responded, "Sen. Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement."

Fauci has pushed the zoonotic origin theory throughout the pandemic, while dismissing the possibility of a lab leak as a "conspiracy theory."

In January 2020, Kristian Andersen – a virologist at Scripps Department of Immunology and Microbiology – wrote Fauci an email noting that he and three other scientists "all find the genome inconsistent with evolutionary theory" of the coronavirus origin.

In March 2020, a group of scientists published a letter titled: "The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2." Fauci approved and often cited the letter, which condemned the "conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin," and the paper declared, "We do not believe any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible."

This week, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic proclaimed that the letter was a "cover-up" and the authors believed that accepting the lab-leak theory would cause "unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular."

In 2016, health officials at the NIH and NIAID expressed concern about gain-of-function experiments at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to surfaced government emails.

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Wuhan lab engineered dangerous mutant coronaviruses, worked with Chinese military to develop bioweapons and pre-pandemic COVID vaccines, according to eye-opening report

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Scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China were intentionally merging dangerous coronaviruses to create new mutant viruses just before the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a new report. At the same time, the Chinese military was pursuing biological weapons while also funding researchers at the Wuhan lab, investigators reportedly said.

The Sunday Times published an eye-opening report that accuses China of engineering mutant coronaviruses for malicious purposes, including using the new virus as a bioweapon while developing a vaccine to protect their citizens.

"As the world emerged from lockdown, U.S. State Department investigators were given access to secret intelligence on what had been happening in China in the months and years before COVID emerged," the report read. "More than a dozen investigators were given unparalleled access to 'metadata, phone information and internet information' from intercepts collected by the U.S. intelligence services."

The Sunday Times spoke with three members of the investigative team, which determined: "Wuhan scientists were conducting experiments on RaTG13 from the Moijang mine, and that covert military research, including laboratory animal experiments, was being done at the institute before the pandemic."

The source claimed that scientists at the Wuhan lab were working on nine different COVID variants.

In 2012, six men clearing an abandoned copper mine in the Mojiang region of south China were infected with a mystery illness, that had symptoms of fever, coughs, and pneumonia. Three of the men required treatment at a hospital and later died. The men did not test positive for any known illnesses, but did have antibodies for an unknown coronavirus.

The cave in Mojiang had a large bat colony, and the cave was littered with guano – bat feces.

A virus was recovered from the cave in the remote mountains of Yunnan province in southern China. The discovery was made by the team led by Dr. Shi Zhengli – a top Chinese researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, who was known as China's "bat woman."

Around 2018, the Wuhan Institute of Virology reportedly began combining SARS-like viruses with the cave virus labeled as "WIV1," using the Wuhan lab's initials. Rutgers University Professor of Chemical Biology Richard Ebright described the project as the most dangerous coronavirus experiment ever undertaken.

The combination of viruses killed 75% of the albino mice with human-like lungs that were infected with – three times as lethal as the original WIV1.

The Sunday Times stated, "The scientists had created a highly infectious super-coronavirus with a terrifying kill-rate that in all probability would never have emerged in nature. The new genetically modified virus was not COVID-19 but it might have been even more deadly if it had leaked."

The gain-of-function experiment was partially funded by EcoHealth Alliance's grant money. However, documents obtained by the Freedom of Information Act show that the deaths of the infected mice were not mentioned in an April 2018 progress report to the NIH by EcoHealth Alliance's president Peter Daszak.

Daszak reportedly applied for more funding, and asked for $14 million over three years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. However, DARPA rejected the application to fund the research.

"The application, entitled Defuse — which names Daszak, Shi and Baric — proposed the Wuhan laboratory find large numbers of new SARS viruses and mix some of them with their two deadly strains from the Shitou cave — WIV1 and SHC014 — to see what would happen," the Sunday Times said.

In November 2019, several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology purportedly got sick and were taken to a hospital with symptoms similar to COVID. A relative of one of the laboratory workers allegedly died from the same mystery illness.

"We were rock-solid confident that this was likely COVID-19 because they were working on advanced coronavirus research in the laboratory," an investigator said. "They’re trained biologists in their thirties and forties. Thirty-five-year-old scientists don’t get very sick with influenza.”

At the time of the outbreak, which was a month before the West was made aware of the mystery virus, researchers at the Wuhan lab were conducting dangerous experiments, according to the Sunday Times, citing two U.S. researchers who collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The investigators also saw evidence that the institute was conducting “serial passaging” experiments on at least one of the mine viruses. This is a process in which lab animals are infected with viruses and monitored to see which strain is harmful to their health. The most damaging strain is selected for repeat experiments to encourage the pathogens to mutate into something more deadly. The investigators spoke to a Wuhan institute insider who alleged serial passaging experiments were being carried out on RaTG13. “Humanized mice with the serial passaging is a toxic combination,” said a source. “It speeds up the natural mutation process. So instead of taking years to mutate, it can take weeks or months. It guarantees that you accelerate the natural process."

Dr. Steven Quay, a U.S. scientist who advised the State Department on its investigation, said, "There has never been an example of a bat virus directly infecting humans and killing."

Quay believes COVID-19 was created by inserting a furin cleavage site into one of the mine viruses and then serial passaging it through humanized mice. He submitted a statement to the U.S. Senate explaining the process. “You infect the mice, wait a week or so, and then recover the virus from the sickest mice. Then you repeat. In a matter of weeks this directed evolution will produce a virus that can kill every humanized mouse.” This explains why from the beginning of the outbreak, he says, the pandemic virus was so remarkably well adapted to infect humans.

The Sunday Times noted that there is no published information about the experiments because it was a top-secret program funded by the Chinese military. U.S. State Department investigators determined that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had conducted experiments on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.

The report stated, "The investigators believe the Chinese military had taken an interest in developing a vaccine for the viruses so they could be used as potential bioweapons. If a country could inoculate its population against its own secret virus, it might have a weapon to shift the balance of world power."

A U.S. investigator told the British outlet, "My view is that the reason Mojiang was covered up was due to military secrecy related to [the army’s] pursuit of dual use capabilities in virological biological weapons and vaccines."

The Sunday Times reported:

The PLA had its own vaccine specialist, Zhou Yusen, a decorated military scientist at the academy, who had collaborated with the Wuhan scientists on a study of the MERS coronavirus and was working with them at the time of the outbreak. Suspicion fell on him after the pandemic because he produced a patent for a COVID vaccine with remarkable speed in February 2020, little more than a month after the outbreak of the virus had first been admitted to the world by China. A report published in April, co-authored by Dr Robert Kadlec, who was responsible for the U.S.’s vaccine development program, concluded that Zhou’s team must have been working on a vaccine no later than November 2019 — just as the pandemic began.

Zhou died in May 2020, at age 54.

COVID-19 pandemic likely came from Chinese lab leak, US department now says in classified documents

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The COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from a Chinese lab leak, the U.S. Department of Energy has reportedly concluded.

According to a classified intelligence report recently supplied to the White House and key members of Congress, a leak from a Chinese laboratory is the likely origin of the COVID pandemic.

The Wall Street Journal reported, "The Energy Department now joins the Federal Bureau of Investigation in saying the virus likely spread via a mishap at a Chinese laboratory."

The WSJ stated, "The Energy Department’s conclusion is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research."

The report – which is reportedly less than five pages – noted that the Department of Energy made the determination with "low confidence." In 2021, the FBI reportedly concluded that COVID escaped to the public through a lab leak. The FBI made its judgment with "moderate confidence."

The U.S. agencies allegedly clarified that COVID-19 escaped from a lab, and was not part of a Chinese biological weapons program.

Meanwhile, four other U.S. government agencies suspect that the coronavirus pandemic was most likely the result of natural transmission. Two other agencies – including the CIA – have yet to establish where the deadly pandemic originated.

David Relman – a Stanford University microbiologist – told the WSJ, "Kudos to those who are willing to set aside their preconceptions and objectively re-examine what we know and don’t know about COVID origins. My plea is that we not accept an incomplete answer or give up because of political expediency.”

A spokesperson for the Energy Department spokesman did not confirm or deny the report, but said the agency "continues to support the thorough, careful, and objective work of our intelligence professionals in investigating the origins of COVID-19, as the President directed."

The initial explanation for the COVID-19 pandemic was that the virus originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Many believe that the virus mutated and was able to jump from animals to humans. However, the animal source was never actually identified.

Since the pandemic began, there have been many who suspect that COVID-19 may have possibly escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China – a Chinese laboratory that studies coronaviruses and has the highest biosafety risk level.

The WSJ highlighted, "Wuhan is home to an array of laboratories, many of which were built or expanded as a result of China’s traumatic experience with the initial severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, epidemic beginning in 2002. They include campuses of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, which produces vaccines."

The lab leak theory has been dismissed by top health officials, major media outlets, and influential politicians. The idea that COVID came from a lab has been disregarded as a conspiracy theory. Some even claimed that just proposing the lab leak theory is racist.

In January, a group of national security experts slammed the New York Times and other legacy media outlets for dismissing the lab leak theory.

Big tech previously censored the lab leak theory, and punished and even banned social media users who questioned the origin of COVID.

In early 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci – the government’s top infectious diseases expert – along with other top health officials pushed messaging that a "laboratory-based scenario" is not plausible, and anyone suggesting otherwise is likely a conspiracy theorist.

Fauci told National Geographic in May 2020:

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.

In May 2021, Fauci admitted that he wasn't "convinced" that COVID was caused by natural transmission.

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