It is now one year and two months since COVID-19 first struck in Wuhan, China. In all of this time, despite a huge effort by virologists, no natural source of the virus has been found. In May 2020 China announced that there was no evidence that the virus came from the the HuaNan fish market in Wuhan.
The fact that since 1978 virologists have been able to create RNA viruses from DNA in the lab has been largely ignored by the world's media (see Synthetic viruses: a new opportunity to understand and prevent viral disease). This process involves converting the viral RNA into DNA and placing this in other organisms to act as chromosomes that create RNA viruses. (See reference list 1 below). The DNA can be edited and changed to order. There are many ways to do this "reverse genetics" so it is very difficult to prove that a given virus has not been tampered with.
In all of the furore about COVID-19 the media have forgotten that virologists are frequently employed by the military to make weapons. Bioweapons are difficult to utilise because, as we have seen with COVID, the nation that is being attacked can "lock down" and stop transmission. This means that bioweapons have two types of delivery system: those designed to kill rapidly using the water supply or aerial bombardment and those that mostly spread without symptoms, such as low level respiratory diseases, and inflict economic damage by forcing lock downs etc.
The standard propaganda line is that virologists brew up offensive biological weapons for Defence Departments, allegedly to save us from offensive bioweapons produced by foreign Defence Departments. The "smoking gun" of such experiments could be the use of soldiers as clinical trial subjects because they are constrained from talking publicly about their experiences. In the case of COVID there appear to have been trials of this type at the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Hospital in Wuhan in 2019 (a patent for the vaccine was filed in February 2020 by the People's Liberation Army).
Soldiers are still being used in China to trial COVID vaccines. Springer Nature, the scientific journal that has done most to attempt to rescue China from accusations of letting COVID-19 escape, ran the hilarious article: "China’s coronavirus vaccine shows military’s growing role in medical research" praising the role of the People's Liberation Army in developing COVID vaccines, proving that armies are harmless, especially the Chinese army. Of course Armies have been used globally in the fight against COVID and the Nature article forcibly demonstrates the reach of Chinese soft power. If China says jump! Springer Nature asks how high? - Springer seems to work for China - see Leading Western Publisher Bows to Chinese Censorship.
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At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 there was a highly influential article in Springer Nature that declared that COVID could not have originated in a laboratory. This article was used by "fact" checkers to censor the Internet so that China would not be accused of indulging in bio-warfare research. The fact that the article did not, in its text, prove anything was ignored. (See Fact checkers rely on one source for origins of COVID19).
The big mystery with COVID-19 is that the virus that causes it is seemingly unrelated to any known natural virus, whether in bats, civets or pangolins. In particular the part that mediates infection, the "spike" protein, is considerably different from even otherwise closely related viruses. Most authors agree that the spike protein is not the result of recent recombination events in nature or in the laboratory (See refs below). Any recombination event happening decades ago would need to have created a steady background level of human infection and would have accrued many mutations. The analysis of the genetics of SARS-CoV-2 shows that it first infected people in November 2019 and has remarkably few mutations outside the spike protein compared with closely related natural viruses. This suggests it was not produced by recombination, either in the wild or the laboratory. However, recombination is not the only way to change a virus. It has long been possible to synthesise viruses using "reverse genetics". The Wuhan Institute of Virology has particular expertise in this technique.
Bat coronaviruses cannot easily infect human beings because they use a different ACE2 receptor to mediate infection. In 2016 the lead scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Shi Zheng-li, was part of a team that used recombination techniques to show that bat coronaviruses could be altered to use human ACE2 receptors. However, as we know, recombination did not create SARS-CoV-2. However, the entire virological team at the Wuhan Institute of Virology seems to have been working on making reverse genetic clones, especially of SARS like viruses, from 2016 onwards so recombination was unnecessary.
Any virologists who break the party line and suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is an escaped bioweapon or who even suggest it is a natural virus that escaped from the Virological laboratories in Wuhan are no-platformed and excluded from publication in Springer and other Chinese influenced scientific journals (most of them nowadays). No career virologist would dare speak up and bring virology into disrepute. Especially given that harmless Defence Departments employ and fund many virologists to protect us against viruses developed by Defence Departments, furthermore, whistle blowing is not an attractive part of a Defence Department CV.
What are the facts? What we know is that:
- SARS-CoV-2 has not been found in nature,
- It did not come from the HuaNan fish market in Wuhan,
- The Wuhan Institute of Virology has a large department dedicated to creating coronaviruses by reverse genetics,
- One of the team, Zheng-Li Shi, had been involved in artificially creating coronaviruses that use the ACE2 method of entering human cells
- Biosafety at virology labs in China is appalling.
- All Chinese scientific laboratories have dual military-civil use
China has used every effort to hush up its role in COVID-19. It has imposed sanctions on Australia for asking for an investigation. It has demanded that the EU change its reports on COVID. (See China launches a Cold War: Disinformation is just the start).
Given that we know all of that what does the media do? It declares that COVID could not possibly have been a laboratory escape and anyone going further and saying it is an escaped bioweapon is an insane conspiracy theorist. This is absolutely astonishing. The Wuhan virological laboratories had large collections of natural viruses, visiting scientists said the labs were shocking biosafety hazards and a site survey showed that biosafety was appalling. Chinese labs have a history of SARS virus escapes. The Chinese military have intervened in this case to clean up and dispose of any evidence from the labs and have denied the WHO access for over a year. Despite this our media say that a laboratory escape is unthinkable. A lab escape looks highly likely but if we accept that the virus escaped the next question will be "what were they doing in the labs?". We know what they were doing. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a centre for genetically engineering new, highly infectious coronaviruses, with most of their staff working on this project. Despite this the idea that SARS-CoV-2 was genetically engineered is said to be a crazy conspiracy theory. WTF is going on?
The WHO has now been grudgingly allowed access to Wuhan. Expect the WHO to find some poor civet that has been infected by the Chinese military with one of the original 2019 SARS-CoV-2 samples and to declare COVID19 was natural.
We should all be very worried about China's soft power. We should all be very worried about China which is a National Socialist state that is involved in genocide and global expansionism. It is a much bigger threat than the National Socialist Third Reich was in the 1930s. Furthermore we should all be very worried about our mainstream media.
List 1: Creating editable copies of entire viruses. has been going on for a long time
Fernando Almazán, Marta L. DeDiego, Carmen Galán, David Escors, Enrique Álvarez, Javier Ortego, Isabel Sola, Sonia Zuñiga, Sara Alonso, Jose L. Moreno, Aitor Nogales, Carmen Capiscol, Luis Enjuanes. Construction of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infectious cDNA Clone and a Replicon To Study Coronavirus RNA Synthesis. Journal of Virology Oct 2006, 80 (21) 10900-10906; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00385-06
Li L, Pang H, Wu R, Zhang Y, Tan Y, Pan Z. Development of a novel single-step reverse genetics system for the generation of classical swine fever virus. Arch Virol. 2016 Jul;161(7):1831-8. doi: 10.1007/s00705-016-2851-6. Epub 2016 Apr 11. PMID: 27068166.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27068166/ The authors above were from the Wuhan State Key Virology laboratory (part of Wuhan Institute of Virology).
Bat Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Like Coronavirus WIV1 Encodes an Extra Accessory Protein, ORFX, Involved in Modulation of the Host Immune Response. Lei-Ping Zeng, Yu-Tao Gao, Xing-Yi Ge, Qian Zhang, Cheng Peng, Xing-Lou Yang, Bing Tan, Jing Chen, Aleksei A. Chmura, Peter Daszak, Zheng-Li Shi
Journal of Virology Jun 2016, 90 (14) 6573-6582; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.03079-15
Almost all the authors come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Notice that "bat woman" Zheng-Li Shi was involved. https://jvi.asm.org/content/90/14/6573
A Reverse Genetics System for Cypovirus Based on a Bacmid Expressing T7 RNA Polymerase. Zhang G, Yang J, Qin F, Xu C, Wang J, Lei C, Hu J, Sun X. Viruses. 2019 Apr 1;11(4):314. doi: 10.3390/v11040314. PMID: 30939777; PMCID: PMC6521135.
The authors above were largely from the Wuhan Institute of Virology
It helps, but you don't need to work at Wuhan to do this work:
Thi Nhu Thao, T., Labroussaa, F., Ebert, N. et al. Rapid reconstruction of SARS-CoV-2 using a synthetic genomics platform. Nature 582, 561–565 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2294-9
Xie, X., Lokugamage, K.G., Zhang, X. et al. Engineering SARS-CoV-2 using a reverse genetic system. Nat Protoc (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41596-021-00491-8
List 2: That coronavirus is not closely related to other bat viruses and if it evolved naturally it must have done so a long time ago.
D. Paraskevis, E.G. Kostaki, G. Magiorkinis, G. Panayiotakopoulos, G. Sourvinos, S. Tsiodras. (2020) Full-genome evolutionary analysis of the novel corona virus (2019-nCoV) rejects the hypothesis of emergence as a result of a recent recombination event, Infection, Genetics and Evolution. Nature. Volume 79, 2020, 104212, ISSN 1567-1348, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2020.104212.
"Evidence that the hypothesis of emergence of 2019-nCoV as a result of a recent recombination event is rejected. ..
Notably, the new coronavirus provides a new lineage for almost half of its genome, with no close genetic relationships to other viruses within the subgenus of sarbecovirus. This genomic part comprises half of the spike region encoding a multifunctional protein responsible also for virus entry into host cells (Babcock et al., 2004; Li et al., 2005b)."