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“The greatest cover-up of all time”: new report on Covid lab-leak

Scientists at the Wuhan Virology Institute Photo Credit: Wuhan Virology Institute

A new investigation has questioned the Covid-19 origin story as it was presented by China and retailed by most of the world’s scientific, media and state authorities. Its publication comes as reports from China point to another apparent wave of infections from the Delta variant.

The report released by the ranking Republican member of the United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, complements previous intelligence and scientific reports which have pointed to the likelihood that the virus originated in deliberate gain of function research at Wuhan, rather than through transmission from bats.

The investigation concluded that the “preponderance of evidence proves” the Covid-19 virus had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology “sometime before September 12, 2019”.

It said it believed “ample evidence” existed to show the researchers – who were assisted by US experts, and Chinese and US government funds – had been working to modify coronaviruses so that they could infect humans.

McCaul accused China, who have previously strongly denied the charges, of “the greatest cover-up of all time”.

One might imagine that those who fell for the original “party line” and its accompanying snuff movie videos of people dropping dead in the street might exercise a tad more caution this time. But no, the world media, including our own, are happy to accept without question the statistics released by Beijing.

These include obviously favourable reference to the confining of millions of people to their homes in the past number of days and the complete closure of Beijing itself to all travel to or from the city. This, on the basis of 55 cases in the past week as reported by the AFP news agency this morning.

As the world awaits the publication of the report ordered by the Biden administration, which is due in September, the McCaul report seeks to up the political ante as the Chinese Communist Party completely refuses to co-operate with any new investigation. That was stated publicly by CIA Director William Burns last week. McCaul wants the United States to sanction Chinese state and scientific officials who were complicit in what he claims to have been the obstruction of the WHO inquiry.

He also wants the Foreign Affairs Committee to subpoena Peter Daszak who was central to the early attempts to rubbish any suggestion that the virus might have had a non-natural origin. Daszak’s company EcoHealth was directly involved in coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and, as revealed in the Fauci emails, expended significant effort in limiting the scope of inquiry into what might have happened there.

Daszak was given prominent space in the Lancet medical journal and in newspapers such as the New York Times in early 2020 to push that line. In an opinion piece published by the NYT on February 27, 2020, Daszak claimed that he and others had two years previously warned the WHO of a “Disease X” that might come about through a pathogen transmitted via human-animal interaction.

Which of course exactly fit the narrative that is now being scrutinised. He had used that danger as the basis for demanding the prioritising of research and the development of new vaccines to tackle this as yet unknown threat.

In February 2020, as the world was barely waking up to the transformation that was about to envelop the globe, Daszak pondered: “As the world stands today on the edge of the pandemic precipice, it’s worth taking a moment to consider whether Covid-19 is the disease our group was warning about.”

In the same month, he also co-signed a letter in the Lancet which “strongly condemned conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin”.

Given all that has transpired since, it is indeed right that the subsequently elusive Daszak be called to account.

The report also questions the timeline for the virus, suggesting that it may first have been discovered in August or September 2019 – and suggest that is linked to the motive for concealing a possible lab leak. Another issue addressed is the possibility of being able to genetically modify viruses without leaving any trace of such manipulation. The report claims that Wuhan virologists were able to do this by 2017, but that it had been possible since 2005.

It will be interesting to see whether the report ordered by Biden comes to similar conclusions. In the meantime, it is well worth taking a leaf out of the pages of the Skibbereen Eagle and keeping a close eye on Beijing.

The new wave of hysteria emanating from that quarter, already being mimicked in Australia it would seem similarly on the basis of what appear to be minor outbreaks, might well provide another platform for the opponents of any easing of restrictions to demand a return to fuller lockdown.

It is worth bearing in mind too that the Chinese Health Commission reported three days ago that over 1.6 billion vaccines had been administered. That is out of a population of around 1.4 billion. In the past week, there have been reports of entire cities of millions being vaccinated in the space of 24 hours. One can only imagine the envy that such power over subject humanity must excite among certain quarters on this side of the world.

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