Recriminations abound over the cause of the COVID-19 outbreak. Vanity Fair blew the proverbial whistle on cover-ups and the origin of the virus; the Wall Street Journal reports that COVID-19 could not have existed but for human virological intervention. Aside from who caused this outbreak, the greater question is why the United States is funding “gain-of-function” (GOF) research, and why President Biden has not announced a ban on future work pending a much overdue investigation of the origin of COVID and the government’s response. This must include Dr. Anthony Fauci’s questionable ethicality in assuring Congress and the American people that our nation had not funded research at the Wuhan lab.
Instead, Joe Biden states he’s “very confident in Dr. Fauci,” despite the recent defensive assertion by Fauci that “the idea I think is quite farfetched that the Chinese deliberately engineered something so they could kill themselves as well as other people. I think that’s a bit far out.” Yes, it is indeed very far out — a red herring Fauci concocted to deflect from the actual question: was the COVID-19 virus created by humans using U.S. funds before accidentally escaping from the Wuhan Institute of Virology? The actual question is not whether China intentionally released the virus: the question is whether Fauci intentionally lied during congressional testimony on May 12 when he “emphatically denied the US had ever funded controversial gain of function research at the Wuhan lab.”
The irony is amplified by Vanity Fair’s report that U.S. government officials referred to the public finding out the truth as Pandora’s Box and a “can of worms.” Not the GOF-machinated disease getting out of the box — the truth of its origins getting out. Now that the truth is out, it cannot be put back in that corrupt box any more than those who died of COVID can be resurrected. Government dishonesty about a pandemic it funded and created exponentially justifies ceasing the provision of U.S. taxpayer dollars for dubious research designed to seek out the world’s most dangerous diseases and make them more dangerous. A man-made disease was created and escaped from the laboratory, and the United States government and major scientific “experts” deliberately hid that truth because it threatened their cash flows for research. Real life has now eclipsed science-fiction horror.
The COVID pandemic instructs humanity that it is unwise to play God with deadly viruses. The National Institute of Health gave $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Obama administration had suspended such funding in 2014 for “SARS viruses such that the virus would have enhanced pathogenicity and/or transmissibility in mammals via the respiratory route.” This was lifted by the NIH in 2017. Vanity Fair reports the NIH was then complicit in the cover-up of the consequences of its actions, naming Christopher Park as involved in both the lifting of funding restraints in 2017 and in quelling investigation of the virus’s origin after the outbreak.
Additionally, Vanity Fair reports that Dr. Fauci informed Congress that it was the Trump White House that intervened to terminate continued funding of the Wuhan lab, creating a firestorm and an unethical cover-up that included special interests and the Lancet. The obfuscation was carefully crafted to misrepresent the truth and forestall any inquiry into the GOF technology and funding that created this pandemic, and the MSM was grotesquely complicit.
The debate about the dangers of virological tinkering with deadly pathogens is hardly new. A 2017 Lancet publication traced the history of the research, noting its “roots” in the 2011 government suppression of two studies because “they worried that malign actors could replicate the work to deliberately cause an outbreak in human beings.” Lancet recounted the alarming number of past escapes of dangerous agents from supposedly “secure” laboratories, and the biological and ethical dangers of GOF research:
The debate is focused on a subset of gain-of-function studies that manipulate deadly viruses to increase their transmissibility or virulence. … The likelihood of an accident leading to an outbreak, epidemic, or pandemic is extremely difficult to predict, as are the probable scientific advances. Proponents of gain-of-function experiments argue that their work could facilitate vaccine development. … [Ian Mackay (University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia), stated that] “one cannot legislate for every accident or human error; all manner of things can go wrong, and if an outbreak spreads to the community the consequences could be horrendous.”
It is now apparent that COVID-19 is the real-life experience of ‘horrendous consequences’ from GOF experimentation, topped off with some old-fashioned human hubris. The more this subject is analyzed, the more clear it becomes that the risks of these Icarian experiments (as lucrative as they are for the virology industry) do not come close to meriting the speculative benefits. Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University, a leading critic of GOF research, prophetically cautioned in 2017:
“I still do not believe a compelling argument has been made for why these studies are necessary from a public health point-of-view; all we have heard is that there are certain narrow scientific questions that you can ask only with dangerous experiments.” … He pointed out that every mutation that has been highlighted as important by a gain-of-function experiment has been previously highlighted by completely safe studies. “There is nothing for the purposes of surveillance that we did not already know,” said Lipsitch. “Enhancing potential pandemic pathogens in this manner is simply not worth the risk.”
When the GOF research resumed in 2017, the NIH offered this assurance:
NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, said, “We have a responsibility to ensure that research with infectious agents is conducted responsibly, and that we consider the potential biosafety and biosecurity risks associated with such research.” He added that he is confident that the review process spelled out in the new framework “will help to facilitate the safe, secure, and responsible conduct of this type of research in a manner that maximizes the benefits to public health.”
It is now abundantly clear that something less than maximization of the benefits to public health has been accomplished via GOF research. GOF technology created COVID-19, and GOF political bias caused a deliberate lie about the virus’s origin to be perpetrated against the world by the Chinese and American governments, aided and abetted by Lancet and others. Accountability would now provide maximum benefit to public health.
President Biden must answer a simple question: are Americans’ future tax dollars to be disbursed to comparable ventures ever again, and why hasn’t he already called for a ban of GOF research? This is a modest lead for the POTUS to chart, pending proper investigation of what may well prove to be the most egregious allegations of corruption and wanton human slaughter since the Holocaust.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.