Call for worldwide ban on all coronavirus 'gain-of-function' lab research
Updated: Feb 3, 2021
We the People worldwide must agree and take collective action that another global pandemic like novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 never occurs again!
We need to carefully study what has happened with SARS-CoV-2 and implement changes of governance for global protection of Earth and all onboard her.
The source of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 could be natural or laboratory.
It appears LIKELY with SARS-CoV-2 that worldwide the public and their representatives, the politicians, have been unable to ensure that scientists are held accountable for their coronavirus 'gain-of-function' research: NOW adults are needed in the room at all times!
WTPOHK are NOT laying blame on anyone for anything. This needs to be a worldwide public health governance process under the rule of law: under the United Nations Charter using our ICCPR supreme human right - the 'right to life'. We the people have the right to know, to participate and to be fully informed:
We are suggesting that it is prudent based on the death and destruction caused worldwide by global pandemic novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that we 'temporarily' CEASE ALL coronavirus 'gain-of-function' research by all laboratories worldwide.
We need a full independent inquiry into the source of SARS-CoV-2 including determination of likelihood of natural and / or laboratory origin. This independent inquiry must be separate from the current W.H.O. investigation.
We need to all agree on the management processes under which these laboratories worldwide are reopened for coronavirus gain-of-function research.
W.H.O. currently has a team of investigators doing an investigation in China into the source of novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Our observations and questions include:
Did W.H.O. investigators go to the copper mine in Mojiang, China where (according to Nicholson Baker) samples of bat virus RaTG13 came from? Did they collect any RaTG13 samples or find any SARS-CoV-2 samples?
Are there W.H.O. investigation team members and countries with potential 'conflicts of interests'? i.e. are we most likely getting the truth or lies?
In addition to W.H.O., China and America, who else may have been involved in SARS-CoV-2 origin and any potential 'coverups'?
In China everything has been 'cleaned' and all evidence 'disappeared' but this does not mean we do not know what 'most likely' happened (please see video below).
Since January 2020 I kept asking myself is the origin of SARS-CoV-2 a laboratory or natural? If a lab was this virus deliberately or accidentally released?
That is until I read a 4 January 2021 article 'The Lab-Leak Hypothesis' by Nicholson Baker in the New York Magazine. (It is a lengthy read but well worth it - or just skip to the last chapter X).
I recall I was SHOCKED when I first read 28 April 2020 'Newsweek' which reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci was involved in NIH US Government funding of a Wuhan laboratory for 'gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses'. And now I am further shocked that such a 'national medical science hero' is involved in developing and distributing vaccines against SARS-CoV-2? Fauci seems to be playing the game both ways!
In September 2020 I read that mainland Chinese Dr. Yan Meng-li with first hand knowledge said novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was made in a Wuhan, China laboratory. Clearly Dr Yan risked everything to self-exile herself in USA and reveal what she knows.
QUESTION: Why would any 'rational' scientific person do anything remotely 'risky' in China? Anything even slightly risky in a developed country is SIGNIFICANTLY amplified in an undeveloped country like China becoming something VERY RISKY! Didn't Dr Fauci and everyone involved on the American side know this?
After end of WWII the Soviet-US 'cold war' nuclear arms race was driven by scientists on both sides who were trying to outspend each other using their nation's Public Purse. Soviets could not keep up with the wealth of USA so finally they went bankrupt.
Sounds like the same scientific research scenario all over again: a bunch of scientists wanting a comfortable lifestyle spending the public's money on new biological warfare technology. Except now USA and CCP are on the same side and the enemy is ultimately planet Earth. Not a smart move by humans!
CCP please answer the following UN letters sent to you:
"There are, in fact, some helpful points of agreement between zoonoticists — those who believe in a natural origin of the SARS-2 virus — and those who believe that it probably came from a laboratory.
Both sides agree, when pressed, that a lab origin can’t be conclusively ruled out and a natural origin can’t be ruled out either — because nature, after all, is capable of improbable, teleological-seeming achievements.
Both sides also agree, for the most part, that the spillover event that began the human outbreak probably happened only once, or a few times, quite recently, and not many times over a longer period.
They agree that bat virus RaTG13 (named for the Rinolophus affinus bat, from Tongguan, in 2013) is the closest match to the human virus that has yet been found, and that although the two viruses are very similar, the spike protein of the bat virus lacks the features the human spike protein possesses that enable it to work efficiently with human tissue.
So how did we actually get this disease?
Here’s what I think happened.
In April 2012, in a copper mine in Mojiang, China, three men were given an awful job — they were told to shovel bat guano out of a mine shaft. They went to work and shoveled guano for seven hours a day in the confined, insufficiently ventilated space of the mine shaft, and by the end of the week, they were sick with a viral pneumonia of unknown etiology. Three more, younger shovelers were hired to replace the ones who were out sick.
The viral load in their lungs was so huge, because of all the guano dust, that their lungs became a kind of accelerated laboratory passaging experiment, as Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson have written, forcing the virus to switch its allegiance from bats to humans.
SARS experts were consulted, and the disease was judged to be SARS-like but not SARS. It was something new. (Shi Zhengli told Scientific American that the guano shovelers had died of a fungal disease, but, as Monali Rahalkar pointed out, they were treated with antivirals, and their symptoms were consistent with viral pneumonia with attendant secondary fungal infections.)
Although it was a severe disease, and in the end three of the shovelers died, there was no resultant epidemic. It was actually a case of industrial overexposure to an infectious substance — what we might call a massive OSHA violation. The bat disease that the men encountered wasn’t necessarily all that dangerous except in an environment of immunosuppressive overload.
Peter Daszak and Shi Zhengli were interested, of course, because this unidentified coronavirus disease involved bats and people. Of the fragmentary bits of virus Shi retrieved from the mine shaft, one was SARS-like, and Shi sequenced it and called it BtCoV/4991 and published a paper about it. Several times — in 2016 and 2018 and 2019 — this most interesting sample, a portion of what we now know as RaTG13, was taken out of the freezers in Shi’s lab and worked on in undisclosed ways. (Peter Daszak claims that these samples have disintegrated and can’t be validated or studied.) Samples of the nameless human disease also traveled back to the Wuhan Institute of Virology — few specifics about these valuable specimens have been released by Chinese sources, however.
This is the period in the story that demands a very close investigation, when chimeric assemblages may have been created and serially passaged, using BtCoV/4991, a.k.a. RaTG13, and other bat viruses, perhaps along with forms of the human virus. It’s when Shi and Baric both published papers that were about what happened when you hot-swapped mutant spike proteins between bat viruses and human viruses.
The link, via the renamed sample BtCoV/4991, to the copper mine is of exceptional importance because of the one huge difference between the unnamed guano shovelers’ virus and the SARS-2 virus that is now ravaging, for example, California: transmissibility.
Airborne human-to-human transmissibility — the kind of thing that gain-of-functioneers like Ron Fouchier and Ralph Baric were aiming at, in order to demonstrate what Baric called “lurking threats” — is COVID-19’s crucial distinguishing feature. If six men had gotten extremely sick with COVID-19 back in 2012 in southern China, doctors and nurses in the hospital where they lay dying would likely have gotten sick as well. There might have been hundreds or thousands of cases. Instead, only the shovelers themselves, who had breathed a heavy concentration of guano dust for days, got it.
The existence of bat virus RaTG13 is therefore not necessarily evidence of a natural bat origin. In fact, it seems to me to imply the opposite: New functional components may have been overlaid onto or inserted into the RaTG13 genome, new Tinkertoy intermolecular manipulations, especially to its spike protein, which have the effect of making it unprecedentedly infectious in human airways.
This is where the uniquely peculiar furin insert and/or the human-tuned ACE2-receptor-binding domain may come in — although it’s also possible that either of these elements could have evolved as part of some multistep zoonotic process. But in the climate of gonzo laboratory experimentation, at a time when all sorts of tweaked variants and amped-up substitutions were being tested on cell cultures and in the lungs of humanized mice and other experimental animals, isn’t it possible that somebody in Wuhan took the virus that had been isolated from human samples, or the RaTG13 bat virus sequence, or both (or other viruses from that same mine shaft that Shi Zhengli has recently mentioned in passing), and used them to create a challenge disease for vaccine research — a chopped-and-channeled version of RaTG13 or the miners’ virus that included elements that would make it thrive and even rampage in people? And then what if, during an experiment one afternoon, this new, virulent, human-infecting, furin-ready virus got out?
For more than 15 years, coronavirologists strove to prove that the threat of SARS was ever present and must be defended against, and they proved it by showing how they could doctor the viruses they stored in order to force them to jump species and go directly from bats to humans. More and more bat viruses came in from the field teams, and they were sequenced and synthesized and “rewired,” to use a term that Baric likes. In this international potluck supper of genetic cookery, hundreds of new variant diseases were invented and stored. And then one day, perhaps, somebody messed up. It’s at least a reasonable, “parsimonious” explanation of what might have happened.
This may be the great scientific meta-experiment of the 21st century. Could a world full of scientists do all kinds of reckless recombinant things with viral diseases for many years and successfully avoid a serious outbreak? The hypothesis was that, yes, it was doable. The risk was worth taking. There would be no pandemic.
I hope the vaccine works."
China must be held liable for letting the Covid pandemic spread to the world
HKFP 31 January 2021 by David Kilgour
"Many advocates of the rule of law say Beijing should be held liable for the worldwide consequences of its misfeasance," writes David Kilgour.
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, nine in ten Canadians held a negative impression of the government of China, according to a 2019 Nanos national opinion survey.
Many people in countries with independent media probably know that during about 40 days in late 2019 and early 2020 Beijing concealed and falsified information about the spread of Covid-19 within the country.
German intelligence and others report that China’s Xi Jinping pressured the World Health Organisation (WHO) to delay issuing a global warning about the virus. Beijing suppressed the information to give it time to buy up personal protective equipment and other medical supplies globally, according to a Department of Homeland Security report quoted by the Associated Press.
When Covid emerged in Wuhan, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen moved quickly to screen flights from there on December 31, 2019; ban Wuhan residents on January 23; institute intensive testing and contact tracing; and bar all visitors from China on February 6. If the WHO and its 194 member-nations had adapted Taiwan’s practices, many of the infections and deaths worldwide could have been avoided.
The biggest influx of Covid carriers into Europe was about 260,000 Chinese citizens, with two-thirds flying back to their jobs in Italy. By January 11, 2020, there were 2.2 million confirmed cases in Italy and 79,203 deaths.
European Union governments, Australia, and the US have demanded an independent investigation into how Covid-19 spread to humans. Xi offered $2 billion to the WHO, but until mid-January 2021 blocked WHO and investigators from various countries from entering Wuhan. Some class actions for damages against the government of China appear already to be underway in the United States.
Many advocates of the rule of law say Beijing should be held liable for the worldwide consequences of its misfeasance, which now include more than 101 million infections worldwide, over two million deaths and about 400 million jobs lost. The global economic loss to date is estimated at about US$16 trillion.
The pandemic also underlined the fact that Canada and many democracies are overly dependent on China for medicines, PPE and manufactured goods. Canada alone has lost about 600,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000.
Another major consideration for Canadians is Xi’s “hostage diplomacy” and his regime’s arrest of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have spent more than two years in harsh prison conditions.
A Canadian Security Intelligence Service academic outreach concluded: “Under (Xi’s) leadership, the Party-state is staging a vehement attack on Western democracy and values.” One egregious example is the state of democratic governance and the rule of law today in Hong Kong.
Beijing has, for decades, been accused of conducted organ-harvesting from thousands of prisoners of conscience – Falun Gong, Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans, Christians and others. The despicable commerce is documented in Bloody Harvest (2009) by David Matas and the writer, The Slaughter (2014) by Ethan Gutmann, and a 2016 Update.
Canada’s Irwin Cotler and Matas recently proposed a number of remedies for the Covid damages caused by the government of China, including:
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) – Any UN member state can ask the UN General Assembly to make a request to the ICJ for an advisory opinion on a legal question. China would not be able to use its veto.
The WHO’s behaviour in the current pandemic is disappointing. Instead of China reforming its policies/practices, it was the WHO that altered its approach to accommodate Beijing. If interventions in China had begun three weeks earlier, transmission of Covid-19 could have been reduced by 95 per cent, according to a study by the U.K’s University of Southampton.
The Magnitsky laws, named for murdered Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, allow for the public listing of human rights violators and subjects them to visa bans/asset seizures. The six countries with such legislation should pursue accountability for those in China who allowed Covid-19 to become a global pandemic.
Francis Fukuyama, formerly of America’s National Endowment for Democracy, observes correctly: “We aren’t dealing with the China of the 1990s or… 2000s, but a completely different animal that represents a clear challenge to our democratic values.” It must be held at bay until it returns to being a more normal authoritarian country, he concludes.
The responsible international community must act to safeguard global public health; indulging gross negligence or worse in Xi’s China carries a long-term cost. Preventing another pandemic requires pursuing accountability against Beijing now. We must all speak up for the dignity of those who perished. The first step is holding those responsible for spreading Covid-19 to pay damages.
Canada’s new Foreign Minister, Marc Garneau, is capable of working effectively with the new Biden administration on more coordinated multilateral engagements with Beijing.
David Kilgour is a former Canadian federal lawmaker from the province of Alberta and a Cabinet minister.
Self-exiled Chinese virologist publishes report claiming COVID-19 was made in a lab
Apple Daily 16 September 2020 (format added)
The coronavirus that has caused the global COVID-19 pandemic was made in a laboratory and could be created in six months, according to a journal article published by Yan Meng-li, a virologist who escaped from China.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus “shows biological characteristics that are inconsistent with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus,” according to the report titled “Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probably Synthetic Route.”
“The genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 has likely undergone genetic engineering, through which the virus has gained the ability to target humans with enhanced virulence and infectivity,” Yan wrote in the paper uploaded to open-access repository Zenodo. It is unlikely to have been peer-reviewed.
Yan said similar findings that the virus was created in a laboratory had been heavily censored in peer-reviewed journals. She called for an independent investigation into relevant laboratories and a critical review of evidence of the virus' origin.
Yan, currently residing in the United States, earlier told Fox News that her findings were ignored by her colleagues at the University of Hong Kong, where she used to work as a virologist. She decided to flee Hong Kong for Los Angeles after she felt that her findings would put her at risk.
Speaking on a British talk show aired on ITV last week, Yan claimed that the virus was from a government-controlled laboratory in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 outbreak is believed to have originated.
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