W.H.O. COVID-19 investigators in Wuhan have politicized science
Updated: Feb 19
COVID-19 13 February 2021 108,745,445 total cases 2,394,403 total deaths!
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) must be held responsible : the world is rightfully very angry at the death and destruction CCP has caused worldwide to innocent people.
The only reason why CCP is making such a stink around W.H.O. (World Health Organisation) COVID-19 investigations is because CCP's China is the source and spreader : this is CCP's fault and weakness!
UN's W.H.O., its investigations and investigators continue to have ZERO credibility internationally at a time when we have a raging COVID-19 global pandemic! This amounts to more viruses and misinformation being spread by CCP.
China is under UN W.H.O. international treaty 'International Health Regulations' (IHR) (2005) obligations to provide full data and in-country investigations. Why have W.H.O. investigators in Wuhan choosen to politicize science by publicly taking on board CCP's false narratives - including“cold chain” transmission and denying that the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory?
Following global public outcry W.H.O. Director Dr. Tedros has said that all hypotheses are still open in the W.H.O.'s search for the origins of Covid-19 (see below).
The W.H.O. has chosen to use Allopathic medicine - i.e. a 'scientific' approach to medicine - therefore logically the entire process must be'scientific'.
At the same time as the W.H.O. Wuhan 'investigation' was being carried out CCP banned BBC in China in retaliation for its broadcasting of allegations of systemic rape of Uigher women held inside CCP concentration camps in Xinjiang and for banning CGTN in UK! It can only be right to BOYCOTT 2022 Beijing Winter 'Genocide' Olympics!
The W.H.O. international treaty 'International Health Regulations' (IHR) (2005) is “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that are commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.”
Investigator Peter Daszak (interviewed by CNN) is directly linked to Shi Zhengli the vice-Director of Wuhan P4 lab. Peter Dasnak clearly has conflicts of interest because of his participation in 'gain-of-function' lab research on coronaviruses: i.e. he should NOT even be a W.H.O. investigation team member let alone spread such misinformation!
Bat virus RaTG13 (named for the Rinolophus affinus bat, from Tongguan, in 2013) is the closest match to the human virus SARS-CoV-2 that has yet been found. This virus was found by workers employed by Shi Zhengli Vice-Director of the Wuhan P4 lab which has been involved in gain-of-function research including US Government funded projects arranged by USA Dr. Anthony Fauci.
W.H.O. investigator Peter Ben Embarek has floated the idea of CCP's “cold chain” transmission, meaning that the virus could have been passed on by the transport and trading of frozen food. The possibility warranted further study, he said.
W.H.O. Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won election with China’s help - now he’s running interference for China on coronavirus! Tedros has said that all hypotheses are still open in the W.H.O.'s search for the origins of Covid-19.
People and systems have seriously dropped the ball with SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: we need an independent inquiry of W.H.O and China and for changes to be made to ensure global public health is never being compromised.
More mis-information from CCP virus!
How did we get this disease COVID-19?
"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....
.... 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."
1. There's a need to stop all coronavirus 'gain-of-function' lab research.
2. Currently there is no conclusive evidence either way that SARS-CoV-2 is a natural or a lab virus: i.e. scientific investigations by W.H.O. in China must continue. The W.H.O. study for the source of SARS-CoV-2 in China has so far been twisted by CCP for their own political self-interests: W.H.O. must continue its work without CCP's interference. Clinical data of early patients must be made available.
3. An independent inquiry into CCP and W.H.O. is needed. CCP must be held responsible for its alleged behaviour that has resulted in death and destruction worldwide from COVID-19. Similarly W.H.O. needs to be investigated to ensure that no undue influence or actions have been taken by W.H.O. in its relationship with CCP.
4. CCP must face penalties and sanctions for its continued breach of UN and other international treaties.
5. Nothing has been done since 2002-2003 SARS by China or Hong Kong, and South China remains a hotspot for viruses.
6. For real lasting change the democratic world has to DECOUPLE FROM CCP!
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No hypothesis ruled out in Covid probe: WHO
RTHK 13 February 2021 (format added)
All hypotheses are still open in the World Health Organisation's search for the origins of Covid-19, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing on Friday.
A WHO-led mission in China said this week that it was not looking further into the question of whether the virus escaped from a lab, which it considered highly unlikely. The United States has said it will review the mission's findings.
"Some questions have been raised as to whether some hypotheses have been discarded. Having spoken with some members of the team, I wish to confirm that all hypotheses remain open and require further analysis and study," Tedros said.
"Some of that work may lie outside the remit and scope of this mission. We have always said that this mission would not find all the answers, but it has added important information that takes us closer to understanding the origins of the Covid-19 virus," he said.
The mission has said its main hypotheses are that the virus originated in a bat, although there are several possible scenarios for how it passed to humans, possibly first by infecting another species of animal.
The former administration of US president Donald Trump, which left office last month, said it believed the virus may have escaped from a lab in the city of Wuhan. China has strongly denied this, and says the Wuhan Institute of Virology was not studying related viruses.
‘Extremely unlikely’ for virus to have leaked from Chinese lab: WHO expert
Apple Daily 10 February 2021
The coronavirus behind COVID-19 was “extremely unlikely” to have leaked from a laboratory, and the possibility did not require further study, the head of a World Health Organization investigative team said in China on Tuesday.
WHO virus expert Peter Ben Embarek told a press briefing that the evidence was insufficient to determine the coronavirus had spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan before December 2019.
Researchers were looking into bats as a natural reservoir for the virus, but it was unlikely that the bats were present in Wuhan, said Embarek, who was leading a mission in the city to trace the origins of COVID-19.
He concluded that the nearly month-long investigation did not dramatically change the overall understanding of the pandemic.
Embarek also floated the idea of “cold chain” transmission, meaning that the virus could have been passed on by the transport and trading of frozen food. The possibility warranted further study, he said.
Beijing had propagated the “cold chain” theory in recent months, with authorities eager to blame imported food packaging as a source of the coronavirus.
Liang Wannian, head of the Chinese team, supported the theory at the same press conference, saying that studies showed the virus “can be carried long-distance on cold chain products.”
The coronavirus could have been circulating in other areas before it was identified in Wuhan, Liang said, adding that nothing indicated it was being transmitted in the population before the outbreak in late 2019.
The Tuesday press conference was postponed by nearly two hours. Embarek and his teammates arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 after a substantial delay, and visited key locations such as the Huanan seafood market, the site of the first known COVID-19 cluster, as well as the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
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WHO experts 'still at loss over Covid transmission'
RTHK 9 February 2021
The World Health Organisation mission to China to uncover the origins of the coronavirus has failed to identify the animal source, scientists said on Tuesday.
Experts believe the disease, which has gone on to kill more than 2.3 million people worldwide, originated in bats and could have been transmitted to humans via another mammal.
While transmission from animals was the likely route, so far "the reservoir hosts remain to be identified", Liang Wannian, head of the China team, told reporters.
He added that studies showed the virus "can be carried long-distance on cold chain products," appearing to nudge towards the possible importation of the virus, a theory that has abounded in China in recent months.
He also said there was "no indication" the sickness was in circulation in Wuhan before December 2019 when the first official cases have been recorded.
WHO foreign expert Peter Ben Embarak, who was based in the WHO's Beijing office for two years from 2009, backed up the assertion saying there was no evidence of "large outbreaks in Wuhan" before then.
Experts from the WHO also all but eliminated a controversial theory that Covid-19 came from a laboratory in Wuhan.
"The laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely," Embarek said, adding it "is not in the hypotheses that we will suggest for future studies".
The mission is a diplomatically knotty one, which was trailed before it began by fears of a whitewash, with the US demanding a "robust" probe and China firing back with a warning not to "politicise" the investigation.
During the closely-monitored visit, reporters were largely kept at arms' length from the experts, but snippets of their findings crept out over Twitter and interviews.
The experts spent one month in China, two weeks in quarantine and the same again on fieldwork.
But, already over a year after the virus emerged, some of it was of questionable relevance to their stated aim of finding the virus source, including a visit to a propaganda exhibition celebrating China's recovery from the pandemic.
The group spent just an hour at the seafood market where many of the first reported clusters of infections emerged over a year ago.
They also appeared to spend several days inside their hotel, receiving visits from various Chinese officials without going out into the city.
But deeper research was carried out at the Wuhan virology institute where they spent nearly four hours and said they met with Chinese scientists there including Shi Zhengli, one of China's leading experts on bat coronaviruses and deputy director of the Wuhan lab.
Beijing is desperate to defang criticism of its handling of the chaotic early stages of the outbreak.
It has refocused attention at home and abroad on its handling of, and recovery from the outbreak. (AFP)