One of the most disturbing revelations in recent days regarding US funding of Gain Of Function research at China's Wuhan labs is the fact that some of the funding may have come from the US military. The UK Daily Mail reported last Friday--and for some reason refers to the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance as a "charity":
The Pentagon gave $39 million to a charity that funded controversial coronavirus research at a Chinese lab accused of being the source for Covid-19, federal data reveals.
The news comes as the charity's chief, British-born scientist Dr. Peter Daszak, was exposed in an alleged conflict of interest and back-room campaign to discredit lab leak theories.
The charity, EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), has come under intense scrutiny after it emerged that it had been using federal grants to fund research into coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.￼
The U.S. nonprofit, set up to research new diseases, has also partly funded deeply controversial 'gain of function' experiments, where dangerous viruses are made more infectious to study their effect on human cells.
A political storm broke when former president Donald Trump canceled a $3.7 million grant to the charity last year amid claims that Covid-19 was created in, or leaked from, the Wuhan lab funded by EHA.
But federal grant data assembled by independent researchers shows that the charity has received more than $123 million from the government – from 2017 to 2020 - and that one of its biggest funders is the Department of Defense, funneling almost $39 million to the organization since 2013.
Exactly how much of that money went toward research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is unknown.
Fair enough. We can't be absolutely, 100% positive, that a single dime of that $39 million worth of DoD money went towards GOF research in Wuhan. If I were a betting man, however, my bet would be that a considerable portion of that money did go to Wuhan--possibly all of it.
Sharri Markson, the Australian journalist and news presenter, is raising the issue in her forthcoming book, What Really Happened In Wuhan? Yeah, that's what we all want to know. A report in The Australian goes further than the Daily Mail. Lots of people have wondered about Operation Warp Speed:
Chinagate: Wuhan Lab’s ‘Secret Military Activity’ Led to Feb 2020 COVID Vaccine Patent, Report Finds
https://beckernews.com ^ | June 7, 2021 | by Kyle Becker
Evidence is rapidly accumulating that China not only covered up the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the coronavirus initially leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Explosive new reports based on intelligence sources go further than that: The laboratory’s suspected “gain of function” research was linked to “secret military activity,” which ultimately culminated in an improbably early COVID-19 vaccine patent.
Indeed, the ‘warp speed’ rollout of the vaccine would be virtually impossible, unless the Chinese were already conducting research on the deadly coronavirus with the aim of developing their own vaccine.
The Australian reported on Friday that the “U.S. paid for the People’s Liberation Army to engineer coronaviruses.” The implications of the Pentagon funding such dangerous research in authoritarian China are sweeping and profound.
National security sources said the ties between Zhou [Yusen] and Dr Shi [Zhengli aka the “Bat Woman”] supported claims by US intelligence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was engaged in “secret military activity.”
“Zhou, who conducted the research in conjunction with the Wuhan institute, the University of Minnesota and the New York Blood Centre, was the first to file a patent for a Covid-19 vaccine on February 24 last year, according to documents obtained by The Weekend Australian.”
This was only five weeks after China admitted there was human-to-human transmission of the virus.
ZeroHedge offers three bullet points summarizing revelations in Markson's book:
- President Biden scrapped a State Department effort by its Arms, Control, Verification and Compliance Unit to formally confront China in Geneva over its cover-up of the rapidly spreading virus, as well as alleged breaches of the biological weapons convention in the Wuhan lab.
- US officials suspected that China had developed a vaccine prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in a "sensitive but unclassified" internal report.
- US intelligence agencies sought advice from the highly-conflicted Daszak and Ralph Baric over whether the virus had a 'natural origin' or a laboratory origin. Daszak and Baric (of the University of North Carolina) both have long histories working with bat researchers at the Wuhan Institute of virology, and have insisted the virus could have only emerged via natural origin. As a result, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence published a statement saying it could not have been man-made.
At the risk of sounding conspiratorial, it seems increasingly likely that the US has a lot to be concerned about with coming revelations. US involvement in Covid origins--similar in a way to US funding of ISIS--just wouldn't be a good look. Will we ever learn the truth--officially?
As unwise as it was for any potential US investment in Wuhan gain of function research into covid, the Chinese own the larger share of the blame for trying to cover up its release whether deliberate or accidental.ReplyDelete
Are you seriously suggesting that the US is not complicit in trying to cover Covid's release whether deliberate or accidental? Reconsider that.Delete
Ditto. And I do wish the various Anonymouses would identify themselves (as some are now doing within their comments), Otherwise we have no way to follow their comments, opinions, reasoning...Delete
Think Mark's site may be starting to attract trolls.Delete
In Anon's defense, I read his her comment as basically weighing culpability, not absolving the US of it. Anon would likely agree, plenty of blame on US. But CCP not only released the virus, they intentionally spread it across the world by keeping international flights going for *months* after known transmission. This ain't coincidence, as they say. And CCP further hid the virus samples and played games with our early efforts to pin down the exact structure, as I recall. Punish Fauci et al but the CCP must be held to account.Delete
I've really tried hard to avoid commenting on all this funding and Fauci/Dassk virus stuff however I've had enough.ReplyDelete
20+ years ago I experienced the World com / Enron / you name it scandals where lack of accountability was the end result. I see great parallels here where the DoD funding for these kind of research lacks full accountability.
This is another example where government gets too big. Taxpayers like us all need to have our voices shared. I'm not dumb enough to think the US didn't fund some or much of the "gain of function" capability. Where Science / Scientists (Daszak) left unchecked and receiving large grants go awry I smell bad news.
It should soon dawn definitively on us and the ROW (the rest of the world) that the United States
1. not only fomented a hot war on 'terror' with global implications when it unilaterally invaded Iraq in 2003, which has still not ended, and which has caused (and is causing) millions of deaths worldwide,
2. but also caused the most severe global economic and financial meltdown since the Great Depression when US financial institutions nearly collapsed in 2007-2009 due to their own greed and malfeasance, leading to global social unrest...and
3. has also collaborated with the Chinese government (including elements of the Chinese communist party and military) in funding research to create manmade viruses with the potential to cause millions of deaths and to potentially be used as a doomsday bioweapon, and which has already led to over 3 million covid-related deaths worldwide...
This will not be a good look for the United States.
It will be time for some serious introspection.
I'm not sure our smug and arrogant Elites will be capable of this. After all, when you're a fish, what is water?
American Exceptionalism's gifts to the world. This is all part of why I wonder whether the SCOTUS justices have been engaging in some introspection. We'll find out soon enough.Delete
Conversely, America's real successes and gifts to the world: the Constitution and Bill of Rights...rigorous application of due process and the rule of law...the most dynamic and productive economic system in the world which has generated unprecedented wealth and security for American citizens...and the most ethnically and racially diverse and successfully integrated society in world history...Delete
are exactly what the Elites hate about the United States of America.
@Cassander, a very nice summation of the original vision and the successes and what could be again, if only....Delete