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Bat virus samples were brought from Laos to Wuhan: more damning evidence emerges on China-US link behind Covid-19

Recap

By now the world is aware that the Corona virus was manufactured in Wuhan. News on this had been leaked out very early on.

There were attempts to discredit this theory through a peer-reviewed paper written in the Lancet. Later it was found that one of the authors of this paper was Peter Daszak, the President of Eco Health Alliance which had received funding from US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of which Dr Fauci was the Director. Since the US bars doing gain-of-function research, the activities that were being carried out under Daszak in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had to be moved. The research activities along with the US funding were moved to Wuhan.

This was laid out in our previous post, where we also mentioned how Prof Frances Boyle spoke of a well-developed bio-weapon (SARS-HIV virus with gain-of-function) whose technology was taken to Wuhan to further develop it into a bio-weapon by adding Corona virus to it. Notably, as mentioned in this report, Prof Boyle also said that there is no medical use of gain-of-function DNA technology (that was being worked on at Chapel Hill) other than to create bio-weapons. The post also highlighted how Daszak was seen in a recorded interview speaking about working on applying viruses harvested on bats to humans.

Bat viruses

Regarding bat viruses, this Hindupost report had cited a Feb 2021 Newsweek article:

Thanks to DRASTIC, we now know that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) had an extensive collection of coronaviruses gathered over many years of foraging in the bat caves, and that many of them—including the closest known relative to the pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2—came from a mineshaft where three men died from a suspected SARS-like disease in 2012. We know that the WIV was actively working with these viruses, using inadequate safety protocols, in ways that could have triggered the pandemic, and that the lab and Chinese authorities have gone to great lengths to conceal these activities. We know that the first cases appeared weeks before the outbreak at the Huanan wet market that was once thought to be ground zero.

The report also mentioned the role of Bharatiya researchers:

… two Pune-based Bharatiya researchers, Monali Rahalkar and Rahul Bahulikar who are part of the DRASTIC team have linked the Covid-19 virus to the SARS like virus that caused the 2012 pneumonia deaths in the Tongguan mineshaft, Mojiang, Yunnan, China.

Their paper linked the 2012 pneumonia deaths in the mineshaft to the origin of Corona and also identified the virus to be from horseshoe bats.

New information

Now, more information has emerged on Wuhan’s involvement, this time with details about obtaining the bat viruses. The new revelations also show how much of a cover-up was going on. This Spectator article  reveals how virus samples from bats were not just collected in China but in other countries too:

Two years in, there is no doubt the Covid pandemic began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. But there is also little doubt that the bat carrying the progenitor of the virus lived somewhere else.

Central to the mystery of Covid’s origin is how a virus normally found in horseshoe bats in caves in the far south of China or south-east Asia turned up in a city a thousand miles north. New evidence suggests that part of the answer might lie in Laos.

The Spectator article says that scientists found a virus in a horseshoe bat in a cave in Laos in the Vientiane province. Other related viruses of a similar kind were found in Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, and in other parts of China. But Banal-52, the virus that was found in the bat in Laos, was genetically closest to the human Sars-CoV-2 virus. It was even closer genetically than the virus from southern Yunnan called RaTG13. RaTG13 is 96.1% the same as the Sars-CoV-2 while Laos’s Banal-52 is 96.8% the same.

RaTG13 was the virus that was said to have been discovered in 2013 and had been kept in the Wuhan lab freezer since that time. The finding of Banal-52, genetically even closer to the Sars-CoV-2 than RaTG13, led many to put forth the theory of a natural spillover as the cause of Corona rather than an engineered spread of the virus. It is true that Banal-52 lacks the gene that makes Covid infectious, “a special 12-letter segment of genetic text called a furin cleavage site,” a feature not been seen in a Sars-like virus, except for Sars-CoV-2.

But new emails uncovered through a lawsuit by the White Coat Waste Project, showed that the Eco Health Alliance and its funders in the US government discussed collecting viruses from bats in Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos between 2016 and 2019.

But to avoid the complication of signing up local subcontractors to their grants in those countries, they promised to send the samples to a laboratory they already funded. And where was this lab? Wuhan.

The article discusses the emails, some of which speak of sending data and some that speak repeatedly of sending actual virus samples which would be tested in WIV. One email sent in 2018 also speaks of sending bats themselves. Emails also confirm that Wuhan scientists would also ‘sometimes’ be working in the field alongside their US colleagues.

Remember the central issue is how a bat virus got to Wuhan. So now, in both Yunnan and Laos, the only people who knowingly transported bat virus samples to Wuhan — and only to Wuhan — were scientists. Gilles Demaneuf, a New Zealand-based data scientist who’s been analysing this issue, says the natural spillover theory has ‘no explanation for why this would result in an outbreak in Wuhan of all places, and nowhere else’.

DRASTIC had leaked a document in which it was revealed that Daszak had “spelled out plans to work with his collaborators in Wuhan and elsewhere to artificially insert novel, rare cleavage sites into novel Sars-like coronaviruses collected in the field…to better understand the biological function of cleavage sites.”

Apparently, Daszak had requested funding of $14.2 million from the Pentagon in 2018 for this purpose, which was turned down. The article further says that most of the funding for the WIV comes from the Chinese and not the American government, so, turning down of the grant by the Pentagon would not have prevented the work from moving forward. And WIV had previously done a similar experiment with a different kind of coronavirus.

It is almost beyond belief that Dr Daszak had not volunteered this critical information. He played a leading role in trying to dismiss the lab-leak idea as a ‘conspiracy theory’, using his membership of the WHO-China investigation to support the far-fetched theory that the virus reached Wuhan on frozen food.

The article goes on to add that since American taxpayers funded the work, a full report from Eco Health Alliance is in order:

…now that we know the US government was funding virus sampling in Laos, the Eco Health Alliance should be required to report in full on exactly what was found.

Belatedly, the US National Institutes of Health has requested more information.

Wuhan took its database of bat virus samples offline in September 2019 and details of the Laos samples would be “presumably in that database.” The article questions Dr Daszak on his refusal to request WIV to release the data. Of course, the question remains on how the Laos viruses got loose in Wuhan. No evidence has thus far been found of infected animals for sale in Chinese markets, which is why it is noteworthy that:

…the outbreak happened in a city with the world’s largest research programme on bat-borne corona-viruses, whose scientists had gone to at least two places where these Sars-CoV-2-like viruses live, and brought them back to Wuhan — and to nowhere else.

(Featured Image Source: nature.com)

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