The Lancet drops a bombshell revelation saying that no independent, transparent, and science-based investigation has been carried out regarding the bioengineering of SARS-like viruses that was underway before the outbreak of COVID-19, suggesting COVID could have originated in US labs.
The Lancet appears to have made a 180-degree turn after giving EcoHealth Alliance head Peter Daszak’s massive “Natural Origins” Covid-19 misinformation campaign a platform, now suggesting Covid-19 may have originated “in US laboratories engaged in the laboratory manipulation of SARS-CoV-like viruses,” among other possibilities.
“No independent, transparent, and science-based investigation has been carried out regarding the bioengineering of SARS-like viruses that was underway before the outbreak of COVID-19,” writes The Lancet‘s Covid-19 commission, following two years of work.
“Independent researchers have not yet investigated the US laboratories engaged in the laboratory manipulation of SARS-CoV-like viruses, nor have they investigated the details of the laboratory research that had been underway in Wuhan. Moreover, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resisted disclosing details of the research on SARS-CoV-related viruses that it had been supporting, providing extensively redacted information only as required by Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.”
Regular readers will recall that EcoHealth received a lucrative NIH contract to offshore the risky research to Wuhan, China, where he was tasked with modifying bat COVID to be more transmissible to humans, four months prior to the Obama administration outlawing “gain-of-function” research on US soil.
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Daszak’s $14 million proposal to DARPA for “chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily” was turned down because it was deemed to be too dangerous.
Angus Dalgleish, Professor of Oncology at St Georges, University of London, who struggled to get work published showing that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) had been carrying out “gain of function” work for years before the pandemic, said the research may have gone ahead even without the funding.
“This is clearly a gain of function, engineering the cleavage site and polishing the new viruses to enhance human cell infectibility in more than one cell line,” he said. –Telegraph
The Lancet published a screed by Daszak (signed by over two dozen scientists) after Sars-CoV-2 broke out in the same town where Daszak was manipulating Bat Covid. Daszak insisted that Covid could have only come from a natural spillover event, probably from a wet market, and that the scientists “stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.” Only afterwards did The Lancet mention Daszak’s conflicts of interest.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has “resisted disclosing the details of its work,” according to The Lancet’s Covid-19 Commission, which has now opened the door to various new possibilities. One of these is that Covid-19 may have been created in US laboratories or may have escaped from them.
The full section in question:
As of the time of publication of this report, all three research-associated hypotheses are still plausible: infection in the field, infection with a natural virus in the laboratory, and infection with a manipulated virus in the laboratory. No independent, transparent, and science-based investigation has been carried out regarding the bioengineering of SARS-like viruses that was underway before the outbreak of COVID-19. The laboratory notebooks, databases, email records, and samples of institutions involved in such research have not been made available to independent researchers. Independent researchers have not yet investigated the US laboratories engaged in the laboratory manipulation of SARS-CoV-like viruses, nor have they investigated the details of the laboratory research that had been underway in Wuhan. Moreover, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resisted disclosing details of the research on SARS-CoV-related viruses that it had been supporting, providing extensively redacted information only as required by Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.
In brief, there are many potential proximal origins of SARS-CoV-2, but there is still a shortfall of independent, scientific, and collaborative work on the issue. –The Lancet
The Covid-19 Commission chair, economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, said at a conference in Madrid earlier this year that he was “pretty convinced” Covid-19 “came out of a US lab of biotechnology, not out of nature,” a claim supported by Chinese diplomats. As The Telegraph notes, the Lancet report comes amid controversy surrounding this statement.
Also in August, Sachs participated in a podcast hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has come under fire for his outspoken anti-vaccine views.
“Sachs’ appearance on RFK Jr’s podcast… undermines the seriousness of the Lancet Commission’s mission to the point of completely negating it,” said Prof Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Canada. “This may be one of the Lancet’s most shameful moments regarding its role as a steward and leader in communicating crucial findings about science and medicine,” she added.
After disbanding an initial task team led by Daszak that was never reconvened, Sachs maintained by his previous statements, telling The Telegraph that he personally “oversaw this aspect of the work” on the urgency of Sars-Cov-2.
“Everybody has signed off on the final text. The question of a possible laboratory release mostly involves the question of US-China joint work that was underway on Sars-like viruses,” he said.
According to the Lancet Commission report, the World Health Organization “repeatedly erred on the side of reserve rather than boldness” in the early stages of the pandemic, including a delay in declaring a public health emergency and a “hesitance” to report that Covid spread via airborne transmission.
The UN health agency also “fell victim to the increasing tensions between the United States and China”, the commissioners warned, adding that better international collaboration will be key to prevent epidemics becoming pandemics in future.
The WHO said it welcomed “the overarching recommendations”, but said there were “several key omissions and misinterpretations” around the agency’s initial response.
The researchers analysed the varying approaches to the disease around the world, too. The Western Pacific “stands out for its very low average mortality rate,” possibly as the region’s experience of the Sars epidemic in 2003 had left it better prepared to tackle new pathogens. -The Telegraph
As the scientific evidence regarding Covid-19 evolved, the journal “regularly evaluated the work of each Task Force to ensure that the final peer-reviewed report will provide valuable new insights to support a coordinated, global response to Covid-19 as well as to prevent future pandemics and contain future disease outbreaks,” according to a Lancet spokesperson.