The Covid-19 virus has so far left nearly 3 million people dead and affected countless people. What allegedly started from Wuhan markets in China has spilled over into the world ever since. S Gurumurthy deciphers what the world knows about the mysterious virus.
The mystery surrounding the origin of the virus has been far from being solved. The virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and since then China has received a complaint for its lack of transparency.
Eighteen months after China reported the first patient with Covid-19-like symptoms, the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread like wildfire around the world, killing more than 35 people and infecting more than 16 people. , 8 million in more than 180 countries.
In addition, multiple waves of pandemics have spilled over into health care systems around the world and caused the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Tests relating SARS-CoV-2 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China are strictly circumstantial, they belong to the safest class, commonly known as biosafety level 4 or BSL4.
Chinese authorities first linked the Wuhan virus to the wet market (a place where live wild animals were sold for meat) in Wuhan, where live animals are sold as vegetables in India. This instantly reminded me of SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] epidemic of 2002 caused by bats infecting civets sold on the wet market and from these to humans. In the case of SARS 2002, the animal link was established by decoding the genome of the virus from bats to humans. But for the new virus, no test is available even after a year and a half. And yet, the Chinese and the WHO linked the new virus to the old SARS.
According to a report published in The New Indian Express, the new virus was initially called Wuhan pneumonia and Wuhan virus several times. The WHO responded quickly and renamed it three times in two months, January and February, each time linking it to SARS 2002 and the untested wet market, calling it the new SARS-2 virus, a new avatar of SARS. -1. Later, by adding the word “coronavirus” that implied its animal nexus, the WHO improved its name as a “new coronavirus” – 2019-nCoV. Then as “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” – SARS-CoV-2 to reconnect it strongly with animals. And, like Covid-19, which is CO for “crown”, VI for “virus” and D for “disease” and 19 for the year in which it appeared, once and for all, it went blame the poor animals.
With the impressive and suppressed facts about the virus obscured by geopolitics involving China and the United States little by little, the truth seems to be overtaking American politics.
The devastated world that wants to know the truth about the cause of the virus for more than a year should thank Nicholas Wade, for having discovered the truth with incredible and unquestionable logic. Wade is not a normal journalist. He is a writer, editor and science author who has worked on the staff of Nature, Science and, for many years, in the New York Times. In a devastating but balanced article [titled The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan? on May 5, 2021 in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists founded by the Manhattan project scientists led by Albert Einstein] what Wade has written destroys all false narratives to blame Chinese bats for causing the virus.
S Gurumurthy’s column further states that the respected scientific writer Nicholas Wade discovered how the virology guild was overshadowed, the World Health Organization was bribed, the American anti-Trump media fell silent and the divided policy of the United States let the culprit escape. Being a disciplined writer, he did not touch on the most sensitive issue: the link between the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and the PLA (Chinese Army), which is now coming out.
Wade asks a simple question: “How could bats living 1,500 km away in Yunnan transmit the virus to humans in Wuhan?” Especially when they can’t fly more than 50 kms. Also, how did the Yunnan bats manage to infect only the animals sold in Wuhan’s wet market, with 1,500-kilometer all-terrain views? Four months after SARS 2002, scientists discovered the link between bats and wet market animals infected by it. But now, after a year and a half, no such connection has been seen, Wade says. Even the Chinese have given up on wet market demand, Wade points out. The poor bats of Yunnan did not infect the people of Wuhan, but they are blamed. How did the bat virus get to Wuhan then? This is the center of the fascinating story of the virus that was written when Americans were madly in love with the Chinese who pretended to correspond.
“Bat Lady” carries 100 bat viruses to Wuhan
The column is based more on Wade’s narrative about the story of the creepy new virus.
The villain – or heroine – in the history of the Wuhan virus is Shi Zhengli, China’s leading expert on bat viruses, better known as the “lady of bats.” Wade says that leading researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), Shi made frequent expeditions to Yunnan bat-infested caves in southern China and collected more than a hundred different bat coronaviruses in November 2015. Shi partnered with Ralph S Baric, an eminent coronavirus researcher at the University of North Carolina. They focused on improving the ability of bat viruses to attack humans. In November 2015 they created a new coronavirus. How? It’s a bit technical. They did this by taking the backbone of the SARS-1 virus and replacing its spike protein with one of the bat virus, which was able to infect the airways of human cells. Wade quotes a virology expert as saying that “if this man-made virus escaped, no one could predict the trajectory,” that is, its enormous potential for infection. Why would virologists create this Frankenstein? The justification has the noble goal of preparing to mitigate the risks of future outbreaks, in the present case to prevent the recurrence of SARS-1. This is called function gain research (GOF) in virology. The norm for GOF research is that the potential for mitigating future outbreaks should be weighed against the risk of creating more dangerous viruses. Baric and Shi admitted the risks of their work, but justified it to the GOF.
Baric, Wade says, had taught Shi a general method for bat coronavirus engineering to attack other species, such as humanized mice – “an ethical and inexpensive substitute for human subjects.” Shi returned to his lab at WIV and resumed the work he had begun on coronavirus genetic engineering to attack human cells. How can you be sure that yes? Wade cites public records of the American connection to WIV that proves it.
Bat Lady virus, not bats
Wade cites two irrefutable proofs that clearly point to what the bat lady did or was on her way to fulfilling her mission. One, the grant proposal to fund Shi’s work from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), a public record. [According to Fox News (12.5.2021), the Obama-led US, one-sided in its love of China, started funding WIV from 2005 that went on till 2019.] This proposal said exactly what I wanted to do with the money. The NIH awarded the grants to Peter Daszak, a big name in the virologists’ guild, as a contractor, and subcontracted them to Shi. Explaining the content of the proposals, Wade says, “What this means in non-technical language is that Shi had set out to create coronavirus with the highest possible infectivity for human cells.” It cannot be said that it generated or did not generate SARS-2 in its laboratories because, according to Wade, the Chinese have sealed their laboratories. But, Wade cites an interview granted by Daszak on December 9, 2019 just before the Wuhan outbreak, which showed that Shi had fulfilled his mission. Daszak spoke in brilliant terms about WIV researchers and said that now, that is, Daszak and Shi, we have found more than six or seven years ago more than 100 new SARS-related coronaviruses, very close to SARS. ” Daszak, Wade points out, says around the 28th minute of the interview: “Some of them enter human cells in the laboratory, some of them can cause SARS disease in humanized mouse models and cannot be treated. with therapeutic monoclonal drugs and cannot be vaccinated against them with a vaccine. Therefore, it is a clear and present danger … ”Consider the words spoken with inhuman pride,“ cannot be treated ”and“ cannot be vaccinated ”. Do you have any doubt now that the devastation that is happening to millions and millions of humans was the work of WIV, orchestrated by the Bat Lady and Daszak? What is the conclusion? Poor bats did not infect any animal with the virus, which in turn transmitted it to the people of Wuhan. Bats were taken to WIV to create a new coronavirus, which is now devastating the world.
But who outsourced the coronavirus grant to Shi Zhengli? Peter Daszak. Who praised her for developing more than 100 bat viruses that could not be vaccinated against? Peter Daszak. When the virus broke out, who got scientists to sign letters saying it couldn’t be a lab leak? Peter Daszak. Who was a member of the WHO commission to find out if it was a leak in the laboratory? Peter Daszak. If Shi is the evil one who created evil, Daszak turns out to be the evil one who suppressed his creation.
Divided media in the US, silenced
Citing the deafening silence of the main American media on the issue of laboratory leaks, Wade rightly points out the absence of in-depth news about the virus that has killed 3.5 million people, which should deserve serious investigation. He mentions two reasons for the lethargy of the media. The first is the opinion of virologists. Second, because President Trump said the virus had escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, the media, most of whom had migrated to the left of the political spectrum, gave little credibility to the idea. They preferred to join the respectable opinion of virologists that the escape to the laboratory was a rejectable conspiracy theory and rejected the position of U.S. intelligence services that the escape to the laboratory could not be ruled out. Clearly, the political divide also silenced the media.
As a disciplined scientific writer, Wade speaks of the only benign filtration of the deadly WIV virus. But many see sinister designs behind the construction of the evil virus in WIV. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has openly said that the coronavirus is a war weapon and the COVID-19 is a war weapon. Brazil has ten times the mortality rate of India and three times the infection rate.
Well, that’s only half the story. There is more. Wuhan’s WIV was not just a civilian academy of science. He is associated with the People’s Liberation Army, which had plans from 2015 to prepare bioweapons for the next world war. The issue is not just people’s health, but global security.
(This article was first published on newindianexpress.com on May 27 and 28, 2021)
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Last updated: May 30, 2021, 12:39 PM CEST