Covid cover-up: Fauci’s boss says vaccine research in Wuhan caused the pandemic

Covid cover-up: Fauci’s boss says vaccine research in Wuhan caused the pandemic. By Sharri Markson.

This is leading in The Australian, so it will probably appear soon in all the Newscorp papers, including the WSJ.

America’s top infectious diseases adviser, Anthony Fauci, delib­erately decided to downplay ­suspicions from scientists that Covid-19 came from a laboratory to protect his reputation and deflect from the risky coronavirus research his agency had funded, according to his boss, one of the most senior US health officials during the pandemic.

In an exclusive interview, Robert Kadlec — former assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the US Department of Health — told The Weekend Australian that he, Dr Fauci and National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins privately discussed how to “turn down the temperature” on accusations against China in the early days of the pandemic while they were trying to encourage Beijing to co-operate and share a sample of the virus.

But the senior US health official — who worked for George W. Bush and Donald Trump and went on to lead American efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine — said Dr Fauci mostly kept his knowledge of virologists’ concerns about a lab leak from Wuhan to himself.

The Weekend Australian revealed in 2021 that the National Institutes of Health and other US agencies funded 65 scientific ­projects at the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the past decade, many involving risky research on bat coronaviruses. …

Dr Kadlec, in his first ever media interview, added: “We think vaccine research resulted in the pandemic – that vaccine ­research was the proximate cause.” …

January 2020:

Dr Kadlec’s personal approach was to ask the National Academy of Sciences in late January 2020, to formally examine the sequence of SARS-CoV-2, to understand its origin. …

That phone call was at the instigation of Dr Fauci after he spoke with scientist Kristian Andersen who expressed concern that SARS-Cov-2 may have been genetically engineered, because of its unusual features. In an email, Dr Andersen said “some of the features (potentially) look engineered” and several leading virologists “all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”

Dr Kadlec said Dr Fauci kept these suspicions, privately expressed by leading virologists that the virus had been engineered in a laboratory, mostly to himself.

The full extent of those suspicions is now laid bare in emails subpoenaed by US congress and published in recent weeks. In those emails, some scientists discussed the “shit show” that would eventuate if anyone serious accused China of, even accidentally, starting the pandemic. …

New emails and posts over the Slack messaging platform that have surfaced in recent weeks pinpoint the ­moment this group began steering world attention away from the Wuhan lab. It was not months, or even weeks, but within days and hours of their realisation that the virus may contain “fingerprints” that connected it to the Wuhan ­Institute of Virology. The scientists are facing allegations that they embarked on a campaign of subterfuge that has rocked Washington. …

Too dangerous:

Gain-of-function research was banned by the Obama administration but lifted during the Trump era. Dr Kadlec says this was at the best of the NIH. “Francis Collins and Fauci both had a similar world view which was scientists know best and there should be few restrictions on research,” he said.

Who made Covid? US spy agencies have a name:

US intelligence agencies are understood to be examining the possibility that Chinese military scientist Zhou Yusen’s research to develop a coronavirus vaccine led to the creation of Covid-19, and the first cluster of the pandemic.

The decorated Chinese scientist died about May 2020 in circumstances that Five Eyes intelligence agencies have long suspected was at the hands of the People’s Liberation Army. …

FBI director Christopher Wray has said publicly that a laboratory leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology led to the pandemic. …

“You’re talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab that killed millions of Americans.” …

In June 2021, The Australian revealed that Zhou was listed as the lead inventor on Chinese ­patent documents, translated by The Australian, for a Covid-19 vaccine. The patent was dated February 24, 2020.

Zhou died about three months later. Despite his illustrious career, there were no published mentions of this celebrated military scientists in the Chinese press. Five Eyes intelligence agencies suspected he had been killed. …

Former US assistant health secretary Robert Kadlec said vaccine research might have sparked the pandemic.

“We think vaccine research ­resulted in the pandemic, that vaccine ­research was the proximate cause,” Dr Kadlec said.

“Animal-challenge studies used in vaccination are some of the highest-risk research that you can do with an infectious disease agent.”

Dr Kadlec noted that the type of coronavirus vaccine ­research in which Zhou was involved was “very high risk” because it ­involved infecting live animals, administering some of them with the vaccine and using others as a control, and then keeping them alive for a period of days or even weeks before eventually euthanising them.

The risk of contamination at the Wuhan Institute of ­Virology was especially acute because the laboratory was experiencing problems with its air ventilation systems.

“The process where you have to manage the infected ­animals – collecting serial samples of blood, urine or saliva for a period of days or weeks – puts a high demand for biosafety,” Dr Kadlec said.

“(You have to be) very careful and safe and all your systems have to work. It’s very high risk.”

So now it’s becoming undeniable that covid is an engineered virus from a bioweapons lab in China. That admission of the obvious only took three years.

Next questions: What was the bioweapons research aiming for? By whom? For what end? Who were the targets? Is it still going on?

hat-tip Stephen Neil