Let’s start in 2012, when Anthony Fauci, the Lord and Savior of the double-masked, triple-vaxxed, News-Watchers and the highest-paid employee in the entire Federal Government, said that gain-of-function research was worth the risk of a lab accident that sparks a pandemic:
America’s top virologist, Anthony Fauci, argued in 2012 that the risks of a lab accident sparking a pandemic are outweighed by the potential benefits of manipulating viruses via gain-of-function research, according to previously unsurfaced remarks reported by Sharri Markson via The Australian.
“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” Fauci wrote in the American Society for Microbiology in 2012, adding “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?”
“Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks,” Fauci continued. “It is more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature, and the need to stay ahead of such a threat is a primary reason for performing an experiment that might appear to be risky.“
The key term we’re focusing on here is “gain-of-function” research, or GOFR as we’ll abbreviate it for convenience. I’m sure you’ve seen the term thrown around a lot lately, and it is because in the intense debate over whether Covid-19 originated organically, e.g. via “bat soup” sold at a Chinese Wet Market, or artificially, i.e. by way of an accidental lab leak, or the unthinkable: deliberate release.
Gain of function research is basically taking a virus that occurs in nature and altering its DNA, thus creating a whole new virus, potentially one that can even infect humans. Now while most will justifiably focus on the potential for biological warfare, or at the very least disastrous accidents, when they hear about something like GOFR, there are good reasons for conducting it. For one, it can help scientists better understand a virus. It can also lead to breakthroughs in the development of vaccines. There are risks and rewards with GOFR, and that’s what Fauci was pondering back in that 2012 paper: do the potential benefits of GOFR outweigh the risk of a lab accident, which in turn starts a global pandemic? Fauci thought yes.
And it’s not hard to see why he thought that way: this was nearly a decade before the global outbreak of Covid. At that time, in Fauci’s nearly 30 years at the NIH, the world hadn’t really gone through any serious pandemics: sure, there was SARS in 2003, and Swine Flu in 2009, but none of those were anywhere close to as bad as Covid-19.
We had never experienced anything like Covid-19, at least not in anyone alive’s lifetime at that point, so it was, if not logical, at least reasonable to believe we never would in the future.
Fauci probably figured it was highly unlikely there would be any sort of “lab leak” that triggered a global pandemic, so why the hell not go ahead with GOFR?
And that’s what his view on the matter was for a long time, until Covid happened.
The question everyone’s asking, and which all the world’s Experts and Scientists and Top Officials have yet to get to the bottom of, is this: How did a bat coronavirus make the jump to humans and subsequently go on to spread around the world, infecting probably at this point over a billion people and killing an estimated 4 million of them?
As of March 2021, the WHO says the “most-likely source” of Covid-19 are wildlife farms in southern China:
A member of the World Health Organization investigative team says wildlife farms in southern China are the most likely source of the COVID-19 pandemic.
China shut down those wildlife farms in February 2020, says Peter Daszak, a disease ecologist with EcoHealth Alliance and a member of the WHO delegation that traveled to China this year. During that trip, Daszak says, the WHO team found new evidence that these wildlife farms were supplying vendors at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan with animals.
Daszak told NPR that the government response was a strong signal that the Chinese government thought those farms were the most probable pathway for a coronavirus in bats in southern China to reach humans in Wuhan.
Those wildlife farms, including ones in the Yunnan region, are part of a unique project that the Chinese government has been promoting for 20 years now.
“They take exotic animals, like civets, porcupines, pangolins, raccoon dogs and bamboo rats, and they breed them in captivity,” says Daszak.
Peter Daszak: remember that name. We’ll come back to him later.
So apparently these wildlife farms supply the wet market in Wuhan, China (the virus’ point of origin), and somehow Covid made the jump from a bat to a pangolin (basically a scaly anteater/armadillo looking thing) at one of these farms, and then, once the infected animals were sold at Wuhan wet market, boom: global pandemic.
That’s the Official Theory on how Covid began.
However, since the very beginning of the pandemic, when we first learned that the virus originated in Wuhan China, online theorists & researchers, as well as politicians skeptical of the official story, quickly noted the coincidence of the virus originating in Wuhan and the presence of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the world’s leading research lab for bat coronaviruses. It wasn’t hard to put 2 and 2 together.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology’s Wikipedia page freely admits that WIV has been studying bat coronaviruses since at least 2005, and that in 2015, it even succeeded in engineering a “hybrid” bat coronavirus that could infect humans (hmmm):
In 2005, a group including researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology published research into the origin of the SARS coronavirus, finding that China’s horseshoe bats are natural reservoirs of SARS-like coronaviruses. Continuing this work over a period of years, researchers from the institute sampled thousands of horseshoe bats in locations across China, isolating over 300 bat coronavirus sequences.
In 2015, an international team including two scientists from the institute published successful research on whether a bat coronavirus could be made to infect a human cell line (HeLa). The team engineered a hybrid virus, combining a bat coronavirus with a SARS virus that had been adapted to grow in mice and mimic human disease. The hybrid virus was able to infect human cells.
None of this is “conspiracy theory.” None of it is disputed. It’s on Wikipedia. And so in late 2019, when a virus said to have originated in bats starts spreading in Wuhan, well it wasn’t hard to piece things together.
If you’re a narrative-questioning individual who happens to distrust the government and global INSTITOOSHUNS like the WHO, this lab-leak theory has much more appeal than the Official Theory.
One of my favorite bloggers for all things Covid is Handwaving Freakoutery, who publishes his work on Substack. All the way back in April 2020, he used simple math to illustrate how “ridiculously improbable” it was for Covid to have naturally jumped from bats to humans:
The “official channels” have maintained for four months that this virus originated in a wet market in Wuhan, not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is the world’s Mecca of studying emergent SARS coronaviruses that originate in bats. A lot of speculation by the media has gone into supporting this case, as well as the solid support of the Chinese government, but the case is obviously garbage. I grant that wet markets for exotic harvested wild meats are a great vector for something like this, but set that aside for a moment.
There are between a hundred and a thousand wet markets in China. There are well over a thousand wet markets in Vietnam. There are well over a thousand wet markets in Thailand. There are hundreds or thousands of wet markets in Laos, hundreds or thousands more in Cambodia, hundreds or thousands more in Burma and Myanmar and Malaysia. Nobody knows for sure, but it’s completely reasonable to estimate the total number of wet markets in East Asia being at least ten thousand.
But only one of these ten thousand or more wet markets is two blocks from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The chance that a brand new never before seen SARS coronavirus variant would emerge at the only wet market two blocks from a laboratory whose primary function is to study never before seen SARS coronavirus variants, specifically from bats, is simply too astronomical to believe. If a brand-new world epidemic virus were to emerge every day from a wet market in east Asia, it would be three years or more on average before one emerged from Wuhan. No honest scientist would believe that coincidence given what we know.
It would be one hell of a coincidence if Covid-19 came from a wet market in Wuhan, wouldn’t it?
Which is why on May 11 of this year, Fauci was called before a Senate committee to answer some questions, specifically those from Senator Rand Paul, on whether or not American taxpayer dollars contributed to the Covid-19 outbreak:
Earlier this month [May 2021], Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) went to town on Dr. Anthony Fauci Tuesday during a hearing in front of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. Paul alleged that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had used a middle-man to funnel money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology via EcoHealth Alliance – which worked with the lab on bat coronavirus projects.
Paul specifically referenced “gain-of-function” research which in this case has been focused on how to make animal viruses more transmissible to humans – specifically bat coronaviruses. “Government scientists like yourself who favor gain of function research,” Paul began…
…only to have Fauci interject: “I don’t favor gain of function research in China,” adding “You are saying things that are not correct.”
Paul pushed back – continuing: “[Those who favor gain of function research] say that COVID-19 mutations were random and not designed by man.”
“I do not have any accounting of what the Chinese may have done,” Fauci shot back, adding that he’s in favor of further investigation, but that the NIH had nothing to do with the origins of COVID-19.
“We have not funded gain of function research on this virus in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” he added. “No matter how many times you say it, it didn’t happen.”
Fauci has been very cagey in how he discusses GOFR funded by the NIH. He said, “I do not favor gain of function research in China.” But he favors it elsewhere, presumably? He said as much in 2012.
I’d like to know his reasons for favoring GOFR in some countries but not others.
Well, even with the carefully-worded ansawhs, Senatuh Pawl kept digging into Dawktah Fauci’s NIH research grant money and called him back before Congress in July, leading to this infamous exchange:
Rand Paul: “Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement from May 11 where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain of function research in Wuhan?”
Fauci: “Sennatuh Pawl, I have nevuh lloyd befaw the Cawngress, and I do not retract that statement. This papuh that you are referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function–
Paul: “You take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans, you’re saying that isn’t gain of function?”
Fauci: “That is correct. And, and Sennatuh Pawl, you do not know what you are talking about. I want to say that officially: you do not know what you are talking about..”
Paul: “Let me read from the NIH’s definition of gain of function. This is your definition that you guys wrote. It says that, ‘Scientific research that increases the transimssiblity among animals is gain of function.’ They took animal viruses that only occur in animals, and they increased their transmissibility to humans. How can you say that is not gain of function–“
Fauci: “It is not.”
Paul: “It’s a dance, and you’re dancing around this, because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from the pandemic.”
Fauci: “If the point that you are making is that the grant that was funded as a sub-uhhwad from EcoHealth to Wuhan created SARS-COV-2–that’s where you’re getting.”
Paul: “We don’t know. We don’t know if it did come from the lab. But all the evidence is pointing to that it came from the lab, and there will be responsibility for those who funded the lab, including yourself.”
Fauci: “I totally resent the lie you are now propagating, Sennatuh. If you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments, that were given in the annual reports, that were published in the literachuh, it is molecularly impossible for those viruses to create SARS-COV-2.”
It goes back and forth like that for a while, but that’s the gist of the whole exchange. Rand Paul basically tells Fauci straight to his face, “You killed 4 million people.”
All Fauci can really say is, well it’s molecularly impossible for the viruses they were working on in that lab to have turned into Covid. It sounded like a coached, rehearsed answer because he kept repeating it.
Of course the media obviously reported on the exchange from Fauci’s perspective, trying to make it seem like he OWNEDDDDDD Rand Paul instead of the fact that he just got caught red-handed:
You go, Dr. Fauci! You’re our hero! Show that mean SCIENCE-DENIER who’s boss!
Fast-forward to earlier this month, when the Intercept was able to obtain 900 pages of documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that confirmed that Dawktuh Fauci’s NIH funneled money to Wuhan through a middle-party called the EcoHealth Alliance, an organization headed up by none other than Peter Daszak, the guy who also works for the WHO and was trying to promote the idea that Covid-19 originated in a wildlife farm in Southern China:
NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than 900 pages of documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [that’s the department Fauci is in charge of at the NIH], as well as project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.
The documents were released in connection with ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health. The Intercept is making the full documents available to the public.
“This is a road map to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of Covid-19.
One of the grants, titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak to screen thousands of bat samples for novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who work with live animals. The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has aggressively dismissed.
Gee, wonder why.
The bat coronavirus grant provided EcoHealth Alliance with a total of $3.1 million, including $599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans. Even before the pandemic, many scientists were concerned about the potential dangers associated with such experiments. The grant proposal acknowledges some of those dangers: “Fieldwork involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs, while working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for fecal dust to be inhaled.”
Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, said the documents show that EcoHealth Alliance has reason to take the lab-leak theory seriously. “In this proposal, they actually point out that they know how risky this work is. They keep talking about people potentially getting bitten — and they kept records of everyone who got bitten,” Chan said. “Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not, how can they possibly rule out a research-related accident?”
According to Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, the documents contain critical information about the research done in Wuhan, including about the creation of novel viruses. “The viruses they constructed were tested for their ability to infect mice that were engineered to display human type receptors on their cell,” Ebright wrote to The Intercept after reviewing the documents. Ebright also said the documents make it clear that two different types of novel coronaviruses were able to infect humanized mice. “While they were working on SARS-related coronavirus, they were carrying out a parallel project at the same time on MERS-related coronavirus,” Ebright said, referring to the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
The overriding question I have while reading all this stuff is simply, “Why?”
Why is any of this necessary? Why are we conducting all this research on animal viruses?
How does this research benefit mankind in any way?
Because animal viruses might make the jump to humans!
Yeah, if you add spike proteins to an animal virus so it can infect humans, it certainly might.
What’s more likely: a person somehow catches a coronavirus from a bat, or a lab alters a bat coronavirus into one that can infect humans, and then that altered virus subsequently escapes from the lab and goes pandemic among humans?
What is the benefit here? There were no bat coronaviruses transmissible to humans before these lab-workers in Wuhan altered one and made it transmissible to humans. Now, as if there weren’t enough ways to get sick and die already, we have yet another virus floating around in the world–and that virus now has a bunch of different variants.
This is arguably the biggest ethical dilemma facing scientists in the 21st century: where do we draw the line between experiments you both can and should do, and experiments you can do, but shouldn’t?
Just because we have the ability to manipulate animal viruses to make them transmissible to humans doesn’t mean we should be doing that.
Where does the oversight come from? It’s not the government. Our government funded it!
More on the matter from Dr. Richard Ebright, the Rutgers University molecular biologist quoted above:
The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth with subcontracts to WIV funded gain-of-function research as defined in federal policies in effect in 2014-2017 and potential pandemic pathogen enhancement as defined in federal policies in effect in 2017-present. (This had been evident previously from published research papers that credited the 2014 grant and from the publicly available summary of the 2019 grant. But this now can be stated definitively from progress reports of the 2014 grant and the full proposal of the 2017 grant.) The materials confirm the grants supported the construction–in Wuhan–of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that combined a spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human cells.
The materials reveal that the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses also could infect mice engineered to display human receptors on cells (“humanized mice”). The materials further reveal for the first time that one of the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses–one not previously disclosed publicly–was more pathogenic to humanized mice than the starting virus from which it was constructed, and thus not only was reasonably anticipated to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity, but, indeed, was *demonstrated* to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity. The materials further reveal that the the grants also supported the construction–in Wuhan–of novel chimeric MERS-related coronaviruses that combined spike genes from one MERS-related coronavirus with genetic information from another MERS-related coronavirus.
The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.
Fauci lied to Congress.
More importantly: Yes, middle-aged liberal white women, your heartthrob, TV Science Man, lied to you.
You believe he’s the only thing standing between you and certain death from Covid. In reality, he’s the reason Covid exists in the first place.
Fauci funded the creation of Covid.
Rand Paul was right.
Ebright thinks so, too:
If we just look at the facts, it is indisputable that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was conducting research on bat coronaviruses dating back to 2005. The US government in the form of Fauci’s NIH division, was funding that research since at least 2014.
Then, in October 2019, a new coronavirus that allegedly came from bats gets out in Wuhan China and subsequently goes global.
Let’s for a minute just take them at their word: the virus came from a wet market, not a lab. They–and by they I mean Fauci and the Chinese, as well as the French who built the Wuhan Institute of Virology–knew about the potential for something like this for at least 5 years, maybe longer, given that they were funding research on it dating back to 2014. And the point of all that money and research was so that if a bat coronavirus ever did make the jump to humans, we’d be ready for it and be able to handle it.
Why couldn’t we handle it when it actually did happen, then?
What was all that research for? What was actually accomplished at the Wuhan Institute of Virology with those US taxpayer dollars?
This is why the Official Story just doesn’t add up: they were concerned about the potential of a bat coronavirus to make the jump to humans, so they figured they’d better get to work studying the matter and conducting research and experiments on bat coronaviruses in case one ever becomes transmissible to humans.
Then one did become transmissible to humans, and all these brilliant Scientists led by Anthony Fauci, the only response they had was: “Wear a mask and stay inside.”
What, exactly, was the point of all that research from 2014-2019?
Was it worth it?
You might say, “Well if they hadn’t conducted all that research we might never have gotten the vaccine as quickly as we did!”
But if they hadn’t altered a bat coronavirus to make it transmissible to humans, then Covid-19 wouldn’t even exist in the first place.
It’s a real mystery why so many people don’t trust the government, isn’t it?
Covid is, first and foremost, a Chinese problem. China did this to the world. They conducted the GOFR research that made a bat virus transmissible to humans, they fucked up and let the virus leak, they started the global pandemic.
But Fauci bankrolled it. With your money.
Fauci made Covid.
Covid-19 is a symptom of the problem of Gargantuan Government in America: our government is so big it has its tentacles in everything. It does everything. There is a government department for just about anything you can think of.
And it’s all a product of this mentality that there’s no problem a Government Program can’t fix. Problem? Throw government money at it! Create a “task force.” Create a “subcommittee.” Create a new department, or a new agency, or a new bureau, or a new division, or a new whatever–government is the answer to everything.
Now if you read this blog regularly, you know I despise megacorporations. I think we should take every company in the Fortune 500 and dismantle them all into 50 pieces each. I believe capitalism inevitably degenerates toward monopoly, stagnancy and the eradication of competition, and thus capitalism has a “shelf life” of about 100 years or so before you need the government to intervene and break up all the monopolies. It happened at the start of the 20th century with Teddy Roosevelt and the “trust-busting” and Standard Oil and all that, and it needs to happen again. Corporations have gotten entirely too big and powerful and corrupt, not to mention corrupting, as in of the government which supposedly regulates and oversees the corporations.
But after we do that, we need to do the same thing to the government as well. We should have an amendment in the Constitution that says every 25 years, we cut the federal government’s budget by 50%. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
The federal budget is a gigantic feeding trough for special interests, contractors and foreign countries. Not to mention a bunch of overpaid “public servants” like Anthony Fauci who make more money than the President.
Why the fuck is Anthony Fauci giving out grant money so Chinese scientists in Wuhan can infect “humanized mice” with bat coronaviruses? If that’s such Important Scientific Work, then why don’t we just do it here in the US?
Why are we even giving any money at all to China?
The real problem here is that an unelected bureaucrat like Anthony Fauci somehow had the power to give millions of dollars in grant money to a lab in China to fund their efforts to make bat viruses transmissible to humans.
This slimy, Noo Yawk greasebawll, Dawktuh Fauci is the gawdfawtha of Covid-19. He should be Public Enemy #1 right now.
Instead, catladies are singing love songs about their Government Daddy. It’s nauseating:
And remember this?
I know the kid has autism, so I do feel bad for him, but this is just disturbing.
The propaganda surrounding this guy is something else. They got teen popstar Olivia Rodrigo to “interview” Fauci in an effort to convince kids to get vaccinated:
As you can see, however, the video has 17k dislikes compared to 5.5k likes. Maybe there is yet hope.
National Geographic is even making a fucking movie about him, no doubt painting him as the Hero of Our Time:
This is North Korean-level propaganda.
People: Fauci made Covid.
Scientists in Wuhan were like, “Hey, Dr. Fauci: we’re trying to mutate bat coronaviruses so they can infect humans, can we have some US taxpayer money please?”
And Fauci was like “Sure! Here’s 3 million dawllahs!”
Rand Paul on September 9 said Fauci should get a 5-year prison sentence for lying to Congress.
Um, how about the thing he lied to Congress about: funding the creation of Covid-19?
What should his punishment be for that?