Updated: May 11, 2021
Gain-of-function research created novel SARS-CoV-2 virus
In April of this year, the Daily Mail of London broke an incredible story. The Daily Mail reported that the U.S. National Institute of Health issued a $3.7 million grant to research coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This was shortly after the first cases of covid-19 were being reported in the U.S. It was later reported in Newsweek that the U.S. Agency for International Development was funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology as well. The WIV lab is now believed to be the source of the SAR-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19. The virus either was deliberately or possibly accidentally released from the WIV lab.
Why would the U.S. Agency for International Development be funding GOF research in one of the world's wealthiest economies?
On April 28, Newsweek reported that the initial funding for the Wuhan lab began in 2014 and continued until 2019. Newsweek also said that the NIH in 2019 gave another grant of $3.7 million to the Wuhan lab to do gain-of-function studies. Gain-of-function (GOF) studies involve a molecular biologist taking a benign virus, or a not so virulent virus, for instance, then manipulating the DNA or RNA in said virus to produce a more virulent and contagious virus.
On April 27, Newsweek reported that "Gain-of-function techniques have been used to turn viruses into human pathogens capable of causing a global pandemic."
The Asia Times reported, "As such in October 2014, because of public health concerns, the U.S. government banned all federal funding on efforts to weaponize three viruses – influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)."
Luc Montagnier, the 2008 Nobel Prize Winner for his 1983 discovery of the HIV virus, made a very revealing comment this April concerning covid-19. Montagnier said, "we came to the conclusion that there was manipulation around this virus. […] To a part but I do not say the total […] of the coronavirus of the bat, someone added sequences, in particular of HIV, the virus of AIDS. […] It is not natural. It's the work of professionals, of molecular biologists. […] A very meticulous work."
In addition to Montagnier's findings, a team of virologists in India came to the same conclusion.
Could it be that the Wuhan lab manipulated a similar SARS type virus and created SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes covid-19?
This year the Asia Times published another revealing report concerning the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Asia Times reported that during a moratorium in the U.S. against GOF studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH outsourced gain-of-function studies to the Wuhan Lab in 2015. Could Dr. Fauci's action be construed as a violation of U.S. law? It certainly was unethical, if not illegal. Can we now believe Dr. Fauci's claim that the SARs-CoV-2 virus was novel, an unknown virus, now knowing of the research into coronaviruses and GOF studies at the Wuhan lab since 2014 funded by U.S. taxpayers?
Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch in the journal Nature in 2015, "entails a unique risk that a laboratory accident could spark a pandemic, killing millions."
"Lipsitch and 17 other scientists had formed the Cambridge Working Group in opposition. It issued a statement pointing out that lab accidents involving smallpox, anthrax and bird flu in the U.S. "have been accelerating and have been occurring on average over twice a week."
"Laboratory creation of highly transmissible, novel strains of dangerous viruses... poses substantially increased risks," the statement said. "An accidental infection in such a setting could trigger outbreaks that would be difficult or impossible to control."
Is not our government playing Russian Roulette with the lives of millions of people by creating monster viruses with GOF research? GOF studies were reinstated in 2017 in the U.S. It is probably only a matter of time before a highly contagious and deadly virus is released into the world. Perhaps that day has already come.
Written by Wayne Hill
Trinity Insights Publications