Based on the preponderance of evidence, there is now little question that the virus that has caused the worldwide pandemic likely came from a laboratory in China. The question remains whether an accidental leak was a consequence of biological warfare experiments by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Chinese government collaborated with the World Health Organization to downplay the threat and make the case that the virus appeared to not be transmitted from human to human, but rather from animals (primarily bats) to humans. There is also the question of why China cut off all domestic flights between Wuhan (population, 11 million) and Beijing and Shanghai, but not between Wuhan and Europe and America.
There are also questions about the role of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, in directing U.S. grant funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the nature of the experiments that funding supported. With that, I am calling for an investigation of NIAID’s controversial research collaboration with China regarding the origin of the COVID-19 virus. A Senate committee or Justice Department investigation would be a good start. I have written a series of articles on this topic, which you can find here.
As a summary, I have compiled this following list of evidentiary data points that could serve as the starting point for whatever entity takes on this very necessary investigation:
On April 27, 2020 it was reported that the National Institutes of Health, presumably with the authorization of President Donald Trump, suspended spending on the remaining $369,819 of a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grant to the EcoHealth Alliance, a long-time scientific collaborator with Chinese scientists, in particular, the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Not privy to the actual facts related to the decision, that action precipitated outrage in the mainstream media and among some representatives of the scientific community.
Here are those facts.
Ten days earlier, during a press briefing by the Coronavirus Task Force, the following exchange took place between a White House correspondent and the President (1:10:57 – 1:11:33):
Question: “U.S. intelligence is saying this week that the coronavirus likely came from a Level 4 lab in Wuhan. There is also another report that the NIH under the Obama Administration in 2015 gave that lab 3.7 million dollars in a grant. Why would they give a grant like that to China?”
President Trump: “The Obama Administration gave them a grant of 3.7 million. I have been hearing about that. And we’ve instructed that any grants that are going to that area we’re looking at it literally about an hour ago and also earlier in the morning. We will end that grant very quickly.”
On April 19, 2020, Michael Lauer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, wrote to EcoHealth Alliance’s vice president for research, Kevin Olival stating:
“EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. is the recipient, as grantee, of an NIH grant entitled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” It is our understanding that one of the sub-recipients on this grant is the Wuhan Institute of Virology (“WIV”). It is our understanding that Wuhan Institute of Virology studies the interaction between corona viruses and bats. The scientific community believes that the coronavirus causing COVID-19 jumped from bats to humans likely in Wuhan where the COVID-19 pandemic began. There are now allegations that the current crisis was precipitated by the release from Wuhan Institute of Virology of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Given these concerns, we are pursuing suspension of Wuhan Institute of Virology from participation in federal programs.
While we review these allegations during the period of suspension, you are instructed to cease providing any funds to Wuhan Institute of Virology. This temporary action is authorized by 45 C.F.R. § 75.371(d) (“Initiate suspension or debarment proceedings as authorized under 2 C.F.R. part 180”). The incorporated OMB provision provides that the funding agency may, through suspension, immediately and temporarily exclude from Federal programs persons who are not presently responsible where “immediate action is necessary to protect the public interest.” 2 C.F.R. § 180.700(c). It is in the public interest that NIH ensure that a sub-recipient has taken all appropriate precautions to prevent the release of pathogens that it is studying. This suspension of the sub-recipient does not affect the remainder of your grant assuming that no grant funds are provided to WIV following receipt of this email during the period of suspension.”
On April 21, 2020, Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, responded by email to Lauer:
“I can categorically state that no funds from 2R01 AI110964-06 have been sent to Wuhan Institute of Virology, nor has any contract been signed. Furthermore we will comply with NIAID’s requirements, of course.”
On April 24, 2020, Lauer notified Daszak that the NIAID, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, has elected to terminate the project “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence”, funded under grant R01 AI110964 because “NIH does not believe that the current project outcomes align with the program goals and agency priorities.”
On June 23, 2020, in response to a question by Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) regarding the reasons for the cancellation of the EcoHealth Alliance grant, Dr. Fauci said (5:32:20 – 5:34:03):
“It was cancelled because the NIH was told to cancel it. I don’t know the reason, but we were told to cancel it.”
In July 2020, Lauer sent the EcoHealth Alliance a letter stating the agency was reinstating the grant, but also instantly suspending it again pending the completion of certain actions, which the EcoHealth Alliance considered “impossible and irrelevant conditions”:
- The EcoHealth Alliance must provide a sample of the pandemic coronavirus that WIV used to determine its genetic sequence.
- The group must arrange for an outside inspection of WIV and its records “with specific attention to addressing the question of whether WIV staff had SARS-CoV-2 in their possession prior to December 2019,” Lauer wrote.
- The nonprofit must explain purported restrictions at WIV including “diminished cell-phone traffic in October 2019, and the evidence that there may have been roadblocks surrounding the facility from October 14-19, 2019.”
- The nonprofit must “provide the NIH with WIV’s responses to the 2018 Department of State cables regarding safety concerns.”
Despite that continuing controversy, on August 27, 2020, the day that Donald Trump was preparing to accept his party’s nomination for a second term as President of the United States, the NIH quietly and unceremoniously announced that the EcoHealth Alliance would receive $7.5 million as part of an $82 million program to create a global network of ten Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID).
Leading this effort is Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and a frequent sparring partner with the President over how best to “slow the spread” of the virus.
It is unclear what the precise basis for the cancellation of the earlier EcoHealth Alliance grant was or how a new award over twenty times larger than the amount cut could be given to the EcoHealth Alliance while the original controversy remains unresolved.
Here is what is known.
On December 9, 2019, long before the world knew anything about COVID-19, a video interview took place with Daszak, whose comments may provide some insight regarding the Trump Administration’s reasons for questioning the research collaboration between the EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
9:22 – 9:30 Daszak states that the vast majority of EcoHealth Alliance’s funding comes from the U.S. government.
Daszak: “Over 80% of our funds comes from federal support. Like a university department we are going after federal money all the time.”
11:58 – 12:29 Daszak explains how the EcoHealth Alliance uses its funding to invest in the infrastructure of other countries like China through subcontracts and presumably hiring Chinese technicians and doctoral students.
Question: “So, give me an overview, you said you have labs throughout the world that you work with. Are they? They are not employees of yours. You contract them or some of them are?”
Daszak: “Usually we subcontract to labs, but we usually try and have in every country a country program officer, who manages the work we do in that country. And sometimes regional. And we often hire technicians in labs or Ph.D. students, in order to have a presence in the lab. There is more of a buy-in when you have a person there.”
12:48 – 12:56 Daszak says that he is personally directing the EcoHealth Alliances’s operations in China and Malaysia.
Daszak: “I have two countries that I am still, kind of, in charge of in the organization, China and Malaysia.”
13:04 – 13:21 Daszak repeats that the EcoHealth Alliance is training and building capacity in other countries like China.
Question: “So, the point is to establish capabilities in other countries, not just take specimens from them and bring them home?”
Daszak: “That’s right. That’s the strategy. And, you know, the old adage if you teach people how to do it, give them the capacity and the tools, then you have really made a difference.”
20:24 – 20:31 Daszak reiterates that he is paying people working locally presumably in China.
Question: “Now, in all these places we are talking about, you have people who are supported by you. They are paid by you?”
Of the ten out of seventeen scientific publications listed as products of the cancelled NIAID grant, five are direct collaborations with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and one other research project was conducted with Chinese government laboratories.
Given the above information, there is reason to question Daszak’s statement in his April 21, 2020 email to NIH stating:
“I can categorically state that no funds from 2R01 AI110964-06 have been sent to Wuhan Institute of Virology, nor has any contract been signed.”
There are additional reasons to question the collaborative work between the EcoHealth Alliance and China regarding the collection of dangerous emerging coronaviruses in bat populations, the laboratory manipulation done on them and Daszak’s seemingly unquestioning support for the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic was naturally-occurring (emphasis added).
Beginning at 27:49, Daszak explains the basis of the naturally-occurring narrative and the collection of over one hundred bat coronaviruses capable of infecting humans, but untreatable with drugs or vaccines. Those coronaviruses are presumed to be stored in Chinese laboratories.
“So, we did a couple of things with it. So, one is around SARS. We focused on SARS coronavirus emerged from a wildlife market. And whilst the first pandemic of this century. So, it’s big event. And, so we started to trace back from the wildlife market, which species carried the virus, that came into those markets. We found that it was bats, not civets, was the original idea. So, we started looking where did they come from. And we went out to southern China. And did surveillance of bats across southern China. And we’ve now found, after six or seven years of doing this, over one hundred new SARS-related coronaviruses, very close to SARS. Some of them get into human cells in the lab. And some of them can cause SARS disease in humanized mouse models. And are untreatable with therapeutic monoclonals [antibodies] and you can’t vaccinate against them with a vaccine.”
At 29:51, Daszak describes bioengineering of those viruses by inserting components of one coronavirus into another.
“Well, I think, coronavirus is a pretty good, I mean, you’re a virologist [the interviewer], you know all this stuff, but the, you can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily. Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk. So, you can get the sequence, you can build the protein, and we work with Ralph Baric at UNC [University of North Carolina] to do this. Insert it into a backbone of another virus, and do some work in the lab. So, you can get more predictive, when you find the sequence. You have this diversity. Now, the logical progression for vaccines is, if you are going to develop a vaccine for SARS, people are going to use pandemic SARS, but let’s try to insert these other related and get a better vaccine.”
As director of the NIAID, Dr. Fauci should be obliged to answer questions and provide information regarding his support of Chinese research through the funding of the EcoHealth Alliance and other U.S. institutions under the new $82 million program to create a global network of ten Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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Chinese virologist claims to have “smoking gun” evidence that COVID-19 is lab-created
By Ethan Huff - 14. September 2020
Dr. Li-Meng Yan, M.D., Ph.D., a virologist from China who recently fled the communist country as well as her prestigious job at Hong Kong University (HKU), is back in the news with claims that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was created by Chinese scientists in a laboratory.
Appearing on British television, Dr. Li-Meng talked about a paper she co-authored with three other Chinese scientists that highlights the “unusual features” of SARS-CoV-2, the genome of which she says is suggestive of “sophisticated laboratory modification rather than natural evolution.”
Dr. Li-Meng’s paper offers a full delineation of the “probable synthetic route” of the virus, which was not some random occurrence in bats as was claimed early on by purveyors of the plandemic. Instead, it had to have been tampered with either for research or biowarfare purposes.
While still working at HKU, Dr. Li-Meng “clearly assessed” that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in “a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military lab.” The Wuhan wet market, on the other hand, “was just used as a decoy,” she claims.
“I knew that once I spoke up, I could disappear at any time, just like all the brave protesters in Hong Kong,” Dr. Li-Meng is quoted as saying about why she decided to flee communist China. “I could disappear at any time. Even my name would no longer exist.”
The latest Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) news, by the way, can be found at Pandemic.news.
When conspiracy theories become reality: the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) deception
Keep in mind that Dr. Li-Meng is affiliated with at least 13 different publications that have been cited some 557 times. A link she tweeted to ResearchGate shows these and other affiliations, which clearly demonstrate her expertise in the field of virology.
With that said, Dr. Li-Meng’s claims about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) would seem to hold weight. While the true severity of the novel virus in question remains up for debate, there would seem to be little doubt at this point that it was hatched in a Chinese lab, and did not just suddenly appear at a wild meat market.
“The evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone,” Dr. Li-Meng’s paper explains.
“Building upon the evidence, we further postulate a synthetic route for SARS-CoV-2, demonstrating that the laboratory-creation of this coronavirus is convenient and can be accomplished in approximately six months.”
The infamous receptor-binding “spike” associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), which you can see in the headline image of this article, is likewise unnatural. According to Dr. Li-Meng and her colleagues, it was probably created through genetic engineering.
“The Spike proteins decorate the exterior of the coronavirus particles,” Dr. Li-Meng’s paper explains. “They play an important role in infection as they mediate the interaction with host cell receptors and thereby help determine the host range and tissue tropism of the virus.”
Many more details as to Dr. Li-Meng’s findings are available at this link if you care to peruse them. But suffice it to say that many different features of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) suggest it to be an unnatural, lab-created phenomenon for which communist China holds full responsibility.
“The paper then makes two critical observations for those who claim that SARS-CoV-2 has a natural origin: its RBM (receptor-binding motif) could have only been acquired in one of the two possible routes: 1) an ancient recombination event followed by convergent evolution or 2) a natural recombination event that occurred fairly recently,” explains Zero Hedge, which as you may recall was banned from Twitter back on Jan. 31 for making these claims, which were dubbed by the social media “gods” as baseless “conspiracy theories.”
Sources for this article include:
Corona virus - The Missing Link | David E. Martin PHD
•Aug 18, 2020
Coronavirus came from a Chinese lab and no vaccine will ever cure it, declares renowned scientist
By Ethan Huff - 10. August 2020
There is simply no way that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was able to transfer from bats to humans without some kind of deliberate genetic tampering, contends Prof. Giuseppe Tritto, a renowned biotechnology expert who says the official plandemicnarrative is fake news.
The president of the World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (WABT), Tritto conducted an investigation that led him to the conclusion that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) gained cross species transmission functionality due to genetic engineering that took place at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), China’s only level-four biosafety lab.
In his book entitled, Cina COVID 19: La Chimera che ha cambiato il Mondo, which translates as “China COVID 19: The chimera that changed the world,” Tritto explains how a People’s Liberation Army (PLA)-owned coronavirus was genetically modified to become the China Virus that is being reported around the world today. He says the novel virus is a chimera, meaning it was created in a lab rather than in nature.
Tritto also links the Wuhan Institute of Virology to both France and the United States, demonstrating how the governments of these two countries provided communist China with the financial and scientific resources it needed to unleash this bioengineering experiment, which has had a devastating global impact.
“Although neither American nor French virologists are responsible for the end result – a highly infectious coronavirus and a global pandemic – their early involvement may explain why so many insist that the ‘chimera’ must have come from nature,” writes Steven Mosher for LifeSiteNews. “The last thing they want to admit is that they might have had a hand in it.
The latest news about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at Pandemic.news.
Anthony Fauci is directly responsible for unleashing coronavirus
Much of the story begins back in 2003 with the SARS pandemic, which was basically the Wuhan coronavirus part-one. It was way back then that communist China had attempted to swindle the world into accepting a vaccine for its coronavirus version 1.0, which never came to fruition in the way that coronavirus 2.0 is now manifesting.
Part of the vaccine development process for coronavirus 1.0 involved genetically engineering viral strains with reduced pathogenicity that were still strong enough to provoke an immune response. The reverse genetics that were used, however, resulted in viral strains with increased pathogenicity.
Later on, these super-virulent virus strains were manipulated with HIV genomes using “reverse genetics system 2.” Dr. Shi Zhengli, who was in charge of this program at the WIV, is who inserted this HIV segment into a coronavirus that was discovered in horseshoe bats, making it more infectious and lethal.
Prof. Ralph S. Baric from the University of North Carolina was also involved, as he was on the receiving end of major grants that came from none other than the Anthony Fauci-controlled National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
“Fauci was a big proponent of ‘gain of function’ research, and when this was prohibited at Baric’s lab because it was considered to be too dangerous, the research was shifted to China,” Mosher explains.
In a nutshell, what began as a project to develop a vaccine against SARS morphed into an effect to use “reverse genetics” to build lethal biological weapons, which is why we now have the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). And Fauci is directly to blame for this global plandemic, which was hatched and unleashed with the help of American taxpayer dollars that Fauci redirected towards this nefarious research.
And perhaps the worst part of all this is that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now refusing to release the original genetic code that resulted in the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) coming into existence, which means no effective vaccine will ever be developed by the West.
Sources for this article include:
China critic Gordon Chang says that because China never was held accountable for releasing the China coronavirus this past year, they now know they can do the same thing again without penalty.
Gordon Chang was on the War Room with Steve Bannon and he shared the following about China’s actions related to the coronavirus:
This is what totalitarians societies do. And so, when they felt they had this outbreak, they felt they had to do something. I will speculate. I think that when they realized that this was an accidental release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, they wanted to prevent the world from knowing about this.”
Gordon Chang also warned the coronavirus will not be the last virus from the Chinese Communist Party, and the next will be designed to kill entire civilizations. He then shared:
Xi Jinping now knows he can spread a disease virtually without cost.”
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China jails journalist over Wuhan COVID outbreak reporting
Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan has received a prison sentence for her reporting from Wuhan during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, according to her lawyer.
By DW - 28. December 2020
Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan began a hunger strike in June
China sentenced citizen journalist Zhang Zhan to four years in prison after a brief hearing in Shanghai on Monday, her lawyer told reporters. Zhang, 37, covered the coronavirus outbreak from its initial epicenter in Wuhan in February.
Her widely shared video livestreams and essays detailed overcrowded crematoriums and hospitals as Chinese authorities struggled to contain the virus.
Zhang, a former lawyer based in Shanghai, was convicted of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," a common charge used against government critics in China.
"Zhang Zhan looked devastated when the sentence was announced," her lawyer Ren Quanniu told reporters outside the Shanghai Pudong New District People's Court.
Reframing the pandemic
Zhang is the first journalist put on trial for her coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. However, three other citizen journalists who reported from Wuhan — Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin and Li Zehua — have all been missing since February. Eight whistleblowers have already been punished for criticizing the government's response to the pandemic.
Zhang was critical of the Chinese government's initial handling of the outbreak in Wuhan, writing that authorities "didn't give people enough information, then simply locked down the city."
WUHAN: A YEAR AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Shoulder to shoulder in crowded markets
Wuhan was locked down for about 11 weeks after becoming the first global coronavirus hot spot. Until mid-May, 50,000 of the 80,000 official cases in China were in Wuhan. But now life is almost back to normal on the city's crowded street markets.
China has come under fire for its secretive approach to combating the COVID-19. Beijing has of late sought to present its handling of the pandemic as an "extraordinary" success. After the virus first emerged in Wuhan late last year, and the city of 11 million went into lockdown in February, China's society and economy are rebounding while much of the rest of the world struggles through painful winter surges in infections.
Zhang's trial comes weeks before a team of experts from the World Health Organization is due to arrive in Wuhan to investigate the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.
Worries over Zhang's health
Concerns have been growing over Zhang's health after she began a hunger strike in June.
"She said when I visited her [last week]: 'If they give me a heavy sentence then I will refuse food until the very end.' ... She thinks she will die in prison," Ren said before the trial. "It's an extreme method of protesting against this society and this environment."
Another lawyer, Zhang Keke, who visited her on Christmas Day, wrote in a note circulated on social media that she was "restrained 24 hours a day" and her health was in decline: "She feels psychologically tormented, like every day is a torment."
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A new report from GOP members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has concluded that China covered up the coronavirus pandemic, and failed to follow international health guidelines which would have likely prevented the global pandemic.
The report, which was released Monday, concludes that “It is highly likely the ongoing pandemic could have been prevented” had China been transparent after the outbreak began in Wuhan.
“It is beyond doubt that the [Chinese Communist Party] actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world,” the report notes.
“Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices.” it adds.
The 95% figure stems from Research out of the University of Southampton in the UK, which discovered “that if interventions in [China] could have been conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively – significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.”
Infowars reported on these findings back in March as the pandemic took hold.
"A study published in March indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited."
Media: Boo hoo, stop being mean to China!
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 19, 2020
The new Congressional report also highlights that “as early as mid-December , and no later than December 27th, the CCP had enough information to assess it was legally obligated to inform the WHO that the outbreak in Wuhan was an event ‘that may constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.’”
The report also concludes that the World Health Organization (WHO) was also complicit given that it “parroted” Chinese propaganda.
“The WHO has been complicit in the spread and normalization of CCP propaganda and disinformation,” the report states, adding “By repeating as truth statements that were misleading, if not lies, the WHO negatively impacted the global response.”
“From the early stages of the outbreak, the WHO, under Director-General Tedros [Adhanom Ghebreyesus]’ leadership, parroted and upheld as inviolable truth, statements from the CCP,” the report notes, adding “An examination of their public statements, including the praise heaped on the CCP’s handling of the pandemic, reveal a disturbing willingness to ignore science and alternative credible sources.”
As we have repeatedly highlighted, on January 14th, the WHO amplified Chinese government propaganda that there had been no “human to human transmission” of COVID-19, despite this having actually occurred back in November.
China lied to the world 2 months ago in claiming there was "no evidence" of human-to-human transmission.
Media: It's not China's fault, stop being mean to China. https://t.co/9RNGyopjy4
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 19, 2020
Indeed, not only did the WHO help China cover-up the severity of the outbreak, they also silenced medical experts who tried to tell countries to impose border controls back in January but were blocked from doing so.
In April, we reported that multiple sources indicated that coronavirus was leaked from a lab in Wuhan and that the World Health Organization was “complicit” in helping China to cover up the truth behind the outbreak.
The latest GOP report also concludes that when it became clear that the virus was spreading rapidly, China nationalized the production of relevant medical equipment, securing control over global supplies.
“According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), [the] nationalized control of the medical supply chain included ‘commandeer[ing] medical manufacturing and logistics down to the factory level,’” the report states.
“It is highly likely that China’s nationalization of the manufacturing capacity of foreign companies, including 3M and General Motors, directly impacted the ability of the United States and other countries to procure [personal protective equipment] on the global market,” the report adds.
China, WHO could have helped prevent COVID-19 pandemic: congressional report
By Ebony Bowden - 21. September 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
The coronavirus pandemic might have been prevented if not for Chinese cover-ups in the early days of the outbreak and the World Health Organization “parroting” Beijing propaganda, according to a damning audit from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The 96-page report — obtained by The Post ahead of its planned Monday release — says the Chinese Communist Party destroyed evidence and buried troubling data, while nationalizing the supply chains and limiting exports of US companies 3M and General Motors, keeping key goods in the country.
“It is beyond doubt that the CCP actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world,” reads the report, authored by Republican members of the Democrat-held committee.
Had China been more transparent and proactive when the first signs of the burgeoning health crisis emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, the outbreak could have been largely contained — potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide, the pols wrote.
“Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices,” the report said, citing a study on Medrxiv, a Yale University-linked online clearinghouse for medical manuscripts.
“It is highly likely the ongoing pandemic could have been prevented,” the report said.
Instead, on Jan. 1, CCP officials ordered that the Wuhan wet market from which the contagion is believed to have sprung “be closed and sanitized, destroying forensic evidence that may have provided insight into the origins of the outbreak,” the report said.
On Jan. 2, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology completed a full genetic sequence of COVID-19 which indicated that it was likely highly contagious, but did not immediately share that data with the WHO.
Allegedly aiding and abetting the breakdown was the WHO itself and its director-general, Tedros Adhanom, according to the lawmakers, who called for Tedros’ resignation.
“The WHO has been complicit in the spread and normalization of CCP propaganda and disinformation,” they wrote. “Director-General Tedros should accept responsibility for his detrimental impact on the COVID-19 response and resign.”
While China tried to sweep the crisis under the rug and was derelict in its duties to inform the international health community — as required under International Health Regulations since the nation similarly erred during the 2002 SARS outbreak — the WHO hardly helped once it got involved, the report says.
Officials at the United Nations agency only publicly acknowledged the outbreak in a pair of tweets on Jan. 4 — five days after they learned of it through a Chinese media report uploaded onto a US-based website for inside medical news.
The WHO also ignored whistle-blowing warnings from the Taiwan Centers of Disease Control and the Hong Kong government about human-to-human transmission, incorrectly claiming for weeks that Chinese authorities had found “no evidence” of this — even though China by then knew it was genetically similar to the 2002 SARS strain, which was communicable, the report charges.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo “From the early stages of the outbreak, the WHO, under Director-General Tedros’ leadership, parroted and upheld as inviolable truth, statements from the CCP,” the report said. “An examination of their public statements, including the praise heaped on the CCP’s handling of the pandemic, reveal a disturbing willingness to ignore science and alternative credible sources.”Medical staff waiting outside rooms at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan. AFP via Getty Images
On Jan. 20, WHO investigators finally toured Wuhan, as sweeping quarantine orders were being put into place.
US officials, meanwhile, weren’t part of a February tour to assess China’s response, an omission for which there are conflicting explanations.
The WHO claims American experts were content with allowing other monitors to conduct the review, but the US Department of Health and Human Services told lawmakers that Americans were left out of the selection process, according to the report.
Despite mounting evidence that they and the international community had been misled, Tedros on Jan. 28 praised China on its “transparency.”
He declared a public health emergency two days later, by which point there were nearly 10,000 diagnosed cases spanning 19 countries — among them China and the US.
Internal documents showed that WHO officials were privately frustrated by the CCP’s refusal to hand over data on patients and cases, even as Tedros publicly praised them.
“We’re going on very minimal information,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19 in one internal meeting, according to the report. “It’s clearly not enough for you to do proper planning.”
The international community has condemned China’s handling of the early days of the outbreak, spurring calls for an independent investigation.
President Trump has repeatedly threatened his own retribution, with the administration weighing legal action against China.
As of Sunday, over 30 million cases and nearly 1 million deaths had been tallied worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The committee’s ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) told The Post that both Tedros and the Chinese government needed to be held accountable for “the suffering they have allowed the world to endure.
“It is crystal clear that had the CCP been transparent, and had the head of the WHO cared more about global health than appeasing the CCP, lives could have been spared and widespread economic devastation could have been mitigated,” said McCaul.
In a rare letter sent by Tedros to McCaul in July, the WHO chief failed to answer any of the US government’s questions about its mishandling of the pandemic and maintained the body acted in a timely and impartial manner, the report says.
Lawmakers on the committee recommend Taiwan be admitted to the WHO, lauding the Asian country as an ignored early whistleblower.
But, the WHO’s bumbling response notwithstanding, the Republican committee advised against the US pulling out of the partnership, as President Trump indicated he would in July.
“We do not believe the withdrawal of the United States or the establishment of a competing international organization is the best path forward,” the report said. “By remaining part of a WHO that is ready for change, the United States can drive forward the necessary reforms of the International Health Regulations and the WHO.”
Additional reporting by Aaron Feis
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