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Covid’s Long March: 2017 - 2019

Dr. Xiangguo Qiu at work

Dr. Xiangguo Qiu at work

COVID’S LONG MARCH: 2017 - 2019 

How The U.S. And China Co-Created COVID-19

by William Thomas 


Funded by NIH project #5R01Al110964-04, Washington co-sponsors Shi's lab to once again infect the ACE2 receptors in human cell lines with four different bat coronaviruses in 2017. Two of these are lab-made recombinant (chimeric) bat viruses. Both the wild and the recombinant viruses are then “passaged” in monkey cells to create an enhanced pathogen of “pandemic potential, explain PhD researchers, Allison Wilson and Jonathan Latham. “It is hard to overemphasize that the central logic of this grant was to test the pandemic potential of SARS-related bat coronaviruses by making ones with pandemic potential, either through genetic engineering or passaging, or both.”

     On December 19, 2017, Washington lifts its three-year moratorium on funding ways to genetically alter viruses to make them “more contagious, more deadly, or both,” reports Sharon Begley. “The moratorium was imposed a few months after two mishaps at government labs, one handling anthrax and one handling avian flu.

     “I am not persuaded that the work is of greater potential benefit than potential harm,” protests molecular biologist Richard Ebright of Rutgers University, pointing out that U.S. labs working with dangerous pathogens regularly suffer serious biosafety accidents.

     “Accident after accident has been the result of human mistakes,” chimes in Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch. Genetically modified viruses “risk creating an accidental pandemic” and “have done almost nothing to improve our preparedness for pandemic, he continues. Scientists proposing to make viruses more dangerous cannot experiment safely.

     BL-4 (BSL-4; P-4) research is mostly about bragging rights in conferences and peer-reviewed literature trumpeting some new experimental pathogen even more virulent, infectious, stealthy and lethal than anything found in the wild – and capable of making copies of itself inside its human host even faster than the Fed prints money.

     Or, as the U.S. National Institutes of Health explains, its BL-4 funding is aimed at making “enhanced potential pandemic pathogens” through genetic manipulation. 

     The following month, the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is certified for BSL-4.


A joint study conducted in Southern China in 2018 by the Chinese government, USAID, and the misnamed U.S. National Institute of Health find 89 new “novel bat coronavirus” strains attaching to the same human cell receptor site as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

     Pathogen specialist, Dr. Xiangguo Qiu collaborates with three scientists from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Maryland, studying Ebola viruses and Marburg virus. Dr. Xiangguo Qiu makes at least five trips over the school year 2017-18 to the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Bragging rights - Wuhan Virology Lab's 1,500 viruses

Bragging rights - Wuhan Virology Lab's 1,500 viruses

In collaboration with Fort Detrick, Chinese government researchers isolated more than 2,000 new viruses, including deadly bat coronaviruses, and carried out scientific work on them just three miles from a wild animal market identified as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Tyler Durden adds.

     The low-biosecurity Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control BSL-2 lab is just 250 yards away from the same Huanan market. “Bat coronaviruses have in the past” been kept there, observe Jonathan Latham  and Allison Wilson.

     Hailing Wuhan researcher, Tian Junhua for leading this reckless research, Chinese state media boasts that the Celestial Kingdom has nearly doubled the total number of known viruses. And potential pandemics.

     Regarding China’s first of seven planned BL-4 labs, American biosafety experts warn that a virus could leap from a lab where workers are afraid to report accidents. biosafety expert Prof. Ebright complains that bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology “routinely were collected and studied at BSL-2, which provides only minimal protections against infection of lab workers.

     After visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology in mid-April 2018, a U.S. State Department expert warns Washington that the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory.

     Voice Of America reports that “a security review conducted by a Chinese national team finds the lab did not meet national standards in five categories.

     In late NovemberU.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stop a Chinese biologist with three vials labeled “Antibodies” in his luggage. Accompanying descriptions indicate they may contain viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pathogens. The unnamed “mule” claims he is delivering the germs to an unnamed US institute.

     The FBI says that two similar incidents cited in their report could indicate an “alarming pattern” of unauthorized biological experimentation in the USA.


In 2019, Yuan Zhiming cites “challenges” to biosafety in China, claiming “several high-level BSLs have insufficient operational funds for routine yet vital processes.” Ever since Beijing kicked out the French BL-4 experts, “currently, most laboratories lack specialized biosafety managers and engineers.”

     This biosecurity specialist at WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology) recommends, “We should promptly revise the existing regulations, guidelines, norms, and standards of biosafety and biosecurity.” 

     In September of that year, a Chinese national is intercepted in Dallas attempting to sneak vials of H1N1 influenza into the country – presumably for off-the-record university or other lab experiments.

Not a sock drawer at Wuhan Institute of Virology. -Xinhua

Not a sock drawer at Wuhan Institute of Virology. -Xinhua

Throughout 2019, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led by Dr. Fauci, funds scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology institutions for gain-of-function bioengineering using bat coronaviruses

     “We have serious doubts about whether these experiments should be conducted at all, protests Tom Inglesby of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard’s Marc Lipsitch in a Washington Post editorial.

     Writing for the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists in February 2019, Lynn Klotz concludes that 79% human error lies behind most laboratory incidents causing exposures to pathogens in America’s less than “high-security” laboratories.

     Later that year, NIH-funded research begun in 2014 under the WIV’s Shi to catalogue bat coronaviruses in the wild is completed. The project’s second phase – to engineer bat coronaviruses into infecting humans – begins. With the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health commits $3.7 million over six years for research using Gain Of Function manipulations to bioengineer super-pathogens in Wuhan. 

     We will use S protein sequence data, infectious clone technology, in vitro and in vivo infection experiments and analysis of receptor binding to predict spillover potential,” the project’s backers boast.

     “Spillover” is the ability of a virus to jump from animals to humans by attaching to receptors on human cells.

     Not so fast, warns the man who wrote the U.S. law prohibiting biological weapons, “There had been previous reports of problems with that lab and things leaking out of it,” states Dr. Francis Boyle, pointing to “a specially designated WHO research lab” at the WIV.

     “SARS has not naturally recurred, but there have been six separate ‘escapes’ from virology labs studying it: one each in Singapore and Taiwan, and in four distinct events at the same laboratory in Beijing,” confirms Martin Furmanski of the Scientist’s Working Group on Chemical and Biologic Weapons and the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.

     Also in 2019the U.S.-funded National Center for Biotechnology biolab in Kazakhstan, and Duke University create new strains of “novel bat coronavirus,” Whitney Webb reports.

     On May 29, as average land temperature increases exceed 1.5C Celsius, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases reach 560 parts per million CO2equivalents  (CO2+methane+nitric oxide). “There is no escape from the basic laws of physics,” remarks reporter Susie Menadue, as the World Wildlife Fund shows wild animal numbers halved in the past 40 years. 

     Not content with these alarming extinction trends, the biowarriors march on!

Xiangguo Qiu and husband Keding Cheng

Xiangguo Qiu and husband Keding Cheng

After the Public Health Agency of Canada asked the RCMP to investigate several months earlier, on July 5 2019, the Mounties escort Chinese virologist Xiangguo Qiu of the Special Pathogens Program, her Chinese grad students, and her virologist husband, Keding Cheng from Canada’s only Bio-Level-4 laboratory in Winnipeg – over a possible policy breach” after the virologist - internationally recognized for her ZMapp Ebola vaccine, shipped deadly Ebola and Henipah viruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Tyler Durden reports.

      “Before she was removed, she sent one of the deadliest viruses on Earth, and multiple varieites of it to maximize the genetic diversity and maximize what experimenters in China could do with it, to a laboratory in China that does dangerous gain of function experiments. And that has links to the Chinese military, relates U. of Ottawa law professor and epidemiologist, Amir Attaran.

     The carton of global woe was nearly shipped on a commercial Air Canada flight. “The only reason the correct packaging was used is because the Chinese wrote to them and said, 'Aren't you making a mistake here?' If that had not happened, the scientists would have placed on an Air Canada flight, several of them actually, a deadly virus incorrectly packaged. That nearly happened,” Attaran admonishes.

     Also that month, the U.S. Army’s level 3 and level 4 labs playing with coronaviruses, Ebola and other pandemic-grade pathogens at Fort Detrick are suddenly shuttered for major “biosafety lapses” in wastewater discharges. The CDC also charges that the Fort Detrick researchers also failed to safeguard against unauthorized access to select agents.

     The closure of the lab for its numerous breaches of biosafety protocols is hidden from Congressional oversight.


Ebola virus shipment manifest and clearance -Karen Pauls : CBC

Ebola virus shipment manifest and clearance -Karen Pauls / CBC 

COVID’S LONG MARCH: 2019 - 2020

Who says this is over?


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