Newly released internal documents are confirming what many have suspected all along: Not even the scientists, many of whom downplayed the notion that COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan lab, bought the wet market/pangolin story.
According to a Fox News report, some of the experts were in favor of deliberately suppressing any evidence that would point to an engineered virus mishap in order to squash the musings of potential “conspiracists.”
In notes released by House Republicans from February 2020, Tulane’s School of Medicine’s Dr. Robert Gray stated: “I really can’t think of a plausible natural scenario where you get from the bat virus… to nCoV where you insert exactly four amino acids 12 nucleotide that all have to be added at the exact same time to gain this function. I just can’t figure out how this gets accomplished in nature.”
“Don’t mention a lab origin, as that will just add fuel to the conspiracists,” he added.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and White House medical advisor, was warned in late January 2020, about connections to the Wuhan lab.
Fox News’ “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier laid out the timeline of events on Tuesday.
“January 27th, Fauci is told The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been indirectly funding the Wuhan lab through EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based scientific nonprofit that had been working with novel coronaviruses. January 31st, Dr. Christian Anderson, a noted virologist at the Scripps Lab privately tells Fauci that after discussion with his colleagues, some of Covid-19’s features potentially look engineered and, ‘the genome is inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory,’ meaning the virus may have been genetically manipulated,” Baier reported.
More alarm bells were sounded, as NIAID Principal Deputy Director Hugh Auchincloss promised he will “try to determine if we have any distant ties to the facility,” suggesting that the research, funded in part by the U.S. government, may be lacking the appropriate biosafety evaluations.
Scripps Lab virologist Dr. Kristian Anderson told Fauci that “the genome is inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory” on Jan. 31, lending more credence to the idea that the virus was synthetically manufactured.
Anderson’s comments sent Fauci into a frenzy.
“Fauci reacts immediately and organizes an all hands on deck conference call with colleagues,” Baier reported. “He tells the deputy director of the agency, Dr. Hugh, of the urgency. “It’s essential that we speak this a.m. Keep your cell phone on. Read this paper as well as the email that I will forward to you now. You will have tasks today that must be done.”
Fauci then quickly scheduled a conference call with dozens of globally-recognized virologists to discuss the problematic developments.
In the meeting, Fauci continued to highlight evidence that would point to the infamous “wet market” in Wuhan as the virus’s origin, but any meaningful investigation into this theory was further complicated when Chinese authorities had the market shut and scrubbed before any analysis could be made.
Still, some seemed swayed by the arguments of Fauci and his colleagues.
Then-National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins wrote, “I am coming around to the view that a natural origin is more likely. But I share your view that a swift convening of experts in a confidence inspiring framework (WHO seems really the only option) is needed, or the voices of conspiracy will quickly dominate.”
Four days later, five more researchers who took part in the call jumped on the wet market bandwagon.
On March 17, 2020, an article published in Nature Magazine cemented the official narrative.
“Our analysis clearly shows that [COVID] is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus,” the article read.
According to private communications, both Fauci and Collins were sent multiple drafts of the article for approval before it went to print.
As the report makes clear, optics and shielding China from scrutiny drove the COVID narrative from the outset, with Fauci and his minions working overtime to discredit, silence or squash any suggestions that the virus was lab-created.
After a comment from former President Trump in which he stated he wouldn’t discount the wet market theory, as, according to him, their hygiene practices were unsafe, Collins shot a note to Fauci that read: “Wondering is there something NIH can do to put down this very destructive conspiracy.”
Fauci decided it was best to simply let the comment play out. “I would not do anything about this right now,” he said. “It is a shiny object that will go away in time.”
Fauci continued pushing the “natural” explanation for the pandemic to the press, stating in April that the make-up of COVID-19 was what he’d expect to see in a naturally occurring virus.
Meanwhile, independent reporters, virologists, and doctors who suggested otherwise were de-platformed, canceled, and ridiculed as “conspiracy theorists.”
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