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“An ongoing inquiry by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into grantees’ failures to disclose foreign ties has resulted in the firings and resignations of 54 scientists,” according to The Epoch Times. “The NIH investigation has investigated 189 scientists for undisclosed foreign ties, with 93 percent of the hidden funding coming from China. Some 77 grantees have been removed from the NIH system as a result of the probe” (emphasis added).
“The NIH effort is part of a larger U.S. government campaign to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) infiltration of American academia. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have made arrests and reached settlements in several cases involving researchers as part of its broader China Initiative launched in November 2018.”
June 17, 2020, 6:38 p.m. EST: An award-winning Chinese scientist expelled from Canada’s most secure microbiology lab sent several vials containing dangerous viruses from the lab to China last year. The CBC obtained documents showing the scientist sent 15 different strains of Ebola and Henipah viruses to Wuhan, China at the end of March 2019.
June 16, 2020, 1:35 p.m. EST: The Guardian published an article yesterday on Ukraine’s predatory surrogacy industry, which caters to wealthy foreign couples, and the dozens of newborns who are stranded in that country:
They are the children of foreign couples born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers at the Kyiv-based BioTexCom Centre for Human Reproduction, the largest surrogacy clinic in the world. They’re stranded in the hotel because their biological parents have not been able to travel in or out of Ukraine since borders closed in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
…some 50 babies remain in the hotel and the saga is casting a harsh spotlight on the ethics and scale of the booming commercial child-bearing industry in Ukraine.
…In Vinnytsia, a city south-west of Kyiv, Liudmyla is still waiting to receive the balance of her fee for giving birth to a baby girl for a German couple in February. She regularly texts her surrogacy agency (not BioTexCom), which she says owes her €6,000. “They keep telling me they can’t send the entire sum because of the lockdown,” she says.
Citing “individual privacy,” New York officials instructed coronavirus “contact tracers” not to ask people if they’ve taken part in left-wing Black Lives Matter protests. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been criticized for their strict restrictions of religious gatherings by Orthodox Jews and Christians.
June 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today revoked the emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to be used to treat certain hospitalized coronavirus patients. The emergency use authorization had allowed for coronavirus patients to receive the drug, which President Donald Trump has been taking as a prophylactic, “when a clinical trial was unavailable, or participation in a clinical trial was not feasible,” according to the FDA.
The World Health Organization has said that “breastfeeding mothers do not seem to be passing on the new coronavirus to their infants” and that the live virus has not been detected in breastmilk. This is consistent with advice from the breastfeeding group La Leche League, which says that “there is a growing body of research showing babies benefit from multiple and diverse immunologic proteins, including antibodies, provided in human milk, particularly through direct breastfeeding.”
“Those who become infected shortly before giving birth and then begin breastfeeding, and those who become infected while breastfeeding, will produce specific secretory IgA antibodies and many other critical immune factors in their milk to protect their nursing infants and enhance their infants’ own immune responses.”
The global overreaction to the coronavirus has been compared to the disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The Foundation for Economic Education wrote Friday:
Today it’s generally accepted that the presence of WMD [weapons of mass destruction] was the primary basis for the Iraq War. Naturally, the absence of such weapons shook the world. The media blamed the politicians, the politicians blamed US intel, and the intelligence actors involved mostly defended their work.
The Iraq War WMD debacle is arguably the greatest expert “fail” in generations. The holy triumvirate—lawmakers, bureaucrats, and media—all failed to sniff out the truth. If any of them had, a war that cost trillions of dollars and claimed the lives of 100,000-200,000 people likely could have been avoided.
It would be difficult to surpass the Iraq blunder, but emerging evidence on COVID-19 suggests the experts—again: lawmakers, bureaucrats, and media—may have subjected us to a blunder of equally disastrous proportions.
Globalist elites will gather in a Swiss resort town to plan the post-coronavirus “Great Reset,” which is not expected to be friendly toward the pro-life or pro-family cause.