WASHINGTON, July 1, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A panel of four expert witnesses told Republican lawmakers on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that it is “highly likely” SARS-CoV-2 was man-made, The Daily Caller reported.
Tuesday’s three-hour hearing addressed a variety of theories about the origins of the coronavirus, including the allegation that it escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China and that it was deliberately created by researchers as a biological weapon.
When asked by the committee whether they believed the virus originated in a lab, all four qualified experts answered in the affirmative.
Dr. David Asher, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who specializes in U.S. foreign policy in Asia, said the researchers at the WIV were “quite publicly” using “revolutionary technology” in a “program related to synthetic biology and gain-of-function,” which could result in a “weapons-like release” if their viral research were to be leaked and not promptly contained.
“Whether they deliberately did it, I have very little sense they did,” Asher said. “But were they deliberately working on developing the capability to use advanced pathogen genetic capabilities for war in a way that no one has seen ever employed? Yeah they were. Of course they are.”
Three other experts gave their testimonies alongside Asher. Dr. Brett Giroir, a former four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps also testified, along with Dr. Richard Muller, emeritus professor of physics at the University of California Berkeley, and Dr. Steven Quay, founder of Atossa Therapeutics.
According to the Daily Caller, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci and National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins were invited to the hearing but declined to appear.
Quay described his own reasons for believing the coronavirus was man made, explaining that when an animal virus first jumps to humans “it can’t do very well,” and takes a year to 18 months to “[learn] how to infect humans.”
But with the coronavirus, Quay said, “it was human-to-human from the get-go.”
“That simply indicated gain-of-function,” Muller put in. “The fact that it was human from the get-go implies gain-of-function. There’s no way that we know that could happen [naturally].”
The committee also discussed gain-of-function research and the lack of scientific oversight.
PETITION UPDATE (5/12/2021) -
It seems that Dr. Anthony Fauci's role in the NIH's funding of so-called "gain-of-function" research may be catching up with him.
In the last couple of days, both U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Fox's Tucker Carlson have laid into Fauci for his alleged promotion of this dangerous research which develops bat-based coronaviruses into more potent variants, capable of infecting humans.
Dr. Fauci denied funding this research.
But, Senator Paul noted that a resident virologist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Dr. Shi Zheng-li and Dr. Ralph Baric, an American virologist funded by Fauci's department in the NIH, "collaborated on gain-of-function research where they enhanced the SARS virus to infect human airway cells and they did it by merging a new spy protein on it. That is gain-of-function. That was joint research between the Wuhan Institute and Dr. Baric. You [Dr. Fauci] can’t deny it."
And, later, Fox News host Tucker Carlson picked up on the discrepancy, noting Fauci’s involvement in the creation and promotion of public health directives on account of COVID-19 while also being allegedly tied to the origin of the virus and its spread throughout the world.
So, the evidence - both in testimony and in the court of public opinion - continues to mount.
Could we ask you to consider SIGNING and SHARING this important petition, which calls for Dr. Fauci to be fired and investigated for any role he played in promoting and funding the dangerous research which may have cost the world dearly in lives and jobs lost.
When concerned scientists warned the US government of the great danger of creating superviruses in the lab, one man publicly defended the risky experiments: that man was the influential head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), none other than "Mr. Science" himself: Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In 2014, the same year the US government called for a moratorium on this insanely dangerous research, Dr. Fauci's NIAID began funding a program to study the transmission of bat coronaviruses to humans.
Not only did his funding go to develop the technology for making bat coronaviruses spread more easily to humans, but much of it went to the lab located in the exact location where the Covid pandemic eventually emerged: Wuhan, China.
Like every person, Dr. Fauci deserves to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
But the evidence is so overwhelming that Fauci gambled with a supervirus and lost (the whole world lost), that, at a minimum, he needs to be fired from his position of public trust and must be investigated for possible violations of US law which mandated a moratorium on this extremely dangerous practice of creating superviruses in the lab.
However Dr. Fauci, far from being held responsible for his dangerous gamble, has been promoted to the point where, currently, he is the highest paid employee in the US Government.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition if you agree that Dr. Anthony Fauci should instead be immediately fired and investigated for his role in causing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Just like the Wall Street moguls, whose financial negligence precipitated the financial crisis of 2008, received massive bailout bonuses, Dr. Anthony Fauci recklessly pushed for the research that probably caused the deadly pandemic. And now, he, too, has been rewarded with money and power.
As has been carefully and meticulously documented by Steve Hilton of Fox News, the probable origins of the coronavirus point to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Fauci was one of the greatest proponents of developing superviruses in labs.
Dr. Fauci was responsible for the funding of much of the research through the NIAID.
And, it appears that Dr. Fauci funneled taxpayer funds through an intermediary to allow the research to continue in the unsafe Wuhan Institute of Virology, even after the US government banned the funding of this dangerous research.
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P.S. It should be noted that Dr. Fauci not only has proven to be catastrophic for public health with his advocacy of dangerous research, but he has also been a disastrous public health advisor, advocating measures that have negatively impacted every aspect of our lives, from the economy to our most fundamental liberties.
P.P.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently stated that he is delighted to be pushing Joe Biden's return to US taxpayer funding of abortions abroad. So, evidently, not only does Dr. Fauci have problems with public health, public safety, and economics, but also with basic human rights and embryology.
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked Giroir for details about the Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight (P3CO) board in relation to the coronavirus research conducted at the Wuhan lab.
According to The Daily Caller, the P3CO board was formed in 2017 under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to decide whether grants involving gain-of-function research, which enhances “dangerous pathogens like coronaviruses,” are subject to “proper safeguards” and “are worth the risks.”
However, the NIH-funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan was never presented for review by the P3CO board.
“My understanding is it’s an oversight board that’s there to decide if you’re going to fund any gain-of-function research,” Jordan said to Giroir. “Is that right?”
“That’s what the intent is,” Giroir said, adding “it’s unbelievable to me that coronavirus work wouldn’t even get into the process.”
An NIH spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation that New York-based nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance, which collaborated with the Wuhan lab to study how coronaviruses jump from bats to humans, received its grant from the NIH without its research plans undergoing review by the P3CO board.
“If you look at the abstract from the latest grant that was done to EcoHealth, it talks about using protein sequence data, infectious clone technology, in vitro and in vivo infection experiments,” Giroir said. “This is all gain-of-function. How this could not get into the P3 process is unbelievable.”
Giroir added that task force members who were interested in the possibility that the coronavirus had been leaked from the Wuhan lab were “under tremendous pressure from their scientific colleagues to not even show up with [President Trump] on stage.”
“There was such bias against the president,” Giroir said, “that even thinking that you were helping the president, you were excommunicated from the scientific community.”
Giroir’s testimony aligns with a recent statement made by Alina Chan, a genetic engineering specialist and postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University.
“At the time, it was scarier to be associated with Trump,” Chan said, “so people didn’t want to publicly call for an investigation into lab origins.”