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    The lab-leak origins theory of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, centers on the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is located near the seafood market to which the first major outbreak of the virus was traced. Though the theory is disputed by scientists who say it is more likely that COVID-19 naturally evolved from an animal host, conclusive evidence pointing toward either origins theory has remained elusive. And while neither hypothesis has been proven, opponents of the lab-leak theory have waged a vigorous campaign to label it "misinformation" and discredit it, often with the help of big tech companies that banned users from discussing the theory at the prompting of top public health officials. Many of these officials never disclosed potential conflicts of interest they would have if the lab-leak theory proved true, such National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose agency provided taxpayer funding for coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab. The emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Republicans urged the Trump administration to investigate...
    The Washington Post editorial board called for EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak to testify before Congress about the origins of COVID-19, including the possibility it leaked from a Wuhan virology lab Daszak worked with for years. Following revelations that, despite repeated denials, the National Institutes of Health did fund so-called "gain of function" coronavirus research in Wuhan through Daszak's nonprofit, the Post called Monday for him to explain a series of "unanswered questions." The Post specifically called out Daszak, who was repeatedly cited in media fact-checks dispelling the lab leak theory last year in spite of his close relationship with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, for his lack of transparency while loudly pushing the natural origin theory for the virus. Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), uses his mobile phone at a hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) "Why did he not disclose his 2018 proposal to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for research...
    Critics said first team's effort was hampered by interference from the Chinese government and also poisoned by conflicts of interest, notably the inclusion of EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak on the team. Daszak's organization had for years funded bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology — the lab at the center of the lab-leak theory. He and other prominent public health scientists had also worked behind the scenes to discredit the lab-leak theory, even though scientific evidence suggests both hypotheses remain viable, as a U.S. intelligence report commissioned by President Joe Biden earlier this year found. The widespread criticism and calls for a new investigation prompted the WHO to establish this new team, which will be a more permanent body meant to avoid politicization in future pandemics, the New York Times reported. "Especially in light of the politicization of this particular aspect, we want to take this back to the science, take this back to our mandate as an organization to bring together the world's best minds to outline what needs to be...
    According to Sachs, the scientists involved with the commission's work will continue to study the origins of the virus for a report that will be published in mid-2022. Their work will be broadened to include "input from other experts on biosafety concerns including government oversight and transparency regarding risky laboratory research," the Journal reported. Sachs explained that labs around the world have the technology to perform gain-of-function experiments — which genetically alter viruses to become more transmissible among mammals, and particularly among humans — but said international regulations and standards for this risky research is lagging behind the science. "A lot is going on around the world that is not properly scrutinized or explained to the public," Sachs said. There is no definitive explanation for the origins of COVID-19. There is evidence both for and against the theories that the virus has a natural origin, as well as the possibility of a research-related origin. Nevertheless, Daszak and five other members of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission denounced the lab-leak hypothesis as a conspiracy theory and were vocal supporters...
    Indeed, last year social media companies took action to deplatform claims that COVID-19 did not have natural origins, asserting that such claims were "misinformation" that contradicted the "science." The justification for this censorship was based largely on the opinions of the scientists who signed the first Lancet letter. Emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know revealed that the February 2020 Lancet statement was organized by Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit group that received federal funding to research bat coronaviruses in partnership with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. That research included gain-of-function experiments, which genetically manipulate viruses to make them more transmissible among mammals, and particularly among humans. At the time, Daszak did not disclose his close association with the WIV or his potential conflict of interest. In July 2021, the Lancet published a second letter from 24 of the authors of the first letter in which they doubled-down on their assertion that the lab-leak theory was not supported by scientific evidence. "In fact, this argument could literally be reversed," the authors of the...
    The Lancet medical journal has bowed to pressure over its heavily-criticised coverage of the disputed origins of the Covid pandemic by publishing an ‘alternative view’ from 16 scientists – calling for an ‘objective, open and transparent debate’ about whether the virus leaked from a Chinese laboratory. It was revealed earlier this year that Peter Daszak – a British scientist with long-standing links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology – had secretly orchestrated a landmark statement in The Lancet in February 2020 which attacked ‘conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin’. The now-infamous letter, signed by 27 leading public health experts, said they stood together to ‘strongly condemn’ the theories which they said ‘do nothing but create fear, rumours, and prejudice’. In the article, the authors argue that ‘there is no direct support for the natural origin of SARS-CoV-2, and a laboratory-related accident is plausible’.  The inspection personnels are researching the viral nucleic acid at the pathogen detection laboratory They also lavished praise on Chinese scientists who they said had ‘worked diligently and effectively to rapidly identify...
    "I don't think he was nervous," Stewart replied. "It's not like he doesn't know what I'm going to say. Listen, how it got to be that if it was a scientific accident, it's conservative, and if it came from a wet market, it's liberal, I don't know — I'm just not sure how that got politicized. But it was an inelegant way to get to a bit that I've done for years, which is our good-intentioned brilliance will more than likely be our demise. The bit is about the last words that man ever utters, which are, 'Hey, it worked.' I guess I was a little surprised at the pushback." After Stewart jokingly compared the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan to a "chocolate outbreak" in Hershey, Pennsylvania, an outraged social media mob condemned him for pushing a "conspiracy theory" about the origins of COVID-19. The Wuhan Institute of Virology's role in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic is a controversial topic. While most scientists maintain that the most likely origin for COVID-19 is natural spillover from an animal, there are...
    Only forty-five percent of polled adults trust scientists regarding the coronavirus origins theory, according to a Monday I&I/TIPP poll. “How much trust do you place in scientists… coronavirus origin” theory, the poll asked. Overall, only 45 percent said they trust scientists. Democrats, however, are more likely to trust scientists than Republicans (64-28 percent). Independents mark lower than the overall number at 41 percent. The poll also asked respondents how much trust they have in scientists regarding “vaccine safety.” Sixty-one percent trust scientists’ vaccine safety, almost perfectly matching “the share of the U.S. population currently vaccinated: 63%,” the poll noted. More specifically, 42 percent of Republicans trust scientists regarding vaccine safety, while Democrats marked at 79 percent. Fifty-seven percent of independents also trust scientists’ judgment of vaccine safety. The poll was taken before a report revealed the United States partly funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Communist China. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a scientist and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, denied in May the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded such gain-of-function research: This photo taken on February 6, 2020 shows a...
    America's intelligence agencies on Friday released a report showing inconclusive evidence about the origins of the novel coronavirus, although all of them said that the theory that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan was "plausible." CNN reports that four of the agencies involved in the review believe with low confidence that the virus most likely originated naturally, while one agency said it has moderate confidence in the lab leak theory. The agencies said that they could not reach definitive conclusions about the virus's origins due to a lack of cooperation on behalf of the Chinese government. "The IC -- and the global scientific community -- lacks clinical samples or a complete understanding of epidemiological data from the earliest Covid-19 cases," the agencies wrote. "China's cooperation most likely would be needed to reach a conclusive assessment of the origins of Covid-19. Beijing, however, continues to hinder the global investigation, resist sharing information and blame(s) other countries, including the United States." Even though the agencies came to no conclusions about the virus's origins, they did debunk certain conspiracy theories, including...
    President Joe Biden received an inconclusive conclusion in a classified briefing on his 90-day COVID-19 origins report, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter told the Washington Post. Biden asked the intelligence community in May to further investigate whether COVID-19 came about ” from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.” The request followed an original report from the intelligence community that “coalesced around two likely scenarios” but did not come to a conclusion on how the global pandemic came to be. Portions of the classified report are expected to be made public soon, according to The Post, though the public may be underwhelmed by its findings. The two U.S. officials familiar with the matter explained that – despite going over old research and searching for new leads – the intelligence community was still not able to reach an agreement, the publication noted. The non-answers are not entirely surprising. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said in June that the intelligence agencies were “hoping to find a smoking gun” but warned that this would be “challenging,” The...
    DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden has reportedly received the classified intel community report on the origins of covid-19, but it apparently does not reach a firm conclusion. Back in May the president announced that he was asking the intelligence community to “redouble” its efforts to investigate the origins of covid-19. In June he said China should be more transparent because the world needs to know if covid came “from the marketplace of a bat interfacing with animals in the environment that caused this covid-19, or whether it was an experiment gone awry in a laboratory.” According to the Washington Post, officials ultimately did not reach a definitive conclusion on whether it was animal transmission or it escape from the lab in Wuhan: Despite analyzing a raft of existing intelligence and searching for new clues, intelligence officials fell short of a consensus, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the report is not yet public… Efforts to understand the virus’s provenance have been complicated by Chinese authorities’ steadfast refusal to allow a more intensive...
    A classified document given to President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats punt key vote on budget to Tuesday Biden envoy calls on North Korea to restart nuclear talks Biden to decide on Afghanistan troop withdrawal extension in next 24 hours: report MORE on Tuesday revealed that the intelligence community was not able to identify any definitive origins for the virus that causes COVID-19, The Washington Post reported.  Two U.S. officials familiar with the matter told the news outlet that the intelligence findings were inconclusive and were not able to point to the exact source for the virus, including the initially accepted theory that the virus likely passed from animals to humans, nor whether it leaked as a result of a laboratory accident.  The report follows Biden’s May request for the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” on coming to an official determination on the origins of COVID-19 and report back to him within 90 days.  Biden said in a statement at the time that he wanted intelligence officials to include “areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for...
    The Chinese government used an 'aggressive' influence campaign on the World Health Organisation's response to the initial Covid outbreak which led to it missing its chance to stop the pandemic, it has been claimed. An investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed efforts by Beijing to control decision making, sabotage investigations and even install officials. Its report claims that the health body's independence had been eroded prior to the global spread of the deadly virus in early 2020. The publication claims the WHO failed to publicly challenge Chinese misinformation, delayed declaring an international emergency, and discouraged governments from placing travel bans on China to protect its economy. It has also been suggested officials agreed a 'backroom deal' with the Chinese to water down the inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. An investigation has claimed that China used 'aggressive' influence on the World Health Organisation to control decision making, sabotage investigations and even install preferred officials in the run up to the coronavirus pandemic This meant steering scientists away from the theory the coronavirus actually escaped from a Wuhan laboratory,...
    China is coming under pressure to share data and open up its virus research centres in Wuhan to proper outside investigation amid growing credibility for the theory that a laboratory incident might have sparked the Covid pandemic. It follows an admission by the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) origins study that Patient Zero may have been linked to research or sample collection by Wuhan scientists – as suggested by the US State Department in January. Peter Ben Embarek, a Danish food scientist, led the WHO team that earlier this year collaborated with China to dismiss the possibility of a laboratory leak as ‘extremely unlikely’ but now says there might have been ‘human error’. China is coming under pressure to share data and open up its virus research centres in Wuhan to proper outside investigation amid growing credibility for the theory that a laboratory incident might have sparked the Covid pandemic It follows an admission by the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) origins study that Patient Zero may have been linked to research or sample...
    World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Committee member Jamie Metzl on Friday reacted to the Chinese Communist Party rejecting calls by his organization for a renewed probe into the source of the coronavirus. Metzl told Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” that he personally thinks the virus leaked from the Wuhan lab. He emphasized that the world must “come together” and demand China provides full access to records, samples, and personnel from the lab to get to the bottom of the virus’ origins. “President Trump, and I’m a progressive Democrat, and I disagreed with a lot of what President Trump said, but he happened to possibly be right in the allegations he was making about the origins of the pandemic,” Metzl outlined. “And then the mainstream media and scientific journals, and again, I say this as a progressive, didn’t tell the story that needed to be told. And so, now we need to get to the bottom of this. Our safety and the safety of our children and grandchildren depend on understanding what went wrong and fixing our problems.” Host Sandra Smith asked,...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is “deeply disappointed” in China’s decision to reject yet another call from the World Health Organization (WHO) for further investigation into the origins of COVID-19, a U.S. official exclusively told the Daily Caller Friday. The U.S. and its allies have for months called on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to open up to a more transparent “phase 2”  investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, but so far to no avail. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu rejected yet another WHO request at a press briefing Friday, arguing that the U.S. and other nations were looking to “politicize” the pandemic. (RELATED: House Republicans: ‘Significant Circumstantial Evidence’ COVID-19 Originated From Wuhan Lab Leak) “The findings and recommendations of the WHO-China joint study report are widely recognized by the international community and scientists, and must be respected and implemented by all parties, including WHO,” Ma said of the request. “The future work of global origin-tracing should and must proceed from that basis, instead of reinventing the wheel.” “No country has the right to put its...
    Hong Kong (CNN)As Beijing grapples with a worsening outbreak of the Delta variant, an outlandish conspiracy theory linking the origin of the coronavirus to the United States military has gained renewed traction in China.The wholly unfounded theory, which claims the virus may have been leaked from a US Army lab, has been repeatedly promoted by Chinese officials and state media since March last year.But over the past week, Beijing has doubled down on the conspiracy, mobilizing its diplomats and vast propaganda apparatus to call for a World Health Organization (WHO) investigation into the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland.The campaign comes after Beijing rejected WHO's proposal for a second-phase probe into the origins of Covid-19 last month. The study would include audits of laboratories and markets in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic. That has drawn the ire of Beijing, with a top Chinese health official accusing WHO of "disregarding common sense and defying science."WHO released an initial report from its Covid origins study in China in March, concluding the lab leak theory...
    Former Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin, host of "Life, Liberty & Levin," and author of the blockbuster bestseller "American Marxism" joined "Special Report" on Thursday to lay out exactly how the the "American" brand of European Marxism came about. Levin also laid out how movements like the "de-growth Green New Deal" and critical race theory are the venues of choice through which proponents seek to install this system of governance. He told anchor Bret Baier that, in writing his book, he scoured stacks-worth of other books and included 400 footnotes to back up his explanations.  "People say to me ‘Who are these Marxists?’ -- I have stacks and stacks of books. I have read their stuff. I have read what these professors have written. I read what they teach. I read the National Education Association the American Federation of Teachers [literature]. I look back at the history," he said. That history, he explained, began in the former Weimar Republic as the politics of philosopher Herbert Marcuse, who was born in Berlin in 1898. Marcuse traveled to Freiburg in 1928...
    Beijing — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was "rather taken aback" by the call for a further look into the pandemic's origins and specifically, the theory that the virus might have leaked from a Chinese lab. He dismissed the lab leak theory as a rumor that runs counter to common sense and science. "It is impossible for us to accept such an origin-tracing plan," he said a news conference called to address the COVID-19 origins issue. Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China's National Health Commission, at a July 22, 2021 news conference in Beijing on the origin-tracing of COVID-19. SHUBING WANG / REUTERS The search for the origins of the virus has become a diplomatic issue that has worsened China's relations with the U.S. and many of its allies. The U.S. and others say China hasn't been transparent about what happened in...
    BEIJING (AP) — China says it’s shocked by WHO plan for COVID origins study, dismisses lab leak theory as rumor counter to common sense. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.