By FREE THINKERS COLLECTIVE - January 25, 2022
Leaked military documents detailed that EcoHealth Alliance, headed by British zoologist Peter Daszak, approached the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in March 2018 seeking funding to conduct gain of function research of bat borne coronaviruses.
The documents, which were leaked by an anonymous whistleblower, show a grant proposal calling for collaboration between labs in Wuhan, China and the U.S. military and is raising concerns about the dangerous nature of 'gain of function experiments' on coronaviruses likely conducted prior to the start of the pandemic.
What is Gain of Function?
Gain-of-function research is medical research that genetically alters an organism in order to enhance the biological functions of gene products. This may include an altered pathogenesis, transmissibility, or host range, i.e. the types of hosts that a microorganism can infect.
The proposal, named "Project Defuse", was rejected by DARPA over safety concerns and the notion that it violates the gain of function research moratorium. The plan also included work on humanized and 'batified' mice, adding Furin cleavage sites, and 'vaccinating' wild bats.
See some the documents below:
The documents directly contradict Dr. Anthony Fauci's testimony on gain of function research. EcoHealth Alliance is a known collaborator of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Fauci.
"According to the documents, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the orders of Dr. Fauci, proceeded with the research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan China (The epicenter of the outbreak) as well as several other sites across the United States". The Post Millennial Reported.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) shared the information on Twitter:
“Jaw dropping report just dropped by Project Veritas. Never before seen military Documents obtained by #ProjectVeritas about Gain of Function directly contradict Dr. Fauci testimony under oath. #ExposeFauci”
Taiwan News reported:
"The proposal for the US$14 million grant, titled DEFUS (Defusing the Threat of Bat-Borne Coronaviruses), was submitted in 2018 and would have run from that year until 2022. EHA was requesting US$14,209,245 in funding and would have allocated US$1,182,877 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), with much of the rest subcontracted to the University of North Carolina, National University Singapore, United States Geological Survey Wildlife Health Center, and Palo Alto Research Center".
"Among the more controversial proposed experiments presented in the application were the creation of bat coronavirus chimeras that would contain human-specific furin cleavage sites (FCS), the introduction of these viruses into humanized and "batified" mice, and a grandiose plan to "vaccinate" wild bats in caves against coronaviruses".
See full Article: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4298023
Watch the report from PROJECT VERITAS below:
During Wednesday's House GOP leadership press briefing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) hammered Dr. Fauci over the Wuhan lab-leak.
Rumors of the novel coronavirus being leaked from a lab began circulating as early as late 2019. The mainstream media outlets immediately dismissed these claims as conspiracy theory. However as researchers delved more deeply into the lab leak theory, startling information began to raise eyebrows.
We were first told that the outbreak likely began in a wet-market in Wuhan, China. Interesting to note: Wuhan China is home to the world's largest virology centre - Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan, Hubei, it opened mainland China's first biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory. The institute has collaborated with the Galveston National Laboratory in the United States, the Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie in France, and the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada. The institute has been an active premier research center for the study of coronaviruses.
Scientists such as U.S. molecular biologist Richard H. Ebright, who had expressed concern of previous escapes of the SARS virus at Chinese laboratories in Beijing and had been troubled by the pace and scale of China's plans for expansion into BSL-4 laboratories, called the institute a "world-class research institution that does world-class research in virology and immunology" while he noted that the WIV is a world leader in the study of bat coronaviruses.
Wuhan Institure of Virology's SARS-related coronaviruses:
In 2005, a group including researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology published research into the origin of the SARS coronavirus, finding that China's horseshoe bats are natural reservoirs of SARS-like coronaviruses. Continuing this work over a period of years, researchers from the institute sampled thousands of horseshoe bats in locations across China, isolating over 300 bat coronavirus sequences.
In 2015, an international team including two scientists from the institute published successful research on whether a bat coronavirus could be made to infect a human cell line (HeLa). The team engineered a hybrid virus, combining a bat coronavirus with a SARS virus that had been adapted to grow in mice and mimic human disease. The hybrid virus was able to infect human cells.
In 2017, a team from the institute announced that coronaviruses found in horseshoe bats at a cave in Yunnan contain all the genetic pieces of the SARS virus, and hypothesized that the direct progenitor of the human virus originated in this cave. The team, who spent five years sampling the bats in the cave, noted the presence of a village only a kilometer away, and warned of "the risk of spillover into people and emergence of a disease similar to SARS".
In 2018, another paper by a team from the institute reported the results of a serological study of a sample of villagers residing near these bat caves (near Xiyang Township 夕阳乡 in Jinning District of Yunnan). According to this report, 6 out of the 218 local residents in the sample carried antibodies to the bat coronaviruses in their blood, indicating the possibility of transmission of the infections from bats to people.
Prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, coronavirus research at the WIV has been conducted in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories.
In December 2019, cases of pneumonia associated with an unknown coronavirus were reported to health authorities in Wuhan. The institute checked its coronavirus collection and found the new virus had 96% genetic similarity to RaTG13, a virus its researchers had discovered in horseshoe bats in southwest China.
In February 2020, a team led by Shi Zhengli at the institute were the first to identify, analyze and name the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), upload it to public databases for scientists around the world to understand, and publish papers in Nature.
On 19 February 2020, the lab released a letter on its website describing how they successfully obtained the whole virus genome.
In April 2020, the Trump administration terminated an NIH grant to research how coronaviruses spread from bats to humans. New York-based, NIH–funded EcoHealth Alliance has been the subject of controversy and increased scrutiny due to its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.Under political pressure, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) withdrew funding to EcoHealth Alliance in July 2020.