**UPDATE June, 2022**
Now, according to a top EU politician, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, confessed that COVID sprang from a lab, that lost control of it. But, publicly the WHO speaks a different tune and states that ‘all hypotheses remain on the table.’ Read on for more duplicity.
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April 29, 2022
Reporter at U.S. Right to Know, Emily Kopp, describes recent steps to get to the bottom of the United States’ involvement in gain of function research in Wuhan.
- A FOIA lawsuit has been filed by U.S. Right to Know against the State Department for documents related to a State Dept. investigation of the origins of COVID, Ecohealth Alliance, gain-of-function research, dual use research of concern and the Global Virome Project.
- Kopp gave a fitting quote: “The problem with modern society is that we have medieval institutions but godlike technology.”
- EcoHealth Alliance concealed COVID Research data in effort to preserving funding.
- A recent NIH public talk had virologists and lobbyists representing life sciences professionals pushing back on the idea we need to take a second look at how we regulate dangerous research that could lead to pandemics. Further, these virologists want to limit FOIA requests.
- American virologists & lab directors stated they had more access to what was going on in Wuhan than what they actually did, making it a fairly one-sided collaboration without oversight.
- Privately, these U.S. virologists worry about a lab leak but publicly assure the public it’s all good.
If it weren’t for these FOIA requests we wouldn’t know a half of what we now know. These scientists need to be held accountable for their work and transparency is required, particularly with dual research as it can be dangerous and have long-term ramifications to the public.
Top US Scientist Tried to Help Wuhan Lab Counter Virus Leak Concerns
Efforts coincide with push to deepen collaboration with China
As the pandemic engulfed the world in 2020, a top U.S. scientist that had for years worked with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) actively tried to help Chinese researchers at the lab counter concerns that the virus might have originated from the facility, newly released emails show.
These efforts include alerting Chinese scientists of U.S. investigations into the lab and providing them with a list of questions to answer to help respond to outside concerns.
Meanwhile, the U.S. scientist James LeDuc, the then-director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), and his colleagues, engaged in a concerted effort to strengthen their partnership with the Wuhan institute, even as scrutiny over the lab as a potential source of the outbreak mounted as the pandemic progressed, the emails revealed. (See link for article)
- Due to an email trove released under the Texas Public Information Act requests made by U.S. Right to Know and Judicial Watch we now know prominent U.S. scientists publicly and privately came to the defense of their colleagues at the WIV and China’s health agencies.
- LeDuc offered suggestions to his Chinese contemporaries on how to counter “misinformation.”
- The Chinese government has not allowed outside investigators to inspect records and data from the facility.
- The lab collaborated with the Chinese military and has actively suppressed information – particularly that staff were hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms in Nov., 2019.
- The Galveston National Laboratory is a federally-funded P4 facility that has trained staff from the WIV and conducted joint research projects with them since 2013. LeDuc and other senior UTMB staff maintained close contact with WIV scientists, including Shi.
- A 2017 signed memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and with the WIV entitles the WIV to request the destruction of “secret files” of virtually any and all documents.
- A 2020 draft statement on Galveston letterhead describes Shi’s bat-associated coronavirus research from a 2015 meeting where she states there was significant potential risk of transmission of some of these viruses to humans.
- LeDuc publicly defended Chinese initial response to the pandemic as he and some colleagues privately expressed frustration at the Chinese scientist’s lack of response.