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COVID: Time to end the lies

By Dr John Sydenham

Suppose China had allowed a dangerous virus that it was developing to escape.  Would we just put this down to experience?

Suppose China was shown to have used its control over multinational corporations and academia to silence any coverage of how it had infected the world.  Would we just shrug and say "that's life"?

Yet this is what has happened.  Recently released emails in the USA show that a powerful group of scientists, influenced by China, has deliberately covered up the origin of COVID to avoid "unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular". Millions have died and this group of people have confused their career and financial interests with the well-being of the people of the world.

It was obvious that COVID was a laboratory escape from the start because of the relationship of wild food markets to coronavirus labs.  The virus could either have come from an animal or a laboratory.  There are thousands of animal markets in China but only one Biosafety Level 4 centre of coronavirus research in mainland China: the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  The chance that an animal virus crossed over to become a human infection within a few miles of the centre for coronavirus research is much less than one in a hundred. Given these odds the theory that COVID has an animal origin was always highly unlikely. However, the statistically most likely theory, that COVID was a laboratory escape, has been widely condemned by the mass media. Why?

Recently released emails show that the head of the American National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr Anthony Faucci and a group of virologists and epidemiologists were deeply involved in these extraordinary events. 

As early as 2nd of February 2020 the group took the decision that the laboratory origin of COVID would be suppressed and were supported by academics throughout the world to preserve the reputation of China and stop any collateral damage to people such as themselves (see below).

This is made clear in one of the emails:

"... An accusation that nCoV-2019 might have been engineered and released into the environment by humans (accidental or intentional) would  need  to  be  supported  by  strong  data,  beyond  a  reasonable  doubt. It is good that this possibility was discussed in detail with a team  of  experts. However,  further  debate  about  such  accusations  would unnecessarily distract top researchers from their active duties and do unnecessary harm to science in general and science in China in particular"

This email was sent by Dr Ron Fouchier, the Dutch (and EU) representative, in email communications on the 2nd February 2020  (See  Recently released emails ).

Although it is shocking to contemplate, it looks like these powerful academics were working in the interests of China.  The group of people who were involved in, or aware of, the cover up of the origin of COVID were: Drs. Jeremy Farrar, Anthony Fauci, Patrick Vallance, Christian Drosten, Marion Koopmans, Lawrence Tabak, Edward Holmes, Kristian Andersen, Paul Schreier, Mike Ferguson, Francis Collins, Ron Fouchier, Andrew Rambaut, Francis Collins and Josie Golding.

Dr Fouchier works for Erasmus MC which is deeply involved with China.  Andrew Rambaut and Kristian Andersen work at the Scripps Institute which is so strongly connected to China through Ningbo University and Shenzhen Bay laboratory that it has been identified as a risk to US security, Edward Holmes is Honorary Visiting Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, Christian Drosten has been singled out as a voice supporting China in the European Parliament and is involved with Zhejiang University in China through Erasmus and the Virology Dept of Berlin Charité Hospital, Marion Koopmans is head of medicine at Erasmus University Rotterdam which has a branch in China.  Josie Golding, Mike Ferguson and Jeremy Farrar are all with the Wellcome Trust, a private organisation. Farrar, the Director of the Trust, is a SARS expert with close connections to China and the extent to which Wellcome financed EcoHealth Alliance (see below) is opaque.

Only Patrick Vallance seems clear of Chinese influence and control.

Dr Faucci, the head of the US National Institute of Health (NIH) funded a program of viral research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that was run by Dr Daszak who runs a company called EcoHealth Alliance  In 2018 EcoHealth Alliance had applied to the US Defence Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) for funds to use reverse engineering to synthesise COVID-like viruses as part of an attempt to stop bats from carrying coronaviruses that could infect humans.  The project was called "Defuse" although "Pre-empt" is sometimes used.  DARPA was highly professional because it identified the terrible risks associated with the project, especially that this was gain of function research that could have military uses by potential enemies (dual use) and that the virus would be able to escape control by vaccines.

Dr Faucci sanctioned $600,000 of NIH money to be used by EcoHealth Alliance to finance research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  We can only assume that this research would have had much in common with "Defuse" because it involved the same people in China as "Defuse".  China picked up much of the cost and the research was undertaken in the dual military/civilian Wuhan Institute of Virology.  The Hong Kong based virologist Li Meng Yan heard from colleagues in China that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had used reverse engineering to construct COVID and fled to the West as a whistleblower (For an intro to reverse engineering see Synthetic viruses: a new opportunity to understand and prevent viral disease).  She was completely silenced by the Western media.

Are you happy that this rarefied group of self interested individuals decided that it would be better for everyone to hide what China has done?  Are you happy that the group used biased scientific papers to suppress our knowledge of what happened?

All of the initial dismissals of the lab escape theory relied upon a single paper, by Andersen et al (2020), published in Nature - see "The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2, by Kristian Anderson et al".  It is now clear that Kristian Andersen was part of the powerful group of people who wanted to suppress the truth about the laboratory origin of COVID.

The paper by Andersen et al (2020) that was commissioned by the group declares that the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID19 could not have been man made and implies it did not escape from a lab.   However, there are two possibilities for a lab escape: SARS-CoV2 could have been a rare natural virus in the Wuhan collection of virus cultures or it could a man-made virus.  Chinese virological laboratories have a poor safety record and in the past have allowed the deadly SARS virus to escape four times. The two virological laboratories in Wuhan maintained collections of bat coronavirus cultures and a site survey that was performed in Wuhan concluded that the laboratories had very poor biosafety. This survey also found that bats had never been sold in the nearby Hua Nan fish market and dismissed the possibility of an animal origin for COVID  (See The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus).  The Chinese Centre for Disease Control also confirmed that COVID did not come from the animal market (China Global Times 26th May 2020).  The bat viruses that are closest to SARS-CoV-2  come from Yunnan, not Wuhan: Bat Coronavirus Location

It looks very likely that COVID escaped from one or other of the Wuhan labs in the same way as SARS had escaped from laboratory cultures in China in the past.  It was indeed a laboratory escape from stored viral cultures.  But was it also man made? 

The paper by Andersen et al (2020) argues that the virus could not be made in a laboratory because it is not the ideal solution for infection and because a sufficiently similar base virus, the main part of the virus used as a template, has not yet been found.  This is a very thin argument on which to condemn any ideas of a laboratory origin.  The rebuttal is straightforward.  Anyone creating the virus would stop at "good enough" rather than ideal, especially given that a special (furin) site provides a boost to infectivity.  This simple rebuttal dispenses with the first argument.  Two contenders for the base or template virus have indeed been found which dispenses with the second argument, a virus called RaTG13 is very close in structure to SARS-CoV-2.

The paper by Andersen et al (2020) is so poor that it should never have been published.  That it was published in "Nature" is not surprising considering its involvement with China - see Leading Western Publisher Bows to Chinese Censorship.

Given that the paper that is used everywhere to "disprove" the possibility that the virus is man-made does not do so, who are the scientists that say that it is man made? Initially several people noticed that the virus contained HIV proteins and mused on how these had got there.  The most persuasive authority who believes COVID19 was a man made disease is Professor Luc Montagnier, the winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering HIV, who says: “With my colleague, bio-mathematician Jean-Claude Perez, we carefully analyzed the description of the genome of this RNA virus,”.."in order to insert an HIV sequence into this genome, molecular tools are needed, and that can only be done in a laboratory.".  The most complete analysis of the possibility that the virus is man-made was done by Li-Meng Yan et al .  Li-Meng Yan risked her life to escape from Hong Kong to bring the story of how China created COVID to the West but Twitter and broadcasters have banned any mention of her work because the factcheckers all condemn it as being inconsistent with the single paper by Anderson et al (2020).  These are indeed strange times when unqualified fact checkers can take the conclusions of a single scientific paper and cause all subsequent scientific work that disagrees with it to be suppressed.

China has been suppressing any mention that COVID19 is a lab escape and possibly man made. Most broadcasters in the West have now been persuaded by the group of scientists, and by pressure from China, that there was no possibility of a lab escape of a wild or of a man made virus in Wuhan. The pressure from China to stop any mention of a lab escape has been intense.

According to Reuters the EU produced a report that referred to China's involvement in Covid disinformation and in response China told the EU that “if the report is as described and it is released today it will be very bad for cooperation,” and it would make Beijing “very angry”.  China has demanded that EU reports be amended to purge the mention of COVID-19 originating in China.  The EU acquiesced. 

The Chinese cover-up has been noted by Intelligence agencies.  A report by the "Five Eyes" Intelligence group was leaked to the Australian Sunday Telegraph. The dossier states that "to the “endangerment of other countries” the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international scientists who were working on a vaccine."

At the end of April 2020 the Australian government requested that there should be an international inquiry into the origins and handling of the Chinese COVID-19 outbreak.  China responded by threatening to boycott Australian goods. (See Guardian article).China has now slapped import controls on Australian beef and is threatening to do the same with barley exports. See China ignores requests for talks - SBS News.
This evidence of suppression of information by China shows why there is almost no mention in the UK Broadcast Media of the possibility of the virus being a lab escape or even a bioweapon. 

Military director of Wuhan Institute of Virology
The cover up has been helped by the control that China exerts over scientists in the West.  The penetration of Western academia has been a major objective of modern China.  Almost every Western laboratory has Chinese staff who are still Chinese citizens and owe allegiance to China.  China entices Western academics into collaborations including setting up laboratories in China where leading Western scientists can get their names on papers and receive extra pay in return for occasional visits where they are debriefed on progress in the West.  Many UK and US universities now have Chinese outposts ie: Scripps Institute, the Harvard-China ProjectCambridge-China collaboration, Stanford-China , etc. type the name of any well-known university followed by "China" into Google and you will see how China has gained control over Western academia.

China is a genocidal, totalitarian state that is the pioneer of total surveillance and control.  It is a nightmare for the world.  The danger from China is obvious to everyone except academics and the multinational corporations that guide our governments. 

We will never prove beyond any possible doubt that China inflicted COVID on the world but the doubt is now so small that reasonable people should have no doubt.  That China was able to influence a group headed by Dr Faucci to suppress any mention of what it had done is shocking.  Heads must roll and China must be treated as a pariah.  Compensation is required and trade sanctions imposed.  If nothing is done it will encourage China to do far worse.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology was partly a military lab at the time of the COVID outbreak and is now a fully military lab.  It's main work is to perform "gain of function" experiments on coronaviruses. If we do not confront "gain of function" research will another pandemic happen?

Many virologists are involved in research to make viral infections more dangerous.  The argument for doing this "gain of function" research is that it allows virologists to be prepared for the next pandemic.  There are virological laboratories all over the world doing these experiments.  We should be aware that 13 of the 22 highest biosafety laboratories in the USA are run by the Department of Defense .  The UK, EU, Russia are also spending heavily on bioweapons.  So the claim that "gain of function" research is for the good of humanity is false.

Gain of Function research relies on the biosafety of laboratories.  It would be very dangerous to produce a virulent, pandemic virus and then accidentally allow it to escape (as seems to have happened in China).

A study of high safety US virological laboratories by Lipsitch and Galvani (2014).  produced a figure of there being a 20% risk of a laboratory worker getting infected every 10 years by a lab escape and 5-60% of such escapes causing a pandemic. In other words, as a result of laboratory experiments in the USA alone, the world is running a similar risk of a pandemic from laboratory escapes in any 10 year period as getting two sixes in two throws of a dice.   There has been a high growth in risk as virology research is extended: 

Source Science Magazine

The non-academic labs above are largely military.

The risk posed by laboratories is so high that Furmanski (2014)  wrote a review called "Laboratory Escapes and 'Self-fulfilling prophecy' Epidemics" in which he identified numerous lab escapes.  The section on SARS is particularly interesting.  In 2004 the Chinese National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Beijing, which is part of China’s Center for Disease Control (CDC), had four lab escapes of SARS.  In 2003 Singapore and Taiwan had one escape each.

The WHO was moved to report that: 

“The possibility that a SARS outbreak could occur following a laboratory accident is a risk of considerable importance, given the relatively large number of laboratories currently conducting research using the SARS-CoV or retaining specimens from SARS patients. These laboratories currently represent the greatest threat for renewed SARS-CoV transmission through accidental exposure associated with breaches in laboratory biosafety." WHO 2003

So the WHO, in 2003, warned that laboratory escapes were a high risk when dealing with coronaviruses but in 2021 dismisses even the possibility that such escapes could happen (See Independent article). 

We know that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was performing gain of function experiments on coronaviruses using genetic engineering.  It was their main business.  How safe was the Wuhan Institute of Virology? 

A group of dignitaries and scientists who visited the lab in 2018 were so alarmed that they sent cables to the US State Department which reported that: 

"the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic."

"During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory"  (Washington Post).

So in 2018 scientists actually warned that biosafety was so bad in Wuhan that it "..represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic."

A brief survey of the two labs in the WIV by Xiao and Xiao (2020) which was undertaken at the start of the epidemic in Wuhan noted that "The tissue samples and contaminated trashes were [the] source  of  pathogens."
The intensive virological inspection of the Huanan Market by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control in spring 2020 concluded that the market was definitely not the source of the infection.(China Global Times 26th May 2020). The Western media have ignored this finding entirely.

It is strange that the WHO team in Wuhan in 2021 simply dismisses a laboratory escape as the source of COVID 19.  Haven't they read the WHO's own warnings about biosecurity in Chinese labs during the SARS epidemic in 2003?

The case could not be clearer:
  • There is no animal source for COVID-19 
  • Chinese labs have a poor record for lab escapes
  • The WHO had warned about lab escapes in 2003
  • The WIV was performing "gain of function" experiments on coronaviruses
  • The biosafety at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was so bad in 2018 it had prompted officials to send cables to the US State Department warning of a potential disaster from poor safety whilst performing coronavirus experiments.
  • A site survey of the labs after the start of the outbreak showed shocking biosafety 
  • A People's Liberation Army scientist filed for a patent on a COVID vaccine in February 2020.
  • China has used every resource at its disposal to prevent the truth from being known.

The big question is why aren't the mainstream media mentioning some of the points above when reviewing the WHO reports?  

They might at least mention that one of the leading "Western" scientists in the WHO team is Peter Daszak*, who is president of EcoHealth Alliance, which has funded a lot of work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and is therefore an interested party. The WHO inquiry could not possibly have been independent.  The mainstream media might also mention that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a dual military-civilian establishment and is now under tight military control.

Is Daszak terrified that his "EcoHealth Alliance" has provided  Multinational Pharmaceutical companies with cheap Chinese research locations that have very poor biosafety?

Did we really just witness the WHO simply dismissing the possibility of a lab escape as "unlikely" without any supporting argument and the mainstream media headlining it as "COVID not a lab escape"?  Did we really just lose a year of our lives without journalists even asking why?

Expect another pandemic in the next 20 years because no-one will have learnt from this one.

What happened: France built a lab that was suitable for bioweapons development in Wuhan.  Western coorporations, including the NIH & Dr Faucci, poured funds through EcoHealth Alliance into the Wuhan Institute of Virology to collect and create the most dangerous viruses possible.  WIV was a civilian/military operation (now wholly military) so the scientists would hand over any viruses with weapons potential for military development.  Ultimately the naivety and negligence of Western governments towards Corporations (including the public sector such as the NIH) and China is partly to blame.  However, it was China that pressed on with the dangerous research and China is mainly to blame.   Our governments need to be far more professional and circumspect when dealing with dangerous states like China.

*Daszak, along with most of the WIV virology staff, has his name on a paper (Lei-Ping et al 2016) describing the genetic engineering of viruses.  Daszak is the key figure in the collection of bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (also see Nature article).

Recommended reading on COVID19:

Fact checkers rely on one source for origins of COVID19

Coronavirus: Strong evidence that it is a lab escape and probably man-made: BBC silent.

Further Proof that COVID19 was a Laboratory Escape in China

More Evidence that COVID19 was Man Made.

How much of the world is owned by China?

China launches a Cold War: Coronavirus disinformation is just the start.
COVID 19 was possibly created using reverse genetics.

The Unnatural Origins of the Wuhan Pandemic and the Geopolitical Consequences


Martin Furmanski MD. (2014) Laboratory Escapes and “Self-fulfilling prophecy” Epidemics. Scientist’s Working Group on Chemical and Biologic Weapons. Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.

Lei-Ping Zeng, Yu-Tao Gao, Xing-Yi Ge, Qian Zhang, Cheng Peng, Xing-Lou Yang, Bing Tan, Jing Chen, Aleksei A. Chmura, Peter Daszak, Zheng-Li Shi. (2016) Bat Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Like Coronavirus WIV1 Encodes an Extra Accessory Protein, ORFX, Involved in Modulation of the Host Immune Response.  Journal of Virology Jun 2016, 90 (14) 6573-6582; DOI: 10.1128/JVI.03079-15

Almost all the authors come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Notice that "bat woman" Zheng-Li Shi was involved.

Lipsitch, M and Galvani, A.P. (2014). Ethical Alternatives to Experiments with Novel Potential Pandemic Pathogens PLoS Med. 2014 May; 11(5): e1001646.  Published online 2014 May 20. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001646

WHO. WHO post-outbreak biosafety guidelines for handling of SARS-CoV specimens
and cultures. 18 Dec 2003. Accessible at:

Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao.  The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

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