One of the first acts of newly-elected President Joe Biden was to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is an agency of the United Nations tasked with (as its name implies) managing the world’s health. They failed miserably one year ago in warning the world of the infectivity of the SARS-CoV2 virus that was causing serious illness in Wuhan, China. One year later a team of 17 WHO “experts” were permitted to investigate (under strict Chinese supervision) areas of interest in an effort to determine the origin of the virus that produced a worldwide pandemic. The team was joined by 17 Chinese scientists and were asked to evaluate several possible origins of the virus. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized Chinese authorities for restricting the team’s access to certain areas. Criticism by the WHO Director is particularly telling since he was handpicked by the Chinese and most believe both Tedros and the WHO are tools of the Chinese government. The final conclusion issued by the WHO team failed to establish the origin of the SARS-CoV2 virus. The team suggested that following their probe there were many questions yet to be answered. The WHO team was handicapped by not being permitted to perform a thorough investigation of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Additionally laboratory officials did not provide any documents regarding work on this particular virus or any similar viruses. The Chinese government strictly controlled which sites the inspection team was allowed to access and retained the right of censorship over the team’s final report. Under such limitations, the WHO team were unable to draw any definitive conclusions. The report included a rather revealing statement, “Scientific missions like these should be able to do their work under conditions that produce independent and objective recommendations and findings.” It appears in this study independence & objectivity was not allowed.
One of the proposed origins of the SARS-CoV2 virus was the Wuhan Seafood Market. The research team tested numerous animals in and around the market (including birds) for presence of the virus. Not a single positive test result was found in any of the animals tested. The Wuhan Market was originally considered to be the place of origin by the Chinese since half of those who were first sickened with the virus in December 2019 visited the market. The theory proposed by the Chinese was that the virus “jumped” from an animal species (bat), through an intermediary species (pangolin), to humans. If theri theory is correct the so-called “jump” would likely have occurred between mid-October and mid-November 2019. In their final report, the WHO team concluded that the least likely origin for the virus was a laboratory “leak.” This conclusion was based on a chaperoned visit to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and interviews with scientists at the lab. Records at the Institute did not suggest ANY research on the SARS-CoV2 virus and none of the employees tested positive for antibodies to the virus. The lab visit was fifteen months following the onset of the pandemic. The Wuhan Institute of Virology had ample time to destroy records and hire new employees. Why does China need a laboratory whose primary task is that of “gain-of-function” research? Gain-of-function is the means of altering viruses to make them more infectious and therefore dangerous to humans? Why does the U.S. provide funding to this laboratory? This sounds sinister to me and takes on the appearance of biologic warfare. All the major world powers have studied chemical and biologic agents for use in war. Perhaps our involvement in the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been an attempt to monitor China’s efforts in this arena. I will never be convinced that the virus was triggered by anything other than an accidental lab “release.” It very well could have been a future bioweapon that escaped before it had reached full lethality. This should be a wakeup call because the next virus could be even more deadly.