A Danish physician and co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, Dr. Peter Gøtzsche, says the COVID-19 was manufactured in a Chinese lab in Wuhan and then leaked but was covered up by the Chinese government and top United Stated States academics, medical journals, the media, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Gøtzsche, in an essay posted Oct. 6 on the Institute for Scientific Freedom website, said the Chinese government hid the likely origins of the virus in gain-of-function research performed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
The cover-up then extended to U.S. academics with conflicts of interest, medical journals, the media and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was then advising the Trump administration on the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“COVID-19 is the pandemic that should never have occurred. It is deeply concerning that the WHO [World Health Organization] and our governments have not yet called for a ban on this highly dangerous playing with fire research that hasn’t led to anything of use but to the death of over 7 million people.”
The Chinese government was the first to cover up the origins, Gøtzsche wrote. He cited a 2023 investigation that found the first three people infected by the virus and admitted to the hospital all worked at the Wuhan lab, where they did gain-of-function research.
The Chinese military also played a role in the cover-up. It had funded gain-of-function research, some of it allegedly without the knowledge of U.S. collaborators like EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak.
One of the Chinese military researchers, Zhou Yusen, produced a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine in February 2020, “with remarkable speed.” He died mysteriously in May 2020, Gøtzsche wrote.
Gøtzsche wrote about released emails and messages revealing that during the July 2023 congressional hearing on lab origins, top U.S. scientists lied to Congress about their initial concerns the virus was made in the Wuhan lab with funding support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Scientists Robert Garry, Ph.D., and Kristian Andersen, Ph.D., two of the authors of the “Proximal Origin” article published in Nature Medicine claiming the virus had zoonotic origins (transmitted from animals to humans), both testified to Congress they believed the virus had emerged from nature.
Seven CIA analysts “with significant scientific expertise” on the agency’s COVID-19 Discovery Team “received performance bonuses after changing a report to downplay concerns about a possible lab origin of the virus,” he added.
The CIA whistleblower also said Fauci pushed the “Proximal Origin” paper in meetings at the U.S. Department of State and White House to put people off the trail of the lab leak origins.
“Fauci had reasons to push scientists and intelligence analysts to believe the virus had a zoonotic origin since his agency had issued a grant to fund the dangerous research in Wuhan,” Gøtzsche noted.
“If the SARS-CoV-2 virus had escaped from research Daszak funded, he would be potentially culpable,” Gøtzsche wrote.
Based on all of this, Gøtzsche concluded that “The cover-up of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is the worst in medical history. This will stand as a pillar of shame in the coming centuries.”
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