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Austrian Study Finds ‘Sign Of Human Intervention’ In Coronavirus

Virus was cultured to attack human cells, according to research.

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A scientific study in Austria has found that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that has led to a pandemic, was likely created in a lab, barring some “remarkable coincidence” that led to the virus naturally evolving to be optimised to attack human cells.

The study was led by Nikolai Petrovsky, a vaccine researcher at Flinders University. The scientists in his team discovered that the coronavirus is optimized for penetration into human cells, rather than animal cells, which means that the theory that it emerged from an animal market and jumped to humans naturally is unlikely.

Lifesite News reports that the scientists “used a version of the novel coronavirus collected in the earliest days of the outbreak and applied computer models to test its capacity to bind to certain cell receptor enzymes, called “ACE2,” that allow the virus to infect human and animal cells to varying degrees of efficacy.”

“They found that “the novel coronavirus most powerfully binds with human ACE2, and with variously lesser degrees of effectiveness with animal versions of the receptor.”

The authors believe this means that the virus “became specialized for human cell penetration by living previously in human cells, quite possibly in a laboratory.”

The Study notes that  “a virus would be expected to have highest affinity for the receptor in its original host species, e.g. bat, with a lower initial binding affinity for the receptor of any new host, e.g. humans. However, in this case, the affinity of SARS-CoV-2 is higher for humans than for the putative original host species, bats, or for any potential intermediary host species.”

It continues, noting that a “possibility which still cannot be excluded is that SARSCoV-2 was created by a recombination event that occurred inadvertently or consciously in a laboratory handling coronaviruses, with the new virus then accidentally released into the local human population.”

Dr Petrovsky added in a statement that, rather than being rapidly genetically spliced and mutated, the virus shows signs of being  ‘cultured’ to evolve over time.

“Our and other analyses of the genomic sequence of the virus do not reveal any artificial gene inserts that would be the hallmark of a gene jockey, genetic engineers who manipulate or even create viruses by splicing in artificial inserts into their genome.” Petrovsky said.

“These are generally easily recognisable and hence clear signatures of human intervention in the creation of a virus. The fact that these artificial inserts are not present has been interpreted by some to mean this virus is not the result of human manipulation.” he added.

“However, this logic is incorrect as there are other ways in which humans can manipulate viruses and that is caused by natural selection,” he continued, adding that “you can force [a] bat virus to adapt to infect human cells via mutations in its spike protein,” after culturing it for a few years.

“The result of these experiments, according to the doctor, would be “a virus that is highly virulent in humans but is sufficiently different that it no longer resembles the original bat virus.”

If all of this sounds familiar, it is because this is exactly what the scientists inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology were doing with bat borne coronaviruses.

From Live Science:

The WIV lab, along with researchers in the U.S. and Switzerland, showed in 2015 the scary-good capability of bat coronaviruses to thrive in human cells. In that paper, which was published in 2015 in the journal Nature Medicine, they described how they had created a chimeric SARS-like virus out of the surface spike protein of a coronavirus found in horseshoe bats, called SHC014, and the backbone of a SARS virus that could be grown in mice. The idea was to look at the potential of coronaviruses circulating in bat populations to infect humans. In a lab dish, the chimeric coronavirus could infect and replicate in primary human airway cells; the virus also was able to infect lung cells in mice.

That study was met with some pushback from researchers who considered the risk of that kind of research to outweigh the benefits. Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, was one of those scientists. Wain-Hobson emphasized the fact that this chimeric virus “grows remarkably well” in human cells, adding that “If the virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory,” Nature News reported.

In an email to LifeSite, Dr Petrovsky said that his study suggests that “there are some highly unusual features, including optimal human adaptation, that in the absence of identification of a close to identical virus in an animal population from which COVID19 could have arisen, would point in the direction of human intervention at some point in the evolution of COVID19.”

He added that scientists have been unable to find any evidence of this coronavirus strain present in animals, which would support the natural evolution theory.

“If an animal vector and virus could be found then of course this would resolve the matter completely,” Petrovsky noted, adding “One would have thought that the Chinese would be intensively sampling all conceivable animals trying to find such a virus to exonerate their labs. If no such intense search is going on (which I don’t know one way or the other) then the inference could be that they are not looking because they already know what they might find.”

“Whilst the facts cannot be known at this time, the nature of this event and its proximity to a high-risk biosecurity facility at the epicentre of the outbreak demands a full and independent international enquiry to ascertain whether a virus of this kind of COVID-19 was being cultured in the facility and might have been accidentally released,”  Petrovsky concluded.

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Senior U.S. Army Official Says There’ll Never Be a Return to “Normal” Post-COVID

Social distancing and mask wearing to become permanent.

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A senior U.S. Army official says that there’ll probably never be a return to “normal” post-COVID and that rules such as social distancing and mask wearing will likely become permanent.

During a speech at the U.S. Army’s annual conference, Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said that measures implemented across the country will remain in place across the defense industry to protect against the shut down of production facilities.

He also suggested that the restrictions should remain in place for the general public.

“I don’t know that I would ever say it’s totally back to normal,” said Jette. “I don’t see us backing off of using these same techniques on a contouring basis, even as the vaccine continues to mature.”

“I would say we don’t back off of the COVID-19 standards because it will also reduce the impact of flu and other illnesses,” he added. “We think continuing to apply these same techniques would be further beneficial to the people and to the Army overall.”

As Zero Hedge notes, the Army is the “canary in the coal mine” for such measures “that would put the entirety of American society a mere stone’s throw away from being forced to do the same.”

As we previously highlighted, CNN also pushed the notion that life would never return to normal in an article written by their international security editor Nick Paton Walsh.

In the piece, Walsh asserted that the mandatory wearing of masks will become “permanent,” “just part of life,” and that the public would need to “come to terms with it.”

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates also warned that the world won’t return to normal until there is widespread take up of a second coronavirus vaccine.

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YouTube BANS Any Videos That Question Vaccine Agenda

Company is meeting with World Health Organisation EVERY WEEK

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YouTube, which is owned by Google, will remove and ban any videos that make “medically unsubstantiated” claims regarding the coronavirus and the vaccines being developed in its name by big pharma.

Specifically, YouTube says that it is targeting “conspiracy theories” contending that the vaccine agenda has a nefarious purpose, such as sterilisation, depopulation, or mass surveillance.

In an email obtained by Reuters, the company announced that it will remove content that “promotes misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines.

It defines “misinformation” as anything which contradicts guidance from government health authorities or the World Health Organization, So any opinion that doesn’t match what the authorities say, basically.

The company told reporters that it will allow videos covering “broad concerns” over the vaccine to remain on the platform.

This latest move is more of the same from YouTube, which is already removing any videos that encourage viewers not to wear masks or adhere to social distancing rules, as well as “medically unsubstantiated” methods of treatment.

YouTube boasted in the email that it has already removed over 200,000 videos containing “dangerous or misleading COVID-19 information”.

The company appears to be taking direct orders from the World Health Organisation.

Andy Pattison, manager of digital solutions at the WHO, told Reuters that the global body meets with the policy team at YouTube every single week to discuss what content has become popular, and what is potentially “problematic”.

Reuters notes that YouTube has said it will be announcing more steps in the coming weeks to “emphasize authoritative information about COVID-19 vaccines on the site.”

YouTube’s latest censorship move comes just hours after Bill Gates again complained that he has become the target of ‘baseless anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories’ that have gained ground in recent months.

Youtube’s crackdown also comes amid a furore over Facebook and Twitter censoring content relating to Joe Biden’s foreign lobbying scandal.

Both social media companies are also actively censoring posts and videos containing content that contradicts WHO and government statements and stances on the coronavirus.

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Video: Armed Police Sent to Issue Fine to COVID-Violating Gym in UK

Owner refused to shut down after government mandate.

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A video out of the UK shows a gym owner explaining how armed police were sent to issue fines because his business violated COVID restrictions by failing to close down following a government mandate.

Nicholas Whitcombe previously announced via a YouTube video that his Bodytec Fitness gym, which is located in Wirral, would be remaining open despite a new law that mandates all gyms in the region close their doors due to a rise in coronavirus infections.

“The UK’s Government has took it upon themselves to close gyms in the North West, despite the overwhelming evidence that gyms are not a major spreaders of COVID,” says a description on his fundraiser page.

“We respected the last lockdown although we financially suffered and only survived because of our amazing members. However they now want us to close, with minimum financial support for 6 months. We get no rent break, bills break both personally and as a business,” he added, asserting that he would keep his gum open for his members’ “mental and physical well-being.”

This prompted a visit by several armed police officers seen in a video originally posted by Whitcome to Instagram.

Whitcome explained that he was ordered to immediately close the gym or be hit with a £1,000 fine but that he told them, “I’m not asking anyone to leave.”

The gym owner took the fine but was then told that police could repeatedly return within just a few hours to issue more fines that double each time.

“They sent out seven or eight firearms officers – what a waste of resources – this is fucking nuts guys, it’s fucking nuts,” he added.

Whitcome said that he had received a lot of support from other gyms and that a petition to get the issue in front of Parliament had reached over 1000 signatures.

In the video description on Instagram, Whitcombe also explained how the closure of gyms made no sense given that, “22,000,000 (22 million) gym visits resulted in a mere 78 Covid cases,” and there have been just 0.35 COVID cases per 100,000 visits.

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