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Scientist At Center Of Lab Leak Controversy Put In Charge Of The Lancet’s Task Force To Investigate Virus Origin

ANYBODY but this guy would be more suitable

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Revered scientific journal The Lancet has created a ‘task force’ to investigate the origins of the coronavirus that caused a global pandemic, yet it has decided to employ as its leader the very guy who funded the dangerous gain of function research at the Wuhan lab and subsequently allegedly ‘bullied’ other scientists into avoiding looking into the lab as a potential source of the outbreak.

In the wake of renewed scrutiny of the lab leak hypothesis, the Lancet’s task force will reportedly “focus on analyzing data on all of the theories put forward on the origins of COVID, on the reasons why SARS-CoV-2 was able to break out of Wuhan and spread globally, and on the most plausible strategies to prevent future pandemics.”

It also states that “The Task Force will review thoroughly and objectively all publicly available evidence, particularly the peer-reviewed literature, and conduct interviews with key leaders in science, medicine, policy and civil society.”

‘Objectively’. Right.

Dr Peter Daszak, who is heading up this task force, is perhaps the least suitable scientist on the planet to objectively analyse the data, given his track record.

Daszak, as President of the EcoHealth Alliance, shovelled at least $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the past few years to play around with coronaviruses inside the lab through the now infamous ‘gain of function’ research.

Daszak, who also works for the World Health Organisation, is on record admitting that he was involved with manipulating coronaviruses. Here is a video of him talking in DECEMBER 2019 about how ‘good’ the viruses are for altering in a lab:

Daszak notes that “coronaviruses are pretty good… you can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily… the spiked proteins drive a lot about what happens. You can get the sequence you can build the protein, we work with Ralph Baric at UNC to do this, insert into the backbone of another virus and do some work in a lab.”

No wonder then that Daszak as lead investigator for the WHO investigation  determined within 3 hours of visiting the Wuhan lab in February 2021 that there was ‘nothing to see here’?

Recently released emails now document that Daszak thanked Dr Fauci for dismissing the lab leak theory before any scientific research had been done on the possibility.

Daszak was later employed as an ‘expert fact checker’ by Facebook when it was monitoring and removing ‘misinformation’ about the origins of COVID on its platform, much of which was credible scientific research. Facebook has since reversed the policy of banning any posts containing information suggesting COVID-19 was “man-made”.

Daszak’s Twitter profile is basically one long ‘it came from bats not a lab’ thread, much to the annoyance of some other scientists:

Why does this guy keep getting put in charge of investigations, task forces and ‘fact checking’, when it’s abundantly clear that he has the biggest motive to dismiss the lab leak notion?

As microbiologist Professor Richard Ebright has noted, “Daszak was the contractor who funded the laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that potentially was the source of the virus with subcontracts from $200million [£142million] from the US Department of State and $7million [£5million] from the US National Institutes of Health and he was a collaborator and co-author on research projects at the laboratory.”

Daszak has already lied about the type of research that was being conducted at the Wuhan lab, claiming, after the outbreak happened, that he didn’t know if it was gain of function or not. His own previous statements, and the Fauci emails prove he knew full well what was going on in the lab.

In addition, as reported by The Daily Mail and other outlets, Daszak “orchestrated a ‘bullying’ campaign and coerced top scientists into signing off on a letter to The Lancet aimed at removing blame for Covid-19 from the Wuhan lab he was funding with US money.”

Daszak used his influence to get the journal to publish the letter, which stated that to even suggest the lab leak theory had any credibility was equal to spreading “fear, rumours, and prejudice.”

It effetely shut down discussion among the scientific ‘consensus’ of the lab leak potential for a whole year until intelligence findings brought the matter back to the attention of the mainstream media.

WHO scientific advisor Jamie Metzl described Daszak’s letter as “scientific propaganda and a form of thuggery and intimidation.”

“By labelling anyone with different views a conspiracy theorist, the Lancet letter was the worst form of bullying in full contravention of the scientific method,” Metzl added.

The letter further stated that “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin,” and even had the audacity to state that “We declare no competing interests.”

Indeed, Daszak had made sure that the letter would be devoid of any link to EcoHealth, and even considered leaving his own name off it, emails released via the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

To make matters worse, the other members of The Lancet’s task force are practically all minions of Daszak, some of whom helped him draft the letter that unequivocally stated the lab leak theory was dangerous, and others who either worked with him on ‘fact checking’ for Facebook, or were cited as sources during that activity.

Taking all this into account, it is obvious what the outcome of The Lancet’s inquiry will be, and it should not and cannot be used as credible evidence against the lab leak theory.

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Investigation Into Unusual Spike in Newborn Baby Deaths in Scotland

5 months after the first investigation was promised.

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Health authorities in Scotland are set to launch an investigation after an “unusual” spike in deaths of newborn babies was recorded on two separate occasions.

We previously highlighted the spike in deaths back in May, when it was reported that an inquiry was set to be announced into the “very unusual” phenomenon, with the alarm being raised after 18 infants died within four weeks of birth in March.

That same control limit was also breached in September last year, when 21 neonatal deaths were reported, the first time this had occurred since records began.

Despite an “investigation” being promised nearly 6 months ago, one didn’t appear to take place, but the media is again reporting that the strange deaths will be scrutinized.

“The Scottish government has ordered the review of neonatal death rates after two spikes over a six-month period. Both increases were larger than what would normally be expected,” reports BBC News.

“The review will be carried out by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. It is expected to last six to nine months and cover all reported baby deaths between April 2021 and March 2022.”

The death rate for babies in Scotland under the age of 1 is at its highest level for a decade.

The Herald newspaper previously reported, “The neonatal mortality rate was 5.1 per 1,000 live births in September and 4.6 per 1,000 in March, against an average of 1.49 per 1000 in 2019.”

Health authorities have said that the deaths are not linked to COVID and could not be put down to chance.

Edinburgh University’s Dr. Sarah Stock previously said, “The numbers are really troubling,” but that the cause of the deaths remained a mystery.

Indeed, it remains a complete enigma as to what medical circumstances relating to pregnant women could have changed from 2021 onwards.

I have full confidence that our esteemed health authorities will totally get to the bottom of this without any possibility whatsoever of hiding the true cause.

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Canadian Actress Reveals She Has Bell’s Palsy Two Weeks After Vax, Says She Would Take It Again

July 2021 clip goes viral on Twitter.

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In a video originally posted to her Instagram that went viral on Twitter over a year later, Canadian actress Jennifer Gibson revealed that she was suffering from Bell’s palsy two weeks after taking the vaccine, before going on to say she would take the shot again.

Gibson first posted the video to Instagram in July 2021 and it was actually filmed on May 11, but it received little attention until going viral on Twitter last night, and has already received millions of views on different versions of the clip.

“This is not a video that I wanted to make, and it’s kinda hard to make, cause as I’m watching myself, I see what I’m gonna say,” a a visibly upset Gibson says on camera.

The left side of Gibson’s face is clearly paralyzed, a condition she subsequently revealed to be Bell’s palsy.

“So I got it about two weeks after getting my vaccine and I had a rough go with the vaccine, and I guess still am,” Gibson remarked.

“But I have to say that I would do it again because it’s what we have to do to see people,” she said.

“I don’t know why I’m making this video but here’s my worse smile,” Gibson said before ending the video smiling with half of her face paralyzed.

In a message posted to her Instagram page accompanying the video, Gibson wrote, “I’ve had many people follow this page after their own #diagnosis, so I’m sharing this video hoping it gives them optimism. My symptoms got worse after this video, I was considered a severe case, and I am almost back to ‘normal’. (Whatever that is…) I didn’t see any improvement for about a month and I got really discouraged, so I hope this can help someone.”

The actress posted numerous other photos to her Instagram page urging people to wear masks and take vaccines.

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Gibson saying she would take the vaccine again despite it almost certainly causing her condition is a familiar refrain for vaccine enthusiasts who often thank the “100 per cent safe and effective” jab after going public to reveal they have caught COVID.

Studies have shown that the COVID-19 vaccinations can cause rare cases of Bell’s palsy.

Back in June, pop star Justin Bieber revealed that he was also suffering from facial paralysis, which was subsequently explained to be caused by Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

Claims that Bieber was suffering from the condition as a result of a COVID-19 vaccine were subsequently denied by fact checkers as “false,” despite rampant speculation.

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Fauci Net Worth Soared 66% During Pandemic

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The net worth of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s household soared a whopping 66% over the course of the pandemic, according to new financial disclosures obtained by OpenTheBooks.com. Fauci reported a Jan 1, 2019 net worth of $7,523,634. By Jan 1, 2022, it had grown to $12,677,513.  

Values are as of Jan 1 each year. Chart via OpenTheBooks.com

As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci was paid a 2021 salary of $456,028, making him the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government. His wife, Christine Grady, is chief bio-ethicist for the National Institutes of Health, does very well too, raking in a $238,970 salary last year.

Fauci is famously paid more than the president, and his wife collects more than the vice president. However, those hefty federal salaries aren’t the only driver of the Fauci household’s pandemic-era enrichment.

In 2021, Fauci was awarded the Tel Aviv University-affiliated Dan David Prize, which came with a $1 million check. The prize committee said Fauci “has been widely praised for his courage in speaking truth to power” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The committee was apparently oblivious that Fauci was the power and routinely spoke falsehoods about everything from the usefulness of masking to herd immunity, the efficacy of vaccines, and NIH funding of gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute. 

As is customary, Fauci donated some of his prize money back to be awarded as student scholarships, but still pocketed $901,400, according to the financial statements reviewed by OpenTheBooks.com. 

Though it’s chump change compared to the Dan David Prize, Fauci also scored $12,500 from both the Elliot Richardson Prize in Public Service and the Abelson Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and got $5,198 when he was named Federal Employee of the Year at the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals ceremony.  

Fauci even did some moonlighting as an editor for McGraw Hill, taking home $100,000 for his work in 2021. 

There’s no indication Fauci made any “shrewd” investments a la Nancy and Paul Pelosi. According to the financial disclosures, Fauci’s portfolio comprises broad mutual funds with no individual stocks: 

“These funds were held in a mix of trust, retirement, and college education accounts. Fauci has an IRA worth $706,219 (up $67,700); a defined benefit brokerage account totaling $2,551,210 (up $147,688); and a revocable trust worth $7,014,197 (up $1,718,299). His wife’s revocable trust is worth $2,269,225 (up $306,406) and an IRA totaling $136,662 (up $16,385),” reports OpenTheBooks.com. 

OpenTheBooks.com has filed four federal lawsuits against NIH to pry loose additional details not only about Fauci but also about royalties received by other NIH employees.  

Though Fauci has announced he’ll retire by the end of the year, the wheelbarrows full of taxpayer money will keep on rolling his way. When you’re the highest-paid employee in federal government history and you’ve been on the federal payroll for more than 55 years, that’ll make for an astounding pension of some $375,000 a year. 

It’s emblematic of the whole miserable Covid-19 spectacle: Bureaucrats wallow in government money while ordinary people suffer the ever-mushrooming destruction caused by public health’s catastrophic lockdown and mandate regime.  

This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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