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By Emily Kopp
A prominent scientist who denounced a congressional investigation into gain-of-function research helped fund Wuhan Institute of Virology gain-of-function work flagged by congressional investigators.
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine, has been a fierce critic of potential hearings next year into a possible lab origin of COVID-19 and whether the National Institutes of Health (NIH) prematurely discredited the hypothesis.
Hotez decried the hearings as nothing less than “a plan to undermine the fabric of science in America” in a viral tweet thread last week. Hotez also dismissed as an “outlandish conspiracy” the possibility that a lab accident sparked the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Hotez’s own 2012 to 2017 NIH grant for the development of a SARS vaccine had the stated aim of responding to any “accidental release from a laboratory,” in addition to a possible zoonotic spillover of the virus.
The $6.1 million NIH grant also raises the possibility of “deliberate spreading of the virus by a bioterrorist attack.”
“SARS outbreaks remain a serious concern mainly due to possible zoonotic reintroduction of SARS-CoV into humans, accidental release from a laboratory, or deliberate spreading of the virus by a bioterrorist attack,” the grant’s description reads.
Notes from APS Radio News
Recently APS Radio News sent an email to Dr. Ralph Baric, an epdemiologist & a professor of microbiology & immunology, inquiring about his role in research with respect to gain of function.
“In 2015, with Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, he published an article titled “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence,” which describes their work in generating and characterizing “a chimeric virus expressing the spike of bat coronavirus SHC014 in a mouse-adapted SARS-CoV backbone.” The research related to this article has drawn criticism from other scientists Because Baric and his peers engineered a coronavirus with possible pandemic potential which these scientists considered unnecessarily risky.”
In 2015, former President Obama signed an executive order ceasing such research in the US.
However, according to reports, that research was transferred to Wuhan.
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Some of the question APS Radio News posed included:
“In light of Senator Paul’s efforts to investigate the origin of the virus, may I ask what your response is to those who say that you were involved in the research, etc. associated with gain of function and the like?
How do you respond to the statement that you were involved in research that led to a virus that has affected the world in many ways?
According to various news stories, after former President Obama had issued an executive order ostensibly meant to cease such research in the US, you and Dr. Fauci were involved in moving research activities to China.
How do you respond to the statement that lockdowns, mask rules, vaccine mandates and other rules and mandates that have updended the world in so many ways were the consequences of that research?
How do you respond to the statement that the mRNA vaccine, which was indirectly related to those research activities, is associated with adverse events?”
To date, Dr. Baric has not responded to APS Radio News’ email, which was sent on August 4, 2022.
Since December 2020, when the vaccine was introduced to the public in European and the United States, there have been over 6 million adverse events, including over 76,000 deaths, following injections, according to EudraVigilance of the European Medicines Agence and VAERS.
In the US, alone, there have been over 1 million adverse events, according to VAERs.
The Pilgrim Study, which was Harvard-affiliated, indicated that fewer than 1% of adverse events were reported to VAERS.
A number of analyses provided at CHD’s website indicated that the mRNA vaccine has been associated with a greater number of adverse events following injections than all other vaccine in a thirty year period.
Concerning the economy, in the US, for example, by October 2020, over 100,000 businesses had been shuttered as a result of lockdowns and restrictions imposed over the virus, which, in the US, has had an average mortality rate of .07%.
It’s been recorded during the past few year that for most age groups the recovery rate has been 99%.
According to Agence France Presse, during 2021 alone and from the mRNA vaccine alone, Pfizer earned in excess of $30 billion.
During the early months of 2021, a number of European countries prohibited the use of AstraZeneca, citing concerns about blood clots and other adverse events.