The U.S. has funded a controversial virus laboratory in Wuhan, China, where research was conducted to make diseases more deadly. It is claimed that Dr. Anthony Fauci supported these studies. According to the author of the book, the Wuhan Institute of Virology “created a database of potentially deadly viruses,” and the researcher Shi Zhengli has collected thousands of coronavirus samples.
Sharri Markson’s new book, “What Really Happened in Wuhan: the cover-ups, the conspiracies, and the classified research,” claims that the United States funded a controversial laboratory in Wuhan that embarked on a secret project to identify deadly viruses with pandemic potential.
According to the Daily Mail, according to the book by Sharri Markson, the Wuhan Institute of Virology created a database of potentially deadly viruses with the help of Shi Zhengli, also known as the “bat woman.” Shi Zhengli, who got her nickname because she collected samples of thousands of bats in remote caves, collected 19,000 samples during her stay in Wuhan, with 2481 samples containing coronaviruses.
All her works were part of the Chinese version of the Global Virome Project (GVP). (Virom – the totality of all viruses (or their genomes) of an organism). It was assumed that GVP would become an international joint project to identify within 10 years all viruses on the planet that have a pandemic or epidemic potential in humans.
But during a visit to the Wuhan Institute in March 2018, U.S. career diplomat Rick Switzer, along with U.S. Consul General Jamie Fuss, discovered that China had launched its own version – in a laboratory with poor security methods and without U.S. supervision.
And in a dispatch sent to the State Department in April, Rick Switzer explained how the National Institutes of Health (NIH), headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, is funding research in a Chinese laboratory, including experiments with coronaviruses.
The dispatch said: “Along with the National Science Foundation of China, the National Institutes of Health were the main sponsor of SARS research conducted by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
The message also added: “Last year, the institute also received visitors from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation, and experts from the medical department of the University of Texas at Galveston.”
The Galveston branch also trained laboratory technicians in Wuhan. The U.S. National Science Foundation held a seminar with the Wuhan Institute in Shenzhen, which was attended by 40 scientists from the U.S. and China.
But despite U.S. assistance in funding and training the Wuhan laboratory and its technical specialists, few international researchers could work inside the laboratory.
“Institute officials stated that international and local scientists who have passed the necessary approval process to research in the laboratory would have ‘limited access,” Switzer said in a dispatch.
In his book, Markson comments: “Thus, the laboratory working with the most deadly pathogens known to mankind has actually interrupted cooperation with the international community.”
When the coronavirus pandemic broke out at the end of 2019, the work of the laboratory and, in particular, the activities of Shi Zhengli were thoroughly checked – many, including U.S. President Donald Trump, assumed that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Shi Zhengli, in response to such claims in February 2020, said: “Those who believe and spread rumors, close your dirty mouth.” In a message on WeChat, the Chinese version of Twitter, she added that COVID-19 was “nature’s punishment for the uncivilized way of life of people.” She added, “I, Shi Zhengli, guarantee with my life that this has nothing to do with our laboratory.”
“Bat woman” conducted a controversial study of “increasing functionality,” which tries to make viruses more contagious and deadly, often for people, according to the author of a new book.
Such work was carried out by researchers worldwide, who claim that it helps to predict pandemics by identifying viruses that can infect people, which allow them to start working on vaccines and medicines in advance.
But the Cambridge working group, consisting of 200 scientists, issued a letter in 2014 warning about the risks associated with such work. Scientists wrote: “Laboratory creation of highly hereditary new strains of dangerous viruses, especially influenza, but not limited to it, represents a significantly increased risk. Accidental infection in such conditions can cause outbreaks that will be difficult or impossible to control. Historically, new strains of influenza, when transmitted among humans, have infected a quarter or more of the world’s population in two years.”
The U.S. even suspended such research in 22 areas in 2014. The White House said in a statement dated October 17 of the same year: “During this pause, the U.S. government will not finance any new projects related to these experiments, and calls on those who are currently engaged in this type of work – regardless of whether it is funded by the state or not – to voluntarily suspend their research while the risks and benefits are reassessed.”
At the time, Dr. Anthony Fauci supported this move but stated: “The advantages of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks. It is more likely that a pandemic will occur in nature [than as a result of a laboratory accident or leak], and the need to get ahead of such a threat is the main reason for conducting an experiment that may seem risky.”
The pause in research in the United States was lifted in 2017, and a year later, the laboratory in Wuhan, China, began working with live viruses. Before the pandemic, only two laboratories in the world researched to increase the functionality of coronaviruses, including the Wuhan Institute of Virology.