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Still no mention of the W*h*n Institute of Virology?

(Thursday/Friday blog)

This is quite extraordinary. Not a single serious UK mainstream media has even mentioned the possibility that the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak could have started by an accidental leak from the W*h*n Institute of Virology.

There was a mention of the Institute of Virology in the Daily Express a few days ago. But a couple of days previously the Daily Express quoted some ‘expert’ claiming the Covid-19 virus has  arrived on an asteroid, so I guess nobody took the Daily Express’s article about the W*h*n Institute of Virology too seriously.

Let’s just recap a few known facts:

  • The W*h*n Institute of Virology (WIVChinese中国科学院武汉病毒研究所pinyinZhōngguó Kēxuéyuàn Wǔhàn Bìngdú Yánjiūsuǒ) is a research institute administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on virology, and is located in Jiangxia DistrictWuhanHubeiChina. In 2015, the Institute opened the first biosafety level 4 (BSL–4) laboratory to be built in mainland China. Let me repeat – the Institute contains the first biosafety level 4 laboratory to be built in mainland China
  • Biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) is the highest level of biosafety precautions, and is appropriate for work with agents that could easily be aerosol-transmitted within the laboratory and cause severe to fatal disease in humans for which there are no available vaccines or treatments (Oooopppsss!!!)
  • Just as a reference point, the UK Porton Down facility is also a biosafety level 4. That indicates just how dangerous some of the stuff being handled at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is
  • Peng Zhou, Ph.D., Researcher, W*h*n Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Leader of Bat Virus Infection and Immunization. He received his PhD in W*h*n Virus Research Institute in 2010 and has worked on bat virus and immunology in Australia and Singapore. In 2009 , he took the lead in starting the research on the immune mechanism of bat long-term carrying and transmitting virus in the world. So far, he has published more than 30 SCI articles, including the first and corresponding author’s Nature , Cell Host Microbe and PNAS . At present, research on bat virus and immunology is continuing
  • And here’s Dr Peng Zhou’s own description of his work – “Taking bats as the research object, I will answer the molecular mechanism that can coexist with Ebola and SARS- associated coronavirus for a long time without causing disease, and its relationship with flight and longevity. Virology, immunology, cell biology, and multiple omics are used to compare the differences between humans and other mammals”
  • There have been reports of researchers at the biosafety level 4 lab being in contact with infected bats’ blood and other bodily fluids
  • Anyone who has ever seen a group of hawking, spitting, nose-clearing Chinese tourists will know that our Chinese friends are not perhaps the most hygienic people in the world
  • The two Chinese doctors who were perhaps best positioned to identify whether any early carriers of the virus had any contacts with anyone from the Institute – the doctor who first blew the whistle on the virus’s outbreak and the head of the hospital treating the first patients – are both now conveniently very dead, apparently from the Covid-19 virus. This is a virus that we’re told is no worse than a mild flu and which only kills the elderly or those who already have serious medical conditions (plus any doctors who really know where the virus originated?)

Whenever journalists write about a big story, there is usually endless (often unfounded) speculation. Yet here we have an incredibly important story – a possible worldwide pandemic that has already killed over 2,000 people – and none of the mainstream media has even mentioned the possibility of the Covid-19 virus having been leaked from W*h*n’s biosafety level 4 research laboratory.

What else do we know? Oh yes, a couple of days ago the Chinese Premier for life, Xi Pingpong (or whatever he’s called) had a phone conversation with our great leader, Boris Johnson. I wonder if the call included the threat that any British media mention of the W*h*n Institute of Virology would scupper any chances of a post-Brexit trade deal?

And we also know that yesterday China expelled three journalists from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) after the WSJ published an article titles “China is the real sick man of Asia”.

I’m not normally a conspiracy theorist. But the almost total silence on the W*h*n Institute of Virology is more than slightly troubling.

7 comments to Still no mention of the W*h*n Institute of Virology?

  • Colin William Roxburgh

    Let’s be very clear here, COVID-19 is not the virus it is the illness. Just as HIV is the virus and Aids is the illness, SARS-CoV2 is the virus and COVID-19 is the illness.

  • William Boreham

    I see in the media, Japan is the latest worry about the spread; looks as if we can forget about watching the Olympics this year – I was looking forward to that.

    What we know so far:
    According to one of the many pundits:
    1. China is fighting for its life. The death-toll or even containment is not truly visible in any numbers as yet. This will have tremendous impact on supply lines and not only on China’s economy, but all parts of the international supply chain, upstream and downstream. (I have an electric bike ordered from a Chinese factory – seems I’ll get it sometime in 2022!) China is acting on expressed unhappiness of their people. They are firing those who do not perform, who put red-tape in the path of directly fighting this virus. It may look brutal to lock people into their homes, but how many do they save by this action? Where do these get food? It is in the Chinese media that food gets delivered. This is something that the western youtube pundits (and their a-hole brothers) forget to report, although this is open and publicized in the Chinese media.
    2. This is a catastrophe. It is not a flu, it is not a common cold, it is not something that 5G brought onto China, it is not God punishing the Godless red commies. Whatever it is, it is a catastrophe with world-wide consequences. We do not know enough to come to any meaningful conclusions except to say that considering the timeline, we are right to be suspicious and we may be right to prepare with the basic masks, gloves and limited public exposure, i.e., not visiting large gatherings, for a period of time.
    3. If this virus continues, it will have societal impact that may be severe – we won’t shake hands, we won’t hug babies, social interaction will be vastly compromised, and a few more common contact methods like music concerts or sporting activates for humans will be left by the wayside.
    4. If it continues much beyond the current level, the extensive economic fallout cannot be estimated.  You and I and no analyst in the world can truly get their arms around the economic fallout and the breakdown of worldwide supply chains.  Who knows, we may be out of a specific little part for a normal service of a vehicle, we may be out of medicines (the idea of the many people that are taking anti-depressants and such types of medicines having to go cold-turkey is quite scary, and there may be a severe shortage of simple medical equipment, like masks and gloves that are even now getting hard to source – just try buying masks on Amazon).
    5. In the current analysis and according to what we have available, we do not yet know enough to be meaningful. Much more than that is pure speculation and gives rise to other agendas being seeded into the public narrative.

    What is clear, is that people in China are scared and terrified.

  • Stillreading

    Perhaps I have a naïve view of things, but surely if anything were to demonstrate the need for nations to own their own production and means of production it is this? To realise the extent to which the UK, a developed, democratic nation, is dependant on China for, it seems, even the most basic necessities is horrifying. Of course China is a ghastly place. Of course its population is oppressed, denied freedom of speech or action and of course its workforce endure slave-like conditions. How else could China produce and supply the plethora of electronic, medical, and mechanical products which the free West demands, at prices far lower than the West’s own (very limited) production chains could supply? The UK is out of the EU thank goodness. Now it’s time to get to grips without delay with re-establishing our own manufacturing processes and becoming as self-sufficient as a nation as possible. We can only suspect the degree of collusion right now between our Government and China. I only know that to think of the control we’ll be handing over to an alien political culture if we permit Huawei to provide the most salient elements of G5 terrifying. We will have exchanged one dictatorial regime, the EU, for one infinitely worse and with infinitely more covert power over everything we do and everything we say.

  • A Thorpe

    Stillreading makes some interesting points and I would like to see us being more self-sufficient where possible, especially with food, but I am not even sure that is achievable, which is a concern. We used to manufacture most of our own clothing, but we had to import cotton, so we can never “own our own production” overall.

    The Victorian industrial revolution was based on coal and iron, which we had and we had the scientists developing steam power to take advantage of the raw materials. However, now we do not have the raw materials or the energy necessary to produce everything we need, so we either have to import materials or manufactured goods or both. Whatever we import has to be paid for and it is obvious from our trade deficit and our increasing debt that we are not able to pay for what we use.

    I have not heard a single politician discuss this issue. The last Prime Minister to be concerned about the trade deficit was Harold Wilson. There is nothing wrong with relying on another country, such as China to provide goods, but I have no real idea what we produce to pay for it. Most cars are produced by foreign owned companies making us effectively their employees. We have banking services and I think some chemical production. We seem to be a nation of coffee shops and cafes.

    We are intent on destroying our energy supplies, especially electricity. The cheap, clean and reliable coal fired power stations are being closed and replaced with extremely expensive and unreliable renewable energy. Already many of the poorest are having trouble paying bills and it is inevitable that we will have regular power blackouts if we proceed with the present energy policies. It is easy to destroy what we have created over many years and it will take years to replace when the polticians wake up to the problems that are creating.

  • stillreading

    @Thorpe – I agree, essential trade between nations has taken place since ancient times. It enhances quality of life and enables citizens to acquire goods from which otherwise they could not benefit. It seems to me though that it’s now gone too far. As a nation we should not be dependant for almost every consumer product on a nation such as China, with whose basic political philosophy we are fundamentally at odds. As a nation we should be growing food, not covering ever more of our green and pleasant land with concrete – the latter of course drastically increasing the likelihood of the flooding of homes such as we are experiencing at present. Like most people I like to be able to buy mange-tout and cherry tomatoes imported from Africa year round, but they are not essential to survival or nutrition. UK citizens did pretty well during the war years by eating only seasonal vegetables and fruit. As regards destroying our energy supplies – well, it’s clear the lunatics are now running the asylum. To believe for one second that 20 years hence every vehicle running on our roads will be solely electrically powered is insane. Just sit in a traffic queue on the M25 or the M1 (as well as lesser routes) on a typical day and imagine the batteries of all those tens of thousands of vehicles having flattened, with no possible means of re-charging or, therefore, of regaining forward propulsion! Drive on the A3 where it crosses over the M25 any day and glance down at the nose-to-tail 3 lanes in both directions, crawling forward at around 5 mph! And even, by the remotest stretch of the imagination, were batteries to be developed capable of holding sufficient charge to cover several hundred miles on one charge, just where and how would sufficient electricity be produced to recharge these millions of batteries without coal-fired or nuclear generation? We are indeed – or our Government is, aided and abetted by the ridiculous Extinction Rebellion lot and their goddess Greta – hurtling perversely towards total annihilation of our once prosperous, productive nation.

  • Jeff Palmer

    Our ability to feed our own population from domestic sources had gone long before WW1, and even after rationing had been introduced rather late during that war it was still impossible to feed a population of 43 million (census 1911) without substantial imports. Our population at the moment stands at just under 68 million according to official figures.
    China has almost certainly been under-reporting infection figures, but even if they have been under-reported five-fold they represent a drop in the ocean compared to China’s 1.386 billion population. Corporate states such as China tend to have pretty resilient economies – Japan’s was one such, before the USA disastrously insisted on the de-regulation of Japan’s banks in the 1980’s.
    Citing WW1 again, before 1914 many economists predicted the rapid collapse of Europe’s economic system should war break out between the major powers, but in the event it didn’t happen, despite the enormity of the disruption to international trade and the intertwined economic systems of Europe. And it is equally unlikely to happen now. Major crises tend to bring to the fore able and pragmatic (and if necessary, sufficiently ruthless) men who are capable of dealing with them, no matter what the system they spring from.

  • A Thorpe

    A few follow up points.

    1. Here is a link to an article about the virus originating in a Chinese lab. We might know the truth one day. https://principia-scientific.org/experts-confirm-killer-virus-leaked-from-lab/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+psintl+%28Principia+Scientific+Intl+-+Latest+News%29

    2. More good points from Stillreading. Jeff Palmer is right about our inability to feed our population. The food imports from Africa help provide a better living for some of the poorest in the world, so how do we achieve a reasonable balance. A few years ago I saw a programme by Simon Reeve about the food production in southern Spain, mostly reliant on immigrant labour from Africa. The working conditions and housing for these people is dreadful. It is effectively slave labour. Similarly, in the China, with cheap imported goods from workers in poor conditions and low wages. We also want immigrants to do jobs we will not do here and on low wages, particularly care of the elderly, although the issue is that many no longer care about our parents. Somebody else is expected to pay for the care so that homes can be inherited.

    3. On the issue of food and a new crisis. Africa has an uncontrolled crisis of locusts sweeping the country and food is disappearing quickly. The EU and UN apparently will not release the pesticides needed.

    It looks as thought the elite really are using methods to reduce the world population. It should please Greta and David Attenborough.

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