The State Department’s accusation were noted in an internal GOP Oversight and Reform Committee report, according to Townhall, which obtained a copy of the report. Townhall also revealed that the report delineated how the World Health Organization and China had misled the world about the severity of COVID-19 early on.
The report stated of the collusion among China, Russia, and Iran:
According to a cybersecurity report, Chinese state-run media has attempted to shift the blame for the pandemic away from China and instead painted China as a global leader in the response to the pandemic. A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry has openly blamed U.S. servicemembers for originating the virus in China. China further censored and detained any Chinese official, including doctors, who tried to warn of the true origins of the virus.
The State Department has confirmed Chinese, Iranian, and Russian state-run media are all promoting similar messages in an effort to blame the U.S. for COVID-19. Further, China is attempting to use propaganda regarding its pandemic response to convince the world that socialism, communism, and authoritarianism are better than freedom, liberty, and representative government.
Of China and the World Health Organization’s misleading the rold, the report stated:
The global health community relied on these early Chinese reports to plan responses in other countries, and such underreporting may have led other countries to operate under false assumptions regarding the spread of the virus … These preliminary investigations included China jailing any doctor that disseminated any information about COVID-19 not first cleared through state-run media. Additionally, the WHO failed to promote in a timely manner Taiwanese warnings of human-to-human transmission in December 2019; Taiwan is not currently recognized by the WHO as an independent nation. On January 23, 2020, the WHO finally recognized human-to-human spread was occurring – a month after the first warnings.
By the time the WHO declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on January 30, 2020, the disease had infected almost 10,000 and killed almost 1,000 people in nineteen different countries. The Guardian has reported the delay in the PHEIC declaration was a result of intense pressure from China. While making the declaration, Dr. Tedros said “China is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak.” Since then, there have been over 2.5 million new cases and 175,000 deaths worldwide.”
The State Department asserted it was countering Chinese propaganda by collaborating with international organizations to reinforce the U.S. perspective; pointing out that China’s claim of its superiority in dealing with the virus as opposed to the U.S. was untrue, and simply calling on the Group of Seven to fight against propaganda campaigns.
On Wednesday, as The Daily Wire reported, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that China is still blocking U.S. scientists from entering the country to study the coronavirus. “Even today, the Chinese government hasn’t permitted American scientists to go into China, to go into not only the Wuhan lab or wherever it needs to go to learn about this virus, to learn about its origins,” Pompeo told Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” according to The New York Post.
Also on Wednesday, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Gen. Hossein Salami ordered his naval units on Wednesday to destroy American naval vessels if they threatened the “security” of Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf, saying, “I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iran’s military or non-military ships. Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”
Report: Obama Admin Funded China’s Coronavirus Research, Gave Millions in Taxpayer Money to Wuhan Lab
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The Wuhan Institute of Virology isn’t a particularly popular popular research institution at present, as you may have heard.
So, in case you aren’t up to speed yet, here’s a TL;DR version: The WIV is an institute in the city where the novel coronavirus began that was doing research on bats and coronaviruses. The current theory is that, instead of coming from edible bats sold at the Wuhan wet market, the virus somehow came from the WIV, which was close to the wet market in question.
More specifically, the theory goes as such: The wet market didn’t sell bats, according to sources, and the bats from which the virus might have come were native to provinces more than 500 miles away from the market. In addition, the WIV had posted several job listings around the time the virus was first spreading that had to do with novel coronaviruses being studied at the lab.
Furthermore, American diplomats claimed the lab “operates at biosecurity level 2, a level significantly less secure than the level-4 standard claimed by the Wuhan Insititute of Virology lab.”
Notice I said “theory” and not “conspiracy theory.” That last part is not information from Infowars or even from a conservative media source, mind you. That’s from The Washington Post.
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“Two years before the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the world, U.S. Embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in the city of Wuhan several times and sent two official warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats,” The Post reported last week.
“The cables have fueled discussions inside the U.S. government about whether this or another Wuhan lab was the source of the virus — even though conclusive proof has yet to emerge.
“In January 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing took the unusual step of repeatedly sending U.S. science diplomats to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which had in 2015 become China’s first laboratory to achieve the highest level of international bioresearch safety (known as BSL-4). WIV issued a news release in English about the last of these visits, which occurred on March 27, 2018. The U.S. delegation was led by Jamison Fouss, the consul general in Wuhan, and Rick Switzer, the embassy’s counselor of environment, science, technology and health. Last week, WIV erased that statement from its website, though it remains archived on the Internet.”
It’s not just the one article. From a Washington Post editorial, again from last week: “A more troubling explanation is that the coronavirus was inadvertently spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which had carried out research on bat coronaviruses and possessed a biosafety level 4 facility, the most secure for handling highly pathogenic and infectious diseases. It is not beyond possibility that an accident or spill occurred.”
It gets worse. Reports indicate a grant from the American government — courtesy of the Obama administration — may have helped fund this research.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, documents “show the Wuhan Institute of Virology undertook coronavirus experiments on mammals captured more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan — funded by a $3.7 million grant from the US government.
“Sequencing of the Covid-19 genome has traced it to bats found in Yunnan’s caves.”
Much like The Post, the Daily Mail noted that while experts say “the balance of scientific advice” is on the side of the virus having originated via bats sold in the wet market, a lab accident is “no longer being discounted.”
Moreover, the Daily Mail reported, citing documents it obtained, scientists at the lab conducted research on coronavirus-infected bats funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health grant. The findings were published in 2017 in a study on the NIH’s website titled: “Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus.”
“Bat samplings were conducted ten times from April 2011 to October 2015 at different seasons in their natural habitat at a single location (cave) in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China,” the study reads.
Fox News has confirmed that U.S. taxpayer funding went to the WIV.
“According to public documents compiled by the White Coat Waste Project and shared with Fox News, The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been involved with research funded by $7.1 million worth of U.S. government grants from the National Institutes of Health as it has participated in projects in collaboration with U.S. institutions. One grant for research on bat coronaviruses has received $3.7 million and another grant involving injecting viruses into mice’s brains got $3.4 million,” Fox reported last week.
Fox did note that: “It is not clear exactly how much U.S. funding went directly to the Wuhan Institute of Virology because it worked in collaboration with other institutions on the projects funded by the American grants.”
During a White House news conference last week, a reporter told Trump: “There’s also another report that the NIH, under the Obama administration, in 2015 gave that lab $3.7 million in a grant. Why would the U.S. give a grant like that to China?”
Trump said he’d heard rumblings of this before.
“The Obama administration gave them a grant of $3.7 million?” he replied, according to the White House transcript of the briefing. “I’ve been hearing about that. And we’ve instructed that if any grants are going to that area — we’re looking at it, literally, about an hour ago, and also early in the morning. We will end that grant very quickly.”
Meanwhile, a letter from the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom and published by the Daily Mail condemned any reporting that ties COVID-19 to the WIV.
“Hasty and reckless allegations, such as naming China as the origin in an attempt to shift the blame before any scientific conclusion, is irresponsible and will definitely do harm to international cooperation at this critical time,” the letter said. “China and the UK exchanged views seriously on the origin of the virus and reached consensus.
“In his telephone conversation with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that ‘alarmingly, some people are attempting to politicize the epidemic, label the virus and stigmatize China,'” the letter added.
“Raab expressed the UK’s firm opposition to politicizing the COVID-19 outbreak and fully agrees with China that the source of the virus is a scientific issue that requires professional and science-based assessment.”
Of course, there’s nothing preventing international cooperation if there’s open reporting on the matter — unless, of course, China feels the need to break off that cooperation should a country allow that reporting, which is essentially telling countries that they need to shut down freedom of the press if they expect Chinese assistance.
So then why, pray tell, did the Obama administration reportedly give the Wuhan Institute of Virology $3.7 million to conduct research into novel coronaviruses? No matter where COVID-19 came from, he owes the American people an explanation.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
This article was sourced from Daily Wire