Fauci Was Worst Choice to Helm COVID Response

April 26, 2021 Updated: May 2, 2021

Commentary

In what’s supposed to be a major scoop, the Daily Mail just published, “Worrying new clues about the origins of Covid: How scientists at Wuhan lab helped Chinese army in secret project to find animal viruses.”

It may not be quite that big—the Gateway Pundit revealed some of this information a year ago—but there are significant new facts, including that a People’s Liberation Army colonel, Cao Wuchun, who is on the board of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, studied epidemiology at Cambridge, the very seat of advanced experimental science in the United Kingdom. Think Stephen Hawking. (Have the “Five Eyes” gone blind?)

Having finished his studies, Cao is now a Chinese regime adviser on bioterrorism. The DM added, “He was second-in-command of the military team sent into the city under Major General Chen Wei, the country’s top biodefence expert, to respond to the new virus and develop a vaccine.”

Suspicious, no?

But wait, there’s more, as they say:

“Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that a nationwide scheme, directed by a leading state body, was launched nine years ago to discover new viruses and detect the ‘dark matter’ of biology involved in spreading diseases.”

The DM goes on to tell us a Chinese scientist who published the first genetic sequence on COVID-19 (now more accurately than ever called the CCP virus by The Epoch Times) apparently found 143 new diseases in the first three years of the project.

All this while the best known Chinese virologist (at this point), professor Shi Zhengli—aka “Bat Woman” for her many trips to find virus samples in bat caves—denied U.S. allegations last month that the Chinese military was involved with the lab.

Interestingly, Shi was one of the five team leaders of the above-mentioned project with … Col. Cao.

Must be a mix-up somewhere, no? Or the Big Lie.

So where’s Dr. Anthony Fauci in all this—the most highly paid employee of our federal government, who changes his mind more often than a ditzy housewife in a ’50s sitcom?

The answer may lie in something called “gain of function” research. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s bio-speak—a euphemism of sorts—for repurposing an animal virus so it can be contracted by a human.

You could call it the devil’s work—the kind of thing Dr. Mengele might have done if he were still with us.

Some of this research is for defensive use, but other aspects inevitably are, well … which would you rather die from, a nuclear bomb or a carefully designed biological weapon that affected the entire globe and never went away? I’d go with the former. It would at least be instantaneous.

“Gain of function” experimentation—nightmarish as it is—has been going on in more countries than we would want to know, but, thankfully, the United States outlawed it domestically in 2014.

This must not have sat well with Fauci.

The man the mainstream media idolizes and has appeared on almost as many magazine covers as Jacqueline Kennedy took our taxpayer dollars and sent them to Wuhan to support the lab and, whether intentionally or not, help continue this research.

The exact details of this are unclear, but the results certainly are clear.

Also unclear is the extent that the doctor knew the Chinese military was involved with the Wuhan lab. It would be interesting to find out, although, with Cao on the board and so prominent in the lab’s activities for so many years, it’s hard to imagine Fauci, a frequent visitor, wouldn’t have had some idea, whether or not he chose to acknowledge it.

I hasten to point out I absolutely don’t think COVID-19 was promulgated on purpose. It’s most likely the accidental product of ongoing “gain of function” research at the Wuhan lab, which, as Fauci undoubtedly also knew, was being criticized for its lax security measures.

The Chinese Communist Party—for its continued “gain of function” research and its obfuscation of the ensuing COVID disaster—is to blame for everything that happened after that. So far, they have escaped retribution.

Fauci, of course, kept his mouth shut on the matter. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you or, more precisely, that you fed.

Trump was saddled with Fauci as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the more unfortunate occurrences of our time.

That such a person should have become, and still is, the public face of our fight against COVID-19 would make a good sequel to a film about yet another doctor … Strangelove.

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on Parler as @rogerlsimon.

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