Back in February 2020, Dr. Joel S. Holmes, who occasionally posts on this site, published a book entitled “The China Virus: Corona Pandemic, What Families and Countries Can Do.”
In his book, Holmes told the story of how the Chinese may have obtained the coronavirus. I read his book at that time and immediately posted on it here on RedState.
Looking back to February 2020, anyone who mentioned that the virus may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan was labeled as a conspiracy theorist. Saying the virus may have been created in that lab was even worse.
Holmes first considered the uncommon characteristics of this virus:
1. The extraordinary length of the incubation period and its transmissibility during that period.
2. The length of time the virus remains alive on surfaces (nine days).
3. Its high R0 or “Basic Reproduction Number,” the number of people an infected person will transmit the disease to.
Here are several excerpts from Holmes book:
Specifically we start at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg, and with Scientific Director Dr. Frank Plummer…On May 4, 2013 the Novel Coronavirus arrived at the Canadian lab in Winnipeg.
It was sent by well known Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, most certainly because the National Microbiology Laboratory of Canada specializes in complete testing services for COVID-19.
Fouchier himself had received it from a colleague in the Middle East who had isolated the virus from the lungs of a patient.
The Canadian Lab grew a research bank of the new virus and set about to see what animals could be infected by it.
The National Microbiology Laboratory is the only LEVEL 4 virology lab in Canada, capable of handling the most dangerous diseases.
Unfortunately there were additional dangers that the lab was not aware of. And those dangers were high level Chinese staff members who were engaged in espionage and theft.
One of the Chinese spies was Director of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies Section in the Special Pathogens Program. Xiangguo Qiu graduated from Hebei Medical University in 1985 and came to Canada for advanced studies.
How Dr. Xiangguo Qiu morphed from a medical doctor to a virologist is not known, but she ended up doing leading work at the Canadian lab.
And she was not alone at that lab. Her husband, Dr. Keding Cheng, a bacteriologist was also at the National Microbiology Laboratory, and who also mysteriously shifted into virology.
Together they infiltrated the NML and engaged in theft of technology, secrets, and of actual viral samples, which they sent secretly to China.
Of importance, is that Xiangguo Qiu is a specialist in biological warfare.
The management and staff of the NML were sleeping at the wheel while these two engaged in theft of dangerous viral samples. Perhaps political correctness played a role in turning a blind eye to possible irregularities.
In addition to their own espionage and thefts, these two arranged for additional Chinese nationals to infiltrate the NML…
Stolen materials, including samples of the Novel Coronavirus were somehow taken or shipped by this group of six to Wuhan.
And possibly taken personally by Dr Xiangguo Qiu on multiple trips she made to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2017 and 2018.
It was not until early July 2019, too late, that the Canadian lab woke up to the obvious. Even then they did not act appropriately and bring in law enforcement, but simply escorted Xiangguo Qiu and her husband out of the building.
While we can’t know exactly what these two Chinese doctors were doing at the lab or what their motives were, the timeline Holmes specifies and the fact that the couple had been escorted out of the building last July are corroborated by this CBC Canada article dated October 3, 2019. Additionally, the article confirms that they are currently under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The receipt and the timing of the coronavirus sample is corroborated here.
It all sounds very plausible. China has a long history of stealing research and technology from foreign countries. We would be foolish not to investigate.
Last September, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had Dr. Li Meng Yan, a leading Chinese virologist, as a guest on his show. The episode, which instantly went viral, spurred a number of “fact-checks” including one from PolitiFact which was retracted earlier this week. I posted about this here.
Dr. Yan told Carlson: “This virus, COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 virus, actually is not from nature. It is a man-made virus created in the lab. … I can present solid scientific evidence to our audience that this virus, COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 virus, actually is not from nature. It is a man-made virus created in the lab.”
She said that, previously, the bat coronavirus could not affect people, but after the [lab] modifications, it became a very harmful virus.
Carlson says, “You’re saying that the Chinese government manufactured this virus if I’m hearing you correctly?”
“Yes, exactly…,” Yan says.
She explained how the evidence that it was man-made could be found in the genome itself and that “big suppression” was coming from the Chinese Communist Party.
Following Yan’s revelations, Holmes wrote an article about the study she and other “internationally leading virology experts” had published.
Holmes wrote that “the study shows clearly that the COVID-19 virus is a laboratory-created biological weapon.”
The study begins:
In this report, we describe the genomic, structural, medical, and literature evidence, which, when considered together, strongly contradicts the natural origin theory. The evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone. Building upon the evidence, we further postulate a synthetic route for SARS-CoV-2, demonstrating that the laboratory-creation of this coronavirus is convenient and can be accomplished in approximately six months.
Holmes: “This introduction makes the point that the virus is synthetic and that it can be recreated from the natural virus by any expert team in a six-month period. The report specifically also states what part of the virus was modified to become a biological weapon. And that without the modification the virus would not be infectious to humans.”
SARS-CoV-2 contains a unique furin-cleavage site in its Spike protein, which is known to greatly enhance viral infectivity and cell tropism. Yet, this cleavage site is completely absent in this particular class of coronaviruses found in nature. In addition, rare codons associated with this additional sequence suggest the strong possibility that this furin-cleavage site is not the product of natural evolution and could have been inserted into the SARS-CoV-2 genome artificially by techniques other than simple serial passage or multi-strain recombination events inside co-infected tissue cultures or animals.”
Holmes: “The study nails matters, when it points out that the COVID-19 virus is quite similar to biological warfare viruses previously developed by the People’s Liberation Army:
The genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 is suspiciously similar to that of a bat coronavirus discovered by military laboratories in the Third Military Medical University (Chongqing, China) and the Research Institute for Medicine of Nanjing Command (Nanjing, China).”
Based upon information from other sources, Holmes wrote that the “father of the virus is reportedly … Dr. Anthony Fauci.” Holmes’ article continues:
That the funding for the creation of this virus was provided by Anthony Fauci to the Wuhan Virology Laboratory in 2017 is beyond dispute. It was US taxpayer money that his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provided as a grant to the Wuhan laboratory.
The United States had made illegal the creation of such Frankenstein monster synthetic viruses, called Chimeric Viruses, thus the work had to be outsourced to the Wuhan Laboratory.
Furthermore, it has been reported that a virus fragment added to the natural virus, is derived from an HIV virus fragment, amazingly enough quite similar to one on which a patent is held. The holder and creator of that patent is none other than Anthony Fauci.
Massive additional information provides unimpeachable evidence that the virus is man-made and based on a natural virus stolen from the Canadian National Level 4 Virology Lab.
Um, why didn’t our media look into any of this over the last 15 months?