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Parsimonious pangolins

Covid tales get stranger and stranger

13 November 2021

9:00 AM

13 November 2021

9:00 AM

The Prime Minister’s award for science was bestowed last week on Professor Edward Holmes of Sydney University for his ‘transformative role in the scientific response to Covid-19’. That’s a diplomatic description. In March 2020, Holmes co-authored, with four other scientists, a highly influential article which claimed that it was ‘improbable’ that Sars-CoV-2, the virus that sparked the pandemic, ‘emerged through laboratory manipulation’ or that ‘any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible’. Instead, they put forward the notion that finding a Sars-like coronavirus in a pangolin provided a much more ‘parsimonious’ explanation of how the Wuhan virus acquired its unique features.

In fact, there was nothing parsimonious about the origins of the virus. Thanks to leaked documents, we now know that zoologist Peter Daszak, the CEO of the US-based EcoHealth Alliance, submitted a grant to the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for $14 million to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily by adding ‘human-specific cleavage sites’ to bat coronaviruses. Daszak planned to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles containing ‘novel chimeric spike proteins’ as an airborne vaccine and his team included none other than Dr Shi Zhengli, the Bat Lady of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) as well as researchers from the University of North Carolina and the US Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Centre.

Darpa, to their credit, refused to fund the proposal because it ‘could have put local communities at risk’ and warned that Daszak didn’t seem to have considered the danger of enhancing the virus via gain-of-function research, or by releasing an airborne vaccine.

The revelations leave Holmes with egg, or rather bat droppings, on his face. It was always absurd to suggest that Sars-CoV-2 couldn’t have leaked from a lab, given that the WIV had the world’s largest collection of bat coronaviruses and had been publishing articles in international journals detailing how it genetically modified them. Yet for a year and a half, the article Holmes co-authored was used to insist that any suggestion that the pandemic virus had an unnatural origin was a ‘conspiracy theory’.


Holmes’ other great contribution to the pandemic was, he claims, to delay the release of the genomic sequence of the virus for a whole week in January – when every minute mattered. He told the ABC that on Sunday, 3 January, 2020, a brave Chinese colleague gave him the viral sequence and the bad news was that it was very similar to Sars. Rather than immediately disclose it to the global scientific community, Holmes sat on it for a week. The edict from on high from China was ‘you were not to talk about it’. Holmes finally published the sequence eight days later, the following Sunday. ‘Speed matters perhaps more than anything else in disease outbreaks’, wrote Sir Jeremy Farrar, the head of the philanthropic Wellcome Trust and a former adviser to the British government on the pandemic. A study by Southampton University estimated that if China had locked down Wuhan a week earlier, the number of cases would have been cut by two-thirds.

At every stage of the war on Covid-19, the truth has been a casualty or at the very least declared persona non grata. A doctor reported to me this week that the hospital where he works was overwhelmed by vaccine injuries, principally thrombotic clots and myocarditis, which no doctor will publicly attribute to the Covid vaccines. In Australia, there have now been more than 2,000 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the youngest only 12 years old. The TGA states that most of the injured experienced symptoms within three days of vaccination and around half of the patients were admitted to hospital, with eight being treated in intensive care.

Yet there has been virtually no coverage in the mainstream media. US website thecovidblog.com reported on Cienna Knowles, a 19-year-old Australian horse trainer who only got vaccinated with the Pfizer mRNA injection ‘to keep her job’ and will be unable to work for the foreseeable future because she has developed so many blood clots; Valerie Milford, a 20-year-old Australian developed pericarditis three days after her first Pfizer mRNA injection and has been virtually paralysed since, and Casey Hodgkinson, a 23-year-old New Zealander has suffered uncontrollable convulsions and is unable to walk and at times to talk after her first Pfizer mRNA injection.

The federal government has quietly funded a Covid-19 vaccine claims scheme for payments of $5,000 to $20,000 for ‘people who suffer a moderate to significant impact following an adverse reaction to a TGA-approved Covid-19 vaccine’. Minister for Health Greg Hunt said on 28 August that the scheme would be backdated to February and provide Australians with ‘an alternative option to seek compensation, rather than a complex and costly court process’.

On Monday, France’s public health officials recommended that adults under 30 not receive the Moderna injection because they are five times more likely to develop heart inflammation than with Pfizer. Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden have also restricted it to older people. It is still being given to children in Australia.

Amazingly, Bill Gates admitted last week in an interview that the mRNA vaccines don’t ‘block transmission’. ‘We got vaccines that help you with your health, but they only slightly reduce the transmission. We need a new way of doing the vaccines’. Really? What we need is a safe way of doing vaccines. The traditional method used for the last 40 years. Yet Professor Nikolai Petrovsky who developed just such a safe vaccine hasn’t got a brass farthing from Bill Gates. Indeed, his GoFundMe page which has been set up to pay the Australian government $350,000 to consider approving his vaccine has been paused to ensure it complies with terms of service and applicable legislation.

You couldn’t make it up. The Pangolin defamer gets $250,000 in prize money, Daszak and his EcoHealth Alliance have received more than $23 million in new and renewed funding from the US government since April 2020 and Petrovsky, who told the truth about the virus and invented a safe vaccine is barred from his university and is not even allowed to rattle a tin can on the silicon sidewalk.

As St Matthew observed, to them that hath more shall be given.

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