Could the unthinkable have happened? Did a bat coronavirus that was bio-engineered to be made more dangerous for humans escape from a lab in Wuhan? Was this genetic manipulation carried out in Wuhan with funding from US taxpayers? Was this the virus that caused the Great Pandemic?
The book is both an exposé and an exposition. As an exposé it will carefully sift through the evidence for how the virus that caused the Great Pandemic arose - the single most controversial unknown of this global disaster. As an exposition, it will recount the incredible circumstances which led to the worst infectious disease crisis in 100 years. It will also analyse the potentially far-reaching consequences for all of us.
The book recounts, for the first time, the shocking story of how China covered-up, supressed scientific information, and deliberately lied about what was happening. And how the World Health Organisation willingly went along with this subterfuge by deliberately parroting what China was telling them. As a result, critical time was lost and a highly infectious disease that could otherwise have been contained as a local epidemic became a global pandemic within a short while.
It details the extraordinary saga of how the French government built the Wuhan P4 biosecurity lab and then abandon it because of Chinese dissembling. A state-of-the-art biocontainment laboratory, built and paid for by the West, was effectively handed over to the People’s Liberation Army.
The 50 French scientists who were due to arrive to help run the lab and train the Chinese staff, never showed up. As a consequence, this sophisticated high-tech biolab ended up being run with insufficient and inadequately trained staff. As late as 2018, secret cables from US embassy staff in Beijing were dispatched back to the State Department in Washington highlighting the potential dangers of this state of affairs. The US stepped in to fill the enormous knowledge, technology and training gap left by the French withdrawal and poured millions into the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Gain-of-function, the gene-editing of lethal pathogens to make them even more dangerous was banned by the Obama administration in 2014. However, with US funding these very controversial experiments continued in Wuhan with the gene-editing of bat coronaviruses – in direct collaboration with US universities and scientific organisations. This was done in lower-level security P2 and P3 labs as the P4 lab wasn’t operational until 2018.
Then in May 2021, everything changed – changed utterly. Those who had dismissed a lab leak, including scientists, started to change their minds. The ground began to shift massively. The previously derided lab-leak idea was now seen as a real possibility. But a truly appalling vista was also beginning to take shape.
As President Biden has confirmed, the US intelligence community was split on the issue of a lab leak. There was considerable resistance to any investigation of it. But why? A secret State Department memo says the quiet part out loud: because it would open up ‘a can of worms’. The sensational implications are that US government grants provided by Dr Fauci may have funded the creation of a virus that escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan to infect and kill millions? Are we looking at the biggest cover up in modern history? Using Western and Chinese sources, this book provides a forensic analysis of this nightmare scenario. Read it and make up your own mind.
Barry O’Halloran has worked as an investigative television journalist for 15 years making current affairs documentary films. One of his investigations – into a mother falsely accused of murdering her baby – led to a book, Lost Innocence: the Inside Story of the Kerry Babies Mystery.
He has degrees in economics and politics, French and Renaissance studies and a PhD in Classics at Trinity College Dublin. His thesis was published as a book in 2019 by the European academic publisher Brill: The Political Economy of Classical Athens: a naval perspective, For ...
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