China last month missed the deadline to file a report on the “exchange of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and similar occurrences caused by toxins” that would seem to include the coronavirus outbreak.
Beijing did not meet the April 15 deadline imposed under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). Communist China was required under the BWC to submit an annual report on confidence-building measures. The report requires China to list all work carried out at research laboratories and other facilities that have the potential for biological weapons development, the BWC’s implementation support unit said on April 28.
Shortly after inquiries were made to the Chinese UN mission by security correspondent Bill Gertz, the BWC website was updated to reflect China had submitted its annual report around April 29, The Washington Times reported. The State Department’s annual arms control compliance reports have said for the past two years that China has failed to provide information about a past offensive biological weapons program. China has acknowledged just one facility where research on biological weapons defense is carried out — the Institute for Microbiology and Epidemiology in Beijing. Other laboratories, including the now-famous Wuhan Institute of Virology, are known to conduct dual-use research — studies useful for both civilian and military applications.
U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a May 4 Pentagon briefing that he would not discuss the intelligence regarding the virus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in December, but said there were “three fundamental issues here.”
“One is, is it natural or was it man-made somehow or somehow manipulated by man-made procedures?”What is not known is whether the virus was accidentally released from one of Wuhan’s laboratories that are engaged in extensive research into bat coronaviruses, like the one behind the pandemic.
Secondly, “did it release naturally into the environment, or was it intentional?” Gen. Milley asked. A third issue is the location of the outbreak, which began in Wuhan and initially was blamed by Chinese authorities on tainted meat at a wild animal “wet” market in the city.
“Did it come out of the virology lab in Wuhan? Did it occur in the wet market there in Wuhan? Did it occur somewhere else? And the answer to that is we don’t know,” Gen. Milley said.
“It would help a great deal if the Chinese government would open up and allow inspectors and investigators to go there in full transparency, so that the world can know the actual original source of this [and] so that we can apply the lessons learned and prevent outbreaks in the future,” Gen. Milley said.
China has refused to permit U.S. or international virus analysts to visit Wuhan or gain access to research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan Centers for Disease Control. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Gen. Milley’s comments were “entirely consistent” with what he and President Donald Trump have said.
“The intelligence community is still figuring out precisely where this virus began,” Pompeo said at the State Department. “We don’t have certainty, and there is significant evidence that this came from the laboratory.”
The Chinese Communist Party knows where the outbreak began, including details of the first infected person, or “patient zero,” Pompeo said. “They’re the ones that can help unlock that.”
Meanwhile, five retired Army medical doctors, two of whom were White House presidential doctors and two who worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, aka Fort Detrick (which specializes in biological warfare defenses) told a Washington reporter the coronavirus is likely to be recategorized from a mainly respiratory affliction to an inflammatory malady or a combination of both. The reason is the blood coagulation issue that is cropping up as key characteristic. This is causing blood clotting that is killing people in addition to the lung damage and fatal immune over-response.
One doctor said the inflammatory disease aspect is like the opposite of Ebola, a hemorrhagic disease that kills by causing massive bleeding. The doctor said COVID-19 is killing through blood clots or blood coagulation.Those leading the coronavirus response in at the White House, NIH, and CDC “are flying blind while claiming to be committed to following the data.” The doctors say the data has been wrong on all fronts so claims that everything is being done on a “science-based” approach to the response is not accurate.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and others on the White House Coronavirus Task Force are also said to be adamantly opposed to the so-called Swedish model of seeking to defeat the virus through herd immunity. Fauci and his colleagues on the task force are reportedly not allowing any discussion of Sweden’s less stringent, non-lockdown approach.Therapy and vaccine are the U.S. approaches. Most of the vaccine work being done is going to be to produce a vaccine like the flu vaccine, which is iffy at best for preventing the disease, some analysts say.
All the retired doctors reportedly agreed that unless original virus samples are obtained directly from China, it will be very difficult to find the origin and craft remedies to defeat the virus. China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology initially promised to provide original virus samples from those infected in December but then reneged and refused. The Fort Detrick doctors noted that they had responded to virus infections at their P-4 labs in the past and appropriate action was taken to prevent larger infections.“China through incompetence did not handle a laboratory infection and we’re paying the price now,” an analyst said.