A SovereignPH.com EXCLUSIVE

A survey of Covid-19 implications from an international perspective written by Adolfo Quizon Paglinawan.

Chapter 2

China-US debate

A debate thus, on whether Covid-19 was made in China or the US, ensued.

But more shocking than his first article in Global Research a week earlier, Larry Romanoff wrote a sequel on March 11, 2020 about further evidence that the virus originated in the United States.        

(https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-further-evidence-virus-originated-us/5706078)

Romanoff provided a screenshot of the New York Times article on August 8, 2019 that read:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Screen-Shot-2020-03-11-at-10.29.57-PM.png

This referred to the closure of the US Military’s main bio-lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland due to an absence of safeguards against pathogen leakages, on the strength of a complete “cease and desist” order to the military issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

After this incidence, the US had a flurry of lung pneumonias or similarly-situated cases, which the Americans blamed on “vaping,” but which, according to the Taiwanese virologist, the symptoms and conditions could not be rationally connected to e-cigarettes.

Remember that he wrote to the US officials telling them he suspected those deaths were likely due to the corona virus. He claims his warnings were ignored.

One of his main arguments is the type infecting Taiwan exists only in Australia and the US and, since Taiwan was not infected by Australians, the infection in Taiwan could have come only from the US. The basic logic is that the geographical location with the greatest diversity of virus strains must be the original source because a single strain cannot emerge from nothing.

The Taiwanese scientist demonstrated that only the US has all the five known strains of the virus (while Wuhan and most of China have only one, as do Taiwan and South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, Singapore, and England, Belgium and Germany) thus constituting his thesis that the haplotypes or DNA variations in other nations may have originated in the US.

Some technical writings coincide with the conclusions of the presentation on Taiwanese TV. You can source some of them from this link –

https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-further-evidence-virus-originated us/5706078

This includes findings by Daniel Lucey and Kristian Andersen from Science magazine. 

Lucey is an infectious disease expert at Georgetown University citing an article in Science magazine which confirmed that the first human infection has been confirmed as occurring not in Wuhan. Andersen is an evolutionary biologist at the Scripps Research Institute who said the scenario was “entirely plausible” infected persons brought the virus into the seafood market at Wuhan from somewhere outside China.

Another one is from The Lancet  founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley and oneamong the world’s oldest, most prestigious, and best known general medical journals, that published a description of the first Covis-19 clinical cases challenging the hypothesis that the virus came from China.

There were accompanied by reports of Japanese citizens returning to their country sometime on or before September 2019 from Hawaii, who were never been to China. These infections occurred on US soil long before the outbreak in Wuhan but only shortly after the locking down of Fort Detrick.

What about the haplotype that infected China, how was it transferred to China?

Social media reports of five “foreign” athletes or other personnel were hospitalized in Wuhan for an undetermined infection. But this never landed in the mainstream news.

The 7th World Military Games was an international military multi-sport event held in Wuhan, Hubei, China from October 18–27, 2019. It was the largest military event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports, more than 300 of them came from the US.

Romanoff asserts that “if some members of the US team at the World Military Games had become infected by the virus from an accidental outbreak at Fort Detrick it is possible that, with a long initial incubation period, their symptoms might have been minor, and those individuals could easily have ‘toured’ the city of Wuhan during their stay, infecting potentially thousands of local residents in various locations, many of whom would later travel to the seafood market from which the virus would spread like wildfire as it did.”

This is not just possible but highly probable.

One of the significant learnings about Covid-19 is that not all who get infected turn symptomatic. Those who become visibly ill are easily quarantined or confined, and are thus prevented from infecting others. The more dangerous are those who are asymptomatic, as they move around carrying the deadly pandemic, spreading the infection in geometric proportions.

This is why in the South Korean improvement of the China template; they immediately improved on the China model by carrying out massive testing of as many of their citizens as soon as possible.

In South Korea, the rate of testing has been quite high (3,692 tests per million people as of March 8) and mortality among those infected quite low (about 0.6%, or 66 deaths, at last count).

By contrast, Italy tests about 826 people per million and its mortality among those with diagnosed infection is about 10 times higher, with more than 1,000 people dead from the disease.

This is why Kent Sepkowitz writing for Cable News Network opines that the blundering lack of an effective testing program in the US is an unconscionable failure and has led (and will lead) to more transmission of Covid-19. He has other impressions about statistical probabilities in contracting the virus relevant to age, gender and smoking, but that is hardly the subject of this writing. 

In a related opinion of Frida Ghitis also for CNN, she said it’s time for President Trump to let the experts and professional healthcare practitioners do their jobs.

“Trump (recently) tried to give a serious address to the nation from the Oval Office, laying out a plan to tackle the pandemic. But it quickly became apparent that this was one more error-filled display in what has been a grotesque carnival of incompetence,” she said.

In a speech filled with jingoism, as well as counterproductive disparagement of US allies, Trump made a dramatic announcement. His administration, he declared, “will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days” (with a few exceptions). Further, he explained, “these prohibitions will not only apply to trade and cargo, but various other things.”  Ghitis said the Europe travel and cargo ban started making headlines around the world while the President was still on the air.

Anxious families wondered how they could get traveling children home. Importers were in shock. But just moments after the speech ended, the Department of Homeland Security clarified the restriction would not apply to Americans or US residents and their families, would cover only foreigners who over the past 14 days spent time in certain European countries and doesn’t cover cargo.

Then she delivered her coup d’grace: “From the start of the epidemic, Trump did nothing but ignore, minimize and mislead the public while draping himself in cringeworthy, unctuous praise from officials who diminished themselves to avoid upsetting him, after seeing how those who spoke the truth incurred his wrath.”

Austin Ong, writing for Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI Philippines), said that the USA should remember the Spanish flu (originated in its state of Kansas and killed an estimated 17 to 50 million people in the world, including 675,000 in the US, definitely one of the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century.

“The US should also be held accountable for its lack of transparency for the 2009 H1N1 outbreak which killed more than 151,700 – 575,400 people worldwide. It took the CDC over two months to declare a pandemic only after WHO had earlier warned an emergency,” he added.

Ong was recalling the 1918 Spanish flu was caused by the H1N1 which mutated and returned as the (H1N1)pdm09 in the United States in 2009.

 “Why is the US government and the western media quiet on this history, instead of helping report the truth?” Ong asked.

Delays were caused by US politicians on the H1N1 arguing on appropriate responses against the virus while China gave the world two months to prepare, giving constant warnings to countries around the world.

Western governments who chose to play down the virulence of Covid 19, failed to preempt any serious effort for the prevent and contain the pandemic.

“Until this writing, Americans are still crowding beaches and bars. The US even increased sanctions on Iran (including medicines) that pleaded for humanitarian aid, suffering one of the worst outbreaks in the Middle East.”

In contrast, Trump’s most likely opponent for his presidential reelection, former Vice President Joe Biden, said “It’s time to tell the American people the unvarnished truth. They’re strong. They’ll get through it.”

In an interview over Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, the former vice president had a clear double-barreled message to deliver to President Donald Trump and the American people:

First, the president should listen to qualified scientific and economic experts about Covid-19, and second, the president should accurately convey to the American people what the experts are telling him.

Biden said: “No more happy talk, no more wishful thinking: Just a serious effort to prepare the public for what’s likely to be a prolonged experience.”

Biden offered his own plans for addressing the virus and its associated economic perils by mobilizing the resources of the federal government to alleviate that trauma with wider use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) and additional fiscal stimulus beyond what Congress has already enacted.

He urged Americans not to “panic or fall back on xenophobia. “

Labeling Covid-19 a “foreign virus” does not displace accountability for the misjudgments thus far” of the Trump administration, Biden added.

The Democratic Party stalwart was obviously referring to President Trump’s adaptation of Secretary Pompeo’s Wuhan virus to the “Chinese virus.” (ia/SovereignPH.com)

THE AUTHOR

Ado Paglinawan is a daily commentator at Radyo Pilipinas1, and a regular columnist at the newest daily news website SovereignPH.com and its partner magazine The Sovereign. He is a former Philippine diplomat, serving in the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York as press attaché, spokesman and special assistant to Ambassador Emmanuel N. Pelaez. He has served a strategic consultant to Agriculture Secretary Luisito Lorenzo, Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon and Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo. He studied for 1 5 years at San Beda College from grade 1 to 4th year college majoring in English and Philosophy, minor in political science and history. He is a veteran of the First Quarter Storm, participating as president of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines. Ado has taken continuing studies in world politics and diplomacy, international public relations, information technology and remote sensing, Christian and Islamic studies in various universities in Washington DC.

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