By Mauro Gia Samonte
LAST September 2020, my friend Adolfo Quizon Paglinawan released a book entitled No Vaccine for a Virus Called Racism, not just portraying how President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were politicizing the virus in the lead-off to the US presidential elections in November 2020, but more significantly, presenting a chronology of newspaper and television reports, showing what could be a plausible historical readback prior to the confirmation of a coronavirus in China, specifically Wuhan, in December 2019.
The earliest he could dig up was WJLA-TV, an ABC News affiliate reporting on July 11, 2019 that two people had died and 18 others hospitalized after a “respiratory outbreak” at a Virginia retirement community.
ABC News indicated that the outbreak occurred on June 30, 2019.
Paglinawan pursued the matter with astonishing detail. He wrote that the Fairfax County Department of Health said that 54 individuals had become ill with “respiratory symptoms ranging from cough to pneumonia lasting 11 days from June 30 at Green spring Retirement Community in Springfield. The symptoms described were fever, cough, body aches, wheezing, hoarseness and general weakness.
Greenspring Village is in Fairfax County, Virginia. The facility in Greenspring is home to 263 residents, Paglinawan quoted Benjamin Schwartz, director of epidemiology and population health in Fairfax County’s health department as saying, “One of the things about assisted living is when you have a lot of older people in close proximity who have medical conditions, there is increased risk for outbreaks.”
The Washington Post also picked up the story.
What was curious – and according to Paglinawan we must pay close attention to – was that Director Schwartz said, “[S]wabs have been taken and initial tests showed those infected have come back negative for common virus, or bacteria-bone respiratory illness including influenza and Legionnaire’s disease.”
By July 15, a third person had died, 23 were hospitalized and dozens more fell ill. The infection also spread to Greenspring’s staff, affecting 19 employees at the complex.
Is it sheer coincidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a letter of concern to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland on July 12, 2019, followed by a cease-and-desist order three days later?
The world’s largest facility of bioweapons finally closed a month after in August.
I quote a substantial portion of a piece appearing in the Global Times written by Herman Tiu Laurel:
“SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus behind the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, it has been said to spread to 192 countries around the world, infecting over 177 million people as of last month.
“The United States reported its first case of SARS-CoV-2 on January 21, 2020, in a 35-year-old American citizen traveling from Wuhan, China to his home in Washington state. This individual had a symptom-onset date of January 19, 2020. Importantly, two other individuals of the 12 cases that were first identified in the United States around this time identified their symptom-onset dates to be January 14, 2020.
“It was not until much later in 2020 as reported by Bloomberg on December 1, 2020, that researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that people in several states in the US were infected with SARS-CoV-2 much earlier than January 2020.
“I will repeat, a testing found SARS-Cov-2 infections in the US a year before, providing further evidence indicating the coronavirus was spreading globally weeks before the first cases were reported in China.”
According to Laurel, in the interest of global scientific inquiry and the world’s peace of mind, China fully cooperated with the WHO to open Wuhan, its environs and the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) to a team of 15 expert virologists, epidemiologists and other scientists of international composition from the US, Australia, Germany, Japan, Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam.
The WHO mission spent up to four weeks in China. Dr Peter Ben Embarek, head of the WHO team, concluded that the “lab-leak” theory was “extremely unlikely.”
The reference, of course, was to an instant widespread perception that the virus had leaked from the Wuhan laboratories. No, the virus did not leak from a laboratory in Wuhan but, as subsequent developments would disclose, like the very testimony by the CDC director before the US Senate, that examination of bodies exhumed revealed they had died of Covid-19 and not pneumonia as contained in the death certificates.
Early on the reported outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan in 2019, a source provided me with information that the new pathogen is laboratory-made, said to be sanctioned by the CDC which supplied them for multiplication to the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases inside Fort Detrick, Maryland. At a time when media dissemination pictured the outbreak as a natural phenomenon emanating from a leap of the pathogen from bats which found its way in the wet markets of Wuhan, my reported notion of a laboratory-made Covid-19 was instantly unpopular and it dealt me a beating from many quarters.
With the revived interest on the Fort Detrick controversy, my early perception of the Covid-19 pandemic may just prove to be the correct one.
Various sources swamp my desk with information on a worldwide call for investigation of Fort Detrick. The agitation necessarily began with Chinese citizens petitioning the World Health Organization (WHO) to look into allegations that the origin of the coronavirus could be the US military camp in Maryland.
It was normal in any case, the Chinese reaction. Because of impulsive media accounts, largely explained by the hardline anti-Chinese stance taken by US President Donald Trump during the US presidential campaign, the initial reported outbreak of the killer pathogen in Wuhan placed China as the culprit for the pandemic. Credible accounts, however, have zeroed in on Fort Detrick as the real origin.
But what is most intriguing are reports of the early presence of a “strange flu” in other countries and the mysterious issues such as the “vaping deaths” emanating from the US around the middle of 2019.
Those reports emerged from the US revolving around Fort Detrick, which had been ordered by the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to shut down for “national security reasons” in August 2019.
More aggravating admissions followed, one by Belleville Mayor Michael Melham that he tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies months after a severe November 2019 flu-like illness.
Again, former CDC chief Robert Redfield testified under oath in March 2020 before a US congressional hearing that some flu deaths were posthumously discovered to be Covid-19 deaths.”
But why is it that there appears to be a clampdown every time Fort Detrick’s probable role in the worldwide spread of coronavirus is at issue?
According to Laurel, “Fort Detrick is at the center of many questions because of its history and the nature of its mission. It had been associated with the infamous World War 2 Japanese germ-warfare Unit 731, obtaining biological information in exchange for leniency to Japanese biowarfare war criminals.
Fort Detrick went on to be linked with mind-control drug experiments with LSD in the secret MK Ultra program, anthrax virus leaks, Ebola and smallpox experiments, and then the 2019 shutdown.
“Fort Detrick,” he says, “is too dangerous a mystery to remain shrouded in secrecy.
Breaking the locks of Fort Detrick in Fredrick, MD will open wide the doors to hundreds of other US biolabs, including 200 in other countries and regions. Efforts to interview civilians living around the military base have been met with sewn lips, and so in the vicinity of the Greenspring Village in Springfield VA. A good one-hour ride from the Fort, is the seniors’ retirement community where five seniors died after an outbreak of respiratory illness in the summer of 2019.
All these circumstances and questions arising from them make it imperative that the next focus of the virus origins-tracing be done between Fort Detrick and GreenSpring Village. Curiously for the latter, the Fairfax County Health Department investigated the viral outbreak that certainly more leads could be drawn for there.
“When we read that the international petitions for the opening up of the Fort Detrick investigation starting with the Chinese netizens’ petition have so far passed 24.9 million signatures, I thought of the thousands of Filipinos who agree that Fort Detrick mysteries must be brought to the light of day.
They must have a chance to petition the WHO, too. This is the only way for the global community to make progress and not go around in circles as some elements in the US insist on doing by pressuring the WHO to avoid scrutiny of their own possible accountabilities.”
Laurel is upheld in his perception of Fort Detrick in the Covid-19 pandemic by a number of experts. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek of the WHO called it highly unlikely that the pathogen that has now claimed 2.3 million lives worldwide originated in Wuhan, China. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in fact, has stated that the world owes it to China for its prompt action in containing the contagion in its confines; China was free of the virus after more or less some three months of lockdowns.
How was it possible that a nation supposedly the origin of the pathogen could have proceeded to have it spread worldwide and at the same time stopped its spread in its limited confines?
In other words, you don’t kill a virus right at its onset and yet let it spread elsewhere in the world.
International media reported the outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019, yet as early as September of that year, there had been recorded cases of coronavirus attacks in Spain, Italy and France.
All this goes to show that Covid-19 had already been on the upsurge even before it hit China.
And yet for all of America’s blame-shifting, China saw to it to cooperate with the WHO’s effort in combating the pandemic. Certainly graver consequences could have befallen the world had not China done so.
Last Thursday, the now-legendary Pandesal Forum sponsored a book launching of Ado Paglinawan’s No Vaccine for a Virus Called Racism to coincide with a forum organized by the Phil-Brics and hosted by Wilson Lee Flores purposely to add momentum to the now-burgeoning worldwide movement to have the mysteries of Fort Detrick unearthed once and for all.