Fri. May 27th, 2022

Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino, in an opinion published by the Manila Times recently asked: “Why is nobody talking about China’s liability?”

Aquino even punctuated his question with emotions:

“Lives were lost. Families suffered. Many lost their jobs either because they had to be hospitalized or isolated for protracted periods, or because the enterprises that employed them ceased to exist. The suffering has been immense. It continues still although we see promising signs that the scourge is abating.”

The question was referencing to the effects of a reported outbreak of Covid-19 at Wuhan, China reported on December 31, 2019.

The simplest way I can answer the question is: Nobody is talking about China’s liability because she has no liability.

His opener “I do not think that there is any serious doubt that Covid-19 that practically brought the world to a screeching halt and badgered many already struggling economies broke out first in China and was carried by Chinese tourists or passengers aboard planes flying to different destinations,” is an assumption brought about by that it was China that first confirmed chronologically an outbreak occurring.

But tracing Covid-19 origins to China, has no factual basis. The assumption is false. The scientific community, and of late no less than the United States, say so.

        On May 2021, US President Joe Biden ordered the American intelligence community (AIC) to investigate the alleged lab-leak theory at Wuhan, China. Six months later on October 29, a declassified report confirmed that it has not reached a conclusion on the origins of Covid-19.

The intelligence community assessed that the fact that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) fell sick in the fall of 2019 “is not diagnostic of the pandemic’s origins,” the report read. “Even if confirmed, hospital admission alone would not be diagnostic of Covid-19 infection.”

The report explicitly debunked “some public theorizing that a particular genetic feature of the coronavirus” that causes Covid-19, known as a furin cleavage site, proves that the virus was created in a lab. “The AIC assesses public claims that some distinguishing features in SARS-CoV-2 are the result of genetic engineering are not diagnostic of genetic engineering,” the report read.

It also stated that Covid-19 was likely not developed as a biological weapon, as some Republicans had suggested last year. The report also noted that the intelligence community “has no indications” that the institute’s research involved either the virus that causes Covid-19 or a close progenitor virus, and, ultimately, that the community will be unable to come to a more definitive conclusion one way or the other without new information.

Earlier in 2020 and 2021, the World Health Organization conducted its own investigations. The first report came out in February 9, 2020 discrediting a theory that the coronavirus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, the WHO’s food safety and animal disease specialist and chairman of the investigation team, told reporters “the laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus into the human population, therefore [it] is not in the hypotheses that we will suggest for future studies.”

The initial findings of the investigation also did not find evidence of large Covid outbreaks in Wuhan or elsewhere before December 2019.

On March 30, 2021, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus quoted an international team report on their Wuhan field visit, from January 14 to February 10, 2021, “We have not yet found the source of the virus, and we must continue to follow the science and leave no stone unturned as we do.”

The WHO factfinding stemmed from a Member State resolution adopted by consensus at the World Health Assembly in May 2020 and calling on WHO “to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population, including the possible role of intermediate hosts, including through efforts such as scientific and collaborative field missions.”

China has been totally transparent about occurrence of Covid since December 31, 2019 and has also opened itself up for the investigation by WHO and the US.

But when China requested to investigate Fort Detrick in Fredericksburg, MD, it has so far been met with an overwhelming silence, if not suspicious nonchalance, from the White House.

As Fr. Ranhilio correctly said, Article 12.2 of the Covenant on Social, Economic, Political and Cultural Rights obligates state-parties to “control and treat epidemic diseases”, and “State responsibility in international law is the consequence of a State’s breach of an international obligation or its commission of an international wrong or an international delict.”

So I wish to therefore amend his question “Why is nobody talking about China’s liability?” to “Why is nobody tracing real Covid-19 origins, instead and make that country assume liability?”

I would like to see such effort be scientifically, and not politically, motivated.

Before liability is asked, isn’t it condition sine qua non that the culprit nation be first established? I therefore to dismiss the rest of Fr. Ranhilio’s article as non-sequitur and sheer rubbish.

Last April 2020, I started writing a series of columns entitled “No Vaccine for a Virus called Racism”, obviously incensed by Donald Trump’s earlier calling Covid-19 “Chinese virus” as a derivative of what Michael Pompeo coined as “Wuhan virus”.

They were  published in book form six months after in September 2020, exposing the term as sheer cheap propaganda demonizing China in an attempt to politicize the virus, drum up false nationalism among Americans and win a reelection to the presidency.                                            

My work was a survey of Covid-19 facts and implications from an international perspective culled from open public sources. It relied mainly on overt intelligence provided by the mainstream world press accessed primarily through the internet, with some validations drawn from scientific journals.

Allow me to cut the chase.

Smoking gun

To my mind, the smoking gun in this puzzle is a portion of the three-hour hearing of the US House Oversight and Reform Committee on March 11, 2020.

The US Congress was investigating why the flu season that usually comes in fall officially starting in September 23, flowing onto winter, began much earlier in July 2019. The first estimate of casualties was only 14,000 but the Centers for Disease Control’s preliminary burden estimates from just October 1, 2019 to March 21, 2020 in the United States became geometrically higher from 24,000 to 62,000 flu deaths.

Here is the transcript of the CSPAN video of the sworn-in testimony of CDC Director-General Robert Redfield in response to questions by Congressman Harley Rouda, then California’s 48th district representative:

  • ROUDA: And if somebody died from influenza, are we doing post-mortem testing to see whether it was influenza or whether it was Covid 19?
  • REDFIELD: There is a surveillance system of death from pneumonia that the CDC has. It is not on every city, every state, every hospital.
  • ROUDA: So we could have people in the United States, dying for what appears to be influenza, when in fact it could be the corona virus or Covid 19?
  • REDFIELD:  Some cases have actually been diagnosed that way in the United States today.
Man on the spot: coronavirus response.

Now apply the substance of the Redfield testimony to the timeline or milestones that support the allegation that the Covid-19 was already active in the United States, and elsewhere, preceding the Wuhan outbreak, and arrive at a few more disturbing facts:          

November 2019

  • Testifying in May 2020, the mayor of Belleville, New Jersey, Michael Melham said he has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, adding that he contracted the novel coronavirus in November, over two months before the first confirmed case was reported in the U.S. 

October 13-18, 2019

  • Over 300 American servicemen participated in the 7th World Military Games held, of all places, in Wuhan China, the largest military sports event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports events.
  • This brings me to one of the main opinions of my book: the coronavirus was transmitted during the World Military Games on the basis of “anthroponosis” or human-to-human infection, the origin of which was outside China.
  • It took the “flu-like” severe infections during and after the event to rise to an outbreak level by December 2019.
US participation in the World Military Games held in Wuhan, China.

September 2019

  • Biologist Gabrielle Sozzi of the Milan National Cancer Institute reported that Italian blood samples taken in the Lombardi region showed Sars-CoV-2 virus antibodies.
  • Some Japanese, who have never been to China, traveled to Hawaii and returned home infected.

August 2019

  • First Vaping Death Reported by US Health Officials “that many patients, most of whom were adolescents or young adults, had described difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting and fatigue,” the precise symptoms of Covid-19 infection. The most seriously ill patients have had extensive lung damage that required treatment with oxygen and days on a ventilator. Some are expected to have permanent lung damage.”

First reported outbreak of severe vaping-associated lung illness was in April 2019 but was exclusively confined to the United States, despite the fact that the majority of vapers live abroad.

  • Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland USA, was officially closed.

July 2019

  • July 3, 2019, the CDC halts research at Fort Detrick, citing “national security reasons” but not releasing information about its decision.
  • The CDC sent a letter of concern on July 12, followed by a cease-and-desist letter July 15.

June 30, 2019

  • The CDC inspected Fort Detrick’s U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in June, as part of standard regulations that include scheduled and unscheduled visits.
  • An outbreak in the Springfield Village, a retirement community for seniors, located in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, USA hospitalized 54 and eventually caused the death of 3. Media’s earliest report was July 12, 2019.

So far, this is my earliest confirmation of a severe respiratory disease outbreak.

I am, however, writing a rejoinder to the first edition of my book.

My continuing work is focused in pursuing more leads, especially those connected to one Ralph Baric, a 67-year-old professor of epidemiology and microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been exploring in the field of coronaviruses for more than 30 years.

Baric successfully created “an infectious clone of the urbani strain of the SARS coronavirus” at Fort Detrick, the “U.S. Army’s top bio-level three labs in Frederickburg, Maryland,” according to an article published by UNC-Chapel Hill as far back as July 2003.

A science-based investigations as to Covid-19 origins is long overdue. I agree with Fr. Ranhilio that not China, but the real culprit country make international reparations for its liability.

Meanwhile, there has been 391,009,065 cases of Covid-19 worldwide, with 5,740,992 recorded deaths. The United States remains to be Ground Zero topping the list with 20% of the cases @5,740,992 cases and 16% of the deaths @923,622.

Where Patient Zero came from must be determined scientifically, not politically.

Note: The book “No Vaccine for a Virus called Racism” is available by courier delivery. Text 0917-336-4366 to order.

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