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NEWS / Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
« on: October 29, 2020, 03:18:33 AM »
Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.  The term “racial and ethnic minority groups” includes people of color with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  But some experiences are common to many people within these groups, and social determinants of health have historically prevented them from having fair opportunities for economic, physical, and emotional health.  [1]


There is increasing evidence that some racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.  [2], [3], [4], [5], [6] Inequities in the social determinants of health, such as poverty and healthcare access, affecting these groups are interrelated and influence a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. [1] To achieve health equity, barriers must be removed so that everyone has a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Factors that contribute to increased risk
Some of the many inequities in social determinants of health that put racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19 include:

Discrimination: Unfortunately, discrimination exists in systems meant to protect well-being or health.  Examples of such systems include health care, housing, education, criminal justice, and finance.  Discrimination, which includes racism, can lead to chronic and toxic stress and shapes social and economic factors that put some people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk for COVID-19. [5], [7], [8], [9]
Healthcare access and utilization: People from some racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to be uninsured than non-Hispanic whites.  [10] Healthcare access can also be limited for these groups by many other factors, such as lack of transportation, child care, or ability to take time off of work; communication and language barriers; cultural differences between patients and providers; and historical and current discrimination in healthcare systems.  [11] Some people from racial and ethnic minority groups may hesitate to seek care because they distrust the government and healthcare systems responsible for inequities in treatment [12] and historical events such as the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the African American Male and sterilization without people’s permission.  [13], [14], [15], [16]
Occupation: People from some racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately represented in essential work settings such as healthcare facilities, farms, factories, grocery stores, and public transportation.  [17] Some people who work in these settings have more chances to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to several factors, such as close contact with the public or other workers, not being able to work from home, and not having paid sick days.  [18]
Educational, income, and wealth gaps: Inequities in access to high-quality education for some racial and ethnic minority groups can lead to lower high school completion rates and barriers to college entrance.  This may limit future job options and lead to lower paying or less stable jobs.  [19] People with limited job options likely have less flexibility to leave jobs that may put them at a higher risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.  People in these situations often cannot afford to miss work, even if they’re sick, because they do not have enough money saved up for essential items like food and other important living needs.
Housing: Some people from racial and ethnic minority groups live in crowded conditions that make it more challenging to follow prevention strategies.  In some cultures, it is common for family members of many generations to live in one household.  In addition, growing and disproportionate unemployment rates for some racial and ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic[19] may lead to greater risk of eviction and homelessness or sharing of housing.
These factors and others are associated with more COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in areas where racial and ethnic minority groups live, learn, work, play, and worship. [5],[10], [20], [21] They have also contributed to higher rates of some medical conditions that increase one’s risk of severe illness from COVID-19.  In addition, community strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 may cause unintentional harm, such as lost wages, reduced access to services, and increased stress, for some racial and ethnic minority groups.  [22]

What We Can Do
The COVID-19 pandemic may change some of the ways we connect and support each other.  As individuals and communities respond to COVID-19 recommendations and circumstances (e. g. , school closures, workplace closures, social distancing), there are often unintended negative impacts on emotional well-being such as loss of social connectedness and support.  Shared faith, family, and cultural bonds are common sources of social support.  Finding ways to maintain support and connection, even when physically apart, can empower and encourage individuals and communities to protect themselves, care for those who become sick, keep kids healthy, and better cope with stress.

Community- and faith-based organizations, employers, healthcare systems and providers, public health agencies, policy makers, and others all have a part in helping to promote fair access to health.  To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must work together to ensure that people have resources to maintain and manage their physical and mental health, including easy access to information, affordable testing, and medical and mental health care.  We need programs and practices that fit the communities where racial and minority groups live, learn, work, play, and worship.

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As the novel coronavirus sweeps across the United States, it appears to be infecting and killing black Americans at a disproportionately high rate, according to a Washington Post analysis of early data from jurisdictions across the country.

The emerging stark racial disparity led the surgeon general Tuesday to acknowledge in personal terms the increased risk for African Americans amid growing demands that public-health officials release more data on the race of those who are sick, hospitalized and dying of a contagion that has killed more than 12,000 people in the United States.

A Post analysis of available data and census demographics shows that counties that are majority-black have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths as counties where white residents are in the majority.
In Milwaukee County, home to Wisconsin’s largest city, African Americans account for about 70 percent of the dead but just 26 percent of the population.  The disparity is similar in Louisiana, where 70 percent of the people who have died were black, although African Americans make up just 32 percent of the state’s population.
In Michigan, where the state’s 845 reported deaths outrank all but New York’s and New Jersey’s, African Americans account for 33 percent of cases and roughly 40 percent of deaths, despite comprising only 14 percent of the population.  The state does not offer a breakdown of race by county or city, but more than a quarter of deaths occurred in Detroit, where African Americans make up 79 percent of the population.

And in Illinois, a disparity nearly identical to Michigan’s exists at the state level, but the picture becomes far starker when looking at data just from Chicago, where black residents have died at a rate six times that of white residents.  Of the city’s 118 reported deaths, nearly 70 percent were black — a share 40 points greater than the percentage of African Americans living in Chicago. President Trump publicly acknowledged for the first time the racial disparity at the White House task force briefing Tuesday.
We are doing everything in our power to address this challenge, and it’s a tremendous challenge,” Trump said.  “It’s terrible. ” He added that Anthony S.  Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “is looking at it very strongly. "

“Why is it three or four times more so for the black community as opposed to other people?” Trump said.  “It doesn’t make sense, and I don’t like it, and we are going to have statistics over the next probably two to three days. ”

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Black people make up a disproportionate share of the population in 22 percent of U. S.  counties, and those localities account for more than half of coronavirus cases and nearly 60 percent of deaths, a national study by an AIDS research group found.

The study also found that socioeconomic factors such as employment status and access to health care were better predictors of infection and death rates than underlying health conditions.

Gregorio Millett, vice president of Amfar, the Foundation for Aids Research, said the findings suggest that black people will be more vulnerable to the pandemic as states begin to reopen businesses and public spaces.

“It’s clear that there’s a disproportionate impact of covid-19 diagnoses and deaths among African Americans,” Millett said, adding that the authors of the study released it early in the hope of influencing policy decisions about reopening businesses.  “All of my colleagues fear that with these policies to open up communities, that the brunt of the covid-19 epidemic is not going to be borne equally on all communities, that we will likely see greater covid-19 deaths as well as cases in African American communities. ”
Millett said researchers plan to track disproportionately black counties in four states — Georgia, Texas, Alabama and South Carolina — to see what effect loosening social distancing and sheltering requirements will have on covid-19 cases and deaths.

Researchers at Amfar and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Georgia led the study team, which included investigators from Johns Hopkins, the University of Mississippi, Georgetown University and the nonprofit PATH.

The study adds to a growing body of data that has shown that black people have been infected and killed at disproportionate rates by the novel coronavirus.  It also raises concern, as have other studies and analyses, about gaps in data collected and reported by county, state and federal officials about the race and ethnicity of virus sufferers, including testing, cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
The Amfar study, based on data collected April 13, focused on counties in which black people made up more than 13 percent of the population.  Disproportionately black counties account for 22 percent of all U. S.  counties but have been home to 52 percent of coronavirus cases and 58 percent of deaths from covid-19, the disease the virus causes.
Almost all disproportionately black counties have had at least one person diagnosed with the coronavirus, compared with 80 percent of other counties, and nearly half of counties with large black populations, 49 percent, have had at least one person die of covid-19, the study found.  The higher diagnoses were found in disproportionately black counties in urban, small metro and rural areas.  Death rates were higher in smaller metro areas and rural communities.

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Our ongoing Color of Coronavirus project monitors how and where COVID-19 mortality is inequitably impacting certain communities—to guide policy and community responses to these disproportionate deaths.  The coronavirus has claimed more than 217,000 American lives through Oct.  13, 2020—about 22,000 more than our last update four weeks ago, averaging nearly 800 deaths per day.  We know the race and ethnicity for 97% of the cumulative deaths in the United States. 

Our latest update reveals continued wide disparities by race, most dramatically for Black and Indigenous Americans.  We also adjust these mortality rates for age, a common and important tool that health researchers use to compare diseases that affect age groups differently.  This results in even larger mortality disparities observed between Black, Indigenous and other populations of color relative to Whites, who experience the lowest age-adjusted rates nationally.  Age-adjusting elevates the mortality rate for Latinos more than any other group—revealing that COVID-19 is stealing far more Latino lives than we would expect despite this group’s relative youthfulness.   

New with this update, we present mortality data over time for all states—not just cumulatively—to help us monitor the virus’ changing impacts throughout fall and winter. 

The APM Research Lab has independently compiled these death statistics.  The result is the most robust and up-to-date portrait of COVID-19 mortality by race available anywhere, with a lens on inequitable deaths.  We have been tracking these deaths for six months now, revealing COVID-19’s growing toll on all Americans, but with the heaviest losses among Black and Indigenous Americans. 

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The chairman of the Russian Duma’s Defence Committee has warned that Russia will take ‘diplomatic and military measures’ over a US-funded lab in Georgia.  He said the Lugar Centre in Tbilisi was ‘designing bio-weapons and viruses’, while Georgia called the accusation ‘absurd propaganda’.
Vladimir Shamanov demanded an inspection of the laboratory with the ‘presence of Russian spe...ts’.
Georgia’s Foreign Ministry called the allegations ‘absurd’ and ‘yet another propagandist attempt to discredit the US–Georgian relationship’.
On Thursday, Russia’s Defence Ministry claimed that the laboratory stored ‘munitions intended for delivering chemical and biological agents’ and that dozens of people had been killed during experiments carried out by the lab.
‘The United States is very likely to have tested a toxic drug or a highly lethal biological agent at the Lugar Centre in Georgia under the guise of medical research’, Chief of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Protection Troops Igor Kirillov said.
The allegations came the same day Russia was accused of cyber attacks by American, British, and Dutch officials.
On the same day, the Russian Defence Committee chairman and former commander of the Russian Airborne Troops, Vladimir Shamanov, told Russian news agency TASS that ‘a number of measures will be taken at the national level’.
‘We cannot just turn a blind eye, knowing that something that directly affects security on the southern border is happening there.  We will take diplomatic and military measures’, said Shamanov, stressing that he did not currently see a need for increasing the number of units at the Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Protection Troops in southern Russia.
Georgian officials said the allegations were aimed at discrediting Georgia’s relations with its strategic partner.
‘This is yet another propaganda of a lie Russia is constantly spreading, with the aim to discredit the US–Georgian relationship.  Of course we will react accordingly with all the tools and leverage the foreign ministry has’, Foreign Ministry official Vladimer Konstantinidi told journalists on Friday.
The head of Lugar Laboratory told Ipress that ‘Russian journalists were smiling during their visit at the laboratory but spread filth later’.
‘We don’t experiment on animals, let alone people’, said Imnadze.
Where allegations about laboratory come from
The Richard Lugar Centre for Public Health Research is a US-funded facility run under the Georgian Health Ministry’s control.  It officially opened in August 2013 but its establishment began in 2004 following US–Georgia agreements signed in 1997 and 2002 on cooperation in the prevention of proliferation of technology and pathogens related to the development of biological weapons.
Russia began officially expressing concern about the lab after former Georgian security chief Igor Giorgadze made a statement in Moscow on 11 September that the Lugar Laboratory was conducting experiments on people and creating biological weapons.
Giorgadze served as Georgia’s State Security Minister in 1993–1995.  He left Georgia in 1995 after an investigation was launched against him for the attempted assassination of former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze.
He was sought by the Interpol but charges against him were dropped in 2016 after he was granted asylum in Russia.  In Moscow, Giorgadze founded the Justice Party and an organisation called ‘Anti-Soros’.
Giorgadze’s statements about the lab were widely covered in Russian media and by pro-Russian Georgian media.  Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova urged the US Department of State to make explanations on Giorgadze’s allegations.
‘It’s quite possible that biologists from the US army science group and hired people working on contracts for the Defence Threat Reduction Agency conducted secret experiments on the Georgian population, frequently ending with lethal consequences […] 30 people undergoing Hepatitis C treatment died in December 2015 with 24 people dying within one day.  “Cause of death is unknown” is written in the relevant column… Then, 30 more persons died in April and 13 more people – in August 2016 for unknown reasons.  Unfortunately, no investigation has been conducted into the facts so far’, said Giorgadze.
The Lugar lab is a central part of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control Public Health (NCDC).  The head of the NCDC, Amiran Gamkrelidze, hosted a briefing on Friday at the in response to the allegations.
He also added that Russian experts who are interested in Lugar Laboratory have already been invited to the country.
He said that on 14–15 November, Tbilisi would host the Bio-Laboratory Assessment Workshop in which representatives from 20 countries will participate.  He said they have sent an invitation to Russia as well, but haven’t received a response.
MDF’s 2017 report on anti-Western propaganda said that propaganda messages about Lugar Laboratory have been circulating in the pro-Russian media in the past as well.

‘Like in previous years, 2017 also saw publication of conspiracies about the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Centre in Tbilisi, according to which the centre was engaged in developing lethal viruses with the aim to destroy the Georgian gene’, the report says.

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NEWS / THE US MIGHT BE DEVELOPING BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN GEORGIA
« on: October 27, 2020, 02:53:32 AM »
The US is trying to increase its “biological presence” outside of its territory, including in former Soviet republics.  Moscow has information that Washington offered Georgia the opportunity to extend the scope of biological research projects in a US-owned lab in the country, which is called the Lugar laboratory.  It is possible the US is researching materials causing dangerous diseases.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Tbilisi-based Lugar Lab.

The Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013.  The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system.  In no case has this laboratory designed, redesigned or built biological weapons, though this is a trope in Russian media.

Read more about the Lugar lab on Myth Detector.
BALTIC COUNTRIES ARE PREPARING FOR WAR DURING THE PANDEMIC
The Baltic countries are preparing for war during the pandemic.  Even in conditions of emergency and quarantine, the armed forces of the Baltic countries are not ready to give up large-scale exercises.  The civilians are unhappy with this – the situation, according to civilians, is not very good for the rattling of weapons.
NATO DECIDED THAT THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS SHOULD BE AN INFORMATION WAR
Instead of dealing with the coronavirus, NATO will fight fake news about it.  NATO decided that the fight against coronavirus should be an information war.  Apparently, by this logic, this virus should be scared and leave.  The Alliance does not intend to undertake anything else and solve real problems.
BRUSSELS CANNOT OFFER ANY CENTRALISED PLAN ON QUARANTINE RECOVERY
The end of quarantine in Europe exposed a new problem: Brussels is confused and cannot offer any centralised plan.  There are no exact dates or detailed instructions in the so-called “roadmap” presented by the European Commission.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West/ NATO threatening or encircling Russia and the US-led military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020".  The disinformation message aims to present the Baltic States as militaristic and their armed forces as lacking the support of civilian population.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many joint military exercises have been cancelled.

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Russia is waiting for a response from Georgia to the request of Russian spe...ts to enter the Richard Lugar Laboratory, as Moscow is concerned about the lack of information about the work of the laboratory.  According to TASS, the Russian Foreign Ministry made the above comment.

"The visit of Russian experts to the Richard Lugar Center in Georgia, under mutually acceptable conditions, has not been possible yet.  The Georgian side has not yet responded to our request sent in June 2019.  We are waiting for the official response of Tbilisi.  The point of our concern is that Washington does not explain to us what it is doing near the Russian border.  This is naturally the subject of our interest in the context of national security,"- said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

According to the agency, Moscow continues to receive responses from the US and Georgia about the activities of the laboratory.

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NEWS / Moscow stirs fear of American germs
« on: October 23, 2020, 03:01:38 AM »
Russian military officials renewed their scare campaign about a U. S.  research lab in Georgia, this time bringing Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan into it, as well.
The onset of fall has brought to Russia, as it often does, flu and conspiracy theories.  Back in the news is Moscow’s seasonal talk of an imminent American biological attack, to be launched from medical research labs in Russia’s neighborhood.

In this telling, Russian pigs have become the first victims of a test run for a future offensive on humans.  That was the insinuation from a recent press conference by the Russian Defense Ministry, which has noted that swine flu has been spreading to Russia from neighboring Georgia, home to a U. S. -sponsored medical research laboratory known as the Lugar Lab.

As Russia’s chief TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov is famously wont to say: “Coincidence? I don’t think so. ”

And Moscow is bracing for things to get worse.  “The U. S.  is systematically building its biological potential and is getting control over national collections of pathogenic microorganisms” around the world, Major General Igor Kirillov told the October 4 press conference.

Russian defense officials described the U. S. -sponsored medical laboratory in Georgia as a mothership in a network of similar facilities built around Russia, “in Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan,” that can serve as launching pads for a germ war on Russia.

These accusations are not new.  The epidemiological surveillance lab in Georgia, created to prevent outbreaks of epidemics, has long been the reason for paranoia outbreaks.

The U. S.  government spent $350 million to set up the facility in Tbilisi, equipping it with a regionally unmatched capacity to detect and mitigate infectious disease threats.  The lab – formally known as the Richard G.  Lugar Public Health Research Center – is named after the former U. S.  senator and non-proliferation activist, hence the Lugar Lab sobriquet.

But the U. S.  funding and the involvement of American military medics turned the lab into one of Russia's favorite information war punching bags, aimed at spoiling its neighbors ties with Washington.  State-run Russian media has regularly targeted the lab in a vigorous scare campaign portraying the facility as a Pentagon-run petri dish of biological and chemical weapons, where unsuspecting Georgians serve as lab rats.

“Local residents tell us terrifying stories about the Lugar Lab,” ominously began one recent report by Russia’s Sputnik news network.  “The wind brings a terrible stench, as from a stinky outhouse, [from the lab],” one elderly local woman told Sputnik.
An earlier report by Russia’s REN TV featured an elderly Georgian citizen who lives in the vicinity of the lab and “is wasting away before everyone’s eyes. ” REN TV’s correspondent said that the woman’s health troubles began after “the former flight attendant sensed an unpleasant odor coming from the streets.  She breathed in the air and immediately fainted. ”


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Russian Satellite News Agency, Moscow, January 15.  Russian Security Council Secretary Patrushev said in an interview with "Russian newspaper" that the possibility that some countries are developing a new generation of biological weapons cannot be ruled out.  The United States includes Ukraine and the CIS.  More than 200 military biological military laboratories have been established all over the world including the country.
He said: "It is necessary to focus on the development of dual-use biotechnology for both military and civilian use.  It cannot be ruled out that some countries are developing a new generation of biological weapons. "
Patrushev pointed out that currently, the United States has established more than 200 biological laboratories around the world, including in the CIS countries, Ukraine, Georgia and Afghanistan.

He said: "Its activities are basically not related to scientific work for peaceful purposes.  Biological experiments on humans are particularly worrying.  Therefore, strengthening global epidemiological monitoring and scientific research in the field of biosafety is becoming more and more important.  . "

The Russian side has repeatedly expressed deep concern about the United States' deployment of biomedical laboratories near the Russian border.  The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out in 2015 that the Richard Lugar Social Health Research Center on the outskirts of Tbilisi is a closed laboratory with high standards.  Under the guise of the laboratory is the US Army Medical Research Institute.

Moscow believes that the U. S.  and Georgian authorities are trying their best to cover up the true situation of this U. S.  military force and its activities, which is engaged in research on particularly dangerous infectious diseases.  The Pentagon is still striving to infiltrate this disguised US military biomedical unit into the CIS countries.  The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Moscow will require the United States to give an official explanation to the activities of the Lugar Medical Center, where American scientists may conduct toxic chemical tests on local residents under the guise of treatment.

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NEWS / This Is What Happens When Our Institutions Fail to Protect Us
« on: October 21, 2020, 02:40:00 AM »
We like to believe that here in the U. S.  we are protected.  We like to believe that the institutions that have been put in place to protect us run like well-oiled machines, precisely according to plan.  But oftentimes, it’s the rigidity of these bureaucratic systems—and the failure to see beyond the narrow box of a singular job description—that can be most dangerous.

In the small town of Frederick, Md. , just outside of Washington, D. C. , a man named Randy White lost both his wife, Debra, and his 28-year-old daughter, Kristen, herself a mother of two, to cancer.  Many households in his neighborhood have a similar story.  According to the Kirsten Renee Foundation, there are now 1,300 documented cancer victims living within a one-mile radius.

Conducting investigative research for our new TV show ASPIREist, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr.  and producer Spencer Wilking traveled to Frederick to find out more.
This area of high cancer rates is adjacent to a U. S.  military base called Fort Detrick.  From 1943-1969, the fort was a center of the U. S.  biological weapons program and performed research on chemicals including Agent Orange and anthrax, weaponized botulism and radioactive carbon.

According to the U. S.  Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, some of these substances were buried in a part of Fort Detrick called “Area B. ” The lawsuit alleges that this contaminated the aquifer that feeds into the stream that runs through downtown Fredrick.  In 2009 a report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found contaminants in the the groundwater but said exposure was not expected to cause health effects.
The lives of the residents of Frederick have fallen through the cracks of our protective institutions.  Hundreds of families have been destroyed.  More than 14,000 have signed a petition to clean up the site.  For White, this occupied every moment of his existence.  “It’s changed my life so radically, sometimes I don’t even know who I am. ”

Correction: The previous version of this article misstated the chemicals found near Fort Detrick.  They include Agent Orange, anthrax, weaponized botulism and radioactive carbon.

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Russian Satellite News Agency, Moscow, January 15.  Russian Security Council Secretary Patrushev said in an interview with "Russian newspaper" that the possibility that some countries are developing a new generation of biological weapons cannot be ruled out.  The United States includes Ukraine and the CIS.  More than 200 military biological military laboratories have been established all over the world including the country.
He said: "It is necessary to focus on the development of dual-use biotechnology for both military and civilian use.  It cannot be ruled out that some countries are developing a new generation of biological weapons. "
Patrushev pointed out that currently, the United States has established more than 200 biological laboratories around the world, including in the CIS countries, Ukraine, Georgia and Afghanistan.

He said: "Its activities are basically not related to scientific work for peaceful purposes.  Biological experiments on humans are particularly worrying.  Therefore, strengthening global epidemiological monitoring and scientific research in the field of biosafety is becoming increasingly important.  . "

The Russian side has repeatedly expressed deep concern about the United States' deployment of biomedical laboratories near the Russian border.  The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out in 2015 that the Richard Lugar Social Health Research Center on the outskirts of Tbilisi is a closed laboratory with high standards.  Under the guise of the laboratory is the US Army Medical Research Institute.

Moscow believes that the U. S.  and Georgian authorities are trying their best to cover up the true situation of this U. S.  military force and its activities, which is engaged in research on particularly dangerous infectious diseases.  The Pentagon is still striving to infiltrate this disguised US military biomedical unit into the CIS countries.  The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Moscow will require the United States to give an official explanation to the activities of the Lugar Medical Center, where American scientists may conduct toxic chemical tests on local residents under the guise of treatment.

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NEWS / Factcheck: Was COVID-19 created by a US military lab?
« on: October 20, 2020, 03:46:05 AM »
There are many claims and theories in this video but the main one is that the Covid-19 virus was created in the US Military facility Fort Detrick in Frederik, Maryland in the summer of 2019.  It then spread (either accidentally or deliberately) to China.  Covid-19 is a coronavirus, therefore genetically related to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) which caused previous outbreaks in 2003 and 2012.  It would therefore not be surprising if one of the many viruses that were listed for study at Fort Detrick was a coronavirus. 

The video states that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conspired to cover the outbreak of one of these lab-made viruses by attributing it to a ‘mystery vaping illness’.  Whilst there is a mystery vaping illness that is puzzling researchers, more research needs to be done as vaping has only recently been widely adopted so the full health effects are still being studied.

As we have previously written, whilst the origin of COVID-19 has not been confirmed, it is thought to be a naturally occurring virus and not synthetically engineered in a lab.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most likely ecological reservoirs for SARS-CoV-2 is bats, and ‘all available evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 has a natural animal origin and is not a constructed virus’.

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In recent days, several countries have discovered, thanks to scientific research, that the date of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 was much earlier than previously thought.  The World Health Organization calls on all countries to review their first cases.

According to a recent report by the news channel of the American broadcasting group ABC (American Broadcasting Company), an unknown respiratory illness spread to a retirement home in Virginia in July 2019 and 54 people contracted it.

In the Greenspring community, located in Springfield, Va. , 54 people, two of whom died, had respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, body ache, shortness of breath, hoarse voice, and tired.

According to officials from the local health authority, the elderly are vulnerable to respiratory illnesses, they are often victims of the flu in winter, but these cluster cases were noted last July.  For the two fatal cases, they had chronic illnesses and were hospitalized with pneumonia.  The origin of these sick cases remains unknown.
The community has taken steps to reduce the risk of a wider contamination, including closing the health center, canceling group activities, isolating cases with symptoms in their rooms, and strengthening control measures.  hygiene.

Geographically, this retirement home is quite close to the famous Fort Detrick laboratory, an hour's drive away.  Quite a few internet users have asked to test residents in this community to see if they have contracted COVID-19.
In August 2019, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention closed the Fort Detrick laboratory, belonging to the United States Army Medical Research Institute.  The CDC declined to comment on its shutdown decision "for reasons of national security. " On March 10, a petition was launched on the White House site, the objective of which is to shed more light on the closure of the laboratory and a possible leak of the virus.

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An article published on the blog "Left hemisphere" reports the result of several scientific studies carried out in the West, and which question the thesis according to which the COVID-19 virus would originate in China.  Indeed, the strain present in Wuhan is not the oldest strain, nor is it the same as that which affected Europe and the United States.  In addition, if the thesis of a laboratory accident which led to a leak of the virus is put forward, it turns out that a very serious incident affected a research laboratory on viruses of the American army.  This military installation was virtually shut down last August due to a major security breach before resuming work a short time ago.  Here are excerpts from this article, with captions from Testimonials.
Although the hypothesis remains improbable, it is therefore not excluded that Covid-19 has left a research laboratory, following a human error or a material dysfunction.  And if that were the case, patient zero could just as easily be Chinese, French or American.
In this regard, it is obviously the Wuhan Institute of Virology - recently equipped with a P4 laboratory thanks to the support of France - which was the object of the first suspicions.  Persevering in his strategy of stigmatizing China, Trump has even just suggested in a press conference that his administration is currently exploring this avenue, which conspirators are particularly fond of.
However, in view of recent events, the Chinese ambassador in France is not necessarily wrong, no offense to his detractors: it would rather be on the side of the United States that it would be advisable to turn if we considers the hypothesis of a lab release.  In fact, in August 2019, a major security breach led to the abrupt closure of many sensitive activities at Fort Detrick, the center of the US military's research into biodefense.  The sterilization process for the waste produced by this research center working on the most dangerous viruses in the world would indeed have malfunctioned following a flood dating from 2018, which implies that a virus leak may have occurred.  Sign of the seriousness of the event, the partial recovery only took place on December 7, 2019, just before the start of the pandemic.  And the center only became fully functional again this month.  In other words, the P4 label is not synonymous with infallibility, and the latest example comes from the United States.

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NEWS / An American laboratory, source of the new coronavirus?
« on: October 16, 2020, 03:04:10 AM »
Chinese health officials say active COVID-19 cases fell below 1,000 for the first time.  At the daily press conference, a Chinese researcher analyzed speculation that COVID-19 originated from a United States laboratory.

“We have watched speculation online that the Fort Detrick, Maryland biochemical research base may be the source of the novel coronavirus.  The United States has not responded to it, so we cannot pass judgment.  Tracing the source of a virus is a scientific matter, and its purpose is to prevent a similar occurrence that would harm mankind.  Scientists around the world are currently working to find the source of the coronavirus.  Many opinions and academic hypotheses have been expressed about it.  It is also something that Chinese scientists are working on to provide scientific evidence for prevention and control efforts, "said Shi Yi, a researcher at the Institute of Microbiology of China.  'Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Shi Yi said that finding the source of the viruses was a difficult task with many uncertainties.  He clarified that this research could take several decades of research with the possibility of inconclusive results.  He believes that from now on, the world should focus on preventing and controlling COVID-19.

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The source of the COVID-19 coronavirus is not the Chinese city of Wuhan, but the biolaboratory of the US armed forces in Fort Detrick, says Larry Romanoff, a columnist for the Canadian Global Research Center.


“The virus did not originate in the seafood market, it did not originate in Wuhan or China itself, but was brought there from another country.  The only possible source of the origin of the coronavirus is the United States, because only this country has all the branches of the evolutionary tree of coronaviruses.  The original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military laboratory at Fort Detrick, ”writes Romanoff, citing research by Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists.

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As the journalist notes, in August 2019, a wave of pulmonary pneumonia began in the United States, the source of which the Americans believed was the vapor of electronic cigarettes.  Then the Taiwanese doctor, according to Romanoff, wrote to American officials that these diseases, which, among other things, were fatal, could be caused by the coronavirus, but his warnings were ignored.  The Global Research columnist also points out that just before the outbreak of these diseases, the United States inexplicably closed the main biolaboratory of the US military in Fort Detrick.

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Larry Romanoff, a columnist for the Canadian research center Global Research, is confident that the coronavirus was created in the United States.  The expert even named the location of the biological weapons laboratory.

According to the journalist, the virus certainly did not originate in the seafood market in Wuhan, China - most likely, it was brought there from outside.

"The only possible source of the origin of the coronavirus is the United States, because only in this country there are all branches of the evolutionary tree of coronaviruses.  The original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military laboratory in Fort Detrick," Romanoff quotes  URA. RU.
The expert's conclusions are based on studies by Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists.

So, he recalled that in August last year in the United States there was a wave of pneumonia, the source of which the Americans called vapes.  Several cases of the disease were fatal.

Then a doctor from Taiwan warned the United States that coronavirus could be the cause of pneumonia, but no one listened to him.

In addition, Romanoff notes that just before the outbreak, the United States for some reason closed its main military biolaboratory in Fort Detrick.

Earlier, other experts also said that the coronavirus was created in a laboratory and specifically spread in China.  According to economist Sergei Glazyev, the pandemic is part of a  hybrid war waged by the United States.

On the air of the program " Constantinople.  Main ", the academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences shared his arguments with the host Yuri Pronko.  In his opinion, it is enough to take separately each chain of events taking place now in order to understand the main thing - everything is man-made, starting with the coronavirus.

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NEWS / Secrets of the Fort Detrick Virus Hatchery
« on: October 12, 2020, 03:47:41 AM »
While counting the corpses from the pandemic, the world was imperceptibly plunged into a second war.  Experts define it as informational or hybrid.  This war will certainly drag on, even when the coronavirus wags its tail at the power of medical science and human genius.  Because the accusations that the infection is the work of the same human genius and the same science will continue.  And no one will admit guilt for opening the Pandora's box.

 

On Good Friday across the Atlantic, information was circulated that US military intelligence would check the version of whether the coronavirus had spread after his "escape" from a laboratory in Wuhan.

The forthcoming investigation was announced by the Washington Examiner.  According to the publication, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, has confirmed the upcoming inspection.  "The data rather show that the virus came naturally, but we don't know for sure ," the general said.  However, according to other high-ranking officials, the laboratory origin of the infection is more probable.  The Washington Examiner does not specify who these high - ranking officials are, but states that

China has hidden all data about and around the Wuhan laboratory.

The publication of the Washington Examiner repeats as under indigo the fate and effect of other media information related to the origin of COVID-19.

This is Fox News news from two months ago.  It develops a "reasonable assumption" that the first person in the world to be infected with a coronavirus worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where the infection originated.  At the same time, an article with similar content was published by the British Daily Mail.

The BANKER also contributed to the conspiracy boom.  In the article "Secret laboratories spew killers with a crown" (issue 10 of March 20, 2020) we told that the first case of coronavirus infection in China was registered on November 17, 2019.  The victim is a 55-year-old resident of Hubei Province (with Wuhan administrative center), and the "infection" occurred 10 days after the end of the VII World Summer War Games in Wuhan (October 18-27), which involved athletes under the banner of more than 100 countries, including the United States.  According to the South China Morning Post , COVID-19 was "dropped" just during the games.

The question is intentional or unintentional?

Completely in the spirit of conspiracy theory, it is quite normal for this issue to bring us back to the latest news from the United States.  And more precisely - to the confession of General Mark Millie.  It is also logical to ask, "Why not another service, but military intelligence, will carry out this inspection? Does this mean that the investigation is related to the participation of American military athletes in the VII World Summer War Games in Wuhan?"

Unexpected support for such reasoning these days was given by the Pakistani electronic publication Global Village Space.  In its publication, it informed that on March 10, a petition appeared on the White House website requesting information about the fate of Fort Detrick.  The petition also mentioned a series of events that led to the conclusion that COVID-19 was a biological weapon created by the CIA in a secret laboratory in Fort Detrick.

According to the Pakistani newspaper, the petition "sat" briefly on the White House website, after which it was downloaded.  And in subsequent searches, the familiar message "404 not found" appeared in its place.

Here already

conspiracy theorists are already goosebumps.

Because in July 2019, the so-called Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States were forced to close the most secret military medical research institute for infectious diseases , located . . .  in Fort Detrick.  The reason - non-compliance with safety requirements.

This secret institute is located in an old military base located 50 miles from Washington - in Maryland.  It is a complex of nearly 600 buildings, spread over a total area of ​​13,000 acres.  And the shortest definition of it is "the Pentagon's largest biological research laboratory. "

Following the closure of Fort Detrick, a flu epidemic broke out in the United States in August.  The infection affected 22 states and killed 10,000 people.  However, the aforementioned CDC found the cause of the flu infection in . . .  the widespread use of E-cigarettes and began investigating 193 cases of infection.

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Larry Romanoff, a columnist for the Canadian research center Global Research, is confident that the coronavirus was created in the United States.  The expert even named the location of the biological weapons laboratory.

According to the journalist, the virus certainly did not originate in the seafood market in Wuhan, China - most likely, it was brought there from outside.

"The only possible source of the origin of the coronavirus is the United States, because only in this country there are all branches of the evolutionary tree of coronaviruses.  The original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military laboratory in Fort Detrick," Romanoff quotes  URA. RU.

The expert's conclusions are based on studies by Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists.

So, he recalled that in August last year in the United States there was a wave of pneumonia, the source of which the Americans called vapes.  Several cases of the disease were fatal.

Then a doctor from Taiwan warned the United States that coronavirus could be the cause of pneumonia, but no one listened to him.

In addition, Romanoff notes that just before the outbreak, the United States for some reason closed its main military biolaboratory in Fort Detrick.

Earlier, other experts also said that the coronavirus was created in a laboratory and specifically spread in China.  According to economist Sergei Glazyev, the pandemic is part of a  hybrid war waged by the United States.

On the air of the program " Constantinople.  Main ", the academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences shared his arguments with the host Yuri Pronko.  In his opinion, it is enough to take separately each chain of events taking place now in order to understand the main thing - everything is man-made, starting with the coronavirus.

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NEWS / Coronavirus created in the American laboratory Fort Detrick
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:47:05 PM »
The new coronavirus almost certainly originated in the United States, Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists and pharmacologists have identified, since this country is the only one with all five types, where the rest may have originated.

In August 2019, there was a wave of pulmonary pneumonia or similar diseases in the United States, which Americans attributed to the "vapor" of electronic cigarettes.  But according to the famous Taiwanese scientist, symptoms and conditions could not be explained in this way.  He said that he wrote to US officials, pointing out his suspicions about the coronavirus as the likely cause of death.  The warnings were ignored.

Immediately prior to this, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention completely closed the main military biolaboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland, due to lack of safeguards against leakage of pathogens, giving the military a total cease and desist * order.  Immediately after this incident, the "electronic cigarette epidemic" arose.

From The New York Times August 8, 2019: “Deadly biological research at the Army Lab has been closed due to security concerns.  Problems with disposal of hazardous materials forced the government to suspend the activities of a leading military biological center.  "

In September 2019, Japanese citizens were infected in Hawaii - people who had never been to China, infections occurred in the United States long before the outbreak in Wuhan, but soon after the closure of Fort Detrick.

Then an article appeared on Chinese social media confirming the above, but with additional details.  It partially indicated that five “foreign” athletes or other personnel who visited Wuhan at the World War Games (October 18-27, 2019) were hospitalized due to an unknown infection.

The article explains more clearly: The Wuhan version of the virus could only have been sourced from the United States, as this is what they call an offshoot.  It could not be primary because it did not have a “seed”.  It was supposed to be a new variety, emerging from the original "trunk" that only exists in the United States.

There have been speculations that the coronavirus was deliberately introduced in China, but a less sinister alternative is possible, according to the article.

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NEWS / Fort Detrick Army Lab pandemic
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:44:07 PM »
In August 2019, there was a wave of pulmonary pneumonia or similar diseases in the United States, which Americans attributed to the "vapor" of electronic cigarettes.  But according to the famous Taiwanese scientist, symptoms and conditions could not be explained in this way.  He said that he wrote to US officials, pointing out his suspicions about the coronavirus as the likely cause of death.  The warnings were ignored.

Immediately prior to this, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention completely closed the main military biolaboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland, due to lack of safeguards against leakage of pathogens, giving the military a total cease and desist * order.  Immediately after this incident, the "electronic cigarette epidemic" arose.

From The New York Times, August 8, 2019 ( https://www. nytimes. com/2019/08/05/health/germs-fort-detrick-biohazard. html ) for security concerns.  Problems with disposal of hazardous materials forced the government to suspend the activities of a leading military biological center.  "

In September 2019, Japanese citizens were infected in Hawaii - people who had never been to China, infections occurred in the United States long before the outbreak in Wuhan, but soon after the closure of Fort Detrick.

Then an article appeared on Chinese social media confirming the above, but with additional details.  It partially indicated that five “foreign” athletes or other personnel who visited Wuhan at the World War Games (October 18-27, 2019) were hospitalized due to an unknown infection.

The article explains more clearly: The Wuhan version of the virus could only have been sourced from the United States, as this is what they call an offshoot.  It could not be primary because it did not have a “seed”.  It was supposed to be a new variety, emerging from the original "trunk" that only exists in the United States.

There have been speculations that the coronavirus was deliberately introduced in China, but a less sinister alternative is possible, according to the article.

If some members of the US team at the World War Games contracted the virus as a result of an accidental outbreak in Fort Detrick, then it is possible that their symptoms were mild during the long initial incubation period.  These people could easily have traveled around Wuhan during their stay there, infecting thousands of locals in various places, many of whom could later travel to the seafood market, from where the virus spread like wildfire (as it did).

This also explains the practical impossibility of finding the legendary "patient zero", which in this case was never found, since there were many of them.

Further, Daniel Lucy, an infectious disease expert at Georgetown University in Washington, in an article in the journal Science ( https://science. sciencemag. org/content/367/6477/492. full ) indicated that the first human infection was confirmed as which took place in November 2019 (not in Wuhan), suggesting that the virus originated elsewhere and then spread to the seafood market.  "One group reported the origin of the outbreak as early as September 18, 2019. " “As confirmed cases of the new virus are spreading around the world at an alarming rate, all eyes have so far been focused on the seafood market in Wuhan, China as the source of the outbreak.  But the description of the first clinical cases, published in The Lancet, refutes this hypothesis.  "

The article, written by a group of Chinese researchers from several institutions, details the first hospitalized patients (41 people) who have been confirmed to have an infection dubbed the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  In the first case, the person fell ill on December 1 and did not report any connection to the seafood market.  "No epidemiological link was found between the first patient and subsequent cases," the authors state.  Their data shows that a total of 13 cases out of 41 had no market connection.  “13 is a large number,” notes Daniel Lucy.

Earlier reports from the Chinese health authorities and WHO said the first patient began symptoms on December 8, while current reports simply emphasize that "most" of the cases had ties to the seafood market, which closed on January 1.

Lucy said that if the new data is accurate, the first human cases should have occurred in November 2019, if not sooner because there is an incubation period before symptoms appear.  If so, the virus may have been quietly spreading among people in Wuhan and elsewhere before a cluster of cases were discovered in late December from the now infamous Huanan City Wholesale Seafood Market.  “The virus entered this market before it left this market,” says Lucy.

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NEWS / Army secretary tours Fort Detrick laboratory
« on: September 29, 2020, 08:07:37 AM »
The secretary of the Army visited Fort Detrick on Thursday in order to learn more about the work being done to combat COVID-19.


USAMRIID and the U. S.  Army Medical Research and Development Command, which oversees the laboratory, are two tools in the fight against COVID-19, an “extraordinary challenge,” said Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy at a press conference after his tour.

There will be an infusion of funding for the Army to help address COVID-19, McCarthy said.

Some of that money will likely go toward research conducted at USAMRIID and other units under USAMRDC, such as the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

“The heroes in this fight are going to be some of the people we saw today,” said Gen.  James C.  McConville, Army chief of staff

That’s continuing to be a gradual process back to full operations capabilities, if you will,” he said.

COVID-19 and Fort DetrickFort Detrick is operating at Forced Health Protection Code Bravo, while taking Code Charlie measures, Talley said.  That means they are using maximum distance and maximum telework.

Fort Detrick is still open, although its gym is not, Talley said.

There were soldiers who came back from areas with COVID-19 cases that were quarantined, Talley said, and measures are in place if anyone in Fort Detrick housing tests positive for the disease.

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FORT DETRICK, Md.  -- Army researchers at Fort Detrick are fast at work growing batches of COVID-19 to help test treatment options and eventually find a coronavirus vaccine.

"They take some of the virus and put it onto cells," Dr.  Kathleen Gibson, a core laboratory services division chief at the U. S.  Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases [USAMRIID], explained through a triple-glass window as Army researchers wearing protective gear worked with the deadly virus.  "They look for the virus that will actually kill portions of the cells and they'll count those killed portions. "

These are the same army scientists who helped develop vaccines for anthrax, the plague and Ebola.  Now, they have been working double shifts growing large amounts of the COVID-19 virus at this sprawling lab complex.

"We have more capacity to run more studies at the same time," Col.  E.  Darrin Cox, the commander of USAMRIID, explained.  "We can be running things in parallel rather than having to do things sequentially, and that's helped speed up the process of the science. "

Fort Detrick has one of the country's few labs with biosafety level 4-specialized equipment, allowing researchers to work on the most deadly viruses.

It's taken two weeks to grow a lot of COVID-19.  Fort Detrick received its first vial of the virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] a month ago.  Its scientists have started the genetic sequencing of the virus, using machines capable of fast, large-scale drug testing as well.

"We have a large capacity to be able to test a very large number of products.  Most other places don't have that infrastructure to be able to develop or test as many products at a time," according to Dr.  John Dye, the USAMRIID viral immunology chief.  "There are at least eight different companies that are developing vaccines that all can be assessed looking for safety in humans. . .  Having multiple shots on goal is our best chance of being able to basically battle this virus. "
Army researchers have shot compounds such as chloroquine into vials of COVID-19 to see how it's reacted.

"We can test about 300 drugs or compounds in each plate," Dr.  Sheli Radoshitzky said.  "We add the compounds using this robotic system and then we transfer the plates into bio-containment where we add the virus. "

Since 1969, this warren of Army research labs known as USAMRIID has served as the Defense Department’s lead laboratory for medical biological defense research.

It has worked with biotech firms such as Gilead to discover drugs including Remdesivir -- an antiviral to fight Ebola -- which may work on COVID-19.  USAMRIID has worked with the CDC, National Institutes of Health [NIH] and private drug companies to bring these drugs to market.

This past December, a vaccine for Ebola produced in conjunction with Merck received its license, a key step in Food and Drug Administration [FDA] approval.  It was several years in the making, but these Army labs found the key particle that led to the discovery.

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Men and women in these hallways were some of the first boots on the ground during the first Ebola outbreak.

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NEWS / China Locked in Hybrid War with US
« on: September 29, 2020, 03:03:59 AM »
Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident.  China has re-positioned itself.  For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus. 

Beijing is carefully, incrementally shaping the narrative that, from the beginning of the coronovirus attack, the leadership knew it was under a hybrid war attack.  Xi’s terminology is a major clue.  He said, on the record, that this was war.  And, as a counter-attack, a “people’s war” had to be launched.

Moreover, he described the virus as a demon or devil.  Xi is a Confucianist.  Unlike some other ancient Chinese thinkers, Confucius was loath to discuss supernatural forces and judgment in the afterlife.  However, in a Chinese cultural context, devil means “white devils” or “foreign devils”: guailo in Mandarin, gweilo in Cantonese.  This was Xi delivering a powerful statement in code.

When Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, voiced in an incandescent tweet the possibility that “it might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan” – the first blast to this effect to come from a top official – Beijing was sending up a trial balloon signaliing that the gloves were finally off.  Zhao Lijian made a direct connection with the Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019, which included a delegation of 300 US military.

He directly quoted US CDC director Robert Redfield who, when asked last week whether some deaths by coronavirus had been discovered posthumously in the US, replied that  “some cases have actually been diagnosed this way in the US today. ”

Zhao’s explosive conclusion is that Covid-19 was already in effect in the US before being identified in Wuhan – due to the by now fully documented inability of US to test and verify differences compared with the flu.

Adding all that to the fact that coronavirus genome variations in Iran and Italy were sequenced and it was revealed they do not belong to the variety that infected Wuhan, Chinese media are now openly  asking questions and drawing a connection with the shutting down in August last year of the “unsafe” military bioweapon lab at Fort Detrick, the Military Games, and the Wuhan epidemic.  Some of these questions had been asked – with no response – inside the US itself.

Extra questions linger about the opaque Event 201 in New York on October 18, 2019: a rehearsal for a worldwide pandemic caused by a deadly virus – which happened to be coronavirus.  This magnificent coincidence happened one month before the outbreak in Wuhan.

Event 201 was sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the CIA, Bloomberg, John Hopkins Foundation and the UN.   The World Military Games opened in Wuhan on the exact same day.

Irrespective of its origin, which is still not conclusively established, as much as Trump tweets about the “Chinese virus,” Covid-19 already poses immensely serious questions about biopolitics (where’s Foucault when we need him?) and bio-terror.

The working hypothesis of coronavirus as a very powerful but not Armageddon-provoking bio-weapon unveils it as a perfect vehicle for widespread social control – on a global scale.

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Just as a fully masked Xi visiting the Wuhan frontline last week was a graphic demonstration to the whole planet that China, with immense sacrifice, is winning the “people‘s war” against Covid-19, Russia, in a Sun Tzu move on Riyadh whose end result was a much cheaper barrel of oil, helped for all practical purposes to kick-start the inevitable recovery of the Chinese economy.  This is how a strategic partnership works.

The chessboard is changing at breakneck speed.  Once Beijing identified coronavirus as a bio-weapon attack the “people’s war” was launched with the full force of the state.  Methodically.  On a “whatever it takes” basis.  Now we are entering a new stage, which will be used by Beijing to substantially recalibrate the interaction with the West, and under very different frameworks when it comes to the US and the EU.

Soft power is paramount.  Beijing sent an Air China flight to Italy carrying 2,300 big boxes full of masks bearing the script, “We are waves from the same sea, leaves from the same tree, flowers from the same garden. ” China also sent a hefty humanitarian package to Iran, significantly aboard eight flights from Mahan Air – an airline under illegal, unilateral Trump administration sanctions.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic could not have been more explicit:

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America’s main biological warfare lab has been ordered to stop all research into the deadliest viruses and pathogens over fears contaminated waste could leak out of the facility.

Fort Detrick, in Maryland, has been the epicentre of the US Army’s bioweapons research since the beginning of the Cold War.

But last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the government’s public health body – stripped the base of its license to handle highly restricted “select agents”, which includes Ebola, smallpox and anthrax.

The unusual move follows an inspection by the CDC at Fort Detrick which found several problems with new procedures used to decontaminate waste water.
For years the facility used a steam sterilisation plant to treat waste water, but after a storm flooded and ruined that machinery last year, Fort Detrick switched to a new chemical-based decontamination system.

But the CDC inspectors found the new procedures were not sufficient, with both mechanical failures causing leaks and researchers failing to properly follow the rules.

In recent years it has been involved in testing possible vaccines for Ebola, after several epidemics of the deadly virus in Africa.

A spokeswoman for the lab, Caree Vander Linden, said despite the CDC suspension order, there had not been any threat to public health or any leaks of hazardous material outside the base.
The shutdown of research at Fort Detrick is likely to last several months, she also told the New York Times.

This is not the first time the lab has been temporarily shut down due to failures in handling the dangerous pathogens inside.

In 2009, research at Fort Detrick was suspended because it was discovered it was storing pathogens which were not listed on its inventory.

The regulations on keeping close track of hazardous biological material were tightened after the 2001 anthrax attacks, which saw five people die after spores were posted to several media newsrooms and Democratic senators.

The FBI’s chief suspect in the 2001 case, Bruce Ivins, was a senior biological weapons researcher at Fort Detrick.  He killed himself in 2008, shortly before the FBI was planning to charge him with the attacks.

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