‘The Next Revolution’ host Steve Hilton investigated the origins of the coronavirus and announced his findings on Fox News Sunday night.
Hilton noted that a Utah mink was the first case of COVID-19 to be found in a wild animal.
According to Hilton, minks and related animals have respiratory systems that operate similarity to humans.
About 10 years ago, researchers in the Netherlands did an experiment on ferrets and found that a virus that started without the ability to be transmitted throughout the air, can eventually gain that ability.
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This led to a new type of research called “Gain-of-Function” virus research. The idea was to replicate in a lab what had been done to the ferrets.
“Take a virus and then manipulate its genetic code to make it stronger and more powerful. The virus would gain new functions – hence the name,” Hilton explained.
Many researchers thought the new gain-of-function virus research was promising. If researchers could engineer the most contagious, deadly viruses in a lab, they could learn about potential treatments and vaccines without an actual outbreak.
Over the years, gain-of-function virus research has been used all over the world. One of the leading laboratories in gain-of-function research was based in Wuhan, China at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“As well as having great potential to help mankind, gain-of-function research can also hurt us,” Hilton said. “Imagine if a deadly virus engineered in the lab to be incredibly contagious, somehow escaped from the lab. It could reek havoc, precisely because it was designed to do that.”
Gain-of-function research has always been controversial because of these risks. Under the Obama administration, the White House cut funding for gain-of-function research following “recent biosafety incidents at federal research facilities,” the administration said in a statement in 2014.
“The funding pause will apply to gain-of-function research projects that may be reasonably anticipated to confer attributes to influenza, MERS or SARS viruses such that the virus would have enhanced pathogenicity and/or transmissibility in mammals via the respiratory route,” the statement continued.
According to Hilton, leading infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci funded the first ferret study. Fauci said it was a “risk worth taking” and “important information and insights can come from generating a potentially dangerous virus in the laboratory.”
Hilton showed documents that proved in 2014, Dr. Fauci commissioned and continued to fund gain-of-function virus research at the Wuhan Institute in direct violation of the Obama administration ban.
In 2014, Fauci began a research project to assess the risk of new coronavirus emerging from wild animals, like bats.
One of the main goals of the project was to see what viruses can affect both animals and humans.
The project was sub-contracted to EcoHealth Alliance, INC based in New York. It was run by Peter Daszak, a zoologist that specializes in wildlife diseases.
Dr. Fauci funded over 3 million dollars to EcoHealth for his project, despite the Obama administration ban.
Daszak then sub-contracted the project to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology then began to genetically engineer new viruses from the feces of bats and infected human cells with the virus.
“The genetic changes they made in the lab, unlocked a highly specific doorway into the human body. The virus that causes COVID-19 uses that same exact doorway,” Hilton said.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
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