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World Health Organization has abandoned plans to investigate origins of COVID-19 pandemic



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The World Health Organization (WHO) is blaming global politics and “challenges” for not pursuing an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. One would think finding the origins is of the highest priority; sadly they would be wrong.

The journal Nature reported on Tuesday that the WHO “has quietly shelved the second phase of its much-anticipated scientific investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.” WHO was in “phase two” of the investigation, but the “challenges” caused too much time to elapse despite plans for further investigations.

Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist with WHO, told Nature that there is “no phase two” of the organization’s efforts. “The politics across the world of this really hampered progress on understanding the origins,” she said.

Scientists are still working to narrow down certain questions regarding the earliest cases of the virus in Wuhan and elsewhere, Nature said. But, the journal added, “too much time has passed to gather some of the data needed to pinpoint where the virus originated.”

Just The News reports:

Officials with WHO in January of 2021 traveled to Wuhan, China in an attempt to learn more about the virus’s origins. The highly anticipated research trip was hoped to shed more light on the workings of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a high-level coronavirus research facility located just a few miles from the first confirmed public outbreak of the virus.

In a much-maligned report, the team strongly downplayed the possibility that the virus may have originally escaped from that lab, claiming instead the most likely route of transmission for the virus was an interspecies jump from bats to humans.

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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant



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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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