By: Konrad Holden
According to leaked documents, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology applied for a grant to release genetically enhanced airborne coronaviruses which contained “novel chimeric spike proteins” among cave bats. The grant application was rejected by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The goal of the research included finding ways to prevent outbreaks and vaccinating bats against the virus.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians, media personalities, and everyday citizens have wondered where the disease originated.
Initially, the “lab leak theory” was banned by “big tech” companies including Facebook and Google.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been especially tough on Dr. Fauci and the NIH’s involvement with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
Now, it has come out that scientists with the WIV wanted to release genetically enhanced airborne coronaviruses into cave bats for research purposes. DARPA rejected a grant application for that research because the research could be considered “gain-of-function”.
The application came from EcoHealthAlliance and UK scientist Peter Daszak who has been the subject of debates between Sen. Paul and Dr. Fauci in Congress.
When DARPA initially rejected the request, they went so far as to say, “It is clear that the proposed project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk.”
A group of international scientists looking into COVID-19’s origins, named Drastic Research, who also released the leaked documents, have raised questions that the research was potentially conducted using the DARPA grant.
While it is clear that we have not yet uncovered the full story regarding the origin of COVID-19, this latest development is yet another clue in discovering how the epidemic was unleashed.
“Given that we find in this proposal a discussion of the planned introduction of human-specific cleavage sites, a review by the wider scientific community of the plausibility of artificial insertion is warranted.” - Drastic Research
“It’s an explicit goal of the grant to identify the bat SARS-related coronaviruses that they think pose the highest risk.” - Jesse Bloom, professor and director of Bloom Lab