Jordon Trishton Walker has gone viral for claiming that Pfizer is thinking of mutating COVID-19 using Directed Evolution!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Jordon Trishton Walker : Pfizer is thinking of mutating COVID-19 using Directed Evolution!
Project Veritas recently released a “sting” video, in which they appeared to have entrapped Jordon Trishton Walker, who was identified as the Pfizer Director of Research and Development Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning.
In that viral video, Jordon (JTW) who was trying to impress his Tinder date – an undercover Project Veritas journalist (PV), claimed that Pfizer was thinking of mutating the COVID-19 virus using Directed Evolution.
When his Tinder date / undercover Project Veritas journalist suggested that it was Gain-of-Function, Jordon insisted that Directed Evolution was different from Gain-of-Function.
Here is a partial transcript from the video. For the full transcript, please see our earlier article.
PV : Pfizer ultimately is thinking about mutating COVID?
JTW : Well, that is not what we say to the public. No.
JTW : Don’t tell anyone this by the way, you have to promise you won’t tell anyone.
JTW : We’re exploring like – you know how the virus keeps mutating?
JTW : Well one of the things we’re exploring is like, why don’t we just mutate it ourselves so we could- we could create preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So we have to do that. If we’re gonna do that though, there’s a risk of like, as you could imagine, no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating fucking viruses.
PV : It [mutating COVID] sounds like Gain-of-Function to me.
JTW : I don’t know, it’s a little bit different. I think it’s different. It’s like, this, it’s definitely not Gain-of-Function.
PV : It sounds like it is, I mean, it’s okay.
JTW : No no no, but directed evolution is very different.
JTW : Well you’re not supposed to do Gain-of-Function research with the viruses.
JTW : They’d rather we not, but we do these selected structure mutations to try to see if we can make them more potent.
Jordon Trishton Walker on Directed Evolution : What are the Facts?
Anti-vaccination activists are excitedly sharing the Project Veritas video of Jordon Trishton Walker as evidence that Pfizer was caught mutating the COVID-19 virus to develop new vaccines.
But the truth is – if you actually go through the Project Veritas video, it was really a nothingburger on Pfizer, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Project Veritas Is Infamous For Misinformation
Project Veritas is infamous for posting misinformation, and heavily edited videos that either cast a misleading angle on a story, or push misinformation.
In 2020, Project Veritas claimed that US Representative Ilhan Omar was linked to a “cash for ballots voter fraud scheme”, which turned out to be baseless.
In February 2021, Project Veritas posted a video of Mark Zuckerberg allegedly warning Facebook staff about the risks of mRNA vaccines, even though Zuckerberg changed his opinions three months earlier after asking Dr. Anthony Fauci to clarify the issue in a November 2020 livestream.
In October 2021, Project Veritas released a video of Pfizer scientist Nick Karl saying that natural immunity is better than vaccination, when in fact Nicholas Karl is a biochemist who was not involved in the development or manufacture of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact #2 : His Job Does Not Involve Vaccine Development
While many people are obsessed in proving that Jordon Trishton Walker is really a Pfizer director of mRNA research, and not a consultant on loan / secondment from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), it really does not matter.
Pfizer has a job position called Director, Research and Development and mRNA Scientific Strategy, which is close enough to the super-long title Jordon Trishton Walker is said to hold.
Ironically, that post is at the Pfizer Pearl River R&D facility near New York – the same place Nicholas Karl, the biochemist who got punked by Project Veritas in 2021 also worked at!
The job description, however, clearly shows that the director of R&D and mRNA Scientific Strategy is an office executive mainly dealing with business development.
Drive select projects within WRDM (Worldwide Research, Development and Medical) to deliver business critical insights to Pfizer leaders, such as the Executive Leadership Team, in partnership with internal and external stakeholders. These projects may include:
- Leading select operational initiatives across Pfizer therapeutic areas, including delivering key aspects of the Corporate Strategic Plan and representing WRDM on corporate project teams.
- Developing the strategic vision for mRNA technology at Pfizer and working cross-functionally with key stakeholders, such as Business Development, to enable decision-making on critical topics and ensure successful execution of the strategy. Identifying and prioritizing opportunities to deliver innovative medicines across Pfizer’s portfolio and advancing these priorities in collaboration with Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officers and other WRDM leaders.
- Maximizing the effectiveness of the President of WRDM on key internal and external deliverables.
Fact #3 : Jordon Walker Never Said Pfizer Was Mutating COVID-19 Virus
If you watch the Project Veritas video or read the transcript carefully, you will realise that Jordon Trishton Walker never said that Pfizer was mutating the COVID-19 virus. He only said that it was “a thought that came up” in one of the meetings.
… it was a thought that came up in a meeting and we were like, why do we not — it was like, we’re going to consider that with more discussions.
Fact #4 : Viruses Are Already Mutating Globally
It seems silly for Pfizer to intentionally infect monkeys to mutate the COVID-19 virus, to try and predict the next variant, when the virus is mutating rapidly globally – every infected person is literally a mutation factory!
Infecting monkeys also may not deliver the same variants as viruses that mutate in human beings, and may not serve as a good predictor of future variants.
Therefore, it would be much cheaper and certainly more accurate for Pfizer scientists to simply collect samples of new variants that are created every few months!
Fact #5 : Pfizer Modifying COVID-19 To Test PAXLOVID
Pfizer responded to the claims on January 27, 2023, stating that it has not conducted gain-of-function or directed evolution research when it came to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (marketed as COMIRNATY).
However, Pfizer stated that it does modify the COVID-19 virus to produce the spike protein of the new variants identified by health authorities, to test whether its vaccine would continue to work against the new variants.
If any gain-of-function or directed evolution work was being done on the COVID-19 virus, Pfizer was only doing it to test if the virus can evade nirmatrelvir – the patented half of the PAXLOVID oral medication it developed.
Fact #6 : Directed Evolution Cannot Predict Dominant Mutation
Directed evolution is a form of protein engineering that uses mutagenesis and the natural selection process to create proteins with desired characteristics.
While the mutagenesis process it uses can create many variants, directed evolution cannot predict which variants will end up becoming dominant.
That’s why it’s called directed evolution – the scientists direct the evolution of a gene to produce proteins they want, not predict what proteins will become “dominant”.
Jordon himself pointed out to the Project Veritas journalist that even if Pfizer tries mutating the virus, it may not predict future variants.
JTW : Yeah, if it works.
PV : What do you mean if it works?
JTW : Because some of the times there are mutations that pop up that we are not prepared for like the delta and omicron and things like that, so…
Fact #6 : mRNA Technology Allows For Quick Vaccine Development
In any case, it doesn’t make much sense for Pfizer to try and “predict” the next variant, because the mRNA technology allows for very quick vaccine development.
Moderna, for example, took only TWO DAYS to design its mRNA vaccine after Chinese scientists released the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome, and only 26 days to create its first batch of vaccines.
In other words – Pfizer, or rather BioNTech scientists, only need the genomic data of the latest variant to create a new vaccine. There is no real need to predict the next variant, because developing a new vaccine with mRNA technology is so quick!
Why mRNA vaccines take so long to get to market has more to do with testing and red tape, than actually creating them!
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