Did GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) accidentally make COVID-19 in their Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory?
Find out what this new viral claim (pun intended!) is all about, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : GSK “Accidentally” Made COVID-19 In Wuhan Lab!
The British multinational pharmaceutical company, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) is the new COVID-19 villain in town!
This viral message claims to expose their dastardly links to many of the world’s most evil people – Dr. Anthony Fauci, George Soros and of course, Bill Gates!
Check out the viral message below, and read on to find out what the FACTS really are!
50 Cent Army “Accidentally” Wrote Fake Story On GSK Making COVID-19?
This looks suspiciously like another attempt by China’s 50 Cent Army to divert attention from the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic was a result of a lab leak.
Needless to say, this is completely FAKE NEWS, with a plot so convoluted that people won’t bother checking, and will just accept as true.
The truth is – EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE is a lie! It is as if the writer was paid by the lie… Interesting!
Here are the FACTS! Share them out, so we don’t become the “useful idiots” they think we are!
Fact #1 : GSK Is A Pharmaceutical Company
GSK is a pharmaceutical company. They conduct research into, and manufacture, drugs and vaccines.
There is no reason for them to operate, much less own, a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory like the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Almost all BSL-4 facilities are operated by governments or universities, because of the high costs and strict regulations.
The two private BSL-4 labs that we know of are operated by the Merial Animal Health in Pirbright, England and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in Texas, USA.
Fact #2 : GSK Does Not Own Wuhan Institute of Virology
Most research institutes with BSL-4 laboratories are government-owned and -operated.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is no different. It is owned and administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which reports to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
That is why you can see the acronym CAS behind the name Wuhan Institute of Virology emblazoned on the institute’s facade (see picture below).
Fact #3 : Wuhan Institute of Virology Was Established In 1956
The WIV was actually established back in 1956 as the Wuhan Microbiology Laboratory, under CAS.
It was later renamed as the South China Institute of Microbiology in 1961, the Wuhan Microbiology Institute in 1962, and the Microbiology Institute of Hubei Province in 1970.
It finally adopted its current name – the Wuhan Institute of Virology – in June 1978.
For context – China did not initiate their economic reforms – the Opening of China – until December 1978. And the privatisation of state-owned industry did not happen until the late 1980s and 1990s.
So even history shows that it is IMPOSSIBLE for GSK to own the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fact #4 : GSK Does Not Own Pfizer
GSK and Pfizer are both publicly-listed multinational pharmaceutical companies. Therefore, they are both owned by their shareholders, not any one particular conglomerate.
In any case, the claim that GSK owns Pfizer is ludicrous because GSK is much smaller than Pfizer!
With a market capitalisation of about US$95 billion, GSK is much smaller than Pfizer with a market capitalisation of over US$215 billion!
In fact, GSK is only the tenth largest pharmaceutical company, while Pfizer is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
Fact #5 : NIH, Not Dr. Fauci, Gave WIV A Grant
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave the Wuhan Institute of Virology a grant through the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.
The EcoHealth grant partially funded WIV’s research into bat specimens collected from caves in China, to study their potential for infecting humans.
This funding was given in the aftermath of the 2002-2004 SARS epidemic, which originated from bats.
However, the grant does not involve gain-of-function research by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fact #6 : BlackRock Does Not Manage GSK
BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, and they own about 7.5% of GSK shares (as of 29 January 2021).
However, BlackRock does not manage GSK, which has its own board (helmed by Jonathan Symonds) and its own management team (helmed by CEO Emma Walmsley).
Fact #7 : BlackRock Does Not Manage Open Foundation Company
First of all, there is no such thing as the Open Foundation Company. The fake news creator is probably referring to the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by George Soros.
Secondly, the Open Society Foundations is completely owned by George Soros, and is currently the world’s largest PRIVATE funder of charities and NGOs.
The Open Society Foundations is most certainly NOT managed by BlackRock. It is illogical to make this claim because managing OSF does not allow BlackRock to make a profit for their clients.
Fact #8 : Open Society Foundations Does Not Manage AXA
AXA is a publicly-listed French multinational insurance company, obviously with their own management team.
There is simply no logic (never mind evidence!) in claiming that a private grantmaking group is managing a public-listed company.
Fact #10 : Winterthur Was A Swiss Insurance Company
First of all, Winterthur is not a German company, as the fake news creator claimed. Winterthur is a Swiss company.
Secondly, Winterthur is an insurance company, and thus have no business building laboratories anywhere in the world, much less the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s laboratories.
Fact #11 : Winterthur Was Purchased By AXA
Winterthur was purchased by AXA in 2006, and is today known as AXA Switzerland. It was never owned by George Soros.
Fact #12 : Vanguard Is An Investment Management Group
The Vanguard Group is a private investment management company, that manages funds provided by their customers. In fact, they created the first index fund.
Therefore, it is no surprise that they own shares in Allianz, as well as BlackRock. They basically buy into any company that meets their criteria for profit or indexing.
Fact #13 : BlackRock Does Not Control Central Banks
Central banks are national institutions that are controlled by their respective governments, with different regulatory powers and structures.
There is simply no evidence that even a mega asset management company like Black Rock can control a single central bank, much less central banks all over the world.
In fact, BlackRock was hired by the US Federal Reserve in 2020 to help them manage commercial mortgage-backed securities. In other words, they were working under the control of a central bank, not the other way around!
Fact #14 : BlackRock Does Not Manage ⅓ Of Global Capital
It is true that BlackRock manages A LOT of money globally – US$9 trillion, as of 19 April 2021.
However, that is only 9.5% of the global equity market, which grew to US$95 trillion in 2019.
No matter how you slice and dice it, BlackRock does not manage ⅓ of the global market capital.
Fact #15 : Bill Gates Does Not Own Microsoft
Microsoft has been a public-listed company since 1986, so its shareholders are the owners, not Bill Gates.
Bill Gates himself ceased to be its largest individual shareholder since 2014. When he stepped down from the Microsoft board in 2020, he only owned 1.3% of Microsoft shares!
Fact #16 : Pfizer Is A Public-Listed Company
It is no surprise that Bill Gates is a Pfizer shareholder. Pfizer is a public-listed company, which means ANYONE can purchase Pfizer shares and become a Pfizer shareholder!
Fact #17 : WHO Is A UN Agency
The World Health Organisation is a United Nations agency, established on 7 April 1948, and funded by UN member countries. It was not sponsored by Pfizer then or now.
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