Tag Archives: Peter Daszak

Do emails show Ralph Baric created COVID-19 spike protein?!

Did emails released under FOIA show that Ralph Baric created the COVID-19 spike protein in 2018?! Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Emails Show Ralph Baric Created COVID-19 Spike Protein!

Conspiracists and anti-vaccine activists are excitedly sharing FOIA-released emails, which purportedly shows that Ralph Baric created the COVID-19 spike protein in 2018!

Kim Dotcom : American scientist Ralph Baric developed the spike protein that was inserted into Covid-19 and he worked with the Wuhan lab where the virus was created. Covid-19 was made in America and funded by the US Govt. Where’s the media? Where’s the outrage? Where’s the criminal tribunal?

Recommended : Did CDC redact all 148 pages of its mRNA myocarditis study?!

 

Truth : Emails Do Not Show Ralph Baric Created COVID-19 Spike Protein!

This appears to be yet another example of fake news circulating on X (formerly Twitter), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Emails Were Referring To SARS Virus

Let me start by pointing out that the March 2018 emails released under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) were only referring to the SARS virus (now known as SARS-CoV-1).

The SARS-CoV-1 was the virus that caused the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak, and is different from SARS-CoV-2, which caused the COVID-19 pandemic more than 15 years later!

They are related but different coronaviruses, just like how a Tesla Model S and a BMW Z4 are both cars, but they are different cars, with different designs, engines and performance.

Fact #2 : All Coronaviruses Have Spike Proteins

I should point out that the spike protein isn’t a special feature of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Such spike proteins are actually a feature of all coronaviruses!

In fact, the name “coronavirus” is derived from the Latin word, corona, which means “crown” or “wreath” – a reference to its “crown” of spike proteins. To be clear – all coronaviruses have spike proteins on their cell surfaces.

So scientists doing research on coronaviruses would inevitably be working with spike proteins. It doesn’t mean that they were working to create the SARS-CoV-2.

Recommended : Does FDA Document Prove COVID Vaccine Shedding Is Real?!

Fact #3 : SARS Spike Protein Different From COVID-19 Spike Protein

I should also point out that the SARS spike protein is different from the COVID-19 spike protein. Not only are they physically different, they utilise different mechanisms to bind with the human ACE2 receptor.

This was extensively elucidated in a Chinese research paper by Yixin Xie et. al., that was published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Bioscience on 9 December 2020.

The results demonstrate that SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 S proteins are both attractive to ACE2 by electrostatic forces even at different distances. However, the residues contributing to the electrostatic features are quite different due to the mutations between SARS-CoV S protein and SARS-CoV-2 S protein.

Such differences are analyzed comprehensively. Compared to SARS-CoV, the SARS-CoV-2 binds with ACE2 using a more robust strategy:

  • The electric field line related residues are distributed quite differently, which results in a more robust binding strategy of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Also, SARS-CoV-2 has a higher electric field line density than that of SARS-CoV, which indicates stronger interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and ACE2, compared to that of SARS-CoV.
  • Key residues involved in salt bridges and hydrogen bonds are identified in this study, which may help the future drug design against COVID-19.

In short – the COVID-19 coronavirus does not use the same spike protein as the SARS coronavirus that Ralph Baric was working on.

Recommended : Does COVID Vaccinated Blood Clot In Just 3 Minutes?!

Structural differences in salt bridge residues of spike proteins Left (A) : SARS coronavirus Right (B) : COVID-19 coronavirus

Fact #3 : There Is Nothing Nefarious In March 2018 Emails

If you go through the emails, you will notice that there is nothing nefarious. Certainly, they do not show Ralph Baric saying or suggesting that he created the COVID-19 spike protein.

To make it easier for you to understand, I rearranged the emails in the right order, and highlighted the key parts in bold. The emails involve four people – Ralph Baric, Toni Baric, Peter Daszak, and Tonie Rocke, and you can read the originals here (PDF):

Peter Daszak : Toni – this is info from Ralph Baric on the nanoparticle work he’s been involved in…

Tonie Rocke : Hi Ralph: I have a couple of questions about the SARS-CoV spike glycoproteins you are developing with respect to the DARPA grant we are collaborating on.

Do you have time for a call sometime tomorrow? I have unfortunately contracted the flu so I am working from home for a few days. I’d be happy to call you if you can provide me a time and number.

Many thanks! – Tonie

As you can see, the emails basically show Tonie Rocke asking to speak to Ralph Baric about his work on the SARS virus spike protein.

At no point did it show them discussing how to insert the SARS spike protein into the COVID-19 coronavirus, or anything along those lines.

Recommended : The Spikeopathy Vaccine Spike Protein Scare Explained!

Fact #4 : Ralph Baric Did Not Test Spike Protein On Bats

The March 2018 emails show Tonie Rocke asking about how those proteins can be “delivered to bats”, and what had been attempted so far.

There was no indication from those emails that Ralph Baric actually successfully “delivered” those spike proteins to bats. In fact, a March 15, 2018 email show Ralph Baric stating that he has no bat colony, and no way to actually conduct the experiment.

Hi Tonie, I was definitely planning on testing whatever I could in mice, nanoparticles no problem but my understanding was that RCN doesn’t work well in mice. I have no bat colony, no way for me to do the experiment – which I definitely think needs to be done or we have no credibility. My understanding [is that] another bat colony exists in China, but not sure who is doing what.

As you can see, the emails clearly show that Ralph Baric was not testing the SARS (not COVID-19) spike protein on bats, he hadn’t even started testing it on mice!

Fact #5 : Ralph Baric Called For COVID-19 Origins Investigation

It is somewhat ironic to claim that Ralph Baric might be responsible for creating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, because he joined other scientists in signing a 2021 open letter demanding a thorough investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

While he remains sure whether SARS-CoV-2 was created by a spillover event, or a lab leak, he found fault with a joint investigation by the WHO and the Chinese government, which dismissed the chance of a lab leak as “extremely unlikely”.

Ralph Baric felt that such a conclusion was premature, given the lack of conclusive data and China’s more relaxed laboratory standards.

He pointed out to TIME in a July 2023 article that while the US restricts gain-of-function (GoF) work with dangerous pathogens to labs that are rated at a minimum of BSL-3 (like his lab), “the regulations in China are such that you can work with SARS-like bat coronaviruses in BSL-2 [Biosafety level 2] labs,” which require fewer safety features.

So Ralph Baric himself believes that a laboratory leak could still be a possibility. Would someone who purportedly created SARS-CoV-2 be so eager to call for greater scrutiny of that possibility???

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please SUPPORT our work!

 

Please Support My Work!

Support my work through a bank transfer /  PayPal / credit card!

Name : Adrian Wong
Bank Transfer : CIMB 7064555917 (Swift Code : CIBBMYKL)
Credit Card / Paypal : https://paypal.me/techarp

Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Fact Check | ScienceTech ARP

 

Support Tech ARP!

Please support us by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or donating to our fund. Thank you!

New DARPA Docs Confirm COVID-19 Was Created In China?!

Do new DARPA documents confirm that the COVID-19 coronavirus was created in China by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : New DARPA Docs Confirm COVID-19 Was Created In China!

People are sharing a post on X (formerly Twitter), which claimed or suggested that new DARPA documents confirm that the COVID-19 coronavirus was created in China by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology!

The video attached to the post shows an American attorney, Thomas Renz, calling for criminal investigations.

Jack Straw : #BREAKING NEWS: DARPA Unclassified documents confirm SARS-CoV-2 was created by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology coordinated by Peter Daszak. It was designed to be deliberately virulent and humanized resulting in 6.5 million deaths. Anthony Fauci was involved.

{Matt} $XRPatriot : #BREAKING NEWS: DARPA Unclassified documents confirm SARS-CoV-2 was created by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology coordinated by Peter Daszak. It was designed to be deliberately virulent and humanized resulting in 6.5 million deaths. Anthony Fauci was involved.

The story was also covered by Leading Reports:

Leading Reports : Newly Unclassified DARPA Docs Confirm SARS-CoV-2 Was Created by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Recommended : Did US Intentionally Release COVID Virus In Wuhan?!

 

Truth : No DARPA Docs Confirm COVID-19 Was Created In China!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created / circulating on X (formerly Twitter), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Posted In December 2022

Let me start by pointing out that the video isn’t “breaking news”. It was actually posted by many Twitter users (example) in December 2022.

Fact #2 : DARPA Docs Not Mentioned In Video

If you watch the video, Thomas Renz does not actually mention any new DARPA documents, much less claim that they prove that the COVID-19 coronavirus was created in China by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fact #3 : No Evidence COVID-19 Was Created

Despite attempts to obfuscate its origins, the overwhelming evidence shows that the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated in Wuhan, China.

That said – it is still unknown where the SARS-CoV-2 virus came from, or how it started infecting humans.

It remains plausible that this novel coronavirus may have accidentally leaked from a lab – the Wuhan Institute of Virology remains suspect. It also remains plausible that the virus may have evolved in an animal vector that made the jump to humans due to close contact.

However, there is currently no evidence that the COVID-19 coronavirus was intentionally created by EcoHealth Alliance at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, much less designed to be virulent.

Recommended : Did GSK Make COVID-19 In Their Wuhan Lab?

Fact #4 : Major Joe Murphy Letter Was From 2021

It is uncertain what new DARPA documents people are alluding to. The Tom Renz video certainly said nothing about old or new DARPA documents, much less claim that they proved that the COVID-19 coronavirus was created in China.

It is possible that they are all referring to a letter by Major Joe Murphy, which was the basis for Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis) to demand more information from Department of Defense (DOD) Secretary Lloyd Austin and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu.

However, that Major Joe Murphy disclosure was from August 2021 – more than two years ago! Even the Ron Johnson letter was sent on 12 January 2022 – more than 1.5 years earlier!

Fact #5 : Major Joe Murphy Left DARPA

Interestingly, Major Joe Murphy stated that he left DARPA before he wrote his analysis.

While his report (PDF) appears to be printed on the DARPA letterhead, his email to an unnamed Captain stated that he wrote the analysis after leaving DARPA the previous month.

I’m reaching out to communicate some information relative to COVID that I don’t believe xxxxx or your director is aware of. You probably saw earlier this week that more official documents linking NIH and EcoHealth Alliance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology were published by The Intercept. I came across additional incriminating documents and produced an analysis shortly after leaving DARPA last month. This report was routed to the DOD IG office.

Fact #6 : Major Joe Murphy Did Not Provide Any Evidence

On top of that, the major does not appear to have actually provide any DARPA documents, or other kinds of evidence, to back up his analysis.

I should point out that that Major Joe Murphy’s degrees appear to be in general and systems engineering, and not biology, virology, or immunology. Therefore, it is unknown how accurate his analysis was, since he did not appear to include any supporting documents or evidence.

Recommended : Did COVID-19 Leak From Gilead Sciences Lab In Fort Detrick?

Fact #7 : DARPA Never Funded WIV Research In 2018

On 27 October 2022, the Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor and Pensions posted “An Analysis of the Origins of the COVID-19 Pandemic” (PDF).

It specifically noted the March 2018 proposal by a consortium of research entities which included the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and was led by EcoHealth Alliance, to conduct research and experiments on SARS-related coronaviruses. Ultimately, DARPA chose not to fund that project.

By 2018, the WIV showed interest in finding SARS-related coronaviruses that used human ACE2
receptors to enter cells in order to determine whether SARS antibodies would effectively neutralize those
viruses.

This research effort is described in a March 2018 grant proposal submitted to the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) by a consortium of research entities, including the WIV,
led by the U.S.-based non-governmental organization EcoHealth Alliance. The group proposed to collect
and conduct genetic recombination experiments on SARS-related coronaviruses possessing specific traits
making them “high-risk” for zoonotic spillover into animals and humans.

Notably, the proposal describes the WIV’s intent to search for SARS-related coronaviruses with
potential to bind to human ACE2 receptors and that have naturally occurring furin cleavage sites in Yunnan
Province, China.

According to the proposal, if WIV researchers were unable to find a SARS-related virus
with these traits during sampling expeditions, they then proposed to manipulate the ACE2 receptors of
SARS-related coronaviruses to increase binding affinity to human lung tissue and to insert furin cleavage
sites at the same location where one appears in SARS-CoV-2. This proposal was not ultimately funded
by DARPA.

To be clear – DARPA has never funded any actual coronavirus research by EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2018. So it is unlikely that there would be any new or old DARPA documents which would actually prove that the COVID-19 coronavirus was created at the Wuhan Institute of Virology by the EcoHealth Alliance.

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please SUPPORT our work!

 

Please Support My Work!

Support my work through a bank transfer /  PayPal / credit card!

Name : Adrian Wong
Bank Transfer : CIMB 7064555917 (Swift Code : CIBBMYKL)
Credit Card / Paypal : https://paypal.me/techarp

Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Fact Check | HealthTech ARP

 

Support Tech ARP!

Please support us by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or donating to our fund. Thank you!