Did a lab assistant expose how Gilead Sciences covered up the leak of COVID-19 from their Fort Detrick laboratory?
Take a look at the viral farewell note exposing this cover-up, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : COVID-19 Leaked From Fort Detrick Lab!
A document with the filename “Covid -19 Truth_Confession Exposed.pdf” is being shared on WhatsApp, together with this message :
The PDF document contains the screenshot from an August 2020 post by one “Samantha Hill“, together with a diagram.
Sorry, we played an evil part in the outbreak of COVID-19
I am anonymous, I used to be an American, but I am more of an Indian. I learnt in the University of Manitoba and did some trivial work in the Fort Detrick Laboratory after graduation. My supervisor and I know almost everything about COVID-19, and that’s why he was killed. Now I came back to India. I gather myself up and decide to tell the truth, hoping I will still be alive when all of you learn the truth.
The place I worked was quite mysterious and it is where many military biological weapons and chemical weapons are researched and developed, which is the highest level of confidentiality. Inferiors as me could only be qualified to serve the client company, but I still didn’t have the clearance for all the information about any single experiment.
Note : We added the FAKE overlay to prevent the diagram from being further abused.
No, COVID-19 Did Not Leak From Fort Detrick Lab!
This is yet another FAKE STORY that appears to be part of a Chinese propaganda effort to shift the blame for COVID-19 to the United States.
I will show you why this is completely made up, and is nothing more than Chinese propaganda.
Fact #1 : This Fake Story Was Posted In August 2020
This fake story was originally posted on a new Facebook account with the name “Samantha Hill” on 11 August 2020.
It gained little traction on Facebook, but was widely shared on Weibo by Chinese netizens.
It appears to have been resurrected after the United States under President Biden started an earnest look at whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have accidentally been leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Fact #2 : Screenshot Was Taken By Creator
The Facebook account was deleted, but the screenshot is now being circulated in June 2021 in the form of a PDF document.
Interestingly, this new screenshot can only come from the person who created the Samantha Hill post.
We know this because the screenshot shows the Facebook privacy selector (marked in red below), which only appears for the post creator!
Only the person who created the post would be able to take that screenshot.
Fact #3 : 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye) Could Be The Creator
Samantha Hill claimed to be an American of Indian ethnicity, who worked at Gilead Sciences. But I will now show you why “she” is most likely a Chinese man called 赵盛烨 (Zhao Shenye).
As I noted in Fact #2, the screenshot can only be taken by the post creator, “Samantha Hill”.
And if you take a look at Zhao Shenye’s Weibo page, the first post is about Gain of Function (GOF) virus modification by Professor Baric and Dr. Peter Daszak!
Looks like we hit pay dirt! Zhao Shenye could be the mysterious Samantha Hill…
Fact #4 : Fort Detrick Belongs To US Army
Fort Detrick is a massive 13,000-acre campus that belongs to the United States Army.
It is home to the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) laboratory, which China has suggested leaked the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Fact #5 : Gilead Sciences Does Not Operate Lab In Fort Detrick
Fort Detrick is completely owned and managed by the US Army Futures Command, and that includes the USAMRIID laboratory.
Gilead Sciences Inc. does not own or operate any laboratory inside Fort Detrick. In fact, Gilead Sciences does not even have a laboratory in the state of Maryland.
Here are the current locations of their US laboratories :
- Foster City, California : headquarters and antiviral research facilities
- Miami, Florida : respiratory research and clinical development activities
- Seattle, Washington : respiratory research and clinical development activities
Fact #5 : Fort Detrick Sterilisation Plant Failed But Posed No Risk
The CDC temporarily shut down the US Army lab at Fort Detrick on 2 August 2019, after finding “biosafety lapses” there.
However, that was not because viruses actually leaked from the facility, but rather :
- the lab was no longer able to decontaminate wastewater from its highest security labs.
- their steam sterilisation plant was damaged in a flood in May 2018, and they had been using a chemical decontamination method instead.
- no disease-causing materials were found outside authorised areas
Fact #6 : Wuhan Was Epicentre Of COVID-19 Outbreak
China’s continuous suggestions that there may have been a leak at the Fort Detrick laboratory is illogical.
If SARS-CoV-2 leaked from Fort Detrick, the city of Frederick in Maryland would have been the epicentre of the initial COVID-19 outbreak, not Wuhan.
Now, this does not mean that the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It merely means the Chinese claim about Fort Detrick is nonsensical.
Fact #7 : GS-5734 / Remdesivir Is Pretty Much Useless Against COVID-19
GS-5734 is the development code name for Remdesivir, and it is pretty much useless against COVID-19.
There were promising early results which led to the US granting it emergency use authorisation on 1 May 2020 for severe COVID-19.
However, by September 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued guidance NOT to use remdesivir in people with COVID-19, as “there was no good evidence of benefit”.
So the idea that Gilead Sciences was working on SARS-CoV-2 to sell remdesivir is idiotic.
Fact #8 : Gilead Sciences Does Not Own BlackRock
BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, and is more than 50% larger than Gilead Sciences by market capitalisation.
BlackRock is certainly NOT a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences, as Samantha Hill claimed. In fact, BlackRock owns about 8.9% of Gilead Sciences shares (as of 29 January 2021)!
Fact #9 : Dr. Frank Plummer Died Of A Heart Attack
Dr. Frank Plummer was not assassinated while flying from Kenya to China.
He died of a heart attack in Kenya on 5 February 2020, where he was attending the 40th anniversary of the HIV research collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the University of Nairobi.
Fact #10 : The Writer Is Not A Scientist Or American
The writer claimed to be an American who worked as Gilead Sciences lab assistant at their Fort Detrick Laboratory.
However, the Facebook post is rife with numerous scientific and linguistic mistakes, like :
- virusology : the proper term is virology
- breeding : viruses are not living organisms – they do not breed. They replicate, and we manufacture them in host cells.
- villagers : a common term in China, but have you seen Americans call anyone a villager?
- SARS II : this is a nonsensical name. The official name for the COVID-19 virus was nCoV-2019, before it became SARS-CoV-2 on 11 February 2020.
- practitioners : Americans call them scientists…
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