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Once upon a time there was a wicked virus…

The Covid saga is a Grimm tale

19 September 2020

9:00 AM

19 September 2020

9:00 AM

Australia’s political class is bewitched, bothered and bewildered by a fairy tale. It goes like this: Once upon a time, an honest, hardworking egalitarian country pricked its finger on a coronavirus – the malevolent curse of a wicked Chinese communist fairy. The only way it could be saved was by falling into a deep slumber until it was awoken by a handsome prince, armed with a vaccine, who would fight his way through the thorny briars strangling the borders. The reality is not so rosy. Good Girl Gladys gets a gold star for track and trace, but Labor’s nanny state tyrants show how easily Australians accept authoritarianism. Every day brings fresh iPhone footage of Lying Lock Dan’s goon squads terrorising peasants or Anna Stasi’s cruel consort denying grieving peons entry to her realm.

The truth revealed by the pandemic is a Grimm tale and like the flute made from the bone of a murdered boy, it cannot be silenced. On 25 April, I wrote that based on research done by the Institute of Military Medicine in Nanjing, and reported in a 2018 paper, Sars-Cov-2 might have been genetically engineered by the Chinese military to enhance its virulence and lethality. This week, Dr Li-Meng, a scientist who fled Hong Kong for fear of reprisals by the CCP, published a detailed scientific paper that made that case, citing the 2018 research paper. In a sure sign that she has infuriated China by telling the truth, Twitter suspended her account.

On 30 May I wrote that RaTG13, the virus which is meant to be the closest relative of Sars-Cov-2, might not even exist; it was a Chinese cover-up to create the illusion that the virus had a natural origin rather than being an evil mutant that leaked from a lab. Dr Li-Meng shares that belief, writing that RaTG13 is likely a fraudulent fabrication invented to deceive the scientific community and the public so that the true identity of Sars-CoV-2 is hidden.


Independently, in an interview this week, Professor Ralph Baric, who collaborated closely over the last decade with Dr Shi Zhengli, the Batwoman of the Wuhan Institute of Virology on genetic manipulation of Sars-like bat coronaviruses, confirmed, contrary to the assertions of China-friendly scientists who claim that there is no evidence that Sars-Cov-2 was genetically engineered that, ‘you can engineer a virus without leaving any trace.’

Curiously, the same people who want us to ignore the evidence on the origins of the virus are also the most energetic advocates of draconian lockdowns. There were never any randomised controlled trials to demonstrate that the benefits of this medieval intervention would outweigh the costs. As former UK Supreme Court Judge Lord Jonathan Sumption put it, ‘The real question is, is this serious enough to warrant putting most of our population into house imprisonment, wrecking our economy for an indefinite period, destroying businesses that honest and hard-working people have taken years to build up, saddling future generations with debt, depression, stress, heart attacks, suicides and unbelievable distress inflicted on millions of people who are not especially vulnerable, and will suffer only mild symptoms or none at all?’ The answer, your Honour, is no.

From January, Nobel Prize winner Professor Michael Levitt crunched the data on cases and deaths which showed that from the earliest days of the outbreak, they increased and decayed in accordance with a Gompertz function, like an influenza epidemic, slowing down exponentially over time. This pattern was repeated regardless of whether countries had hard lockdowns or no lockdowns at all. Mandatory masks made no difference either. If anything, lockdowns tended to increase deaths and slow down the speed at which the pandemic burned out.

When Levitt said in early May that Australia’s policy of aggressively suppressing the virus was ‘a standout loser’ because it put the nation through lockdown pain for no immunity gain, he was accused of advocating a ‘granny-killer’ strategy. PM Scott Morrison claimed that ‘nobody’s got herd immunity’ and ‘no one’s going to reach that.’ In fact, far from having no immunity, the evidence shows the vast majority of the population has pre-existing, crossover T-cell immunity, developed through exposure to coronaviruses such as the common cold. This explains why most people have a mild or asymptomatic response. The science also shows that like influenza, Covid transmission is both seasonal and regional, with temperate and tropical patterns. In Europe and north-east America, the epidemic was over in May. The rebound in cases is not the much-feared second wave but a ‘case-demic’ – an increase in cases detected due to increased testing, false positives and people who shed viral fragments after they’ve recovered – with low levels of hospitalisation, ICU occupancy and mortality. Once community immunity is achieved, Covid deaths are likely to become a subset of flu deaths.

We have seen all this before with the great Swine Flu Panic of 2009, which was beaten up by the WHO, afterwards dubbed the World Hysteria Organisation, and exploited by pharmaceutical giants who earned an additional $18 billion in revenues because, as one German MP put it, ‘millions of people worldwide were vaccinated for no good reason.’ This time, vaccine manufacturers are cashing in even before a single person has been jabbed. Executives at Moderna, a front runner to provide a vaccine in the US, have already made $90 million through sale of their shares – some to zero – since the price spiked after it announced that it was working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led by Dr Fauci. Moderna failed to disclose the full extent of taxpayer funding – $2.5 billion – which together with the fact that the patent to key vaccine delivery technology is not held by the company, means returns to investors could be substantially lower. Whether this amounts to insider trading is an open question. What is certain is that the urgent need for a vaccine has been created by the persistent discrediting of effective treatments. Of 30 clinical trials testing ivermectin, 100 per cent of the reported results have been positive. Of 102 studies of HCQ, 100 per cent of those on early treatment have been positive. Dr Fauci now admits taking Vitamin D to reduce the risk of infection.

The boys and girls running the country need to stop listening to Big Pharma fairy tales. The national slumber party is costing a king’s ransom. We don’t need a vaccine to end the nightmare just generic drugs. When taxpayers awaken, they will discover that Australia is not Sleeping Beauty but an impoverished Cinderella, pursued not by Prince Charming but an Oriental despot, draped in a blood-soaked flag, who conjured up the coronavirus in his bat-infested lair.

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