China's Wuhan Lab Was Genetically Manipulating Deadly Nipah Virus (over 60% mortality rate), Expert Testifies at US Senate Hearing

by Paul Alexander

The Nipah virus is also about 60 times deadlier than COVID-19.

“A forensic analysis shows that the Wuhan Insitute of Virology (WIV) was genetically manipulating the Nipah virus, a highly lethal pathogen, in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention, according to an expert who testified at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Aug. 3.

The finding was another piece of evidence showing that the controversial Wuhan lab was conducting gain-of-function research—experiments that ultimately resulted in the COVID-19 pandemic via a leak from the facility, according to Dr. Steven Quay, CEO of Atossa Therapeutics. Gain-of-function research involves enhancing the potency or transmissibility of a virus.

Quay said he and other scientists conducted an examination of COVID-19 patient specimens from December 2019 sequenced and published by the WIV. Through that analysis, published in a preprint paper that hasn’t been peer-reviewed, they found 20 unexpected contaminants that they believe are evidence of other research conducted at the lab.

“For 19 of the 20 unexpected contaminants, we then found published research from the previous two years, confirming that the lab had indeed been working on these unexpected genes,” he said in written testimony (pdf) before a hearing on gain-of-function research held by the Senate subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight. The hearing was only attended by the subcommittee’s Republican members.

But the one contaminant not accounted for in papers published by WIV was cloning vectors of the Nipah virus, according to Quay…

He also highlighted that the WIV was the world’s leading center for the study of coronaviruses, noting that before 2019, the facility was responsible for 65 percent of all published research in the area.

“For almost a decade, they were going into bat caves throughout China and … back into Africa as well, 20 visits a year in bringing these samples back to the laboratory,” Quay said at the hearing. “They had the largest collection of raw material backbones from nature to then do gain function research on.

“I believe it’s the confluence of those two activities … bringing things back from bat caves and gain-of-function research that led to the pandemic.”