Twelve Months Ago Fauci Briefed World Leaders on Lab Leak
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that Dr. Anthony Fauci was aware of and briefed world leaders on the potential virus leak from a Wuhan, China lab a year ago.
Gottlieb told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson that a senior official in former President Donald Trump’s administration had informed him there was suspicion that the strain “looked unusual,” which prompted Fauci to address the possibility that it had leaked from a research laboratory in Wuhan.
Gottlieb added that Fauci briefed leaders about the possibility:
“Well, I was told at that time, back in the spring, that Dr. Fauci had gone over to a meeting of world health leaders in Europe and actually briefed them on the information that they were looking at, that this could have been a potential lab leak, that this strain looked unusual,” Gottlieb replied. “I think early on, when they looked at the strain, they had suspicions. And it takes time to do that analysis, and that dispelled some of those suspicions.”
Fauci has been under fire after thousands of his emails were made public by a Freedom of Information Act request, with some emails revealing that Fauci was briefed about the lab leak theory early on in the pandemic. Despite his knowledge of the possibility, Fauci continued to deny the leak theory’s scientific validity in public appearances.
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci said in May of last year.
But Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Rand Paul, a consistent critic of Fauci’s, have insisted the doctor should step down and accused him of misleading the public.
“It’s time to fire Fauci! Emails that have been released now under Freedom of Information Act show two very important things: 1. FAUCI has been lying 2. I’ve been right all along,” Paul said after Fauci’s emails were released. “Stand with me today while we keep showing the way.”
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Vaccinated visitors to Disney World and Disneyland will no longer have to wear masks starting Tuesday in most areas of the theme parks.
The Orlando park will still require face coverings in some places, including on Disney transportation methods such as buses, monorails, and the Skyliner, a gondola lift system. Guests who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to wear masks in all indoor locations.
“We’re not quite ready to bring back everything yet, but we are optimistic and look forward to the day when Disney pals and princesses are able to hug once again,” the company said.
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Disney World will also relax some of its protocols on social distancing, expanding capacity in places such as shops, restaurants, attraction boarding, transportation, and theaters, the company said in a release.
Some experiences and entertainment options may remain unavailable or with limited capacity for the time being, though the company did not specify which attractions. The park will continue maintaining its “high standards” for cleanliness and will keep hand sanitizer stations in place for guests.Read More
Comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart was one of the first guests back on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, and he made his views fully known on what he believes to be the origins of the novel coronavirus: the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
After some preliminary “welcome back to real life” comments and questions, Stewart expressed fully his understanding that the virus originated in a lab in Wuhan. He mocked the concept of animal transmission, joking that pangolins and turtles making out was not the source of the virus that erupted into a global pandemic.
“Uhh, a pangolin kissed a turtle? …Or maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chili and now we all have coronavirus?” Stewart joked.
Novavax Inc on Monday reported late-stage data from its U.S.-based clinical trial showing its vaccine is more than 90% effective against COVID-19 across a variety of variants of the virus.
The study of nearly 30,000 volunteers in the United States and Mexico puts Novavax on track to file for emergency authorization in the United States and elsewhere in the third quarter of 2021, the company said.
Novavax’s protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate was more than 93% effective against the predominant variants of COVID-19 that have been of concern among scientists and public health officials, Novavax said.
Protein-based vaccines are a conventional approach that use purified pieces of the virus to spur an immune response and vaccines again whooping cough and shingles employ this approach.
During the trial, the B.1.1.7 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom became the most common variant in the United States, it said.
Novavax also detected variants of COVID-19 first found in Brazil, South Africa and India among its trial participants, Novavax’s head of research and development, Dr. Gregory Glenn, told Reuters.
The vaccine was 91% effective among volunteers at high risk of severe infection and 100% effective in preventing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19. It was roughly 70% effective against COVID-19 variants that Novavax was unable to identify, Glenn said.Read More
The United States has now lost over 600,000 mothers, fathers, children, siblings and friends to COVID-19, a painful reminder that death, sickness and grief continue even as the country begins to return to something resembling pre-pandemic normal.
A bride forced by the pandemic to have a Zoom wedding is planning a lavish in-person anniversary celebration this summer, but all of the guests must attest they are vaccinated.
A Houston artist, still deep in grief, is working on a collage of images of people who died in her community. Others crowd theaters and bars, saying it is time to move on.
“There will be no tears – not even happy tears,” said Ali Whitman, who will celebrate her first wedding anniversary in August by donning her gown and partying with 240 vaccinated friends and family members in New Hampshire.
COVID-19 nearly killed her mother. She spent her wedding day last year with 13 people in person while an aunt conducted the ceremony via Zoom.
“I would be remiss not to address how awful and how terrible the past year has been, but also the gratitude that I can be in a singular place with all the people in my life who mean so much to me,” said Whitman, 30.
The United States passed 600,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, about 15% of the world’s total coronavirus fatalities of around 4 million, a Reuters tally shows.
The rate of severe illness and death has dropped dramatically as more Americans have become vaccinated, creating something of a psychological whiplash that plagues the millions whose lives have been touched by the disease. Many are eager to emerge from more than a year of sickness and lockdown, yet they still suffer – from grief, lingering symptoms, economic trauma or the isolation of lockdown.Read More
A report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday, citing people familiar with the classified document.
The study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was referred to by the State Department when it conducted an inquiry into the pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration, the WSJ report said.
Lawrence Livermore’s assessment drew on a genomic analysis of the COVID-19 virus, the Journal said. Lawrence Livermore declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal report.
President Joe Biden said last month he had ordered aides to find answers to the origin of the virus. read more
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering two likely scenarios – that the virus resulted from a laboratory accident or that it emerged from human contact with an infected animal – but they have not come to a conclusion, Biden said.
A still-classified U.S. intelligence report circulated during former President Donald Trump’s administration alleged that three researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, U.S. government sources have said.
U.S. officials have accused China of not being transparent about the virus’ origins, a charge Beijing has denied.
Separately, Mike Ryan, a top World Health Organization official said on Monday the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on COVID-19’s origins, while adding it will propose studies needed to take understanding of where the virus emerged to the “next level”Read More
People who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus no longer need to wear masks while indoors or outdoors or physical distance in either large or small gatherings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced during a White House COVID-19 briefing Thursday.
Fully vaccinated individuals are still advised to wear masks while in crowded indoor settings such as while on public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” Walensky said. “Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines and our understanding of how the virus spreads, that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated.”Read More
Anew report reveals that several workers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill and may have even been hospitalized about a month before COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan.
The State Department acknowledged in January 2021 the “United States government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019.” It found that they’d experienced symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 “and common seasonal illness.”
While classified as a “common seasonal illness,” other sources indicate that the infections may have actually been quite serious:
But on Sunday, The Wall Street Journal, citing a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report, went further and said these workers required hospital care. The report said it was not entirely unusual for people in China to visit hospitals instead of primary care physicians, but the report could lend weight to the theory that the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory.
The story comes as Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has at times dismissed the “lab leak theory,” made waves when he acknowledged he was “not convinced” that the virus was spread naturally.
“I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.,” Fauci said.
But Fauci wasn’t always willing to entertain the idea of the virus originating in a lab. “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated. … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci said in May 2020.
China has continued to deny that the pandemic causing virus originated from a lab, even going so far as to promote conspiracy theories that the virus was brought into China by overseas frozen seafood shipments.Read More
Apart from the 4th of July, nothing makes me feel as patriotic as the idea of people being lured into getting vaccinated against a disease they have like a one-in-5,000 chance of dying from by a one-in-four-million chance of winning a jackpot.
Truly we are a nation of Homer Simpsons.
Whatever works, though. Whatever works.
State health officials said Monday that more than 25,400 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered Friday, two days after the program was announced, making it the highest vaccination day in three weeks.
Maybe more telling were the people who got vaccinated. Vaccinations for residents ages 30 to 74 spiked by 6 percent after weeks of steady decline.
“Not only have we achieved our goal of increasing public awareness and interest, but we have slowed what was a consistent decline, and in certain age groups we’re seeing an increase again,” state Health Director Stephanie McCloud said. “This is doing exactly what we intended it to do.”
I wrote about the Ohio vaccine lottery last week after it was announced but the official webpage is now available. If you’re a Buckeye and you’re vaccinated, note that you need to sign up. The state won’t automatically register you via your vaccination records. A question, meanwhile: How confident should we be that it’s the lottery, not some other vagary of the vax effort, that led to Ohio’s recent uptick?Read More
Back in early 2020, the Washington Post’s alleged fact checker Glenn Kessler declared the Wuhan lab leak theory bunk on numerous occasions. The entirety of the media (and Dr. Fauci) rejected the lab leak hypothesis right off the bat, seemingly on the sole basis that President Donald Trump had floated it.
“Renewed questions about the virus’s origin brought a rush of alternative theories. Some claimed the virus was a bioweapon. Others suggested it had been altered for a scientific experiment or was simply a viral sample that escaped from a lab. Let’s be clear: No scientist we spoke to thinks the new coronavirus was designed as a bioweapon” Kessler wrote last spring.
When mocked by Sen. Ted Cruz for “abandoning all presentences of journalism to produce CCP propaganda,” Kessler fired back that “We deal in facts, and viewers can judge for themselves.”Read More
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were facing jail time for defying coronavirus safety recommendations.
The Republican governor made the unexpected announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people.
“It’s a total overreach,” he told Laura Ingraham. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive,” he insisted.
He broke the news of his pardon directly to Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who faced up to 120 days in jail for repeatedly allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in Plantation in Broward County.Read More
As the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic continues into its second year, few aspects of it have become as politically charged as the theories swirling around the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
That lab has been a focus of suspicion since the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis, primarily because it’s a high-level coronavirus research lab that sits just a few miles from where the Chinese government said the first known outbreak of the disease occurred in an outdoor wet market.
The seemingly improbable coincidence has led to suspicions that a risky coronavirus experiment may have been the source of an accidental leak of the virus from the lab into, first, Wuhan itself, then the wider world.Read More
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered all government entities in the state, including school districts, to lift mask mandates by week’s end, though existing guidelines for face-coverings in schools may remain in effect through June 4.
Abbott’s executive order puts Texas at odds with the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that students in schools across the United States wear masks for the 2020-2021 academic year because not all will be inoculated against the coronavirus.
Abbott said Texas was making strides against the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccinations, antibody therapeutics and voluntary health-safety practices “utilized by Texans in our communities,” leaving government mask requirements no longer necessary.Read More
“The problem and the issue is that we don’t have any way of knowing who is vaccinated and who’s not vaccinated,” Fauci said during an appearance on Good Morning America.
“I think that’s where the confusion arises because there are some establishments who are saying, ‘Well, I’m going to have people coming into my establishment or my store or what have you. Some are going to be vaccinated, some are not. I’m not going to know the difference,’” he continued.
“Some might be infected and might actually have a risk of infecting someone else,” he added. “And under those circumstances, it’s perfectly reasonable and understandable for the owner of that establishment to say, ‘You know, we’re going to keep the mask mandate up.’Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spurred nationwide confusion when it announced last week that it was overhauling guidance on mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic,” the CDC said in its updated guidance. “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
CDC Director Rachel Walensky said: “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
So, uh, everything is back to normal, everyone can go maskless if vaccinated? Not by a long shot. Not only do all the state and local laws apply (don’t forget tribal regulations), but every business and office building and sports venue can have its own rules, too.
Former Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says the CDC blew the rollout.Read More
As an advocate of masking throughout much of the pandemic — especially indoors, and especially pre-vaccine — I was nevertheless struck by the fanaticism of certain fellow maskers, for whom wearing at least one face covering seemed more like a religious ritual than a common sense courtesy. Bizarrely, as the pandemic has begun coming to an end in the United States thanks to three safe and effective vaccines, many these people have dug in their heels, as if they are so committed to “science” that they don’t want normalcy to return. It’s hard to diagnose exactly what is motivating this outspoken subgroup; some of it may be a manifestation of various neuroses. Some of it may be an addiction to being obedient to powers that be (so long as the powers that be are telling them things that align with their self-created dogma). Some of it may be clinging to a sense of superiority over others, along with the accompanying scolding and hectoring. And for those who’ve felt empowered in some way over the past 14 months, some of it may be a desire to maintain that power.
Regardless, it’s been hard to miss the dead-enders. They’re the ones who’ve fought virtually every sensible and data-based effort to loosen restrictions, even well after the science clearly justified changes. They’ve raged at people who wanted to safely reopen schools, shouted at passers-by for not masking up outdoors, and flooded into social media comment sections to declare ‘blood on the hands’ of anyone who’s dared to violate the tenets of their faith, no matter how justified the ‘violation.’ Today, they’re the folks quaking in fear over, or angrily denouncing, the CDC’s belated decision to treat vaccinated people like…they’re vaccinated. The emergence of this cohort (seemingly disproportionately represented among white coastal progressives) became so unavoidable that even some center-left media covered the phenomenon, perhaps most prominently in a recent piece in The Atlantic entitled, “The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown:”Read More
In an interview with Good Morning America Tuesday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted to having continued to wear a mask indoors for appearance’s sake, not based on the science surrounding the protection of the vaccine.
Responding to questions on how the new mask mandates have changes his own personal mask wearing tendencies, Fauci responded, “I’m obviously careful because I’m a physician and a healthcare provider. I am now much more comfortable in people seeing me indoors without a mask.
“Before the CDC made the recommendation change,” Fauci admitted, “I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals. But being a fully vaccinated person, the chances of my getting infected in an indoor setting is extremely low, and that’s the reason why in indoor settings now, I feel comfortable about not wearing a mask because I’m fully vaccinated,” Fauci continued, speaking to the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.Read More
Over the weekend, Texas reported reaching the milestone of zero deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since March 2020. Arizona, Minnesota, and Massachusetts also recently reported COVID death-free days for the first time in months.
State of play: Other states also posted positive COVID metrics at the top of the week while COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell to their lowest in nearly 14 months, Reuters reported.
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Maryland reported its lowest new daily COVID-19 cases since the end of March 2020, the Baltimore Sun reported. Virginia also posted its lowest rate of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the Virginian-Pilot wrote.
Of course, expect this to spark more political debates about how individual states have handled mask mandates and reopening. As Newsweek pointed out, in March, Biden called Texas’ leaders reopening plan “neanderthal thinking.”
And it’s important to remember, plenty of states are still battling to get their case counts down. Alabama, Colorado and Michigan have the most cases per capita in the nation.Read More
The United States Senate on Monday joined a large swath of the nation in taking off their masks inside the senate chamber thanks to last week’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks.
“I think it’s just kind of the CDC guidance,” said Sen. John Thune , R-S.D., told The Hill Monday.
According to the report, most members in the upper chamber, including leadership on both sides of the aisle, shed their masks as they returned for a procedural vote.
The CDC announced last week that anyone who has been “completely” vaccinated from COVID-19 can now stop wearing masks and socially distancing from other fully vaccinated people indoors.
The report said that most Republicans did not wear masks in the senate, but Democrats were “more evenly split” in donning the protective face coverings.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., quipped that he was “free at last” while leaving the chamber mask less.
Meanwhile in the lower chamber, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seems in no rush to end that body’s mask mandate.
Last Thursday, Pelosi said her chamber would keep its mandate despite the new CDC guidelines, Business Insider reported.
When a reporter asked the speaker about the new guidance and ending the mandate, Pelosi said definitively “no.”Read More
More than 2 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines will likely be available in India between August to December this year, a top government advisor said on Thursday.
Those doses would include 750 million of AstraZeneca’s, vaccine, produced in India by the Serum Institute of India, as well as 550 million doses of Covaxin, made by Bharat Biotech, government advisor V K Paul told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.Read More
Michigan’s Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer may soon be forced to turn over documents relating to her administration’s COVID-19 nursing home policy. On Thursday, the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee voted to subpoena nursing home records from the state’s health department, the Detroit News reported, in an effort to get a clearer picture of how Whitmer’s policies impacted the COVID-19 death rate in Michigan adult and long-term care facilities.
“Oversight Chairman Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, said he had requested documents from the Department of Health and Human Services on March 2, but two months later, officials hadn’t released any records to him,” the Detroit News noted. “McBroom said he’s looking for communications among state health department employees about policies for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.”Read More
White House press secretary Jen Psaki danced around questions Thursday regarding President Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask during his recent meeting with congressional leaders, even though all of them have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
A reporter in Thursday’s White House briefing noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask guidance allows vaccinated people to gather in small groups indoors without masks and asked Psaki why Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chose not to “model that behavior.”Read More
India recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths for a second straight day on Thursday as infections stayed below 400,000, and extended the interval between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to up to 16 weeks amid a dire shortage of shots in the country.
Experts remain unsure when numbers will peak and concern is growing about the transmissibility of the variant that is driving infections in India and spreading worldwide.Read More
COVID-19 isn’t gone, of course. The coronavirus, the current novel one and its variants as well as other such viruses, will never be gone, and every public health expert knows that.
And the pandemic is still raging in other parts of the world, especially in India.
But in the United States, the emergency is over. The epidemic in America is like a poisoned rat, limping, staggering, crawling, and gasping its last breaths. The poison is the vaccine now jabbed into the arms of most adults.
Pandemic, thou art slain.
We can say that without diminishing in any way the lethality of the past year, and without having to debate the value of the interventions and sacrifices of the last 14 months.
This was a crisis. It was a plague. Now, in the U.S., it’s just a virus.
In countries such as the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Israel, the coronavirus is now one of countless risks and threats to human health. And like all other risks, prudence dictates we mitigate it. But reasonable humans do not demand that risks be reduced to zero at any cost.
Driving, swimming, hiking, drinking, eating, making love, raising children — all of these things are risky. Living is a risk. For the past 14 months, we’ve been asked and ordered to give up a lot of living in order to save lives. It’s time to start living again.
This will not be easy for many. Public health officials won’t want their moment to end. Mayors and county executives won’t want to give up their emergency powers. The media will hate to lose an ever-present threat with which to scare the public daily.Read More
North Korea is confusing its citizens by telling medical workers to prepare for “battle” against coronavirus with stricter quarantine measures, all while still claiming the country remains virus free, sources in the country told RFA.
The government has been touting its success in preventing the virus with increasingly strict emergency quarantine measures. But now the people wonder if there really are no confirmed cases in the country if the authorities are saying healthcare personnel are on the front lines of a war against the virus.
“Recently, the Central Committee ordered health agencies here in South Hamgyong province to make sure that emergency quarantine projects are carried out completely,” a resident of the eastern coastal province told RFA’s Korean Service.
“The order emphasizes the role of medical and healthcare workers as the first line of defense in the emergency quarantine battle, a key task presented and the second plenary meeting of the Eighth Central Committee,” said the source, who requested anonymity for security reasons, referring to a key meeting in February.
According to the source, the materials distributed with the order say to increase the roles and responsibilities of quarantine workers.
“As the first line of defense in our war on the virus, they are fighters who should play a leading role,” the source said.Read More
The rate of new Covid cases in the U.S. fell to an average of 38,800 per day Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the first time daily case counts have been below 40,000 since September.
Federal data found the country is averaging 2.1 million daily reported vaccinations over the past week, down 37% from its peak level but showing signs of steadying in recent days.
The U.S. is reporting 38,800 daily new infections, based on a seven-day average of data compiled by Hopkins, down 22% from a week ago and 46% from the most recent high, when the country was seeing about 71,000 daily cases in mid-April.
Average daily cases are at their lowest level since Sept. 15.
Case counts have declined by 5% or more over the past week in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
Outbreaks continue to grow elsewhere in the world, particularly in India, which has reported an average of 387,000 new cases per day over the past week. A World Health Organization official said Monday it is reclassifying the highly contagious triple-mutant Covid variant that is spreading there as a “variant of concern,” indicating that it’s become a global health threat.Read More
The world reacted with great optimism at the news announced in November days after the election that test subjects given a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer had 90 percent fewer symptomatic infections of the China coronavirus than those given a placebo.
This was after the November election. Pfizer delayed their testing to not influence the election — for Trump.
President Trump repeatedly said in the fall that it looked like a vaccine might be announced in October. Trump was on the right track, but the science community decided to hold off until after the election.Read More
Iran’s government on Thursday debuted a domestically made “coronavirus spray” it claims can “recognize” and “deactivate” the Chinese coronavirus.
Researchers at Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari hospital developed the spray and unveiled it at a press conference to Iranian media on April 29.
The liquid “should be sprayed on the mask or clothes, then it can recognize the virus and deactivate it [sic],” Alireza Zali, the head of Iran’s Coronavirus Control operations headquarters in Tehran, told Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency.
“What sets the [Chinese] coronavirus apart from other viruses is the S protein that when it is eliminated or removed, the virus is virtually inactivated,” Jalaleddin Ghanavi, the research project director of the team that developed the spray, told the Tehran Times.
“Therefore, a molecule was designed to attack the S protein and kill the virus,” Ghanavi said, adding, “each spray of this molecule on the mask and other protective equipment lasts up to eight hours.”
The spray’s alleged ability to detect the Chinese coronavirus seems reminiscent of a previous product promoted by Iran in April 2020, a so-called magnetic “bipolar coronavirus remote detector” that Iran claimed could “remotely detect people infected with the novel coronavirus and also the contaminated areas within a range of 100 meters.” Breitbart News noted the device resembled “fraudulent ‘bomb detectors’ that the Iranian regime used in a money-grab scheme in Iraq in 2017.”
“Today, the use of masks and protective equipment is still a very effective and inexpensive way and strategy to prevent virus transmission,” Ghanavi said at the April 29 press conference to mark the “anti-coronavirus” spray’s debut.
“But with the method we unveiled today, we can make ordinary masks very durable and turn them into special masks that inactivate the virus, and we can take a much more effective way to deal with the pandemic,” he claimed.
The spray will “soon be mass-produced and distributed” throughout Iran, according to the director of Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari hospital, Ali Akbar Velayati.
News of Iran’s new “anti-coronavirus” spray comes just four days after Tehran claimed it would begin producing a homegrown Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate, despite the fact that it has yet to clear Phase III clinical trials.
One million doses of the domestically made “COV-Iran Barekat” vaccine candidate “will be delivered to the Iranian Health Ministry within one month,” Mohammad Mokhber, the head of “Iran’s scientific committee to combat Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus],” said in a statement on April 25.
Mokhber claimed an additional “3 to 3.5 million doses of the local vaccine will be produced by June, with production to reach 50 million doses by the end of September.”Read More