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Rand Paul Exposes the ‘Great COVID Cover-up’

Senator Rand Paul

In an explosive new op-ed, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) claimed that at least 15 separate federal agencies knew that attempts to create a COVID-19-like coronavirus were being undertaken at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as early as January 2018.

Yet, heads of these agencies did not reveal this information to the public; for years, they actively refused to release information on the project to lawmakers such as Paul, who were attempting to provide congressional oversight.

“For years, I have been fighting to obtain records from dozens of federal agencies relating to the origins of COVID-19 and the DEFUSE project,” wrote Paul, who in March revealed he was formally launching a bipartisan investigation into the virus’s origins with Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan.

The DEFUSE project refers to a proposal submitted by EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization headed by British zoologist Peter Daszak, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The purpose of the proposal was to “insert a furin cleavage site into a coronavirus to create a novel chimeric virus.”

Paul also identified two additional parties who were part of the original plan to create chimeric coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab: the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the federal agency formerly headed up by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Ian Lipkin, a professor of epidemiology and one of the authors of the now-disgraced “Proximal Origin” paper. The authors of the paper, which was published in Nature in March 2020, stated that evidence clearly indicated that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally, even though privately, the authors expressed clear concerns that evidence suggested the virus was genetically designed.

Some scientists have already raised ethical concerns in response to the revelation.

“We now know Ian Lipkin was part of the initial DEFUSE proposal,” said Bryce Nickels, a professor of genetics at Rutgers University, in response to the revelation. “Everything he has said about COVID origins and his role in the fraudulent ‘Proximal Origins’ paper must now be reconsidered in the wake of these new revelations.”

It’s not just Lipkin, of course.

All of these parties failed to speak up when COVID-19, one of the deadliest viruses in a century, emerged from Wuhan, Paul says, and details of the DEFUSE project may not have come to light at all if not for a whistleblower (identified as Lt. Col. Joseph Murphy).

More details of what the Kentucky senator calls “the Great COVID Cover-up” are likely to materialize as Paul and Peters continue their investigation. But an abundance of evidence already shows it’s no exaggeration to use that word: cover-up.

Paul is hardly the first government official to use the term.

Nearly a year ago, David Asher, a bioweapons specialist who led the State Department’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19, sat down with New York magazine journalist David Zweig and explained why there has been so little progress made in discovering the origins of COVID: Those with institutional power don’t want answers.

“It’s a massive coverup spanning from China to DC,” Asher said. “Our own state department told us, ‘Don’t get near this thing, it’ll blow up in your face.’”

Other government whistleblowers have also attempted to expose the cover-up.

In August, the CIA confirmed that the agency was “looking into” allegations from a CIA whistleblower who claimed that analysts tasked with determining the origins of COVID were offered “significant” financial incentives to change their assessment that COVID likely emerged accidentally from the Wuhan lab. (It’s worth noting that Fauci allegedly was admitted to agency headquarters “without a record of entry” while the CIA was conducting its investigation into COVID’s origins.)

The reason the government would cover up DEFUSE becomes obvious when one analyzes the nature of the proposal, which British author Matt Ridley weeks ago noted included a great many “wacky” (and reckless) ideas such as spraying vaccines into bat caves to immunize them.

“In the end, what they were doing was making more dangerous viruses, with a view of understanding them,” Ridley said. “It looks very strongly as if in trying to prevent a pandemic they may have caused one.”

While we still do not know this for certain, it looks increasingly likely that COVID-19 was born of gain-of-function research that was partially funded by the U.S. government.

Though this result would be shocking to many, especially those who see the state as virtuous and infallible, it’s far less surprising to students of history and economics.

“The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments,” Ludwig von Mises explained in Omnipotent Government. “The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.”

The reason for this is obvious. The more power is concentrated, the less accountable it becomes, and power without accountability is a recipe for disaster.


This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published by the Foundation for Economic Education. Jonathan Miltimore is the Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writing/reporting has been the subject of articles in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, and the Star Tribune.

7 Responses

  1. How can this be? Really? It looks like President Trump was right again, as if we didn’t know all along. It looks like President Trump wasn’t being a “racist” when he said the Red Stinking “China” virus came from Wuhan. That would be in Red Stinking China, one of our sworn enemies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s true that the Covid virus was a team effort. A little bit during G.W. Bush’s RINO admin., and a big bit under Obamas Bolshevik admin. And, wait for it, it was funded by U.S. taxpayers. Surprise, surprise! You can’t make this stuff up.

  2. Our own government does the same thing in Federal Government based Labs. Stop making this a political thing Got vs Dem. It’s just stupid on your part.

    1. The U.S. politicians who initiated it, made it political. But that’s obvious. Then they transferred it to Wuhan because the “optics” didn’t look good. The G.W. Bush and Obama administrations were in it up to their necks. And, oh yeah, President Trump was exactly right. Again!

  3. Your tax dollars hard at work. We really should simply get the government out of the business of research and health care. They are the worst administrators in the worlds history of bad administrations. Who in their right mind would pay for this type of research in order to sell products to consumers? Clearly another case of taxation without representation. You and I have personally paid for bio weapons research. Then we had the unique opportunity to test the new product out. Nobody will go to jail. The money will keep flowing. The investigations are meaningless if they do not come alongside a demand for the funding to stop.

  4. Google US patent 7220852 B1, filed 2004. It lists the names of the inventors of newly isolated coronavirus called SARS-COV-1.

  5. No matter what one reads the words “accidental release” often used. The question and investigation should be if COVID virus was intentionally released and how was it released? One reads people got COVID who never traveled, never exposed to anyone who traveled and they got it anyway. Even far remote isolated places people contracted COViD. Geoengineering event globally intentionally sprayed COVID may be the only explanation. https://youtu.be/rf78rEAJvhY?si=u9SGdI8FW_EmsKXp

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