This is in line with the US concept of ‘contactless warfare’…
Western countries take Russian biological material
Post # 11
Thu Oct 04, 2018 - Russian MoD: Dozens of Georgians Likely Killed by US Toxin or Bioweapon Disguised as Drug Research
The Russian official said the new documents “allow us to take a fresh look” at outbreaks of African swine fever in Southern Russia in 2007-2018, which “spread from the territory of Georgia into the Russian Federation, European nations and China. The infection strain in the samples collected from animals killed by the disease in those nations was “identical to the Georgia-2007 strain”.
The general added that the Lugar Center in Georgia is simply part of a large network of Pentagon-controlled laboratories involved in WMD research, which was established in countries neighboring Russia.
And Post # 15:
Here Keit's thread about a similar topic:
Putin: "Someone is collecting biological data of Russians"
In the above "Oct. 04, 2018 article" Posted earlier - there is this statement: "The documents, which were handed over to the Russian military by Igor Giorgadze, the former Georgian minister for state security, say that the test involved a drug called Sovaldi, which is meant for the treatment of Hepatitis C. The producer of the drug is Gilead Sciences, a California-based biomedical firm
that recruited former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a board member in 1988, in between his two tenures as head of the Pentagon." (End quote.)
"The producer of the drug is Gilead Sciences, a California-based biomedical firm" -
Guess who just showed up on the media scene to help China with "an experimental drug" and three different vaccine companies want to get involved. "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday it is seeking special emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration
to allow U.S. states to use a CDC-developed diagnostic test to detect the new coronavirus from China."
Now, take into serious consideration - what Siberia just Posted:
According to the media
, the first in China level 4 biolab recently opened in Wuhan operates with dangerous pathogens, including SARS. Interestingly, the biolab personnel undergo training and certification by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. government public health agency) according to their website: Coincidence?
~~~ Is it also a coincidence that this topic came up in Davos during the "Annual World Economic Forum"? (Report below.)
Gilead assessing potential use of Ebola drug as China virus treatment
January 23, 2020 - Gilead Sciences Inc said
on Thursday it was assessing whether its experimental Ebola treatment could be used against the new coronavirus that has sickened hundreds of people in China
and led to at least 18 deaths.
“Gilead is in active discussions
with researchers and clinicians in the United States and China regarding the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and the potential use of remdesivir as an investigational treatment,” a company spokesman said
in an emailed statement.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) told Reuters his agency was working with Gilead
to test the company’s antiviral drug in people infected with the new coronavirus.
NIAID had previously tested remdesivir in patients with Ebola and found it to be ineffective. Fauci said there is some indication that it may work better against this new virus from China.
Coronavirus infections can lead to respiratory illnesses, some of which can be severe and deadly such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They can also be much milder. The common cold is a strain of coronavirus.
While it is not yet known if the drug will be effective against the new strain of coronavirus that emerged from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, testing in animals had shown activity against the SARS coronavirus.
China has put millions of people on lockdown in two cities at the epicenter of the outbreak as authorities around the world work to prevent its spread globally.
UPDATE 2-Gilead assessing potential use of Ebola drug as China virus treatment Updated: 24-01-2020
UPDATE 2-Gilead assessing potential use of Ebola drug as China virus treatment
UPDATE 1-U.S. health officials seek emergency approval to use diagnostic test for new coronavirus Updated: 23-01-2020
UPDATE 1-U.S. health officials seek emergency approval to use diagnostic test for new coronavirus
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday it is seeking special emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration
to allow U.S. states to use a CDC-developed diagnostic test to detect the new coronavirus from China.
Currently, states with suspected cases of the new virus must send samples to the CDC for confirmation, as was the case with the U.S. resident in Washington
state who was infected while visiting Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
Kuwait to thermal screen all passengers arriving from countries affected with coronavirus: state news agency
Kuwait ministry of health said on Thursday that thermal cameras were added to border crossings so passengers arriving from countries affected with coronavirus could be thermally screened
according to the state news agency.
Companies look into possible vaccines for China virus 23-01-2020
Davos, Jan 23 (AFP) -
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Clinical trials for a vaccine against the new virus sweeping China
could be carried out in the summer, the head of an anti-epidemic coalition said on Thursday, as different companies announced research into the disease. "We can announce that we have three partnerships to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus," Richard Hatchett, chief executive of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
(CEPI), said in Davos.
Our goal is to have these vaccines developed very rapidly and to move very rapidly to begin clinical trials, perhaps as early as the summer," Hatchett said during the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort town. A fourth company, Novavax,
which has worked on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), said earlier it had also initiated development of a vaccine candidate.
There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment against the novel coronavirus detected in China, which has killed 18 people so far and has now spread internationally. Hatchett said the three partnerships were with Inovio Pharmaceuticals, a US-based company, the University of Queensland in Australia and Moderna, another US biotech firm.
Moderna is working with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a US government agency. Shares in Inovio jumped 6.68 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange
on Thursday, while Moderna stock was up 1.37 per cent and by a total of 6.5 per cent over two sessions.
Shares in other biotech companies also rose in expectation of growing interest in a vaccine against the virus.
Stock in Novavax jumped 11.42 per cent after their announcements, while NanoViricides, which is conducting research into Ebola, rose 36.91 per cent.
Hatchett said that even if the virus had disappeared by the time a vaccine is developed, having one would still be "very advantageous". "If the virus doesn't disappear and it spreads globally, we will be glad that we made these investments today," he added.
Stephane Bancel, chief executive of Moderna, told AFP that his company planned to develop the vaccine at its plant in Boston
with financing from CEPI. Bancel also said he planned clinical trials by the summer, adding "normally to develop traditional vaccines the same process would take two or three years".
~~~ While shares in biotech companies jumped on the New York Stock Exchange, China's economy is taking a direct hit! Business's and transportation have been shut down.
Ten cities in China's Hubei province suspend some public transportation
Beijing cancels New Year events to curb virus spread: Beijing News
China heads into Lunar New Year on shutdown as virus toll hits 26
Beijing, Shanghai urge people from virus outbreak areas to stay at home for 14 days
Factbox: As virus spreads, hotels, airlines offer refunds, stores close
StanChart says advising staff to defer all business travel to Wuhan
China virus could hit oil prices by $3/bbl: Goldman
Coronavirus set to impact Chinese airlines' first quarter profit: Aercap CEO
China allocates one billion yuan to Hubei province to fight virus outbreak
China's New Year TV show pays tearful tribute to virus fighters, urges victory
~~~ Taking into consideration the attendees to the Davos, Switzerland "Annual World Economic Forum" and some of the same high ranking Political officials attending Israel's national Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, I would imagine, the "closed door briefing" the U.S. Senators are invited to - will involve a lot more then the virus, as it's main topic? And why is the WHO so convinced the virus cases are to rise? How would they know that?
U.S. senators to get government briefing on coronavirus: aide January 23, 2020
U.S. senators have been invited to a closed door briefing
Friday on the coronavirus with senior U.S. government officials.
The briefing will include leadership from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of State.
WHO expects coronavirus cases to rise in China
Cases of the new coronavirus are likely to continue to rise in China and it is too soon to evaluate its severity, a spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Wuhan lockdown 'unprecedented', shows commitment to contain virus: WHO representative in China
China's decision to lock down Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, shows how committed the authorities are to contain a viral outbreak that emerged in a seafood market there, a World Health Organization representative in Beijing said on Thursday.
Flights to Moscow from China's Wuhan suspended over coronavirus fears: Ifax
~~~ Plans are under way to build a large hospital to treat the coronavirus outbreak.
Wuhan to build designated hospital to treat coronavirus patients: Beijing News
The Chinese city of Wuhan, epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak, will build a dedicated hospital to treat patients, which it aims to complete in six days,
state media outlet Beijing News reported on Thursday, citing an unnamed source at the construction company that will build it.
China building 1,000-bed hospital over the weekend to treat coronavirus
The Chinese city of Wuhan is rapidly building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat victims of a new coronavirus, mobilizing machinery to get it ready by early next week, state media said.
~~~ On the Political end: It's interesting that the theme of Georgia would come up again and that a push to have Georgia gain NATO membership is being promoted? Is there something in Georgia that the Pentagon is trying to cover up and hide?
Turkish foreign minister calls for enlarged NATO, Georgia membership
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2020.
Turkey's foreign minister called on Thursday for the enlargement of NATO and the addition of Georgia to the organization.
“I don’t understand why we have not invited Georgia or we haven’t activated the action plan for Georgia to become a member,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“We are criticized for having relatively better relations with Russia as a neighbor, but our western friends are not agreeing to invite Georgia because they don’t want to provoke Russia. But Georgia needs us and we need an ally like Georgia. So we need enlargement and Georgia should be made a member.”
China's growing influence rattles Southeast Asia as U.S. retreats, survey shows
China's rising economic and political clout in Southeast Asia is a growing source of concern as U.S. influence wanes
under President Donald Trump, according to a survey of officials, academics and other professionals published on Thursday.
Freedom House calls for oversight on China's efforts to influence media abroad
U.S. democracy watchdog group Freedom House urged governments on Wednesday to impose penalties on Chinese officials and tighten broadcast regulations amid a "dramatic expansion" in Chinese efforts to influence media overseas.
China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that China's Communist Party had created a surveillance state that uses artificial intelligence to repress Muslim minorities and pro-democracy demonstrators.
U.S. tasks official to counter China's 'malign influence' at U.N.
A top U.S. State Department official has been tasked with countering "malign influences" of China and others at the United Nations, the agency confirmed on Thursday.
“Mr. Lambert, a career Foreign Service officer,
has been assigned to the Bureau of International Organization Affairs as a member of a diverse team of diplomatic professionals working to ensure the integrity of multilateral institutions,” a State Department spokeswoman said.
“This includes countering the malign influences of the PRC and others in the U.N. system,” the spokeswoman said, using the acronym for the People’s Republic of China.
Foreign Policy Magazine reported on Wednesday that Mark Lambert, most recently the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, would be moving into this role.
North Korea confirms former defense commander is new foreign minister
North Korea's Kim taps tough-talking military veteran as foreign minister