Dr. Doidge's "A Plague on Both Our Houses" argued, courageously and presciently, that the COVID-19 virus could have originated from one of the two Communist Chinese government research laboratories — the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Virology — in Wuhan:
"The idea of a lab leak wasn't wild speculation, it was proposed in Feb. 2020 by two Chinese researchers when they saw that one of the Chinese virus labs was eight miles from the wet market, and another … a mere 300 yards away."
The recent FOIA release of e-mails, from Dr. Anthony Fauci beginning in Jan. 2020, makes Dr. Doidge's four-month-old article even more timely and impressive.
Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allery and Infectious Diseases, which funneled American taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). His e-mails depict a group of Americans, inside and outside of government, dismissing the plausible hypothesis that the epidemic did not originate in a Wuhan wet market in a "bat-to-human spillover," but from a government laboratory in the same city.
Dr. Doidge noted that a moratorium on research in American laboratories, in fabricating deadlier viruses that are more transmissible to humans, was adopted in 2014, but "no such moratorium existed in China."
In 2017, this "moratorium on GoF research was reviewed in secret, and then quietly lifted by the NIH, in part because Drs. Fauci and Frances Collins, head of the NIH, did not want the funding to end, and thought it a risk worth taking."
The New York Post reported on June 4 that between 2014 and 2019, the WIV received more than $800,000 from Dr. Fauci's NIAID, which was channeled through the NYC-based EcoHealth Alliance.
In late April 2020, President Donald Trump's administration ended the annual monetary grants to the EcoHealth Alliance and the WIV.
This organization's director, Peter Daszak, played a major role, in 2020 and this year, in the campaign to discredit the theory that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory.
In the seminal Tablet essay, Dr. Doidge also reported that in 2015, the chief virologist of the WIV, Shi Zhengli, and an American researcher, Dr. Ralph Baric at the University of North Carolina, created an "engineered bat SARS virus that could infect a human."
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has "assembled the world's largest collection of bat virus to study," and it also works with the Chinese military.
Dr. Doidge further stressed that "given that the viruses the lab collected came from bat caves almost 1,000 miles from Wuhan, the appearance of such a virus in the city might well be linked to [Shi Zhengli's] lab."
Dr. Doidge's "Plagues" essay also blasted the World Health Organization's belated investigation in Wuhan, China in Jan. 2021, into the origin of the epidemic, as an "obvious sham":
"Why would a government eliminate evidence and witnesses, stall for a year, curate every detail, and stack the WHO investigating delegation, if a fair investigation would have shown the virus had an innocent 'natural' origin…?"
Peter Daszak was a member of this whitewashing WHO commission.
Dr. Doidge's article also demolishes the Orwellian euphemism for biological-weapons research:
"'Gain-of-function' [GoF] is the perfect term if you need a grant from a scientifically illiterate public composed of nervous types who…don't like or trust the idea of experts making invincible killer germs. 'Viral-deadliness enhancement' would be a turn-off, but 'gain-of-function' sounds like the title of a promising self-help fad."
Dr. Doidge also explained that "there are two ways to enhance pathogen contagiousness: a genetic 'cut and paste,' which involves genetically altering an existing virus.
"The second laboratory method of creating deadlier viruses is called 'passaging,' which involves taking a bat virus implanting it in a ferret, to see if "mutates within the animal."
If this doesn't work with the first ferret, researchers then implant the virus in another, and then another, "until a mutation occurs that will make it so contagious that it can jump from one ferret to another on its own, and then, 'ideally' to a human being."
Dr. Doidge stressed that "GoF research is also the meat and potatoes of germ warfare, the manufacture of biological weapons and — perhaps — measures to counter them."
In his Feb. 2021 article, the physician-author condemned the American scientists who have vehemently opposed the theory that the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus originated at one of them:
"That scientists, in the name of science, are calling the behavior of China 'open, and transparent,' shows they care not a wit for the truth or the long-term reputation of science."
One of Dr. Doidge's predictive conclusions is that in 2020 it was "easy to lead the public to believe that concerns that the virus might have come from the lab was just a 'conspiracy theory,''' promoted by President Trump.
But with Trump no longer in the White House, "some scientists are suddenly stating publicly that the idea is a serious possibility."
Four months later, as an avalanche of news articles during the last few weeks, support for this theory, that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was created in a Chinese Communist laboratory in Wuhan, is increasing rapidly.
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Reports — More Here.