@JamieMetzl @ugauthier Indeed. The only thing that China will remember is our weakness.

After WHO head Gro Harlem Brundtland slammed China in 2003 for its cover-up, the answer from China was to make sure it cold never be shamed again, by diluting the power of the WHO.

@JamieMetzl @ugauthier "Those days are gone, she says; member-states have now limited what the head of the WHO can do and say."
@JamieMetzl @ugauthier As soon as 2004, China pushed back and won. It covered up the first two primary cases of SARS-Lab infection at the then top P3 in China (a CDC lab in Beijing) and managed to kick out the WHO from the investigation, not even publishing a report.

@JamieMetzl @ugauthier China is now fully in control of its domestic narrative and has greatly improved its ability to shape the international narrative.

Compliance with international norms is totally unnecessary. The party's best interests won't be threatened.
@JamieMetzl @ugauthier The best study of SARS as the first post-Westphalian pathogen is David Fidler's 'SARS, Governance and the Globalization of Disease' (2004).

It is totally naive to imagine that more of the same (if not worse) won't produce the same governance failures.
@JamieMetzl @ugauthier The same David Fidler - senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations - who is quoted as saying:
“This new group can do all the fancy footwork it wants, but China’s not going to cooperate”.
@JamieMetzl @ugauthier @D_P_Fidler See NY Times article from yesterday for D. Fidler's quote:

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14 Oct
Please see an English translation of that great article in the Express:
bit.ly/3lJ694A Image
By the way I had a good laugh at the 60 minutes story about Daszak in Tioman.

They make it sound like it is in the middle of nowhere, even saying that it is 'West of Borneo' when it is actually directly of the coast of peninsular Malaysia.
I went diving there in the 90s like so many tourists in Asia.

It's rather easy to go there: there is a little airport (short landing or you hit the hill!) and then you take a boat to your beach. Image
Read 5 tweets
14 Oct
"Nous pensons que la mission d'EcoHealth Alliance est importante pour les générations actuelles et futures, mais qu'elle ne pourra se faire de façon éthique et responsable avec Peter Daszak à sa tête",

Virginie Courtier, directrice de recherche CNRS
"[Comment] EcoHealth Alliance s'est transformée, sous la férule de son président, en quelques années d'une association écologiste bien tranquille en un récipient de fonds fédéraux pour des projets qui peuvent souvent intéresser le ministère de la Défense..." Image
"[Daszak] a fait preuve d'une formidable volonté de cacher des informations qui allaient à l'encontre de son récit sur une origine naturelle. J'espère qu'il sera invité à témoigner sous serment au Congrès"

Jamie Metzl, ex membre de l'adm. Clinton et ex collaborateur de Joe Biden
Read 6 tweets
14 Oct
@tommy_cleary @R_H_Ebright @thackerpd @BillyBostickson @TheSeeker268 @MonaRahalkar @alisonannyoung @ianbirrell @Muller_Lab @Nature @arambaut @joeblogs54321 @edwardcholmes @DARPA Thanks. I referred to that very article in my August 2020 probabilistic paper (with a different link, as it was jointly published with VICE news).
@tommy_cleary @R_H_Ebright @thackerpd @BillyBostickson @TheSeeker268 @MonaRahalkar @alisonannyoung @ianbirrell @Muller_Lab @Nature @arambaut @joeblogs54321 @edwardcholmes @DARPA Supaporn did the 2013 bat guano epiphany paper with Olival and Epstein, just after the Mojiang miners died - and without ever mentioning them.

She used old DARPA samples from 2006/7 and used DARPA Prophecy funding, + funding from a Naval Research Team.

@tommy_cleary @R_H_Ebright @thackerpd @BillyBostickson @TheSeeker268 @MonaRahalkar @alisonannyoung @ianbirrell @Muller_Lab @Nature @arambaut @joeblogs54321 @edwardcholmes @DARPA A Naval Research Team also collected bat samples with the Pasteur Institute from Paris in Laos in 2017 - in the same places where the same Pasteur Team would sample the BANAL BatCovs in 20/21.

For that 20/21 trip they did no go there with the Naval team.
Read 5 tweets
12 Oct
The Mysterious Case of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory newyorker.com/science/elemen… via @NewYorker
Reviewers within DARPA “were really shocked” by the “irresponsible” nature of the proposal, and its lack of consideration for the risks that gain-of-function research would entail, an official, who was not authorized to speak to reporters, told me.
Andersen: “I was quite appalled, actually, to see it released now. I think the U.S.-based researchers that were on this particular grant have done a huge disservice by not releasing this information earlier.”

We can all thank @PeterDaszak for that.
Read 8 tweets
6 Oct
It is worth listening to Nicholas Wade on this recent podcast.

You can start at 5:00 to jump past the introduction and commercial messages.

from 28:24, on Daszak's lack of transparency and fake protests:

"So in light of this knowledge it is very hard not to interpret his protests as being because he feared the very opposite. He protested that the lab leak was a ridiculous possibility because he knew it was not"
from 43:30, on Andersen's smokescreen and publication of the dogma in Nature Medicine in March 2020:

"And none in that circumstance is going to sort of stand up and say ‘This paper by Andersen and his colleagues is bullshit’.
No one said a word."
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5 Oct
A pointed article:

Covid 19 coronavirus: Wuhan and US scientists planned to create new viruses
Some people are starting to talk.
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