The COVID-19 Pandemic has infected over 4.3 million cases global, produced 292,899 dead. The US now has over 1.4 million cases and 83,425 deaths attributable to the novel coronavirus with its spikes of deadly proteins. Israel has 16,529 infected and 260 deaths. A valet to President Trump and press aide to Vice President Pence in the White House tested positive for the coronavirus forcing donning of masks by all staff, save President Trump. As a result of White House contacts, Dr. Redfield, Director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and Dr. Hahn , Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration have gone into self-isolation. The US Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services has made US projections that by June 2020, an estimated 200,000 cases may double the level of fatalities from 1,750 daily currently to over 3,000. There are international outcries against China and especially the questionable practices of the Wuhan Institute of Virology that may have accidentally released the novel Coronavirus from bat studies that might have been directed at a vaccine for HIV. That is reflected in the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ Intelligence report leaked to the press in Australia. The ‘Five Eyes are the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The US Department of Homeland Security issued a report saying that China engaged in a “cover up” to horde medical supplies for its own use. The Daily Mail has reported analysis of telephone records in China that the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have reported a “dangerous hazard” in October 2019. Yet during the chaos of the COVID-19 Pandemic there is rising empirical evidence that suggests that the novel coronavirus may be weakening. That may be further corroborated by the phased release of restricted confinement in Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Israel, South Korea, and China and in more than four dozen US States. Notwithstanding, the harder problem to solve is the matter of especially closed populations that are at risk of spreading the coronavirus in US nursing homes, meat packing plants, Indian reservations and mass transit systems To present this opposing view Rod Reuven Dovid Bryant and Jerry Gordon reached out to Dr. Stephen Bryen, former Pentagon Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Technology and Security, well regarded military technology and Asia Times columnist. Bryen suggests that the Five Eyes ‘leaked’ intelligence report has been repudiated for being political and in violation of operational restrictions on highly classified information. While it was disturbing to the Chinese, US CDC and NIH, the Five Eyes report essentially said what others had that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had sloppy conditions, but didn’t say that the coronavirus came from the lab or was man made. He suggests that it would be difficult to investigate the charges as China has blocked any inquiries from outside, allegedly sanitized the facility, pulled scientific papers off the internet, and sequestered anyone in China raising concerns. Bryen suggests that all foreign research agencies who cooperated with the Wuhan lab also claim that the novel coronavirus was ‘naturally occurring’. Bryen cites discovery of a mutated but weakened COVID-19 case in Arizona. This he believes is reflected in the drop off infected cases and declining curves in Germany, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, and China. Then there is the question of grants by the US NIH and the Pentagon to the Wuhan Laboratory via the Eco-Health Alliance for the latter’s PREDICT program to investigate viruses in bats, rodents, and other animals. The Trump Administration ended those grants in April 2020. In response, Bryen says those grants and research efforts into dangerous pathogens was motivated by possible discovery of potential vaccines. The danger of such projects Bryen says is reflected in the US shutting such investigations in 2014 to 2017, the same period during which the Wuhan lab was designated a Bio-Safety Level -4 facility. Even the US Army Biological warfare laboratory BSL-4 facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland was shut down for two months in 2019 to address leaks into its sewerage system of contaminants. There is the intractable problem of rampant infections and deaths among close closed populations- many with acute underlying health conditions – such as nursing homes in US, UK, Italy, and Israel. Then there are hot spots on US Indian reservations in the southwest that have triggered lockdowns of adjacent communities such as has occurred in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. President Trump met with a delegation of native American Indians in Arizona last week These reservations do not have running water, sanitary facilities and residents have inadequate health care to address the novel coronavirus according to the US Indian Health Service and CDC. Then there are the 151-meat packing and slaughterhouses in the heartland of the US. Gordon cited the more than 6,000 cases and dozens of deaths reported in more than 17 states where these plants are located. The low wage workers are drawn from immigrant and refugee communities that live in multi-generational housing and have underlying public health problems. Bryen noted the problems of mass transit systems in the US and UK – subways, trains, buses, and airplanes. Bryen noted the New York City Transit Authority shutting down the system to remove homeless to shelters to disinfect the trains. Bryen suggests that this public health threat to counter any virus may require travelers to wear mandatory masks, sanitary wipes to practice more effective hygiene. Trump Administration announced the “Operation Warp Drive” push for a vaccine with upwards of 14 possible candidates with FDA approval of live randomized human tests of several vaccines. Bryen cited the Oxford University human trials in the UK and two similar trials in Israel: one by the MIGAL – Research Institute of the Galilee and another by the IDF Biological Research institute.
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