No, Fauci’s project manager made no confession to creating Covid-19: Lead Stories leads in creating lies 😂

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Fake news:

I suspected US-china conspiracy long ago. Now comes the spill out:- 👇👇

FGB Eddie Huang, [May 30, 2021 at 11:05 AM]
Breaking News. Scary…Please watch this before it is blocked!

The truth about CoVid19:

Mirror: Smoking Gun Video: Fauci Project Manager Confesses to Creating Covid-19

If found true;

This is a CAP = a China 🇨🇳America 🇺🇸 Partnerahip in a crime against humanity.

The CCP is also involved

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Here’s the claim refuted:

Fact Check: Fauci ‘Project Manager’ Did NOT Confess To Creating COVID-19

by: Dana Ford

Did Dr. Anthony Fauci’s “project manager” confess to creating COVID-19? No, that’s not true: The claim is based on an old interview with Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a global environmental health organization. The video that purportedly includes his admission only shows Daszak talking about coronavirus research; he says nothing about creating SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. What’s more, although the possibility that the new virus came from a lab cannot be ruled out, experts have independently arrived at the conclusion that the preponderance of available evidence indicates it mutated naturally, spreading from animals to humans.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) published on BitChute on May 12, 2021. The post, titled “Mirror: Smoking Gun Video: Fauci Project Manager Confesses to Creating Covid-19,” featured well-known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. He claimed:

Peter Daszak, the British director of six projects at the Wuhan lab directly funded by [President Barack] Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, has confessed on video to weaponizing five viruses in China and combining them into COVID-19.

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Although Jones made a number of allegations in the roughly 22-minute video, this fact-check will focus on the specific claim about Daszak’s supposed COVID-19 confession.

Jones’ source for that alleged admission was an old interview Daszak did with Vincent Racaniello, a podcaster and professor of microbiology and immunology at New York’s Columbia University. The full video can be seen by clicking in the link below:

Note that it was published in May 2020. Jones states that the interview was from December 2019 and, indeed, the conversation was recorded in Singapore in December 2019. It just wasn’t posted until May 2020.

During the part of the interview that Jones cites, Daszak discusses coronavirus research. At 10 minutes, 18 seconds, he says:

You can manipulate them in the lab pretty easily. Spike protein drives a lot of what happens with the coronavirus, zoonotic risk. So you can get the sequence, you can build the protein … insert into backbone of another virus and do some work in the lab.

Despite what Jones claims, that quote does not support Jones’ claim that Daszak confessed to creating COVID-19, nor do any of Daszak’s other quotes in the interview.

Lead Stories reached out to Racaniello to ask about Jones’ claim. In an email to Lead Stories, dated May 18, 2021, he wrote that Daszak was discussing experiments. Racaniello wrote:

He didn’t confess to any such thing. These experiments are needed to examine the pandemic potential of viruses that circulate in bats.

Racaniello explained:

You go into caves in China and sample bats for CoVs. You collect bat guano and sequence it to find the viruses. You don’t actually have the viruses, just their genome sequences. You want to know if these viruses have the ability to infect human cells. Since you don’t have the viruses, you just take the spike sequence from all these viruses and put it into a bat coronavirus that you work with in the lab. Then you see if that recombinant coronavirus can infect human cells. It’s all done under containment to prevent any release. If the spikes of the bat CoV can allow the CoV to infect human cells, then they have the potential to infect humans and we should be making antivirals against them to prevent a pandemic. The bat CoV that they use are very distantly related to SARS-CoV-2 and could not have been the source of the pandemic.

The search for the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19 was, at the time this fact check was written, still under way.
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For more:

https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2021/05/fact-check-fauci-project-manager-did-not-confess-to-creating-covid19.html

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