A Failed Attempt for a Global Reboot...or Not?

The coronavirus… A virus that accidentally escaped from a lab during a harmless research? Or was it a well-thought-out plan to tackle overpopulation, slow down climate change and reset the global economy?  But failed due to an early escape of the virus? This question may be seen as a conspiracy theory by the vast majority of the population. But before we jump to conclusions, let’s go over the facts. Where does the virus come from and what exactly does it do? Who is responsible for creating or modifying the virus? And what could have been the consequences if the virus had NOT escaped from the lab too early? 

COVID-19, or in full, coronavirus disease 2019, was first diagnosed in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei, in patients with pneumonia without an identifiable cause. It was Doctor Li Wenliang who unsuccessfully warned the authorities on December 30, 2019 that an epidemic was imminent.  At that time, the world had no knowledge of an impending pandemic, except than for the individuals or organization funding the research of the virus, most notably, a US subagency of the National Institutes of Health, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

In 2017, that subagency of the National Institutes of Health, namely,  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci – resumed funding a controversial grant to genetically modify bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China without the approval of a government oversight body, according to the Daily Caller. This comes after a temporary suspension of federal funding in 2014 for “gain-of-function research” by which bat COVID was genetically manipulated to be more transmissible to humans. Four months prior to that decision, the NIH effectively shifted this research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) via a grant to nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance, headed by Peter Daszak.

Gain-of-function research: Genetically modifying a virus to improve transmission between hosts. It may concern human-to-human transmission, as well as transmission between animals and humans. It is a much discussed practice. For some scientists it is essential to study how the transmission works, but others see it as high-risk research with a chance of epidemic outbreaks. The genetic modification of a virus can include several objectives, in particular, The strength of the virus, The type of host to carry the infection, as well as distinguishing between, for example, males, females, elderly, young people. It can also be modified to determine which organs it should infect, or which other viruses it should attack. As a result, this research practice is questioned by many as it could potentially result in the creation of biological weapons. 

What we know now :

Founded in 1956, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is a Chinese Academy of Sciences research institution. Its laboratory was the first in China to be certified as meeting the standards and criteria of a Biosafety Level-4 lab (the highest level of biosafety precautions), by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment. More importantly, the WIV is reported to have significant military participation in the laboratory’s operations, and has been conducting secret and classified scientific research. The Chinese government appointed Major General Chen Wei, China’s top biowarfare expert, as the head of the WIV lab in November 2019.

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Wuhan Institute of Virology

US funding : documents detail the work of the EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund research into bat coronaviruses at the Chinese lab. They include two previously unpublished grant proposals funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates related to EcoHealth Alliance’s research. The grant proposal outlines a plan, led by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, to “investigate the ecology, evolutionary biology, and transmission dynamics of bat coronaviruses at the human-wildlife interface and we will analyze the patterns of coronavirus transmission among bats, other wildlife, and the spillover to humans”

And now you may be wondering what all this actually has to do with a “global reboot”. Well, let’s first look at the global problems, such as climate change, overpopulation and the global economy.

Overpopulation : Overpopulation has been recognized as a global environmental problem since few decades, as it has caused a number of adverse effects on environment. Overpopulation has resulted in a series of catastrophic consequences by causing increased pressure on existing natural resources. Deforestation, effect on welfare, climate change, decline in biocapacity, urban sprawl, food security, increase in energy demand and effect on marine ecosystem are amongst most severe impacts of overpopulation. Concrete steps need to be taken on national and international level to combat the overpopulation, so that sustainability of natural resources can be ensured for future generations.

Climate Change: The destruction of forests and the significant burning of fossil fuels directly increases levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, including methane, carbon monoxide and nitrion gas. Population growth in the world indirectly contributes to this global warming. This has led the majority of scientists interested in weather and climate to predict that global temperatures will rise from 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. These predicted climate changes will most likely have a major impact on crop production. In particular, these scientists expect that the possible changes in temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and pests will reduce the world’s food production. We must reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, reduce deforestation, eradicate poverty and protect our soil, water and biological resources. The most important action we need to take, however, is to curb, or even try to reduce, population growth. In the table on the right, scientists list the indirect consequences for the climate due to the continuously increasing population growth.

  • Rising maximum temperatures
  • Rising minimum temperatures
  • Rising sea level
  • Higher Ocean Temperatures
  • Increase in heavy precipitation (heavy rain and hail)
  • Shrinking Glaciers
  • Thawing permafrost
  • An increase in hunger and water crises, especially in developing countries
  • Health risks from rising air temperatures and heat waves
  • Economic implications of dealing with secondary damage related to climate change
  • Increasing spread of pests and pathogens
  • Loss of biodiversity due to limited adaptability and speed of adaptation of flora and fauna
  • Ocean acidification due to increased HCO3 concentrations in the water due to increased
  • CO₂ concentrations
  • The need for adaptation in all areas (e.g. agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, tourism, etc.)

The Global Impact of Overpopulation on the Economy : (Click to open)


 

In underdeveloped countries, the composition of population is determined to increase capital formation. Due to higher birth rate and low expectation of life in these countries, the percentage of dependents is very high. Nearly 40 to 50 per cent of the population is in the non-productive age group which simply consumes and does not produce anything.

In under developed countries, rapid growth of population diminishes the availability of capital per head which reduces the productivity of its labour force. Their income, as a consequence, is reduced and their capacity to save is diminished which, in turn, adversely affects capital formation.

In economically backward countries, investment requirements are beyond its investing capacity. A rapidly growing population increases the requirements of demographic investment which at the same time reduces the capacity of the people to save.

This creates a serious imbalance between investment requirements and the availability of investible funds. Therefore, the volume of such investment is determined by the rate of population growth in an economy. Some economists have estimated that for maintaining the present level of per capita income, 2 per cent to 5 per cent of national income must be invested if population grows at 1 per cent per annum.

In these countries, population is increasing at the rate of about 2.5 per cent per annum and 5 per cent to 12.5 per cent of their national income and hence the entire investment is absorbed by demographic investment and nothing is left for economic development. These factors are mainly responsible for stagnation in such economies.

The large size of population also reduces per capita availability of capital in less developed countries. This is true in respect of underdeveloped countries where capital is scarce and its supply is inelastic. A rapidly growing population leads to a progressive decline in the availability of capital per worker. This further leads to lower productivity and diminishing returns.

Rapid growth of population directly effects per capita income in an economy. Up to ‘income optimizing level’, the growth of population increases per capita income but beyond that it necessarily lowers the same. In a sense, so long as the rate of population growth is lower than the per capita income, rate of economic growth will rise but if population growth exceeds the rate of economic growth, usually found in the case of less developed countries, per capita income must fall.

A fast growth in population means a large number of persons coming to the labour market for whom it may not be possible to provide employment. In fact, in underdeveloped countries, the number of job seekers is expanding so fast that despite all efforts towards planned development, it has not been possible to provide employment to all. Unemployment, underemployment and disguised employment are common features in these countries. The rapidly rising population makes it almost impossible for economically backward countries to solve their problem of unemployment.

Increased population means more mouths to feed which, in turn, creates pressure upon available stock of food. This is the reason, the under-developed countries with rapid growing population are generally faced with a problem of food shortage. Despite all their efforts for raising agricultural production, they are not able to feed their growing population.

Food scarcity effects economic development in two respects. Firstly, inadequate supply of food leads to undernourishment of the people which lowers their productivity. It further reduces the production capacity of the workers, Secondly, the deficiency of food compels to import food grains which places as unnecessarily strain on their foreign exchange resources.

In less developed countries the majority of population lives in, where agriculture is their mainstay. The growth of population is relatively very high in rural areas and it has disturbed the land man ratio. Further it has increased the problem of disguised unemployment and reduced per capita farm product in such economies, as the number of landless workers has largely increased followed by low rate of their wages.

The low farm productivity has reduced the propensity to save and invest. As a result these economies suffer largely for want of improved farm techniques and ultimately become the victim of the vicious circle of poverty. Thus retared farming and the process of overall development.

Rapid growth of population is largely responsible for the perpetuation of vicious circle of poverty in underdeveloped countries. On account of rapid growth of population people are required to spend a major part of their income on bringing up their children.

Thus savings and rate of capital formation remain low, reduction in per capita income, rise in general price level leading to sharp rise in cost of living. No improvement in agricultural and industrial technology, shortage of essential commodities, low standard of living, mass unemployment etc. As a result the entire economy of an underdeveloped country is surrounded by the vicious circle of poverty.

The labour force in an economy is the ratio of working population to total population. If we assume 50 years as the average life expectancy in an underdeveloped country, the labour force is in effect the number of people in the age group of 15-50 years. During the demographic transitional phase, the birth rate is high and the death rate has declined and due to which the larger percentage of total population is in lower age group of 1-15 years, which is small labour force implies that comparatively there are few persons to participate in productive employment.

To overcome the demographic transition stage, it is essential for less developed countries to bring down their fertility rate. Thus, we can conclude that labour force increases with the increase in population.

A welfare state line India is pledged to meet social needs of the people adequately and for this, the government has to spend a lot on providing basic facilities like education, housing and medical aid. But rapid increase in population make burden all the more heavy.

The standard of living is determined by their per capita income. The factors affecting per capita income in relation to population growth equally apply to the standard of living. The increase in population leads to an increased demand for food products, clothes, houses etc., but their supply cannot be increased due to the lack of cooperate factors like raw materials, skilled labour and capital etc.

The cost and prices rise which raise the cost of living of the masses. This brings the standard of living low. Poverty breeds large number of children which increases poverty further and vicious circle of poverty. Thus, the consequence of population growth is to lower the standard of living.


So let’s briefly summarize the facts:

1. A US company invests government money in a prohibited gain-of-function investigation.
2. The research is being conducted in a Chinese laboratory led by China’s top biowarfare expert (Chen Wei).
3. The virus created is designed to be more transmissible between animals and humans as well as between humans and humans.
4. The gain-of-function study can be used to determine who or what should attack the virus.
5. Overpopulation is one of the biggest global problems in all areas.

With all these facts in mind, one wonders what the purpose of this study was, and what the consequences would be if the virus had NOT escaped the lab early. Because what if the virus had only escaped, or possibly entered the world, AFTER it was completely finished?


 

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