Category Archives: The Good Fight

48 Top Global Scientists Sign Declaration – Demand Ban on Fauci’s “Gain of Function” Research

48 top scientists are calling for a worldwide ban on Dr. Athony Fauci’s deadly “gain of function research”, which has “the potential for the extinction of large portions of the world population”. Especially ongoing research on highly lethal viruses like MERS and Ebola has the scientists worried, who state that “no biotechnology laboratory in the world is safe enough” for this kind of potentially pandemic research.

HAMBURG DECLARATION

Call for a Global End to High-Risk “Gain-of-Function” Research on Potential Pandemic Pathogens

Conscious of the mission and responsibility of science and research to serve the welfare of humanity, to strive for truth, and to communicate the knowledge gained to the general public, the signatories of this statement wish to call attention to a major threat to human existence that has arisen in recent years as a result of novel bioengineering techniques to modify dangerous pathogens.

Through what is generally understood as “gain-of-function” research, naturally occurring viruses are artificially adapted through changes in gene sequence to facilitate their entry into human cells, either via direct gene editing or simply via accelerated evolution in a process called passaging. This creates an enormous potential for a human pandemic, which responsible scientists and researchers have repeatedly pointed out over the past decade. In recent years, such research has been conducted on various highly dangerous pathogens such as avian influenza viruses and SARS-type coronaviruses. Much of this work has been done as part of publicly funded research projects.

The current coronavirus pandemic clearly shows what happens when pathogens are extremely easily transmitted from person to person. Millions of people have died and the livelihoods of billions of people are threatened or have been lost altogether. This enormous devastation occurred even though the mortality rate of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is comparatively low, at a level of around one percent. However, experiments are currently underway in various laboratories around the world in which much more dangerous viruses such as MERS, Ebola or Nipah viruses are being manipulated via gain-of-function.

Unfortunately, no biotechnology laboratory in the world is safe enough to guarantee that such enhanced viruses will not escape, especially given the functions that may be purposely or accidentally gained and which are often difficult to predict. A catastrophic biosecurity breach with such viruses could be fatal for a substantial proportion of the world population, especially if the transmissibility of highly dangerous viruses via the human respiratory tract is facilitated by genetic modification or some other means.

We as scientists are well aware of the importance of the freedom of science and research, but we nevertheless appeal to all governments in the world to stop such dangerous “gain-of-function” experiments. The risk of a global pandemic associated with this extreme type of research and the potential for the extinction of large portions of the world population is simply not tolerable and never should have been. Additionally we demand that such termination be supervised and continuously monitored by an independent international regulatory agency.

Regardless of the particular form of constitution and government a country may have, every leader must act responsibly and contribute not only to the welfare of the population of his or her own country, but also to that of mankind as a whole. Human beings have learned to intervene in the basic molecular building blocks of nature; this creates many opportunities to preserve lives, but also new ways to terminate them accidentally. Let us take this responsibility seriously before it is too late.

Roland Wiesendanger, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c., Nanoscientist, University of Hamburg, Germany (Organizer)

Hiroshi Arakawa, Dr., Institute of Molecular Oncology, IFOM, Milan, Italy

Ute Bergner, Dr., Physicist, Jena, Germany

Valentin Bruttel, Dr., Immunologist, University of Würzburg, Germany

Colin Butler, Hon. Prof. Dr. Dr., Epidemiologist, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Lounes Chikhi, Dr., Population Geneticist, CNRS, Toulouse University, Paul Sabatier, France

Jean-Michel Claverie, Prof. Dr., Dept. of Medicine, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Fabien Colombo, Communication and Sociology of Science, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

Malcolm Dando, Prof. Dr., Section of Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Étienne Decroly, Prof. Dr., Member of the Board of Directors of the French Virology Society, CNRS Director of Research, AFMB lab, UMR7257, Aix Marseille Université, Marseille, France

Gilles Demaneuf, Engineer and Data Scientist, Auckland, New Zealand

Richard Dronskowski, Prof. Dr., Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Lucia Dunn, PhD, Professor of Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Frank Fehrenbach, Prof. Dr., Faculty of Humanities, University of Hamburg, Germany

André Goffinet, Prof. Dr., Neurobiology, University of Louvain, Belgium

Ingrid Gogolin, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult., Department of General, Intercultural and International Comparative Education & Educational Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany

Mai He, Prof. Dr., School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Martina Hentschel, Prof. Dr., Institute of Physics, TU Chemnitz, Germany

Michael Hietschold, Prof. Dr., Institute of Physics, TU Chemnitz, Germany

Burkard Hillebrands, Prof. Dr., Dept. of Physics, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Florence Janody, Dr., i3S-Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, University of Porto, Portugal

Bernd Kaina, Prof. Dr., Institute of Toxicology, University of Mainz, Germany

Hideki Kakeya, Prof. Dr., School of Science and Technology, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Bernd Kretschmer, Dr. h.c., Physicist, Freiburg i. Brsg., Germany

Franz Kreupl, Prof. Dr., Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, TU Munich, Germany

Jonathan Latham, PhD, Executive Director, The Bioscience Resource Project, Ithaca, New York, USA

Milton Leitenberg, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International and Security Studies, University of Maryland, USA

Alexander Lerchl, Prof. Dr., Biology and Ethics of Science & Technology, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Steven Massey, Prof. Dr., Dept. of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Paul-Antoine Miquel, Prof. Dr., Contemporary Biology, Toulouse 2 University, France

Sven-Olaf Moch, Prof. Dr., II. Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Michael Morrissey, Dr., Lecturer for English Studies, University of Kassel, Germany

Peter Oppeneer, Prof. Dr., Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden

Anja Pistor-Hatam, Prof. Dr., Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Kiel, Germany

Steven Quay, MD, PhD, Former Facility, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Monali Rahalkar, Dr., Microbiologist, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, India

Bahulikar Rahul, Dr., Plant Genetics and Taxonomy Expert, Development Research Foundation, Pune, India

Jürgen Schmitt, Prof. Dr., Dept. of Physics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Nariyoshi Shinomiya, Prof. Dr., President of the National Defense Medical College, Saitama, Japan

Michael Stuke, Prof. Dr., Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

Günter Theissen, Prof. Dr., Geneticist, University of Jena, Germany

André Thess, Prof. Dr., Engineering Sciences, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Ronny Thomale, Prof. Dr., I. Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Würzburg, Germany

Michael Thorwart, Prof. Dr., I. Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Rémi Tournebize, Dr., Genetics and Human Evolutionary Biology, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal

Frank Wilhelm, Prof. Dr., Clinical Psychology, University of Salzburg, Austria

Allison Wilson, PhD, Science Director, The Bioscience Resource Project, Ithaca, New York, USA

Michael Winklhofer, Prof. Dr., Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Following Canadian Truckers’ ‘Freedom Convoy,’ U.S. ‘People’s Convoy’ Ready to Roll on Wednesday

Natalia Mittelstadt
February 18, 2022

The “People’s Convoy,” a U.S. trucker protest against COVID-19 mandates, is set to begin on Wednesday in California.

Inspired by the Canadian truckers’ “Freedom Convoy,” the People’s Convoy is expecting about 1,000 trucks to start the journey east, with more joining along the way.

“We’re going to be starting the convoy out of Barstow, California,” Maureen Steele, the national organizer of the movement, told Newsmax, explaining that the exact location will be announced closer to the start of the event because of the “paramount” concern for operational security.

“The Canadian convoy was pretty organic when it happened,” Steele said. “Ours, they had a month’s notice, so our concern is disruptive groups coming in. We’re trying to just prepare for counter-protests and to take safety precautions for that.”

Truckers can register with their license plates on the organizers’ website “so we know exactly who is in the convoy and to make sure that it’s going to be a safe ride,” she explained.

According to the website, the organization is calling for the “declaration of a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 pandemic be lifted immediately and our cherished Constitution reign supreme.”

The website has its own donation link instead of using GoFundMe or other crowdfunding services. Steele clarified that donations for the convoy will be held with a private bank to prevent them from being frozen by governmental opposition.

“So our funds should not be able to be frozen or hijacked, and all the money is being held by this third-party firm, so we can assure that it absolutely gets to the truckers and it’s clean,” she said. “That’s why it took so long. We have such an infrastructure built for this operation. It took us a while before we could come out.”

The towns where the convoy plans to stop will be announced about 24 hours prior to their arrival for precautionary purposes, Steele said, but she did confirm that they will stop in Arizona and Texas.

A few trucks will be ahead of the convoy “just to check in with law enforcement in towns ahead of the convoy, that if we’re going to be marshaling there that evening, to make sure they’re prepared for a massive convoy to roll into town,” Steele said.

She also noted that people from all walks of life are joining the convoy, from mothers to LGBTQ groups.

“This is everybody,” Steele said. “This is the entire country, every walk of life, every nationality, every facet of community that you can imagine is on board for freedom. We deserve nothing less.”

Truckers to Trudeau: ‘We Will Hold the Line’ Despite Emergencies Act


Roberto Wakerell-Cruz

February 14th, 2022

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich had a message for Justin Trudeau, after reports that the prime minister would be invoking the Emergencies Act: “We will hold the line.”

Lich said that the protestors would remain “peaceful and planted at Parliament till the mandates are removed.” Lich was speaking during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, addressing Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement that he would use the Emergencies Act to clear the protestors from the city.

The Freedom Convoy organizers have previously said that they would remain in Ottawa until the vaccine mandates were lifted. Fellow protestors who blockaded the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich., were cleared over the weekend.

Four premiers have stated their discontent with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reported decision to invoke the Emergencies Act. Premier Scott Moe (Sask.), Jason Kenney (Alb.), Francois Legault (Queb.) and Heather Stefanson (Man.) voiced their displeasure with Trudeau’s move.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford made an announcement on Monday to lift Covid-inspired restrictions earlier than previously planned.

Trudeau intends to speak to the nation on Monday afternoon.