Exclusive: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation founded an organization with an Advisory Committee member from the Wuhan-linked Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was founded in 2017 jointly by the Indian and Norwegian governments, the Wellcome Trust, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. It was founded partly “to facilitate rapid vaccine development when unknown viruses strike.”
The Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust both pledged to donate $100 million over the first five years of CEPI’s existence. In November 2020, the Gates Foundation announced a further $20 million to CEPI to support and increase “equitable access to affordable vaccines,” according to the Gates Foundation statement.
On its website, CEPI self-describes as an “innovative global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organisations.” It says it specifically works to speed up vaccine development and to facilitate what it calls equal access during outbreaks to those vaccines. CEPI, founded partly by the Gates Foundation, is therefore an organization particularly focused on vaccines and pushing widespread vaccine distribution.
In fact, in March 2021, CEPI released a $3.5 billion investment case for the period of 2022 to 2026. $1 billion is specifically for “ongoing work around COVID.” CEPI’s stated objective is to reduce vaccine development timelines in the future to a mere 100 days. This means CEPI aims to facilitate the production of new vaccines several times a year. For context, the average vaccine takes a minimum of 5 to 10 years to develop, partly to test the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
CEPI still continues to work closely with the Gates Foundation. In May 2021, CEPI announced a new survey meant to map out the vaccine manufacturing capability in areas such as Africa and Latin America. The announcement stated that the survey will be built on “landscaping exercises” performed in collaboration with the Gates Foundation over this last year.
CEPI has a connection to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as well, however. CEPI has a Scientific Advisory Committee which is described as “an independent body within the CEPI governing structure that provides scientific support, advice, and guidance to the CEPI Board and Secretariat.” The Board and the Secretariat of CEPI do have final decision-making power over this committee. The Advisory Committee acts independently, without having an “executive function.”
The Committee receives and reviews proposals submitted to CEPI, giving advice concerning which proposals to negotiate on and select for funding. The Committee also recommends to CEPI for which pathogens it should support vaccine development, among other roles. One of the voting members of this Advisory Committee is Dong Xiaoping, who is from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) describes itself as “a governmental and national-level technical organization specialized on disease control and prevention and public health.” As a governmental organization, the CCDC is under the direct control of the Chinese Communist Party.
One of the projects of the CCDC has been and continues to be the construction and maintaining of a network of biosafety laboratories. In 2004, the Office of Laboratory Management was founded in the CCDC, with the “core responsibility. . .to establish and improve the LB [laboratory biosafety] management system of the China CDC,” according to the man who set up the Office, Guizhen Wu. This laboratory biosafety (LB) project has always been “under the supervision of the Chinese Government” and led to the establishment of numerous high-level biosafety laboratories (BSL) across China.
The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory was the first BSL-4 laboratory that China put into operation. Guizhen Wu stated that this lab studies viruses which are highly pathogenic while also functioning as a Reference Laboratory for Infectious Diseases for the WHO (World Health Organization). Thus the CCDC, which has a member on CEPI’s Advisory Committee, is directly linked to Wuhan labs which study pathogenic viruses.
In fact, one of the diseases mentioned in the 2019 report as being subject to study by the Chinese LB system is coronavirus. And when the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan first hit the news, in December 2019, it was a virologist who was the head of the CCDC, George Gao. The purpose for which the CCDC was founded was precisely “to detect and stop epidemics that often emerge from southern China,” yet Dr. Gao claimed his first notification of the outbreak was through his news feed on December 30, 2019, according to an August 2020 article by the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Gao said he called the Wuhan Center for Disease Control office and received information on the Covid outbreak only after seeing the news reports, strange considering the CCDC’s supervision of at least one major virology lab in Wuhan.
While the Wuhan Institute of Virology has gained the most international attention for being the lab in which Covid-19 probably originated, a 2020 report from the UK Guardian speaks of two laboratories that were under scrutiny in relation to preliminary investigations of the Covid-19 lab origin hypothesis (which is gaining more credibility all the time).
One of the two labs was a level 2 biosecurity facility at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control, which is close by the fish market where some at the time theorized Covid-19 originated. This Wuhan CDC facility (a local branch of the national CCDC) had collected specimens of the bat coronavirus, according to the Guardian.
Furthermore, a co-writer for a 2020 report titled “Author Correction: A new coronavirus associated with human respiratory disease in China” is Bin Yu, from the “Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.” Thus, the CCDC is directly connected to and perhaps even partly responsible for the Wuhan-originated Covid-19 pandemic.
In sum, CEPI, founded and continually funded and supported by the Gates Foundation, has a member of a CCP-controlled, Wuhan-linked organization on its Advisory Committee. Dong Xiaoping is directly accountable to the CCP while advising CEPI on vaccine development and distribution.