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Rubio Sends Letter To Pfizer CEO Asking About Alleged Gain-Of-Function COVID Research



On Thursday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio (FL) sent a letter to Albert Bourla, the President and CEO of Pfizer, addressing the investigative report from Project Veritas that indicated Pfizer is conducting gain-of-function research by mutating the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, in order to create new and stronger variants. 

Project Veritas released a 10-minute video late Wednesday night which shows a man identified as Jordon Trishton Walker, Pfizer’s director of research and development, strategic operations – mRNA scientific planner, discussing the company’s plan. 

“One of the things we’re exploring is like, why don’t we just mutate it [COVID] ourselves so we could create — preemptively develop new vaccines, right?” the man identified as Walker says in the video. “So, we have to do that. If we’re gonna do that though, there’s a risk of like, as you could imagine — no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating f***ing viruses.”

When asked if the work would be illegal gain-of-function research, Walker calls it “directed evolution” of the virus and claims it isn’t the same thing. 

“Don’t tell anyone. Promise you won’t tell anyone,” Walker says in the video. “The way it [the experiment] would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them.”

In his letter to the Pfizer CEO, Rubio asks about the “troubling reports on Pfizer’s intention to mutate the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) virus through gain-of-function, or ‘directed evolution,’ as detailed by Pfizer Director of Research and Development, Jordan Walker.  As has been proven time and time again, attempts to mutate a virus, particularly one as potent as COVID, are dangerous. If the claims detailed in the video are true, Pfizer has put its desire for profit over the concern of national and global health and must hold itself accountable.” 

“Whether it’s gain of function research, or selected structure mutations through directed evolution, as Mr. Walker claimed would occur, any effort to make a virus more transmittable and deadlier is careless and dangerous,” Rubio says. “Further, Mr. Walker stated that Pfizer is willing to engage in this dangerous research because COVID and its variants are ‘a cash cow’ for the company and regulators will go easy on their efforts because a significant percentage of government officials aim to work for Pfizer and other biopharmaceutical companies and do not want to compromise their future job prospects.”

Rubio goes on to ask “What efforts is Pfizer currently, or planning to, engage in to mutate the SARS-CoV-2 virus?” 

“Does Pfizer intend to continue mutating the SARS-CoV-2 virus through gain-of-function, or directed evolution research, with the purpose of creating new vaccines before the variant is present in the greater population?” Rubio continues. “Has Pfizer engaged with federal officials engaged regarding their plans to oversee this research? Please provide the names and agencies for these individuals.”

After asking a few more questions, Rubio concludes by asking if the Pfizer CEO would “commit to halting any future research that mutates the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine as substantial evidence has indicated that similar dangerous research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology very likely led to the initial emergence and global spread of the virus?”

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