Undercover video released by Project Veritas on Wednesday shows a high-level employee at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer spilling company secrets about the company’s controversial — and potentially illegal — virological research, as well as other ethically questionable business practices.
In the video, Jordon Trishton Walker, Pfizer Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations, talks candidly about Pfizer’s work on COVID-19 and vaccines. Walker appears to believe he’s on a date, but the man he’s talking to is one of Project Veritas’s undercover journalists.
At one point in the video, Walker describes research the company is conducting that seems to resemble the controversial practice called “gain of function,” in which researchers modify viruses to imbue them with new qualities or capabilities.
“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? 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**king viruses,” Walker said.
“Don’t tell anyone. Promise you won’t tell anyone. 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,” he said.
Later in the video, Walker also suggests that top employees at Pfizer know that COVID-19 did not originate organically — or at they very least, they’re skeptical of that theory.
“You have to be very controlled to make sure that this virus [COVID] that you mutate doesn’t create something that just goes everywhere. Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest. It makes no sense that this virus popped out of nowhere,” he said. “It’s bullsh*t”
More from Walker: “From what I’ve heard is they [Pfizer scientists] are optimizing it [COVID mutation process], but they’re going slow because everyone is very cautious — obviously they don’t want to accelerate it too much. I think they are also just trying to do it as an exploratory thing because you obviously don’t want to advertise that you are figuring out future mutations.”
In the video, Walker denies that Pfizer is conducting gain-of-function research, and he instead calls the practice used by Pfizer scientists “directed evolution.”
Project Veritas is a controversial non-profit that conducts undercover journalism. The group is run by James O’Keefe, a conservative provocateur who rose to national stardom with undercover sting operations targeting left-wing activists. The more recent targets of Project Veritas’s work have included large social media companies, CNN, and, now, pharmaceutical companies.
The undercover report has yet to gain significant coverage in mainstream media, and Pfizer has not responded publicly.
Video at: https://twitter.com/Project_Veritas/status/1618405890612420609