Project Veritas claimed Monday that YouTube officials distributed a document to employees on how to handle the investigative journalism non-profit’s bombshell video on Pfizer released last week.
The video from Project Veritas went viral, receiving over 20 million views despite being banned from YouTube. In that video, a man identified as Jordon Walker, Pfizer’s director of research and development, strategic operations – mRNA scientific planner, divulges that the company has allegedly considered mutating COVID-19 through “directed evolution” in monkeys to develop new vaccines.
The group’s Twitter account claimed that a YouTube insider leaked “Urgent Guidance” to handle the Pfizer video “Effective immediately as of 27 January 2023.”
“A clip uploaded by Project Veritas featuring a Pfizer official is rapidly spreading on the platform,” the document attached to the tweet reads. “The video, when uploaded in its entirety, contains a timestamp that violates the COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation policy for making a categorical claim that COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective and should therefore be removed unless it contains sufficient EDSA/CRC.”
"Violates the COVID-19 misinformation policy" pic.twitter.com/lC7OJajs8a
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) January 30, 2023
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe addressed critics of the video exposé on Monday.
“For those who don’t like the video having 30 mil views,” O’Keefe said in a tweet. “Ask yourself: Why does Project Veritas even have a mission,” adding, “If YouTube weren’t taking down our video, and large multinational corps weren’t telling journalists not to cover stories, there wouldn’t be a need for people like me.”
For those who don’t like the video having 30 mil views
Ask yourself: Why does Project Veritas even have a mission
If YouTube weren’t taking down our video, and large multinational corps weren’t telling journalists not to cover stories, there wouldn’t be a need for people like me
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 31, 2023
The non-profit rented a truck and parked it outside Pfizer headquarters in Manhattan on Tuesday, which displayed the bombshell video on the side and a picture of Walker on the back underneath a #DIRECTEDEVOLUTION banner.
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) January 31, 2023
In the original video, Walker’s claim that the company has at least considered mutating the virus to manufacture vaccines is just one of several disturbing assertions.
Walker also implies federal regulators don’t enforce laws enough on Pfizer in hopes of landing jobs there and that the company expects COVID to be a “cash cow” for years to come.
In a subsequent video in which O’Keefe confronts Walker, the Pfizer employee claims that he lied on the video to impress who he believed to be his date. Then, in a disturbing meltdown, Walker seizes a tablet from O’Keefe and smashes it.
When Walker describes to the undercover Project Veritas reporter the process of mutating the virus by infecting monkeys, the reporter opines that it sounds like gain-of-function research, in which viruses are manipulated to become more dangerous for the supposed purpose of finding more effective treatments.
Gain-of-function research, possibly funded in part by a grant from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is suspected by some experts in the alleged creation of COVID-19 inside a lab in Wuhan, China.
Walker, however, insisted the research he described is “directed evolution” research and not gain-of-function.
Pfizer denied it conducts gain-of-function research on COVID-19 in a long-awaited but indirect response.
“Allegations have recently been made related to gain of function and directed evolution research at Pfizer and the company would like to set the record straight,” the company’s statement began. “In the ongoing development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research.”
Pfizer’s statement goes on to describe the research it acknowledges conducting, which usually involves only computer simulations, but added that “in a limited number of cases when a full virus does not contain any known gain of function mutations, such virus may be engineered to enable the assessment of antiviral activity in cells.”
Greg Wilson contributed to this report.