China lashes out at US over ‘fake news’ ahead of report into Covid origins demanded by Joe Biden

The Chinese government has stepped up its aggressive resistance against efforts by Western scientists to probe Covid’s origins – and is accusing the US of spreading fake news about laboratories in Wuhan.

Ahead of US intelligence experts finalising a report demanded by President Joe Biden into the pandemic’s cause, which is expected on Tuesday, Beijing officials have demanded that Washington opens for public scrutiny a US military laboratory in Maryland.

In this tit-for-tat, it is understood that US analysts have obtained data and research by Wuhan laboratories in order to compare and examine genetic sequences on shared online databases.

‘A lot of the analysis is carried out on data clouds which are often based in the US,’ said one Washington source.

Two months ago, a leading US scientist revealed he had recovered deleted files from the Google Cloud to reconstruct partial genetic sequences of early cases in Wuhan that differed from the variants that spread to cause the pandemic.

'Forgot protective measures': A still from a video showing Tian Junhua, who studied samples from bats at Wuhan lab and co-authored a key early article in the pandemic identifying the genome of the new coronavirus

'Forgot protective measures': A still from a video showing Tian Junhua, who studied samples from bats at Wuhan lab and co-authored a key early article in the pandemic identifying the genome of the new coronavirus

‘Forgot protective measures’: A still from a video showing Tian Junhua, who studied samples from bats at Wuhan lab and co-authored a key early article in the pandemic identifying the genome of the new coronavirus

The data obtained by Jesse Bloom, an evolutionary biologist in Seattle, confirmed that Covid-19 was circulating well before the outbreak emerged in a Wuhan market selling wild animals – and that Chinese laboratories had attempted to delete critical data.

But David Asher, former lead investigator for the State Department, fears US efforts are hampered by not offering rewards to potential whistleblowers and defectors, or to ensure agencies gain access to data outside of secretly-obtained intelligence.

Such data would include records and communications with China by the National Institutes of Health – America’s medical research agency – and EcoHealth Alliance, a charity run by British scientist Peter Daszak, which both funded cutting-edge work on bat coronaviruses at Wuhan Institute of Virology, the highest-security lab in China.

Asher said the intelligence services were ‘doing their best’ but were handicapped ‘if unable to even access all the information that might be available in the US.’

China, having controlled initial World Health Organisation efforts to investigate the disease origins in Wuhan, said last month it would not allow more inquiries after the public health body started to resist Chinese efforts to marginalise the lab leak idea.

There was international condemnation after the WHO’s heavily-controlled trip to Wuhan earlier this year concluded the lab leak hypothesis was ‘extremely unlikely.’ 

Peter Ben Embarek, a Danish food scientist who led the study, has since admitted the Chinese were unwilling to discuss the lab leak theory and would only co-operate if the report defined the lab accident hypothesis as ‘extremely unlikely’ rather than ‘unlikely’.

Beijing’s increasing aggression was highlighted by an article on Friday in the state-run Global Times newspaper accusing the US of running a campaign ‘to smear China as source of the coronavirus’ while ‘feeding the media with fabricated evidence’ and putting pressure with its allies on the WHO.

Ahead of US intelligence experts finalising a report demanded by President Joe Biden (pictured) into the pandemic¿s cause, which is expected on Tuesday, Beijing officials have demanded that Washington opens for public scrutiny a US military laboratory in Maryland

Ahead of US intelligence experts finalising a report demanded by President Joe Biden (pictured) into the pandemic¿s cause, which is expected on Tuesday, Beijing officials have demanded that Washington opens for public scrutiny a US military laboratory in Maryland

Ahead of US intelligence experts finalising a report demanded by President Joe Biden (pictured) into the pandemic’s cause, which is expected on Tuesday, Beijing officials have demanded that Washington opens for public scrutiny a US military laboratory in Maryland

Bizarrely, it even accused the US of ‘hyping’ the theory that China’s wildlife markets were the source of Covid – something first raised by Beijing disease experts before the theory was dismissed following scientific research. Tory MP Bob Seely, a member of the foreign affairs committee, said: ‘It speaks volumes that China is becoming so defensive and belligerent.

‘A responsible country would open its labs to get to the bottom of the greatest health crisis of this century.

‘We don’t know where Covid comes from – transmission from animals, sloppy lab procedures or experiments that manipulate viruses – but it’s clear China is nervous of the world finding out. Why? What’s it got to hide?’

Meanwhile the spotlight is also focusing on the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory after Embarek highlighted its move to a new location – a short distance from the market – in December 2019, just as cases began to emerge.

Researchers with Drastic, a group of online digital activists who have uncovered many facts seen as contradicting the official Chinese narrative, point out such a move of the biosafety level-2 laboratory would have been disruptive and taken several months to complete.

Employees line up for nucleic acid testing of Covid-19 in LIVAT Shopping Mall on August 11 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Employees line up for nucleic acid testing of Covid-19 in LIVAT Shopping Mall on August 11 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Employees line up for nucleic acid testing of Covid-19 in LIVAT Shopping Mall on August 11 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Embarek also noted the possibility of a researcher becoming infected while taking samples ‘falls under one of the probably hypotheses’, since this would be ‘where the virus jumps directly from a bat to a human’.

A leading researcher at the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory is Tian Junhua, who co-authored a key early article in the pandemic identifying the genome of the new coronavirus. According to the WHO report in March, the lab denied storage or activities involving bat coronaviruses before the pandemic. Yet Chinese media reported Tian bragging about visiting bat caves to collect samples and studying hundreds of virus vectors.

Documentary footage – disclosed by the MoS in May – shows Tian and his team without full protective clothing, despite admitting it was easy to be in contact with bat droppings. ‘It is highly risky here. I feel the fear. The fear of infections,’ he says.

Scientific papers show the team trapped and killed bats for ‘tissue samples of heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney and brain’ although most of its work seems to have been around Wuhan rather than in the southern Chinese caves assumed to be the reservoir of viruses closest to Sars-Cov-2 (the strain of coronavirus that causes Covid).

Chinese media reports have described how Tian ‘forgot to take protective measures’ while speaking of bat blood and urine dripping on to the researcher’s head and skin –‘like raindrops on his body’, in the words of one report by state media outlet Xinhua.

Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert and professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University in the US, said the footage and reports exposed ‘reckless Indiana-Jones-style adventurism’ that raised serious concerns over accidental infection. 

Intriguingly, Tian was labelled ‘Patient Zero’ on some Chinese social media when the disease began to rampage – and then disappeared from public view.

Link hienalouca.com

Advertising:

Tips to Find Low Priced Luxury Holiday Package Deals Fast

For most families, it has already been a common practice to spend the Holiday season in a foreign location. This is caused by the aviation market changes which have given a lot of benefits for people who travel a lot. Airfares going to different tourist destinations are becoming more inexpensive. What does this mean? If there is a perfect time to purchase luxury holiday package deals, now it the right time! Based on the market trend nowadays, you can save both money and time when you go for a luxury holiday. There are countless offers that combine travel and accommodation in one package which is a lot cheaper than getting separate deals. Aside from that, it is also risky to individually book the services that you need for the vacation. You might end up missing out on some important details of the trip. Unlike when you take advantage of luxury holiday package deals, you can be sure that everything is organized meticulously and according to what you really need. Nonetheless, you would still need to carefully select the package that would fit your needs. Review the following tips in getting packages that are reasonably priced. · Normally, luxury tour packages include accommodation, flight travel and transportation to individual tourist destinations. It would be best to choose the complete package so you won’t have to worry about other vacation elements. In addition to that, these are the packages that have the biggest discounts. · You can get big mark down prices, if you will purchase more packages. It is not a bad idea to share the wonderful moment with your loved ones. By doing so, you would not only enjoy, you will also save more money. You can even use your savings for other activities on your vacation. · It would be best to know how much you are willing to pay for the luxury tour packages. You can already work around your budget. You have to stick to your budget. If not, you might end up spending a lot and you will be left with less money for your vacation. · Prices may vary depending on the destination of the tour. You can do a research about places that are attractive yet inexpensive. There are thousands of destinations and you just have to choose wisely. · There are packages that include recreational activities. This means that you are paying for all the activities when you purchase these packages. The right thing to do is to make sure that the activities that are included would be the ones that you really enjoy. There is no sense in paying for activities that will not really make your vacation memorable. If you are going with friends, you should also consider their preferences so that you can be sure that everyone will enjoy the trip. There are other ways on how you can be sure that you are getting the best deal for your luxury holiday vacation. No matter how you choose to do it, you have to get adequate information about the packages. This will help you determine whether it is worth the price.

(Total views: 187 Time, 1 visits per day)

Leave a Reply