Chinese virologist again claims Wuhan virus came from lab
A Chinese virology doctor who recently fled China via Hong Kong told a Taiwanese news agency last week that, despite claims that the COVID-19 virus originated in a wet market in Wuhan, her research on behalf of the Communist government shows the virus originated in a nearby military lab.
“At that time, I had clearly assessed that the virus came from a Chinese Communist Party military lab. The Wuhan wet market was just used as a decoy,” claimed Dr. Yan Li-Meng during a livestream event.
Li-Meng said that she had been tasked with investigating the virus in December, but that by January, her boss was warning her to be “careful” and “silent” about her findings as she discovered the virus was transmitting human-to-human.
“She pointed out that she had been raised and educated under the CCP and knew ‘what kinds of things the Chinese government would do’ but did not dare guess ‘how low [the CCP] would stoop,’” reported Taiwan News.
She also said that the Communist government knew about the outbreak at least one month before it was made public knowledge. She said that a colleague with strong ties to the WHO, Professor Malik Peiris, a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, also knew of the virus in December.
Peiris, a U.K. citizen, published a paper on the virus in February, but denied he knew about it in December. Peiris stepped down from his WHO position in early July.
Li-Meng fled to the U.S. despite her husband’s warnings that the CCP “will kill all of us” if she spoke out. When she arrived in the U.S., she was interrogated by the FBI before being released.
“I knew that once I spoke up, I could disappear at any time, just like all the brave protesters in Hong Kong,” she said. “I could disappear at any time. Even my name would no longer exist.”
Thus far, experts have said they don’t think the virus originated in a lab.
“Based on her experiments on the highly infectious nature of the disease,” reported Taiwan News, “she criticized the Chinese government for the blanket lockdowns issued in Wuhan. She said that locking whole families together into the confines of their homes for long periods, rather than testing and isolating individuals, exacerbated the epidemic.”
Hong Kong University verified that Li-Meng did research for and was an employee of the school, but said she didn’t do research on COVID-19 transmission. The Chinese Embassy stated they have never heard of her.
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