Dan O'Heirity

Did the Chinese Virus Originate in a Laboratory?

Sky New Host, Rowan Dean, has raised the possibility that the CCP virus was deliberately released from one of two laboratories in Wuhan both of which, it is claimed, conduct research into using viruses in a “bio-technological” fashion. However, as is too often the case with Australian reporting, no evidence is offered for this assertion beyond referencing some articles about China having had programs to develop biological weapons. This leaves us with Donald Trump who, in a video clip at the beginning of this news story, responds to a reporter’s question about the origins of the CCP virus in a Wuhan laboratory by saying that he has a “high degree of confidence” that the virus did emerge from a laboratory. Remember, Trump is the man who suggested that injecting yourself with disinfectant could be a way to go with combatting the virus so let’s take Trump’s claim with a pinch of salt until some hard evidence is produced for the origins of the virus. Whether we can get to the point of having hard evidence for laboratory origins of the CCP virus is questionable.

An article from the New Zealand Herald Article reports that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has said that he agrees with the U.S. intelligence that the CCP virus was not man made and that there was no reason to believe that the CCP deliberately spread the virus. However, he added, “Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories.” So, all in all, Pompeo is holding something of a contradictory position where he is saying that the CCP virus was not man made but, hey, remember, that China has infected the world with other viruses including H5N1 Avian Flu and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Personally I can live with these kinds of accusations and references to China’s part in unleashing viruses on the world because the CCP is a lying machine that has done its very best to cover up what really went on in Wuhan. Unlike the claim that the virus originated in a laboratory, there is clear evidence of China’s cover up of the virus.

China Covered Up the Severity of Their CCP Virus Through Sheer Self-Interest

The previously referenced report from the New Zealand Herald, dated 4th May 2020, states that US Officials have claimed that China deliberately covered up the severity of the virus in the early stages of human to human transmission in order to stockpile medical supplies from around the world. The claim is made in a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report dated May 1st 2020 with the report being obtained by Associated Press News. There is nothing new in this information. I have cited numerous stories of companies in Australia loyal to the CCP essentially downing tools in January 2020 to pillage Australia for medical supplies, baby formula, dried goods and long-life goods. Daigou also stripped Australian supermarkets in the same way with the intention, in many cases of sending their ill-gotten gains to mainland China either because the CCP had directed them to do so or because they were seeking to make personal profit. Either way, their behaviour was morally repugnant.

The United States is not the only country currently focussing on the CCPs role in trying to cover up what really went on with the Chinese virus. The Daily Telegraph reports that concerned Western countries have prepared a 15 page dossier that makes the case that China was negligent in the way it “handled” the CCP virus. The intelligence document, called the “Five Eyes Dossier”, has been produced by the so called “Five Eyes Alliance” of countries: the United States; Canada; the United Kingdom; Australia; and New Zealand. The dossier essentially makes a very strong case that “China’s secrecy amounts to a cover up” of what really happened with the CCP virus. The document lists “China’s crimes” including conducting bat research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and covering up the origins of the virus by, for example, censoring social media to quash any references to the virus. The document also condemns China for “disappearing” anyone who tried to tell the world about the newly emerging virus. The case of Dr Li Wenliang, the doctor who first tried to warn the world about the virus is all the evidence one needs in this respect.

Chinese Scientists Collaborated with Australia in Researching Deadly Bat Viruses

The “Daily Telegraph” article make an intriguing point about the fact that key members of the Wuhan Institute of Virology team named in the “Five Eyes Dossier” were either trained by or employed by the “Australian Animal Health Laboratory” as part of a research collaboration between Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The “Australian Animal Health Laboratory” has since been renamed to the “Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness“, and it continues to operate under CISRO which hosts “Australia’s national research facilities and scientific infrastructure on behalf of the nation to assist with the delivery of research”. Thus, whilst the “Five Eyes Report” condemned China for conducting research into bat viruses, the “Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness” has been collaborating on research into bat viruses with the “Chinese Academy of Sciences” through the Wuhan Institute of Virology. According to the Wuhan Institute of Virology website, this partnership continues to this day.

The “Daily Telegraph“, article names some of the individuals involved in the research collaboration between CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. First, there is Dr Shi who is the Director of the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Wuhan Institute of Virology. Dr Shi Zhengli worked on the SARS virus at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory for three months in early 2006. A second named individual is Peng Zhou, head of the “Bat Virus Infection and Immunity Project” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Peng Zhou spent three years researching deadly bat viruses at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory between 2011 and 2014. Lastly, there is Dr Linfa Wang, who held a position as Honorary Professor at the Wuhan Institute of Virology between 2005 and 2011. Linfa Wang also worked in the CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader in Virology between 2008 and 2011.

China Continues to Embarrass Itself on the World Stage

As the Daily Telegraph article reports, and as I have noted many times, if you look at the timeline for the CCP virus, there is ample evidence of people being detained and silenced when they tried to speak out about the emergence of a new strain of virus. The case of Dr Li Wenliang, the doctor who first tried to warn of the virus is all the evidence one needs in this respect. However, if you want more information then the Daily Telegraph covers the disappearance of Huang Yan Ling, a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology whilst also providing all the key dates in the CCPs broader attempt to cover up the virus. For example, knowing about human to human transmission in early December but denying this fact until January 20th 2020. Then of course, the CCP locked down Wuhan internally but allowed the Chinese to travel all over the world.

China is getting increasingly defensive in the face of criticism from the world over its handling of the CCP virus. However, this defensiveness too often leads to China looking utterly ridiculous. Take a look at this video from “World Is One News” (WION) in which Palki Sharma recounts details of China’s attempts to on a misinformation offensive by posing 10 questions to the United States.

One can really only say that China is doing a very good job of embarrassing itself on the world stage. For example, look at this question. “Why did the United States win no gold Medals in the 7th World Military Games in Wuhan? Did the United States Government do this on purpose?” In asking such a an asinine question, China is actually revealing to the world how its own thinking operates i.e. China would instruct its athletes not to win gold medals if China believed this to be in their strategic interests. This misinformation campaign is yet another example in a long history of China avoiding, either directly or indirectly, a call for an independent inquiry into the origins of the CPP virus.

First Published May 4th, 2020

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