China Denies Virus Started in Lab; Attempt to Blame Origin on U.S.

This may be the “costliest government cover-up of all time”
A staff member sprays disinfectant in a classroom of a school as it prepares to reopen after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Handan in China's northern Hebei province

This may be the “costliest government cover-up of all time” a source who was briefed on the early actions of China’s government told Fox News just last week. The source was referring to classified information and materials which clearly express “there is increasing confidence that the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory…as part of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States” reported Fox News.

Sources suggest this is the “costliest government cover-up” because it is now believed that the virus, which was being studied at China’s laboratory in Wuhan, infected one of the workers at the lab who became “patient zero” who then went into the population of Wuhan and spread the infection. Unfortunately, China is vehemently denying the new theory that the epidemic began in its lab, maintaining its original “animal-to-human transmission” narrative.

Yuan Zhiming, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory claims “there’s no way” the virus spread from their lab. Despite details as specific as that the virus spread from the P4 laboratory in Wuhan’s Institute of Virology, China continues to its denial tactic. However, China is not only refuting claims, but the government is also going one step further and coming up with baseless accusations.

Director Yuan Zhiming says the United States and President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the virus began in the lab is a “conspiracy theory.” Yuan also said none of the institute’s staff had been infected and that the “whole institute is carrying out research in different areas related to the coronavirus.”

A transcript of a China-produced Arabic-language news report demonstrates how Beijing’s propaganda machine is blaming the coronavirus on America

Additional dangerous rhetoric being spread from China came from its Arabic programming. China’s Global Television Network (CGTN) published an episode on March 17thin Arabic indicating “the virus started in the U.S.” The Washington Times reported on the program, saying “The TV show host, Ms. V,’ takes the Arab world through a number of unproven conspiracy theories that all point to the United States as the source of COVID-19.”


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A medical worker samples for nucleic acid test at Weishi Medical Laboratory in Changsha, Hunan Province of China.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) “which tracks and translates TV and social media in the Arab world” according to The Jerusalem Post, also discussed Ms. V’s episode. MEMRI reported that Ms. V specifically told viewers “the presence of multiple coronavirus strains in the United States; the coincidence between the initial coronavirus outbreak and the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan in which the US participated.”

The Washington Times released the MEMRI “transcript of a China-produced Arabic-language news report to show how Beijing’s propaganda machine is blaming the coronavirus on America.” Speculation that the Arabic channel in China is spreading such anti-American rhetoric is because “the Middle East is an increasingly ripe target for China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative to build ports, highways and even cities to gain inroads into the oil-rich region and to compete with the U.S.”

South China Morning Post reported “there is no evidence that the US military was responsible for spreading the coronavirus during the Military Olympic Games” earlier this month. Just last week the Washington Post reported that “two years before the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the world, US Embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in the city of Wuhan several times and sent two official warning back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats.”


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