A new report from The Australian this week revealed a series of new
mysterious and disturbing details about activities involving the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
The report by investigative journalist Sharri Markson highlighted several new revelations, including a trip taken by WIV director Shi Zhengli to Mozambique in September 2019 to give a presentation on bat coronaviruses and the Wuhan Institute of Virology subsequently taking their virus database offline following the trip. The report also highlighted how a Chinese scientist was booted out of Canada for allegedly shipping deadly viruses to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and how the lab appears to have tried to steal intellectual property for Remdesivir.
The report also highlighted how Sina Bavari, the former chief scientific officer of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), planned to attend Shi during the emerging infectious diseases conference in September 2019:
Shi was a speaker and Bavari, who sat on the scientific committee,
was planning to give a talk. Bavari had paid for his flights and
organized his Mozambique visa when he withdrew from the conference
10 days before, emailing organizers to apologize and offer to give
his lectures by FaceTime or WhatsApp.
Bavari originally told The Australian he did attend the conference,
saying Shi gave a presentation on bat coronaviruses and that he
hadn't noticed anything unusual about her that week. "There was
nothing that rang any bells," he said. Five days later, Bavari said
he remembered that he had attended in 2018, not 2019. It does not
appear that Shi flew to Tofo in 2018.
Shi did attend the 2019 conference, held from September 1 to 5. . A
week later, on September 12, the Wuhan Institute of Virology virus
database was taken offline. It has not been published since and has
not been made available to World Health Organization investigators,
who did not ask for it during their Wuhan visit earlier this year.
Shi has claimed the virus database was taken offline after 3,000
Markson also highlighted how the Wuhan Institute of Virology just disclosed several days ago the genomic sequences of eight new viruses that are closely related to SARS-CoV-2.
The report also highlighted the editorial board of Dr. Shi's virology
journal, Virologica -Sinica, which includes members of the Chinese military, the Chinese scientist kicked out of Canada for allegedly shipping deadly viruses to the lab, as well as other top scientists and two employees from USAMRIID:
One concerned member of the editorial board is award-winning
virologist Xiangguo Qiu, who was escorted out of a Canadian
laboratory in July 2019 after being caught sending deadly virus
samples back to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Qiu, her husband
Kedin Cheng and her students from China were removed from Canada's
only BSL-4 laboratory amid an official investigation. Four months
earlier, a shipment containing highly virulent viruses - ebola and
nipah - were sent from her laboratory to China. It was reported
that the Wuhan Institute of Virology had requested the shipment.
Chemical and biological warfare specialist Dany Shoham, from the
Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies, wrote an article claiming
Qiu had made at least five trips over the academic year 2017-18
alone to the Wuhan -National Biosafety Laboratory at the Wuhan
Institute of Virology.
Canadian media reported that the viruses that were shipped were not related
to the COVID-19 pandemic and that Canadian officials claimed Qiu's eviction from the lab was not connected to the virus shipments.
"It is suspicious. It is alarming. It is potentially life-threatening," Amir Attaran, a law professor and epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa, told the CBC. "We have a researcher who was removed by the RCMP from the highest security laboratory that Canada has for reasons that government is unwilling
to disclose. The intelligence remains secret. But what we know is that before she was removed, she sent one of the deadliest viruses on Earth, and multiple varieties of it to maximize the genetic diversity and maximize what experimenters in China could do with it, to a laboratory in China that does dangerous gain of function experiments. And that has links to the Chinese military."
Markson's report also highlighted how America's highly secretive biological research site at Fort Detrick became the "suspected victims of intellectual property theft from scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology":
In collaboration with Gilead Sciences of Foster City, they had
success in 2015 with a treatment that blocked the ebola virus's
ability to replicate. The treatment was an antiviral compound called
GS-5734 that became known as Remdesivir. Bavari was one of the
scientists behind this antiviral treatment. The drug was touted as
a potential treatment option for Covid-19 five years later.
The patent for commercial use of Remdesivir was filed in China. The
application was made by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The
institute lodged the patent application on January 21, 2020 - one
day after China confirmed human-to-human transmission of the virus,
The Daily Mail reported. Asked about this, Bavari said he was not
aware the Wuhan -Institute of Virology had lodged the patent for
Markson's report comes as the U.S. mainstream media has rapidly shifted the narrative on the Wuhan Institute of Virology and whether the coronavirus pandemic originated from an accident at the lab. Initial reports and claims that the lab was the likely origin of the pandemic were dismissed as
conspiracy theories, however, the media now treats the theory as credible and legitimate since the Trump administration is no longer in office.
A new report published this week by The Wall Street Journal stated that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) - China's only
Biosafety level-4 laboratory - were hospitalized in November 2019 with
symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
"The details of the reporting go beyond a State Department fact sheet, issued during the final days of the Trump administration, which said that several researchers at the lab, a center for the study of coronaviruses and other pathogens, became sick in autumn 2019 `with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness,'" The Wall Street Journal reported.
"The disclosure of the number of researchers, the timing of their illnesses
and their hospital visits come on the eve of a meeting of the World Health Organization's decision-making body, which is expected to discuss the next phase of an investigation into Covid-19's origins."
CNN reported on Tuesday that the Biden administration shut down an effort launched during the Trump administration to investigate whether the lab was
the origin of the pandemic outbreak.