Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, was one of the first to tout the Wuhan lab leak
A Chinese virologist didn’t mince words in her latest report – published March 31 – about the origin of COVID-19, calling it ‘an unrestricted bioweapon’ that the Chinese government and ‘certain overseas scientists and organizations’ covered up.
‘The causative agent of COVID-19, is not a naturally occurring pathogen but an Unrestricted Bioweapon,’ Dr. Li-Meng Yan – who was among the first people to tout the Wuhan lab theory – wrote in her third report, which was published without peer review on Zenodo.
‘It is a product of the bioweapons program of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government, the network of which includes not only the CCP scientists but also certain overseas scientists and organizations.’
And U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails, which were published by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post on Tuesday, proved he knew about the Chinese’s gain of function research before the pandemic started, Yan said on Newsmax Wednesday night.
‘These people knew what happened, but they chose to hide for the Chinese Communist Party and their own benefits,’ Yan said.
Dr. Yan on Newsmax Wednesday night
Dr. Yan said emails proved Fauci and other scientists knew the Chinese were still conducting gain of function research before the pandemic started
The Wuhan lab leak was considered to be a crazy conspiracy theory that was pushed by the far right to blame to China for the pandemic until President Joe Biden said his administration is looking into it.
British intelligence has reportedly assessed the theory recently and upgraded its likeliness from ‘remote’ to ‘feasible’, according to The Sunday Times.
Then came Fauci’s email dump on Tuesday, when more than 3,200 of his emails from January to June 2020 were obtained and published by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post.
Yan referenced one of these emails during her interview with Newsmax.
On February 1, 2020, one of Fauci’s direct reports, Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, wrote in email to Fauci that the ‘experiments were performed before the gain of function pause but have since been reviewed and approved by NIH (National Institutes of Health).’
Fauci and Auchincloss were discussing a paper that Fauci sent him.
Email exchange between Dr. Anthony Fauci and one of his direct reports, Dr. Hugh Auchincloss
The idea the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan lab was at best a ‘fringe theory’ until recently, when the Biden administration ordered a review
ORIGINS OF COVID-19: THE THEORIES
US state officials have given momentum to the idea that COVID-19 either leaked from a lab or was man-made by China as some kind of weapon against humanity.
A Wuhan wet market was first thought to be the breeding ground of the virus, where the selling of live, wild animals would have given the perfect opportunity for it to naturally spread between species.
It is thought the virus first developed in bats before passing on to a creature such as a pangolin that then came into contact with humans and transmitted the virus.
Once it entered humans, the coronavirus is likely to have mutated to survive and then escalated out of control as a result of an unprepared population.
There are also theories that the virus was genetically engineered by scientists, or that it has actually been around for years and even killed people in the past.
Two high security laboratories in the city – the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology – have been the subject of many conspiracy theories.
President Donald Trump claims he has seen evidence the virus, which he solely blames China for, came from Wuhan Institute of Virology – but he is not allowed to reveal it.
The Institute has denied the claims from the early days of the outbreak.
In April, Trump said: ‘We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened.’
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, claimed in May there is ‘enormous evidence’ the coronavirus outbreak originated in a Chinese laboratory – but failed to provide any of the alleged evidence.
Gain of function research involves experimentation that aims to increase the transmissibility and/or virulence of pathogens.
In her March 31 report, Yan wrote, ‘SARS-CoV-2 was created based on template viruses ZC45 and ZXC21, which were originally discovered in bats by scientists of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
‘The subsequent laboratory modifications had enabled its ability to infect humans as well as had enhanced the virus in its pathogenicity, transmissibility, and lethality.’
An MIT peer review, which concluded by admonishing Yang’s work, said, ‘If valid, these lines of evidence would support the disturbing claim that SARS-CoV-2 is a man-made virus; however, if the claims are not adequately substantiated, this work is defamatory, grossly negligent, and ethically dubious.’
Yan, a postdoctoral fellow at Hong Kong University before she fled to the United States in April, told The Washington Post in February that she used Zenodo because of its ability to instantly publish information without restrictions.
Zenodo is a scientific research repository used for publishing scientific findings without reviews.
She told The Washington Post that she feared the Chinese government would obstruct the publication of her work.
Since her reports were published, she’s been ostracized. Twitter shut down her account for months. Scientists from leading American universities downplayed her trilogy of reports, saying they’re deeply flawed.
Zenodo, where Yan published her reports without any review, posted a warning at the top of her research paper saying, ‘Caution: Potentially Misleading Contents.’
‘Consistently critical peer review has been received that this record does not follow the norms of scientific rigour or balance, and thus the main claims may not stand the test of scientific scrutiny.’
Despite the controversy and backlash, her September 21, 2020 paper has been viewed over 1.2million times and used in multiple wing-ring reports.
Now that the Biden administration is joining worldwide pressure for China to be more open about the outbreak, her work is being brought to the forefront.
China, meanwhile, insists that the virus simply mutated and passed naturally from animals to humans, likely from a market in the city of Wuhan.
Last week, Biden ordered intelligence officials to ‘redouble’ efforts to establish the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and report back in 90 days and directed U.S. national laboratories to assist with the investigation.
In Wednesday night and Thursday morning television interviews, Fauci has kept the door open for the possibility that the coronavirus was the result of a Chinese lab leak, but doubled down, saying multiple times it’s unlikely.
‘I have always said and will say today to you … that I still believe the most likely origin is from an animal species to a human,’ Fauci said Thursday morning on CNN.
‘The idea, I think, is quite far-fetched that the Chinese deliberately engineered something so that they could kill themselves, as well as other people. I think that’s a bit far out.’
The Twitter account remained down on Wednesday and a message on the page now reads: ‘Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.’ Twitter has not commented on the suspension of Yan’s account
Yan appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight show on Tuesday night. After the segment aired, the Fox News show also accused Facebook of censorship after saying they had been blocked from sharing the interview segment on the social media platform