CHINA ordered scientists to destroy all early coronavirus samples from their lab just two days after the world first learned about Covid, a confidential memo reveals.
The Chinese government’s order was issued on January 3, 2020 – two days after the world first learned of the coronavirus spreading throughout China and the closure of the Huanan wet market.
It is issued by the National Health Commission – the branch of the State Council in Beijing that oversees health matters.
Some details of the order have been reported before – but USRTK has now published the full document for the first time.
The memo ordered that all initial virus samples be shared with high-ranking government-designated organizations for testing – and then destroyed.
Any lab that obtains samples before January 3 is ordered to share them with the government or destroy them “on the spot”.
Beijing vowed to “enhance law enforcement checks” and “severely deal with” anyone who ignores the order.
“No organization or individual may disclose any relevant information to the outside world without permission,” it wrote.
The order shows that scientists are not allowed to communicate with the public about their findings without government approval.
And it repeatedly emphasizes the need to “remove safety hazards in a timely manner” – and the importance of ensuring that biosecurity is “perfect”.
Emily Kopp, USRTK correspondent, said: “We have received classified notices from the Chinese government to laboratories asking them to hand over virus samples or destroy them on the spot in the name of ‘ biological safety’.
“The destruction of some of the earliest virus samples is believed to have clouded the view of the US intelligence community on the origin of the pandemic.”
Early samples are important for incorporating the characteristics of Covid and how the pandemic began.
But China’s censorship and destruction of documents have made investigating the origins of Covid a challenging task for officials.
a mystery dark database is believed to include unpublished data samples about the new virus and hidden bat samples that have also been taken away by China.
Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo, an evolutionary biologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research, told USRTK: “Having access to complementary sequences from the early days will help researchers deduce what to do. happened in Wuhan in 2019 and distinguish between different scenarios. “
It comes after emails from the US State Department revealed Wuhan scientists had conduct secret military research at the “shadow lab”.
The leaked messages – also obtained by USRTK – shed further light on the shady connection between the Chinese military and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
They revealed the military’s involvement in the lab’s construction – and the staff’s “possible relationship with the PLA”.
An email exposes how Beijing outbreak censorship of Covid during the critical early days of the pandemic.
“The initial outbreak could have been contained in China if Beijing had not covered it up,” it wrote.
Gary Ruskin, chief executive officer of USRTK, described it as a “serious allegation whose basis must be disclosed”.
Investigators believe that scientists are carrying out secret dangerous experiments that combine the most dangerous things Coronavirusis believed to have caused a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan.
And vaccine research is believed to have taken place there in the fall before the outbreak.
Both China and the Wuhan laboratory vehemently deny all allegations.